Wednesday, February 20, 2019

NJSO to present Sarod & Scheherazade April 5-7

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents Amjad Ali Khan’s Samaagam: A Concerto for Sarod, Concertante Group and String Orchestra and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, April 5–7. Music Director Xian Zhang conducts.

Western and Indian musical streams merge in Khan’s Samaagam, whose title means “confluence.” Khan’s sons, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, join the sarod master for the NJSO premiere of his concerto.

Performances take place on April 5 at 8 pm and April 7 at 3 pm at NJPAC in Newark and April 6 at 8 pm at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick.

April 6 is College Night; $10 tickets for college students include the concert and an exclusive post-concert party. More information on College Night is available at

NJSO Accent events also include Classical Conversations one hour before the April 5 and 6 performances. The NJSO String Ensemble—part of the NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles—gives a Prelude Performance on April 7 at 2:15 pm. More information on NJSO Accent events is available at

Concert tickets start at $20 ($10 for students) and are available for purchase at or 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

The Program
Sarod & Scheherazade
Fri, Apr 5, at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark
Sat, Apr 6, at 8 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick
Sun, Apr 7, at 3 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Xian Zhang, conductor
Amjad Ali Khan, sarod
Amaan Ali Bangash, sarod
Ayaan Ali Bangash, sarod
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

AMJAD ALI KHAN Samaagam: A Concerto for Sarod, Concertante Group and String Orchestra (NJSO Premiere)

Classical Conversation – Fri, Apr 5, at 7 pm and Sat, Apr 6, at 7 pm
Enjoy a lively Classical Conversation before the performance. Learn more about the music from NJSO musicians, guest artists and other engaging insiders.

College Night – Sat, Apr 6, after the concert
$10 tickets for college students include the concert and a post-concert party with refreshments and a lively Q&A with NJSO musicians.

Prelude Performance – Sun, Apr 7, at 2:15 pm
Come early and enjoy a special Prelude Performance featuring one of the NJSO Youth Orchestras ensembles, led by Naomi Youngstein.

Additional concert information and artist bios are available at

Bank of America is concert sponsor of the April 6 and 7 performances.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence” The New York Times has praised for her “technical abilities, musicianship and maturity”—continues her acclaimed leadership of the NJSO. The Orchestra presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include school-time Concerts for Young People; NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles, led by José Luis Domínguez; and El Sistema-inspired NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project). NJSO musicians annually perform original chamber music programs at community events in a variety of settings statewide through the NJSO Community Partners program.

For more information about the NJSO, visit or email Tickets are available for purchase by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or on the Orchestra’s website.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations and individual donors.

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