Wednesday, April 3, 2019

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to present Bach and Steven Mackey double concertos

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Eric Wyrick takes center stage in a pair of double concertos, pairing with electric guitarist Steven Mackey in Mackey’s Four Iconoclastic Episodes and with Sphinx Competition winner Annelle Gregory in Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins—May 16–19. Music Director Xian Zhang conducts the program, which also features Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Weber’s Overture to Oberon.

Performances take place on May 16 at 1:30 pm and May 18 at 8 pm at NJPAC in Newark; May 17 at 8 pm at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton and May 19 at 3 pm at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick.

These performances are the second NJSO program featuring Mackey, a longtime NJSO collaborator and artistic partner, that week. He conducts and hosts a program of contemporary chamber works curated by composer Juri Seo with the NJSO Chamber Players on May 13 at 8 pm at Princeton University’s new Lewis Arts Complex.

Mackey and Wyrick gave the NJSO premiere of Four Iconoclastic Episodes at the closing concert of the 2017 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. Mackey is the director of the Orchestra’s Princeton University-based program for emerging composers, which the NJSO founded in 2014.

Gregory is the 2017 senior winner of the Sphinx Competition. She appears with the NJSO as part of the Orchestra’s continuing partnership with the Sphinx Organization, a non-profit dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

NJSO Accent events include a singalong one hour before the May 16 concert and Classical Conversations one hour before the May 17, 18 and 19 concerts. 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).

Concert Program
Art of the Double Concerto
Thu, May 16, at 1:30 pm | NJPAC in Newark
Fri, May 17, at 8 pm | Richardson Auditorium in Princeton
Sat, May 18, at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark
Sun, May 19, at 3 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick

Xian Zhang, conductor
Eric Wyrick, violin
Annelle Gregory, violin
Steven Mackey, electric guitar
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

WEBER Overture to Oberon
STEVEN MACKEY Four Iconoclastic Episodes
BACH Concerto for Two Violins
BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3

Singalong Fun – Thu, May 16, at 12:30 pm
Come early and sing along to an entertaining selection of song favorites.

Classical Conversation – Fri, May 17, at 7 pm; Sat, May 18, at 7 pm and Sun, May 19, at 2 pm
Enjoy a lively Classical Conversation before the performance. Learn more about the music from NJSO musicians, guest artists and other engaging insiders.

Additional concert information and artist bios are available at

Northern Trust is concert sponsor of the May 18 performance.

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