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From the Matterhorn: A View of the Musical Season

Looking forward to the 2003-’04 classical music season

in central New Jersey at a time adjacent to my annual hiking trip

to the Swiss Alps invites comparisons. One of my standard stops is

Zermatt, the burgeoning vacation center at the foot of the Matterhorn.

The monolithic Matterhorn has been stable since the ice age. However,

Zermatt has grown out from its original center as new places to

vacation

increasingly obscure the calling-card views of the Matterhorn.

On a promontory 2,000 feet above the town stands the massive five-star

Riffelalp Hotel, open for less than a year; it is a self-contained

community with its own sport facilities, concert hall, and meeting

rooms, served by a private spur from the mountain railway. Still moot

is the question of whether it can be successfully integrated into

the life of the area.

Apparently settled in for the long-term on Zermatt’s main street are

the relatively new McDonald’s, the French creperie, the one-hour photo

processing shops, and various clothing boutiques. But gone is the

long-present seafood store with the dramatic posters displaying

colorful

varieties of ocean and freshwater fish.

Towering over the current music scene in our area, since it has found

its muscle, is central Jersey’s musical Matterhorn, the New Jersey

Symphony Orchestra (NJSO), with 21 concerts scheduled for the Trenton,

Princeton, New Brunswick corridor. Offering performances at seven

locations in the state, the NJSO finds its heft reflected in its grant

of more than $1.4 million from the $16 million finally granted to

the New Jersey State Council on the Arts — the council’s largest

award.

Every drop of arts funding in New Jersey was put in jeopardy beginning

in February, 2003, when Governor James E. McGreevey proposed wiping

out all funding to the 35-year-old agency that received $18 million

last year. Before the end of July, a large-scale and determined

campaign

by arts advocates, led by Artpride New Jersey and much of it conducted

via E-mail, convinced the legislature to change its mind. It reduced

the 2004 appropriation by just $2 million, for a total of $16 million.

The bright side of this cliff-hanger was the way that the governor

and the legislature worked together to create the hotel/motel room

occupancy fee, a brand-new, permanent source of annual revenue for

the arts and history. The law not only sustains the budget but

significantly

increases the arts council’s appropriation to $22.6 million next year

and beyond.

Once again, the NJSO sponsors a two-and-a-half-week

January festival, as it has since 1998. Building on its 2003 theme

of American musical roots, the orchestra concentrates on the music

of Antonin Dvorak, the Czech composer who lived in America for three

years in the 1890s. Zdenek Macal, the NJSO’s Czech-born director

emeritus,

leads the orchestral programs of the festival.

As problematical for the NJSO as the Riffelalp Hotel for Zermatt,

is the integration into its forces of 30 17th and 18th century string

instruments acquired from Herbert and Evelyn Axelrod and the payment

of their $18 million purchase price. The NJSO orchestra holds the

largest collection in the world of instruments of their vintage.

Nevertheless,

there are not enough violins, violas, and cellos for all the NJSO

string players. Each string section has worked out its own system

for rotating the instruments, which will be fully used in NJSO

concerts

for the first time in the 2003-2004 season.

The effectiveness of sharing the valuable instruments is yet to be

seen. They are often compared to spirited horses, responsive to the

wishes of a master, but unmanageable by someone less skilled. NJSO

string players who have used the Axelrod instruments give them a mixed

review. Some players find an instant fit with an instrument. Others,

finding no immediate gratification, discover that it takes time to

get to know the instrument, and that the physical demands of managing

it are greater than the physical demands needed with a lesser

instrument.

Just as expansion in Zermatt takes place away from the center of the

village, innovations in our area take place primarily outside

Princeton.

A prime place to look for new initiatives is New Brunswick, at both

Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts (MGSA), and the State Theater.

Mason Gross offers a new series in the form of master classes given

by artists whose names are household words among concertgoers. Cellist

Fred Sherry (October 14), clarinetist David Shifrin (December 1),

and cellist David Finckel (February 17) publicly show their

instructional

skills. The master class can be a rewarding art form when students,

supple on their instruments, respond instantaneously to the advice

of seasoned performers. Admission is free.

MGSA appears to be exploding with performances this

season. Among the groups giving concerts are the Rutgers University

Orchestra, led in instrumental works, some with soloists, by its new

conductor, Kynan Johns (five programs); the Rutgers Philharmonia,

an ensemble of students and young community musicians (two programs);

the Rutgers Children’s Orchestra (one program); the Rutgers Symphony

Band; baroque ensembles; Helix, the contemporary music group; opera

workshops; and the Rutgers University Percussion Ensemble, led by

director She-e Wu.

The Percussion Ensemble stands out as an innovative group. During

the summer Wu, a small and energetic woman, directed them in a

mind-expanding

outdoor program that commandeered as instruments lampposts and other

objects able to withstand the blows of a variety of drumsticks. It

is to be expected that they perform with equal imagination indoors

in the fall and winter.

New Brunswick’s State Theater, in addition to presenting its normal

quota of events for its 1,800-seat venue, spills over this season

into the nearby 300-seat Crossroads with an intriguing series of some

20 adventurous programs. Instrumental and vocal artists are drawn

from Brazil, South Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Turkey, and the United

States. Styles include traditional folk music, traditional

African-American

music, Afro-Caribbean pieces, blues, jazz, and ragtime.

Some of the State @ Crossroads groups are impossible to classify.

Outstanding among them is the prize-winning "eighth

blackbird,"

a sextet composed of clarinet, flute, violin, cello, piano, and

percussion.

The contemporary music performed by the group is fresh, lean and

reachable,

even on first hearing.

Active as New Brunswick is with new presentations, innovation is not

absent in Princeton. The Institute for Advanced Study’s

artist-in-residence

program offers four concerts that rarely select music from before

1950 in its intimate Wolfensohn Hall. In addition, "Wet Ink,"

a selection of previews from an opera-in-progress by

artist-in-residence

Jon Magnussen, provides a pre-premiere view of an evolving work.

Musicals & Operas

Like the relatively new enterprises in Zermatt, operas

and musicals, once not much in evidence, increasingly find their way

into the programs of presenters. The most adventurous opera

programming

this season is at Westminster Choir College of Rider University (WCC),

where Heinrich Marschner’s 1828 work, "Der Vampyr," plays

October 30 through November 2, encircling Halloween; and Mark Adamo’s

"Little Women," which premiered in 1998, runs April 29 to

May 2.

Marschner, composer of 23 operas and singspiels, wrote "Der

Vampyr"

when all of Europe was reading Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s

"Frankenstein."

Its central character is Lord Ruthven, an aristocrat-vampire, who

destroys those in his circle.

Adamo’s’ "Little Women," based on the American classic by

Louisa May Alcott, is his first opera. The work is gradually finding

its way into the opera repertory. Originally scheduled to be presented

last year at WCC, the performance had to be canceled because of

casting

problems.

Italian and French operas make up the remainder of the opera offerings

in central New Jersey. New Brunswick’s State Theater includes four

operas on its roster: Mozart’s "Don Giovanni (October 3),

Donizetti’s

"Lucia di Lamermoor" (November 1), Verdi’s "La Traviata"

(February 7), and Mascagni’s "Cavalleria Rusticana," along

with Leoncavallo’s "Pagliacci" (March 2). Boheme Opera

presents

Bizet’s "Carmen" (October 24 and 26) and Rossini’s "Barber

of Seville" (April 23 and 25). Rutgers’ Mason Gross School offers

Gounod’s "Romeo and Juliet" (April 29).

Musicals are on the program at Princeton’s McCarter Theater and at

New Brunswick’s State Theater. The State provides eight:

"Dreamgirls"

(September 5-14), "The Music Man" (October 17-18).

"Caillou’s

Big Party" (October 19), "Kiss Me Kate" (January 16-17),

"Seussical, The Musical" (March 5-6), "The Sound of

Music"

(April 15), "Fame" (April 28), "Cats" (April 30-May

1), and "H.M.S. Pinafore" (May 8).

Of the three musicals at McCarter two are by Gilbert and Sullivan:

"Iolanthe" (January 31) and "H.M.S. Pinafore"

(February

1). McCarter bills a "My Fair Lady," reconceived for just

10 performers, from May 4 to June 27.

Gone in central New Jersey, like the fish store in Zermatt, are winter

performances by the New York baroque group "Concert Royal."

However, other baroque fare is available: The season of Triomphe de

l’Amour takes place at Princeton’s Unitarian Church and the Dryden

Ensemble performs in Richardson Auditorium.

Other baroque programs include McCarter’s part two of a Bach Concerto

Festival with pianist Peter Serkin (October 28), Musica Antiqua

Cologne

(November 17), and the complete Brandenburg Concerti performed by

the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (December 15). At

Richardson

Auditorium, Artek, an original instrument ensemble devoted to Venetian

music is among the Princeton University concerts (March 11).

Westminster

Choir College presents baroque music for organ and brass (December

6).

The incomparable American Boychoir gives four concerts open to the

public in the immediate Princeton area: Choral Evensong at St.

Michael’s

Episcopal Church in Trenton (September 28), holiday concerts at the

Princeton University Chapel (December 21), and at Richardson

Auditorium

(December 21), and a church service and concert at Red Bank’s First

Presbyterian Church (March 7).

University Concerts

Princeton University Concerts season opens September

25 with the American String Quartet with David Jolly, horn, and

Michael

Tree, viola. The full season includes three concerts by the Richardson

Chamber Players, a lecture on the Beethoven string quartets by

professor

and author Scott Burnham (October 22), a round-table discussion on

"What is Latin American About Latin American Music?" (March

31), followed the next day by a concert by the Cuarteto Latinoamerican

(April 1).

There is a generous four-concert jazz season with concerts by Anthony

D.J. Branker (November 8), the Bob Mintzer Big Band (February 6),

Bobby Sanabria (February 7), and Ray Vega (May 1).

Princeton Pro Musica

Princeton Pro Musica celebrates its 25th silver

anniversary

season under director and founder Frances Fowler Slade beginning on

November 1 at Richardson Auditorium with Beethoven’s Symphony No.

9. Its well-loved "Messiah" performances will be December

20 at Richardson and December 21 at the Trenton War Memorial. Spring

concerts include a program of gospel music and spirituals on February

29 at Princeton High School and a reprise of Carl Orff’s Carmina

Burana

on May 2 at Richardson.

Solo instrumentalists in the combined season’s plans of all the groups

considered tend to be pianists (11 of them by a quick, and perhaps

inaccurate, count) and violinists (six of them). Only one solo cellist

appears. He is Jonathon Spitz, who solos in the NJSO’s Dvorak festival

(January 10).

The most exotic soloist of the season is Peter Odrekhivsky, who plays

in an accordion concerto with the Princeton Symphony (January 18).

Only slightly less exotic is the piccolo-trumpeter Wolfgang Bausch,

who plays a piece composed expressly for his difficult instrument

by Paul Sheffield. Sheffield joins Bausch at the piano. The PSO is

known for its adventuresome programming, and that motivation shows

throughout its five-concert season.

There are a number of repeaters in the 2003-’04 season. Pianist

Garrick

Ohlsson solos with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Richardson

(October 24) and gives a recital at McCarter (May 17). Orpheus, the

conductor-less orchestra, plays at the State Theater (December 3)

and at McCarter (May 10). "H.M.S. Pinafore," performed by

the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, can be heard at McCarter

(February 1) and at the State Theater (May 8). The Irish fusion group

The Chieftains appear at the State Theater (March 10) and at McCarter

(March 11). Sergio and Odair Assad, classical guitarists, play in

the State @ Crossroads series (September 25) and solo, in the company

of violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, with the New Jersey Symphony

Orchestra in a new triple concerto (November 28).

To reduce concert-going to fit busy schedules a number of presenters

offer the option of selecting fewer programs than their entire season.

The groups offering choose-your-own series options are McCarter

Theater,

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony (chamber music

series),

Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, and New Brunswick’s State

Theater @ Crossroads series. We have a wealth of musical offerings

in our area, vastly more than could be squeezed into a mountain

village

like Zermatt.

NJSO in Princeton

Olhsson Plays Mozart, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, 800-ALLEGRO. Also including works

by Britten, White, and Haydn. Garrick Olhsson, piano. Jane Glover

conducts. $15 to $55. Friday, October 24, 8 p.m.

A 16-string Concerto. Assad’s Triple Concerto for 2

Guitars

and Violin. Also Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. Sergio and Odair Assad,

guitars. Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin. Carlos Kalmar conducts.

$19 to $59. Friday, November 28, 8 p.m.

Kahane Does it All!, music by Hindemith, Ravel, Walker,

and Schumann. Jeffrey Kahane conducts. $15 to $55. Friday, January

2, 8 p.m.

The Dvorak Centenary: Inspiring America, features the

Eroica Trio. Erika Nickrenz, piano. $25. Friday, January 16, 8

p.m.

Clowns and Kings, music by Stravinsky, Schubert, and

Beethoven

featuring Markus Groh, piano. Stefan Sanderling conducts. $21 to $79.

Friday, March 12, 8 p.m.

NJSO at State Theater

Mozart and Stravinsky, New Jersey Symphony

Orchestra ,

State Theater, Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 800-ALLEGRO. Mozart’s

Piano Concerto No. 24 and Stravinsky’s "Petrouchka." Stewart

Goodyear, piano. Marco Parisotto conducts. $17 to $69. Thursday,

October 2, 8 p.m.

Beethoven and Bruckner, Beethoven’s "Konig

Stephen"

Overture. Cornelius Eberhardt conducts. $17 to $69. Thursday,

November

13, 8 p.m.

The Dvorak Centenary: Inspiring America, Dvorak’s American

Concerto featuring Jonathan Spitz, cello. Zdenek Macal conducts. $17

to $69. Thursday, January 8, 8 p.m.

The Dvorak Centenary: The Bohemian Dvorak, the Violin

Concerto and Symphony No. 8 with Gil Shaham, violin. Zdenek Macal

conducts. $21 to $79. Sunday, January 18, 3 p.m.

Death and Transfiguration, Strauss’ title work along with

Brahms’ Violin Concerto. Leonidas Kavakos, violin. Bernhard Klee

conducts.

$17 to $69. Sunday, February 1, 3 p.m.

Classical Ax, Emanuel Ax, piano, plays works by Mozart,

Haydn, and Elgar. Lawrence Foster conducts. $21 to $79. Sunday,

March 21, 3 p.m.

Passion and Consequences, featuring the New York City

Opera Singers in excerpts from Strauss’ "Salome." George

Manahan

conducts. $17 to $69. Thursday, May 13, 8 p.m.

NJSO in Trenton

Stars of the NJSO, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, 800-ALLEGRO.

Beethoven’s

"Romance for Violin in E." Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts.

Friday,

September 12, 8 p.m.

Much Ado About Shakespeare, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer

Night’s Dream and other Shakespeare-inspired pieces. Nicholas McGegan

conducts. $17 to $69. Saturday, October 11, 8 p.m.

On the Town with Bernstein & Brahms, Eric Wyrick, violin.

Yakov Kreizberg conducts. $17 to $69. Friday, November 21, 8

p.m.

A Gospel Christmas, The NJSO Community Chorus joins the

concert led by K. Geoffrey Fairweather. $15 to $64. Saturday,

December

13, 8 p.m.

The Dvorak Centenary: Inspiring America, Dvorak’s American

Concerto. Jonathan Spitz, cello. Zdenek Macal conducts. $17 to $69.

Saturday, January 10, 8 p.m.

The Dvorak Centenary: Inspiring America, includes

"From

the New World." Tzimon Barto, piano. Zdenek Macal conducts. $21

to $79. Friday, January 23, 8 p.m.

Swinging Valentine Vocals, featuring the New York Voices

in a romantic program of vocal jazz. $15 to $64. Friday, February

13, 8 p.m.

Old World Delights, Rachmaninoff’s "Rhapsody on a

theme of Paganini." Kristjan Jarvi conducts. $17 to $69.

Saturday,

February 28, 8 p.m.

Classical Mystery Tour, features performers from Broadways

"Beatlemania." $15 to $64. Friday, March 26, 8 p.m.

Sarah Chang plays Bruch, the young violinst plays works

by Bach, Bruch, and Brahms. Gilbert Varga conducts. $21 to $79.

Friday,

April 16, 8 p.m.

Star-Spangled Brass, features River City Brass Band. $15

to $64. Friday, April 30, 8 p.m.

Passion and Consequences, with the New York City Opera

Singers in excerpts from Strauss’ "Salome." $17 to $69.

Saturday,

May 15, 8 p.m.

Michael Feinstein Live, celebrating the music of Gershwin,

Rodgers, Berlin, and many more. $15 to $64. Friday, May 21, 8

p.m.

NJSO in WW-P

Meet the Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,

West Windsor Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, 800-ALLEGRO.

Family concert with music by Bernstein, Dvorak, Hindemith, and

Tchaikovsky.

$14 to $19. Sunday, November 2, 2 p.m.

The Shoe Bird, family concert. $14 to $19. Sunday,

February 15, 2 p.m.

Carnival of the Animals, family concert with Bob Brown

Puppets. $14 to $19. Sunday, May 2.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-497-0020.

Subscription

series $50 to $165.

Wolfgang Basch. The professional orchestra opens its

five-concert

season with a program featuring guest soloist Wolfgang Basch on

piccolo

trumpet. Program features works by Raff, Schoenfield, and Berlioz.

September

21, 4 p.m.

Yuri Mazurkevich. Program features soloist Yuri

Mazurkevich,

violin, in works by Kabalevsky, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. November

9, 4 p.m.

Holiday Family Concert. Annual festive concert features

holiday favorites, special guests, and the annual sing-along. Guest

performers include New Jersey Tap Ensemble and the Princeton High

School chorus. $24 adult; $12 child. December 14, 4 p.m.

Peter Odrekhivsky. Program features guest soloist Peter

Odrekhivsky, accordion, in Koprowski’s "Accordion Concerto,"

with works by Schumann, Bach, and Poulenc. January 18, 4 p.m.

Reiko Uchida. Program features guest soloist Reiko Uchida,

piano, in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, with a concerto

by Heinichen and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. March 14, 4 p.m.

Vladimir Ovchinnikov. Season concludes with a return

engagement

by guest soloist Vladimir Ovchinnikov, piano, in Rachmaninoff’s Piano

Concerto No. 2, with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, "From the New

World."

April 25, 4 p.m.

PSO at State Theater

State Theater, Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, 732-246-7469.

New Year’s Eve Operafest. A quartet of singers who have

graced the opera stages of New York and beyond join the orchestra

in presenting a festive program of Puccini, Mozart, Lehar, and Strauss

opera and light opera favorites. Mark Laycock, music director. $25

to $55. December 31, 8 p.m.

PSO in Montgomery

Mozart and Friends Series, Montgomery Center for the

Arts, Skillman, 609-497-0020. Concerts at 4 p.m. $20. October 19,

November 23, December 7, January 11, February 8, March 7, April 11.

Princeton University Concerts

Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-5000. Tickets $10 to $33; all

students $2.

American String Quartet. The concert season opens with

the American String Quartet with David Jolley, horn, and Michael Tree,

viola, in a program of works by Haydn, Mozart, and Brahms. September

25, 8 p.m.

Richardson Chamber Players. The chamber group, led by

Michael Pratt and Nathan Randall, present "Demi-Sec!", music

of Erik Satie and Francis Poulenc. October 12, 3 p.m.

Guarneri String Quartet. A gala 110th anniversary concert

features the Guarneri String Quartet in an all-Beethoven program.

October 23, 8 p.m.

Escher Trio. The Escher Trio of Amsterdam presents works

of Haydn, Schubert, and Korngold. November 6, 8 p.m.

Anton Belov. Baritone Anton Belov, with Lydia Brown,

piano,

presents works of Schumann, Granados, Tchaikovsky, and others. January

15, 8 p.m.

John O’Conor. Pianist John O’Conor plays works of John

Field, Schubert, Chopin, and Beethoven. February 19, 8 p.m.

Richardson Chamber Players. The chamber group, led by

Michael Pratt and Nathan Randall, presents "Ancient Voices,"

featuring works by George Crumb and others. February 29, 3 p.m.

Artek. The 12-member early music ensemble presents

"Love

and Death Revisited" featuring 17th-century instrumental and vocal

works of Monteverdi, Merula, Castello, and others. March 11, 8 p.m.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Works of Villa-Lobos, Ponce,

Revueltas, and Ginastera. April 1, 8 p.m.

Children’s Concert. An introduction to music from Latin

America by the Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Free. April 3, 10:30 a.m.

Richardson Chamber Players. "Xochipilli: Chamber Music

of Latin America," featuring works by Carlos Chavez, Alberto

Ginastera,

Silvestre Revueltas. May 9, 3 p.m.

American String Quartet. The concert season closes with

a program of works by Haydn, Mozart, and Brahms. May 12, 8 p.m.

Princeton Jazz

Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-5000. Tickets $17 to $26; all

students $2.

Composing in the Moment. Original jazz works performed

by Princeton’s jazz faculty. November 8, 8 p.m.

Bob Mintzer and his Big Band. Jazz standards and original

works by Grammy Award winning saxophist Bob Mintzer. February 6, 7

p.m.

Bobby Sanabria. Percussionist Bobby Sanabria and the

Ascension

Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble. February 7, 8 p.m.

Ray Vega and His Latin Jazz Sextet. Ray Vega, trumpet

and flugelhorn. May 1, 8 p.m.

Boheme Opera

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, 609-581-7200.

$20 to $55.

Carmen. Bizet’s classic tragedy, directed by Reegan

McKenzie,

with music direction by Joseph Pucciatti. Sung in French with English

supertitles. Pre-curtain talk in theater at 6:45 p.m. Friday, October

24 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 26, at 3 p.m. October 24, 8 p.m.

The Barber of Seville. the Rossini favorite, sung in

Italian

with English supertitles. Friday, April 23, at 8 p.m., and Sunday,

April 25, at 3 p.m.

State Theater

15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 877-782-8311. Tickets $21

to $50.

Don Giovanni. Mozart’s darkly comic opera of revenge and

the supernatural. October 3, 8 p.m.

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Works by Mozart and

Beethoven. Murray Perahia conducts. October 16, 8 p.m.

Lucia di Lammermoor. Star-crossed lovers struggle against

the bonds of politics and family in this Italian opera. November 1,

8 p.m.

Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Works by Mozart and Schubert.

Vladimir Fedoseyev conducts. November 7, 8 p.m.

Orpheus. Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano, is soloist with

the conductor-less orchestra in a program of works by Mendelssohn

and Berlioz. December 3, 8 p.m.

Russian National Orchestra. Works by Shostakovich and

Bartok featuring Helene Grimaud, piano. January 31, 8 p.m.

La Traviata. Verdi’s classic opera. February 7, 8 p.m.

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci. Two Italian operas of

passion, jealousy, adultery, and revenge. March 12, 8 p.m.

Seattle Symphony. Works by Busoni and Rachmaninoff. March

31, 8 p.m.

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. Works by Honegger and Strauss.

May 6, 8 p.m.

H.M.S. Pinafore. Gilbert and Sullvian. May 8, 8 p.m.

Mason Gross School

Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University, 85 George Street,

New Brunswick, 732-932-7511.

Master Class Series. David Ross presents a master calss

on the 18th-century clarinet. Free. September 24, 12:30 p.m.

Rutgers University Orchestra. Kynan Johns makes his

conducting

debut in a program featuring "Don Juan" by Strauss, Respighi’s

"Pines of Rome," and the Mendelssohn Piano Concert No. 1.

$25. October 3, 8 p.m.

Critical Mass. Happenings, Fluxus, and Pop Art at Rutgers,

features a performance of Dick Higgins’ "The Thousand

Symphonies"

and "Haydn in the Forest" conducted by new music pioneer

Philip

Corner, with Paul Hoffmann on piano. Free. October 4, 8 p.m.

Rutgers Percussion Ensemble . She-e Wu directs.

$10. October 10, 8 p.m.

Douglass Lundeen. Virtuoso music for horn and strings

by Beethoven, Haydn, and Rosetti. Free. October 11, 8 p.m.

Helix!. New and modern music for small ensembles. Free.

October 12, 2 p.m.

Master Class Series. Fred Sherry on cello. Free. October

14, 1 p.m.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. William Berz conducts. $20. October

17, 8 p.m.

Struck Sound. Goldstein Duo features Paul Hoffmann, piano,

and Tom Goldstein, percussion performing newly commissioned works

by Robert Morris and Riccardo Piacentini. Free. October 21, 8 p.m.

Rutgers University Orchestra. Kynan Johns leads the group

in Haydn, Symphony 88; Beethoven, Symphony No. 3; and Mozart, Piano

Concerto in D Minor. Grace Chung is soloist. $20. November 1, 8 p.m.

Opera Scenes. Pamela Gilmore directs. $10. November 2,

2 p.m.

Rutgers Percussion Ensemble. She-e Wu directs. $10.

November

7, 8 p.m.

Rutgers Brass Ensemble. An evening of brass directed by

Scott Whitener. $10. November 15, 8 p.m.

Faculty Chamber Series. Conversations. Free. November

16, 2 p.m.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. William Berz, conductor. $20.

November

21, 8 p.m.

Master Class Series. David Shifrin on clarinet. Free.

December 1, 4 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble Too. The top undergraduate jazz ensemble

performs. Free. December 4, 8 p.m.

Rutgers University Orchestra. Performance features Ravel,

Le Tombeau de Couperin; Kabalevsky, Violin Concerto; and Bartok,

Concerto

for Orchestra. Kynan Johns conducts. $20. December 5, 8 p.m.

Rutgers Philharmonia. An orchestra composed of student

and young community musicians. $15. December 6, 8 p.m.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. William Berz, conductor. $20.

December

8, 8 p.m.

Rutgers Symphonic Band. William Berz, conductor. $10.

December 9, 8 p.m.

Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod. $20. February 6 to

15.

Rutgers Symphonic Band. William Berz, conductor. $10.

February 27, 8 p.m.

Rutgers University Orchestra. Kynan Johns conducts in

his debut session. $20. March 7, 2 p.m.

Rutgers Brass Ensemble. Scott Whitener, director. $15.

April 3, 8 p.m.

Cappella Raritana Baroque Orchestra and Rutgers Kirkpatrick

Choir . $20. April 17, 8 p.m.

Rutgers University Choir. David Kimock, conductor. $10.

April 18, 2 p.m.

Rutgers University Orchestra. Kynan Johns conducts in

his debut session. $20. April 23, 8 p.m.

Rutgers Concert Band. Timothy Smith, conductor. Free.

April 27, 8 p.m.

Rutgers Symphonic Band. William Berz, conductor. $10.

April 28, 8 p.m.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. William Berz, conductor. $20. April

30, 8 p.m.

Rutgers Philharmonia. Gordon Tedeschi conducts an

orchestra

composed of student and young community musicians. $15. May 1, 8 p.m.

Rutgers Glee Club. Patrick Gardner, conductor. May

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