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Season Preview: Classical Music
Although the halls of Princeton provide the cherished
heart of our region’s classical music, the eyes and ears of classical
music lovers are on Trenton’s War Memorial this fall as the
hall emerges from its extensive, 4-year-consuming, politically-tinged
facelift. Already gleefully tuning up for the grand re-opening are
the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra and Voices Chorale, scheduled
to celebrate together with a Christmas Holiday Spectacular concert,
Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13. In the new year, Boheme Opera
looks forward to once again reclaiming its home ground for its spring
production of "Rigoletto," and the Greater Trenton Symphony
Orchestra and Wesminster’s Schola Cantorum team up for an encore,
rededication concert, Sunday, March 7.
Wary of running the risk of unforeseen construction delays, the New
Jersey Symphony Orchestra has elected to wait to celebrate its War
Memorial Grand Re-Opening Gala until Wednesday, March 10, a safe six
months after the renovation’s oft-scheduled "completion date."
The NJSO celebratory concert features Frederica von Stade, with
Zdenek Macal, in works by Beethoven and Danielpour. NJSO then moves
back to its Trenton home in earnest, with four additional concerts
scheduled there through May, re-joining its popular series at
Auditorium in Princeton and the State Theater in New Brunswick.
NJSO also reports that its 1998-’99 season schedule, only the second
at its first permanent home, Prudential Hall, at the New Jersey
Arts Center in Newark, was so heavily subscribed by early August —
7,800 subscriptions sold for a 70 percent capacity — that it will
add four weeknight NJPAC performances. The additional performances
feature guest artists pianists Vladimir Feltsman, Gerhard Oppitz,
Eldar Nebolsin, and violinst James Ehnes.
Trinity Cathedral, 801 West State Street, Trenton, December 11.
of Literature and Music , Princeton University Chapel, December
18. Christmas Concert, Richardson Auditorium, December 20.
Concert, Blessed Sacrament Church, Trenton, April 18.
West Upper Ferry Road, 609-683-8000. Die Fledermaus, Wednesday,
October 28; Friday, October 30; Sunday, November 1.
Friday, April 23; Sunday, April 25.
Baroque chamber music performed on period instruments. Purcell
and Handel , October 4. Johann Sebastian Bach, January 17.
Bach and his Muses, March 7.
609-394-1338. Christmas Holiday Spectacular, with Voices
December 12 (invitation only preview, call 609-737-9383), December
John Williams, October 8. Gil Shaham, October 26. Saint
Paul Chamber Orchestra , November 9. The King’s Singers,
22. Richard Goode, March 30. Joshua Bell, April 5.
Serkin, April 19. Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, April
21. Alfred Brendel and Matthias Goerne, April 25. Garrick
Ohlsson, May 17.
Newark, 888-GO-NJPAC. Pinchas Zukerman, with the English Chamber
Orchestra, October 4. The Philadelphia Orchestra, October 12.
Vienna Choir Boys, October 16. James Galway, October 25.
Boston Symphony Orchestra, November 6. Dresden Staatskapelle
Orchestra , November 15. Mstislav Rostropovich,, cello,
29. The Boys Choir of Harlem & The Girls Choir of Harlem,
2. Richard Goode, piano, January 17. London Symphony
January 23. New York Philharmonic, February 12. Maxim
violin, February 19. Los Angeles Philharmonic, March 13.
Brendel, piano, April 14. Kathleen Battle, soprano, May 2.
The Cleveland Orchestra, May 11. Yo-Yo Ma, cello, May
Performing Arts Center, Newark, 800-ALLEGRO.
opens its 76th season in its grand new hall under the baton of Zdenek
Macal, September 16. Jewish Heritage Concert, May 16.
Princeton University, 800-ALLEGRO. Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody,
October 30. Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola, November 27. Emanuel
Ax , piano, January 29. James Ehnes, piano, Wieniawski’s
No. 2, March 12.
Sonnenberg , guest conductor Gerard Schwarz and violinist Nadja
Salerno-Sonnenberg, October 15. Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody, Eldar
Nebolsin, piano, October 31. Alexander Markov, violin, November
5. Stewart Goodyear, piano, November 19. Nokuthula
Ngwenyama, viola, November 28. Wagner’s Ring, Alessandra
Marc, soprano, January 21. Young Artist Winner, Miho Saegusa,
1998 Young Artist Auditions winner, February 18. Mahler’s Ninth,
March 4. Vladimir Feltsman, piano, Beethoven’s Concerto No.
3 in C minor, May 8. Gerhard Oppitz, piano, May 20.
von Stade, baritone Frank Hernandez, and music director Zdenek Macal
in Zwilich’s "Celebration," Danielpour’s "Elegies,"
and Beethoven’s Sympony No. 7, March 10. Andre Watts, piano,
April 8. Gerhard Oppitz, piano, May 22.
Inaugural Season, November 30, January 25, and March 15.
University, 609-683-5122. Verdi Requiem, Sharon Sweet, Met
and Princeton resident, opens the 20th season, with soloists Janis
Taylor, Michael Sylvester, and Kevin Deas, October 18. Handel’s
Messiah , Frances Fowler Slade conducts the full chorus with
Judith Pannill, Tracy Mould Watson, Brad Diamond, and Jan Opalach,
December 18 and 19. Carmina Burana, Collaboration with the
Repertory Ballet, at the State Theater, New Brunswick, March 27 and
18. Music for the Mass, World premiere of the work by Milton
Babbitt, with music of Haydn and Mozart, May 14.
609-258-5000. The Orion String Quartet, September 24. Baroque
Pearls , The Richardson Chamber Players, October 9. Joseph
piano, October 15. Trio Romanesca, the ensemble formerly known
as Three Parts Upon a Ground, November 12. The Golub-Kaplan-Carr
Trio, December 3. The Takacs String Quartet, January 14.
Exotic Locales, the Richardson Chamber Players, February 5.
Alexander Mikhailuk, February 18. The Prague Duo, March
25. The Nash Ensemble of London, April 8. Main Street
the Richardson Chamber Players, May 7. The American String
La Traviata, San Francisco’s Western Opera Theater, October
30. St. Petersburg State Symphony, November 14. Vienna Choir
Boys , December 11. The Girls Choir of Harlem, January 17.
Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, January 29. Die
the London City Opera, February 4. Mozarteum Orchestra of
609-219-2001. Weekends at Westminster, Siri Bernstein, soprano,
with Jose Ramos-Santana, piano, September 27. Margaret Cusack,
and J.J. Penna, piano, October 11. "Toward the 20th Century:
Laura Brooks Rice, mezzo-soprano, and J.J. Penna, piano, October 24.
Organ recital by Mark Anderson, November 1. Baroque at
Lloyd Bronson memorial concert with Flauto d’Amore, November 8.
at Westminster, Messiaen’s "Quartet for the End of Time,"
December 5 & 6. A Christmas Musicfest, the Westminster Singers,
December 13. A Renaissance Christmas, Fuma Sacra performs
Virgin and the Christ Child, December 20 & 21.
Stephen Berkelhammer, baroque oboe, February 6. Weekends at
"Fiori di Amori," songs of flora, fauna, and love by Tamara
Matthews, soprano; J.J. Penna, piano, February 14. "Celebration
of Piano and Voice," Ingrid Clarfield, Diana Livingston, and Scott
McCoy, February 27.
The Complete Organ Works of J.S. Bach, Gavin Black begins a
three-year series of free recitals, September 30, December 2, February
17, April 21.
Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joseph Flummerfelt conducts the
150-voice Symphonic Choir and Festival Orchestra in Durufle’s
Colors of Christmas , Westminster Jubilee Singers, December 4.
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