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originally published: 06/13/2022

(NEWARK, NJ) –Tickets are now on sale for film, family and special concerts in the New Jersey Symphony’s 2022–23 season, including the orchestra’s centennial gala concert with legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Music Director Xian Zhang.

Yo-Yo Ma headlines the Symphony’s Centennial Gala & Concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, on November 12. Dancers from New Jersey Ballet join Zhang and the orchestra for Ginastera’s Four Dances from Estancia. The gala concert opens with Wynton Marsalis’ Herald, Holler and Hallelujaha work the Symphony co-commissioned and premiered in January 2022.

The Symphony performs blockbuster films with Oscar-winning John Williams scores live to picture—Jaws (October 28–30) and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (May 18–21). The orchestra also presents a “Best of John Williams” concert featuring iconic themes from the composer’s most legendary film scores (February 24–26).

The Symphony and New Jersey Performing Arts Center cap a multi-season partnership presenting the Harry Potter Film Concert Series with the series finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in Concert (February 4).

The Symphony presents a pair of family programs at the Victoria Theater at NJPAC. “A Joyful Noise!” Spotlights celebrated artists from Newark and beyond in a gospel music-inspired holiday concert (December 3). “Hooray for Bollywood!” Features signature music from the Indian Hindi-language film industry (May 13).

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Zhang conducts the Symphony in a pair of holiday traditions: Handel’s Messiah (December 16–18) and the Lunar New Year Celebration (January 21).

Zhang says: “The centennial season will be a great celebration at a much higher magnitude than anything our audience has previously experienced in our concerts. We will honor our traditions, but at the same time, do new pieces that excite our audience and our orchestra This season, we’re featuring outstanding artists from all backgrounds, an amazing variety of music and spectacular performances that bring in visuals, film and dance. There will also be wonderful opportunities for our orchestra musicians to show off how brilliant they are. ”

Tickets are available for purchase online at or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

The New Jersey Symphony Through adventurous performances, hands-on educational experiences and robust community programming, we encourage everyone to enjoy the power and creativity of orchestral music in all its forms. Across. genres and venues, for audiences of all walks of life, we strive to bring music that’s meaningful to you, to you.

As we look toward celebrating our centennial, we are renewing our deeply rooted commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by championing new, and often local, artists; engaging audiences for whom the inspiring depth and breadth of classical music will be new; and incorporating the broadest possible representation in all aspects of our organization—all to better reflect and serve our vibrant communities.

Our expansive educational offerings—including our youth orchestra, masterclasses and virtual learning opportunities—will build the next generation of listeners and musicians and help students grow, both musically and personally. And we will continue to seek new ways to connect with all New Jerseyans, through programs that resonate with a variety of cultural and musical backgrounds, as well as digital innovations that make our orchestra accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime.


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