The State Theater New Jersey, completely renovated in 2021, has announced its 2022-23 Classic Series featuring three world-renowned international orchestras. The classic series includes the Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra on January 14, the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine on February 17, and Daniel Hope – Zurich Chamber Orchestra on March 21. Tickets for all three concerts are on sale now. For more information on the classic series, go to STNJ.org.
State Theater New Jersey’s classic series kicks off January 14 with one of Hungary’s oldest and most dynamic ensembles, the Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Young Hungarian piano superstar Zoltán Fejérvári joins the orchestra as soloist for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor. Conducted by András Keller, the Budapest Concerto program also includes Dvořák’s popular New World Symphony.
The second orchestra in the February 17 Classical Series is the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine. Founded in 1902, it is one of the largest and most renowned ensembles in the country. The program includes a chamber symphony by Ukrainian composer Yevhen Stankovych; Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with Ukrainian-American soloist Stanislav Khristenko; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major.
The final orchestra in the March 21 classic series is the revered 76-year-old musical institution, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra (ZCO), led by musical director and violinist Daniel Hope. A protege of the famous violinist/conductor Yehudi Menuhin, Hope is the first instrumentalist to be appointed musical director of the famous ZCO. As violin conductor, Hope leads the orchestra in a program featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending as well as two timeless works for string orchestra, Elgar’s uplifting Introduction and Violin Concerto in D minor from ‘Allegro and Mendelssohn.
2022-23 STNJ CLASSIC SERIES:
Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Sat. January 14, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Andras Keller, conductor
Zoltán Fejérvári, piano soloist
The program includes Lehar’s overture to The Merry Widow; Brahms’, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15: and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 178 “From the New World.”
Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine
Friday, February 17, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Theodore Kuchar, Principal Guest Conductor
Stanislav Khristenko, piano soloist
The program includes Stankovitch’s Chamber Symphony No. 3 for flute and string orchestra; Piano Concerto in A minor by Grieg, Op. 16; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92.
Daniel Hope – Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Tue March 21, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
The program includes the Introduction and the Allegro for Strings by Elgar, Op. 47, The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams (version for violin and string orchestra) and the Concerto for violin and string orchestra in D minor by Mendelssohn.
After major renovations in 2020-2021, State Theater New Jersey has reopened and is celebrating its 100th anniversary in a completely renovated theater featuring newly renovated lobbies, all new restrooms, upgraded HVAC systems, new elevator to access at all levels and a brand- new theater seats. Originally built as a silent film and vaudeville palace, the State Theater’s historical significance was honored by PBS by featuring it in its documentary series, Treasures of New Jersey, in fall 2018. “Treasures of New Jersey: State Theater New Jersey” can be streamed at STNJ.org/explore/treasures-of-new-jersey-documentary. Today, the State Theater is the largest performing arts center in central New Jersey and has hosted more than six million people since it reopened as a nonprofit performing arts center in 1988. The State Theater New Jersey is the cornerstone of the cultural vitality of Middlesex County and has an average total economic impact on New Brunswick and the surrounding region of over $18 million per year. Mainstage programs have featured high caliber artists such as Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Kevin Hart, Ringo Starr, Melissa Etheridge, John Leguizamo, Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Programs offered include Broadway, Orchestral, Family, Dance, Comedy, Rock/Pop, Jazz, School Performances and Sensory Performances.
State Theater New Jersey programs are made possible through funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for the grant was provided by the Middlesex County Board of Commissioners through a grant from the Middlesex County Culture and Arts Trust Fund.