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originally published: 06/13/2022

(NEWARK, NJ) — Tickets are on sale now for movies, family and special concerts in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra 2022-2023 season, including the orchestra’s centenary gala concert with legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma and music director Xian Zhang.

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

The Symphony presents blockbuster films with Oscar winner John Williams, live on 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 the New Jersey Performing Arts Center enter into 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 Orchestra presents a pair of family programs at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater. “A happy noise!” spotlights famous artists from Newark and beyond in a gospel music-inspired holiday concert (December 3). “Hooray for Bollywood!” presents iconic music from the Indian film industry in the Hindi language (May 13).

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

Zhang said, “The centennial season will be a grand celebration on a scale far beyond anything our audience has ever experienced at our concerts. We will honor our traditions, but at the same time make new pieces that excite our audience and our orchestra. This season, we’re showcasing exceptional artists from all walks of life, an incredible variety of music, and spectacular performances that bring visuals, film, and dance. There will also be wonderful opportunities for our orchestra musicians to show how brilliant they are.

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

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will redefine what it means to be a relevant and leading orchestra in the 21st century. Through adventurous performances, hands-on educational experiences, and strong community programming, we encourage everyone to enjoy the power and creativity of orchestral music in all its forms. Across genres and locations, for audiences from all walks of life, we strive to bring music that makes sense to you, to you.

As we look forward to celebrating our centennial, we renew our deep-rooted commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by championing new, often local, artists; engage audiences for whom the inspiring depth and breadth of classical music will be new; and incorporating the broadest possible representation into all aspects of our organization, all to better reflect and serve our vibrant communities.

Our extensive educational offerings, including our youth orchestra, masterclasses and virtual learning opportunities, will train 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 everyone, no matter where, anytime.


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