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New Jersey Symphony Orchestra 🎼🎻 Mozart’s Don Giovanni
January 9 @ 7:30 pm
In 1922, the ensemble that would later be known as the NJSO gave its first concert at the Montclair Art Museum, a fittingly local venue for the beginning of an organization that has defined itself through its community connections. Philip James led this group of only 19 string players in a program that included music by Purcell, Saint-Saëns and Veracini, as well as the world premiere of The Dark Road by American composer Cecil Forsyth.
Over the next two decades, the Orchestra’s core repertoire was expanded and the ensemble tightened under the leadership of Rene Pollain (1929–40) and Frieder Weissman (1940–47). Composers most frequently presented were Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Wagner. An impressive roster of guest soloists graced the Orchestra’s stages.