Xian Zhang, conductor
Robert Wagner, bassoon
Musical legends abound! Celebrate Rossini’s portrayal of a daring Swiss archer who shot an apple from his son’s head; Beethoven’s illustration of the ideal hero; and a new work commissioned for beloved hometown musician.
Rossini: William Tell Overture
Not just a curtain-raiser, the overture to Rossini’s 39th (!) and final opera, William Tell, is a full symphony in miniature.
Christopher Rouse: Bassoon Concerto (East-coast premiere and NJSO co-commission)
This lyrical new piece completes Christopher Rouse’s cycle of concertos for every wind instrument. The NJSO co-commissioned this work to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Principal Bassoon Robert Wagner, who has given so much to our organization on and off stage.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
With two thunderous opening chords, Beethoven unlocked a new world of music-making, and every performance of his “Eroica” sounds revolutionary.