Overview

XIAN ZHANG conductor

DANIIL TRIFONOV piano

JESSIE MONTGOMERY Starburst (Tong Chen, conductor)

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1

SMETANA “The Moldau,” “Šárka” and “Blaník” from Má vlast

Fresh off of a riveting NJSO Concert Film performance, Artist-in-Residence Daniil Trifonov returns for Brahms’ First. Only a powerhouse pianist and conductor in perfect sync can make this thrilling climb. Jessie Montgomery’s sizzling Starburst leads things off before Xian Zhang brings a fresh take to a beloved Czech masterwork, Smetana’s Má vlast, tapping the warm strings and beautifully rounded brass threaded into the Symphony’s DNA by former music director Zdenek Macal.

Daniil Trifonov as Artist-in-Residence is made possible by Judy and Stewart Colton.

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