XIAN ZHANG conductor
ROBERT WAGNER bassoon
NOKUTHULA NGWENYAMA Primal Message
MOZART Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”
ROUSE Bassoon Concerto (East Coast Premiere, NJSO Co-Commission)
ROSSINI Overture to Guillaume Tell
The “Jupiter” Symphony offers inspiration for the sheer miracle and Swiss-watch perfection of its final movement—and heartache, because this was Mozart’s last symphony. Beloved Principal Bassoon Robert Wagner has served NJSO audiences for 42 years; he plays the East Coast premiere of Christopher Rouse’s lyrical concerto. And why not play with convention and end with a starter: the rousing “Hi-yo, Silver!” curtain-raiser to Rossini’s Guillaume Tell.
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