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NJPAC announces 2013-14 Bank of America Classical Series

Mariinsky Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and a Rare U.S. Recital by Evgeny Kissen

Series also Includes the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Joshua Bell with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Newark, NJ (January 21, 2013) – NJPAC today announced its 2013-14 Bank of America Classical Series, a season brimming with the world’s finest orchestras and foremost soloists, including a strong focus on internationally recognized artists from Russia. The series beings in October 2013 with performances in NJPAC’s Prudential Hall – the Center’s 2,800-seat performance space that is recognized for its acoustic resonance and likened to “being inside of a great string instrument” by Yo-Yo Ma – will host six world-class orchestras and two recitals next season. Performances include the return to NJPAC of Valery Gergiev leading the Mariinsky Orchestra during his 60th birthday year, two maestros who will both conduct and perform as soloist on the same program (violinists Pinchas Zukerman leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Spivakov leading the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra), and the NJPAC debut of Gianandrea Noseda directing the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Audiences may select a series specially curated by NJPAC’s artistic staff or create their own series of three or more performances. Subscription packages range in price from $65 - $557 and can be purchased by calling 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), in person at the NJPAC box office located at One Center Street in downtown Newark, or online at www.njpac.org. With the Easy Pay Option, purchases may be spread over four installments. Bank of America is the sponsor of NJPAC’s Classical Music Series.

Indefatigable Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, celebrating his 60th birthday this season, returns to NJPAC’s Prudential Hall on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 3pm with the Mariinsky Orchestra of
St. Petersburg. This singular ensemble brings a program that includes Stravinsky’s complete, groundbreaking ballet, The Firebird, and features the brilliant Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, who takes on one of Rachmaninoff’s most technically demanding works, Piano Concerto No.3.

Renowned violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman leads the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Prudential Hall performance on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8pm in an all-Beethoven program that culminates with the composer’s immortal Fifth Symphony. The program also includes the Overture to Beethoven’s ballet Prometheus, and Zukerman himself as soloist for the Violin Concerto in D, one of the most popular violin concertos every written. Formed in 1946, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has enjoyed more than sixty-five years of success, giving performances of a wide range of musical repertoire all over the world with artists of the highest caliber. Mr. Zukerman is considered one of the preeminent conductors, violinists and educators of his generation, garnering 21 Grammy nominations for over 100 recordings.

A month later, on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3pm, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russia’s oldest ensemble and where Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of his Pathetique symphony shortly before his death, comes to NJPAC under the direction of Yuri Temirkanov and with pianist Denis Kozhukhin, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and other works to be announced. Temirkanov was the first Russian artist permitted to perform in the United States after cultural relations were resumed with the Soviet Union at the end of war in Afghanistan in 1988, was Music Director of the Kirov Opera and Ballet (now the Mariinsky), and has appeared with leading European orchestras. Kozhukhin won First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels as well as 1st Prize at the Vendome Prize in Lisbon in 2009 and 3rd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006.

For over 75 years, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has represented Israel as the nation’s foremost cultural ambassador under conductors from Bernstein to Mehta to Dudamel. The IPO, part of NJPAC’s inaugural season in 1997 and a sell out in 2008 in its last stop in Newark when Gustavo Dudamel led the orchestra’s Prudential Hall performance, returns to NJPAC on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8pm under the baton of Chief Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda. The maestro, who also regularly conducts many of the leading international orchestras and is the Victor De Sabata Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Laureate Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, is making his NJPAC debut with a program featuring Berlioz’ monumental Symphonie Fantastique, a cornerstone of the symphonic repertoire, and other works to be announced.

Ever since Vladimir Spivakov founded his Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra in 1979, it has been the “gold standard” for similar ensembles. Hand-picked by Spivakov, each orchestra member is a ranking soloist drawn from the principal chairs of the great orchestras of Russia. Spivakov himself, a violin virtuoso, will be the soloist in a Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8pm program of Italian baroque music for strings plus other works by Vivaldi, Boccherini, Rossini and Tchaikovsky.

Joshua Bell, the leading American violinist of his generation and an NJPAC audience favorite, returns to Prudential Hall on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8pm, with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jacques Lacombe. The program features the overture to Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy, Ravel’s Tzigane (for Violin and Orchestra), Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No.1, and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in d, “(Bell) has evolved from a technical whiz to a true artist and intellectual whose music feeds both your brain and your heart,” says Newsweek. This performance is presented in collaboration with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

The acclaimed young pianist Evgeny Kissin returns to NJPAC on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:30pm for the first time since his sold out 2005 performance. This recital will include Schubert’s Sonata in D Major and Scriabin’s Sonata No. 2 in g and Seven Etudes from Op.8. Kissin was special guest at the 1992 Grammy Awards Ceremony, broadcast live to an audience estimated at over one billion, and became Musical America’s youngest Instrumentalist of the Year in 1995. In 1997 he received the prestigious Triumph Award for his outstanding contribution to Russia’s culture, one of the highest cultural honors to be awarded in Russian, and again, the youngest-ever awardee. In December 2003 in Moscow, he received the Shostakovich Award, one of Russia’s highest musical honors

As in past years, classical music is one component of the 2013-2014 season. The full season will be announced later this Spring and will include NJPAC’s blend of classical, dance, jazz, cabaret, rock/pop, comedy, holiday events, and family offerings. Single tickets for every

NJPAC’s 2013-14 Bank of America Classical Series Calendar of Events
(as of January 14, 2013)

Please note programs, dates, and artists are subject to change. All ticket sales are non-refundable.
For program notes and changes, please visit www.njpac.org

Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 3:00
Prudential Hall
Valery Gergiev, conductor
Denis Matsuev, piano
Stravinsky: The Firebird (complete ballet)
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3

Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:00

Prudential Hall
Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin
All -Beethoven Program:
Overture to Prometheus, Op.43
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61
Symphony No. 5 in c, Op.67

Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:00
Prudential Hall
Yuri Temirkanov, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
(plus other works to be announced)

Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:30
Prudential Hall
Schubert: Sonata in D Major, D. 850
Scriabin: Sonata No. 2 in g, Op.19
Scriabin: Seven Etudes from Op.8

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:00
Prudential Hall
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
(plus other works to be announced)

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8:00
Prudential Hall
with the
Jacques Lacombe, conductor
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy - Overture
Ravel: Tzigane (for Violin and Orchestra)
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in d, Op. 47

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8:00
Vladimir Spivakov, conductor and violin
Works by Vivaldi, Boccherini, Rossini and Tchaikovsky

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is the artistic, cultural, educational, and civic center of New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. The largest cultural venue for performing arts in the state of New Jersey, NJPAC annually presents more than 350 concerts, plays, recitals, spoken word, and cultural events. The performance home of the critically acclaimed New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, NJPAC regularly welcomes the world’s foremost performers in every genre, from Itzhak Perlman, Tony Bennett, and Yo-Yo Ma, to Paul Simon, Youssou N’Dour, and ZZ Top; from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to the National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique.

Located in the heart of an emerging downtown Newark, NJPAC has been widely cited as a catalyst in the revitalization of New Jersey’s largest city, attracting more than seven million visitors since it opened in 1997. NJPAC’s arts education initiatives have reached more than a million Newark and New Jersey children with innovative programs including the Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens, The Star-Ledger Scholarship for the Performing Arts, The Young Artist Institute, and the Verizon Passport to Culture SchoolTime Series. NJPAC also offers in-school residencies in dance, theater, music, and the literary arts. The cornerstone of Newark’s cultural community, NJPAC’s free outdoor summer music series, Sounds of the City, is an annual highly anticipated event, attracting between 3,000 and 5,000 people to the three-acre Theater Square on Thursday nights during the summer months. To learn more, visit www.njpac.org

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