(New Brunswick, NJ) -- In 2010-2011, the State Theatre brings orchestras from around the world to the New Brunswick stage. Kicking off the classical series is the BBC Concert Orchestra (11/7/10), featuring Maestro Keith Lockhart, best known as the conductor for the Boston Pops. Classical performances to follow include Salute to Vienna—World's Greatest New Year's Celebration (12/31/10), is back by popular demand; the Budapest Festival Orchestra (1/27/11) in a program of Haydn and Stravinsky; and the Philharmonic of Poland (2/13/11) in a program of Strauss, Liszt, and Chopin. This performance is part of the Philharmonic of Poland's first U.S. tour. Rounding out the year will be a pops performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in A Salute to Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) composer John Williams (4/17/11). The 2010-2011 Symphony Series is sponsored by The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation.
2010-2011 Classical Performances
BBC Concert Orchestra
Conducted by Keith Lockhart
Sun, November 7, 2010 at 4pm
Program: Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro: Overture; Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo, Nocturne, Wedding March; Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 with pianist Ilya Yakushev; Vaughan Williams, Symphony No. 5 in D major
From its humble beginnings as a radio orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra has grown into one of the world's most respected and versatile orchestras, with an enviable reputation in the fields of light music, opera, ballet and musicals, on radio, television, and in the concert hall. Tickets range from $32-72.
Salute to Vienna
New Year's Concert 2011
Fri, December 31, 2010 at 6pm
Featuring: The Strauss Symphony of America; Klaus Arp, conductor (Vienna); Katarzyna Dondalska, soprano (Warsaw); Dániel Vadász, tenor (Budapest); and dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine.
Inspired by Vienna's world-famous Neujahrskonzert (New Year's Concert), this holiday tradition brings the same splendor, charm and beauty to the State Theatre once again. A brilliant new cast of over 75 musicians, European singers and dancers inspire and delight with popular Strauss waltzes, polkas and operetta excerpts. Tickets range from $47-97.
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Thu, January 27, 2011 at 8pm
Iván Fischer, founder and conductor
Alexei Lubimov, piano soloist
Program: Haydn, Symphony No. 102; Haydn, Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob.XVIII:11 with pianist Alexei Lubimov; Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring "D
A*national treasure for 27 years, the BFO and founder/conductor Iván Fischer, have represented Hungary in some of the world's great concert halls including Zürich's Tonhalle, New York's Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, and Paris' Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. In the past 30 years, Fischer, known for his intense rehearsal methods, has conducted the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and the Munich Philharmonic, among others. Tickets range from $32-72.
Philharmonic of Poland
Direct from Opole, POLAND
Sun, February 13, 2011 at 3pm
Boguslaw Dawidow, music director and conductor
Program: R. Strauss, Don Juan, Op. 20; F. Liszt, Mazeppa Symphonic Poem No. 6; and F. Chopin, Piano Concerto No.1, Op.11
The history of the National Philharmonic of Poland can be traced back to the years immediately following World War II when it was founded in 1947, becoming the resident Orchestra of Opole. This will be the orchestra's first transcontinental tour of the U.S. Tickets range from $32-72.
A Salute to John Williams
Sun, April 17, 2011 at 3pm
Gerald Steichen, conductor
Presented by State Theatre and NJSO
Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) winner John Williams has written the soundtracks for some of the most defining films of the last 50 years. It takes only a few notes to recognize the themes from Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Schindler's List. Hear these and more, like Superman, Memoirs of a Geisha, and The Cowboys, as we salute this incredible talent. Tickets range from $20-65.
The 2010-2011 Symphony Series is sponsored by The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation.
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm; and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517.