New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


(New Brunswick, NJ) -- Four of the world's most celebrated orchestras will perform at the State Theatre during its 2014-2015 classical season, opening on Sunday, November 2, 2014 with The English Chamber Orchestra with Branford Marsalis. The theater, known for its superb acoustics and intimate atmosphere, is currently celebrating its 25th year as central New Jersey's premier nonprofit venue for performing arts and entertainment.

The 2014-15 classical season includes The English Chamber Orchestra with Branford Marsalis (11/2/14); the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra with violin soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (11/16/14); Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México (2/15/15); and the BBC Concert Orchestra under the baton of Keith Lockhart (4/26/15).

"We have seen tremendous growth in our audience in the last three years for our classical music offerings which is attributed to the excellence of the artists and strong, innovative marketing," said Mark W. Jones, State Theatre's President & CEO.

All performances are preceded by complimentary Pre-performance Insights featuring guest experts providing fascinating perspectives on the performances. Tickets for all four orchestra performances go on sale on Friday, March 14 at 10am. Tickets for all the orchestra performances range from $35-70.

Marsalis "Well-Tempered"
featuring The English Chamber Orchestra with Branford Marsalis
Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 3pm

Renowned Grammy® Award–winning saxophonist and Tony®-nominated composer Branford Marsalis joins the highly celebrated English Chamber Orchestra in Marsalis "Well-Tempered," a performance of Baroque masterpieces by Albinoni, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and others.

The English Chamber Orchestra is one of the world's leading chamber orchestras, having performed in more countries than any other orchestra, recorded over 1,500 works, and played with the world's greatest musicians. 

In addition to The English Chamber Orchestra performance, there will be a pre-performance cocktail reception and post-performance dinner and silent auction, both held at the Heldrich Hotel as part of the Annual Classical Season Celebration. Tickets for the celebration cost $250 and include the pre-performance cocktail reception, a premium orchestra seat for the performance, and the post-performance dinner and silent auction. Sponsorship opportunities and upgrades from concert-only tickets to Celebration tickets are available. For more information about the Classical Season Celebration and how you can support this event, please contact Alisson Canavera at 732-247-7200, ext. 543 or

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Pavel Kogan, conductor
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3pm

Program: Dvořák, Overture "Carnival"; Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; and Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Founded in 1943 by Lev Steinberg, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra has established a reputation as one of the premier interpreters of the Russian classic composers. Today, the MSSO is led by Pavel Kogan who assumed the positions of Music Director and Chief Conductor in 1989. Since then, the MSSO has steadily expanded its repertoire beyond the classics of Russian and Western symphonic literature to include contemporary compositions from both Russia and abroad.

Electrifying performances, fearless interpretations and musical depth have established violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as one of the leading violinists of our time. She is also currently the Music Director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Méxio
Enrique Bátiz, music director and chief conductor
Irina Chistiakova, piano
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 3pm

Program: Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn; Ponce, Piano Concerto "Romantic"; Brahms, Symphony No. 1

The world-famous Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Méxio returns to the State Theatre. This is the orchestra's first visit to the United States since 2008. Joining the orchestra for this performance is rising star piano soloist, Irina Chistiakova.

Founded in 1971 by Maestro Enrique Batiz and the State Government of Mexico, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México aims to promote music as a means of union and identification among Mexicans. A cultural gem of Mexico, the orchestra has recorded a wide range of traditional Mexican and Spanish songs as well as classics by Verdi and Beethoven.

BBC Concert Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor
Charlie Albright, piano
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3pm

Program: Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin; Ravel, Piano Concerto in G; Walton, March Crown Imperial; Vaughn Williams, Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1, E minor; Britten, Vars and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell (Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, no narrator)

Led by Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart, the BBC Concert Orchestra is one of the UK's most versatile ensembles. It has a wide and flexible repertoire, ranging from classical works and musical theatre to light music and film scores, and appears with a huge range of artists every year. Since 1952 it has been the house orchestra for BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night.

In addition to conducting the BBC, Lockhart is the conductor of the Boston Pops, one of the world's most distinguished collections of musicians. Lockhart became the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler.

The State Theatre symphony series is sponsored by The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation.


Salute to Vienna
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 6pm

Featuring: The Strauss Symphony of America
András Deák, conductor (Budapest)
Sera Gösch, soprano (Vienna)
Alexandru Badea, tenor (Vienna)
and dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine featuring International Champion Ballroom Dancers

Celebrating its 9th year at the State Theatre, Salute to Vienna is a festive New Year's concert, featuring a brilliant cast of over 75 musicians, stellar European singers and dancers in beautiful costumes. The NYE program features a light-hearted blend of popular Strauss waltzes, polkas, and famous operetta excerpts from Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, and more.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at 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 three hours prior to curtain on performance dates, unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people's lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre's programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98.3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.