TOMS RIVER — Ocean County College is pleased to host the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra when it performs a free outdoor concert on campus, August 18 at 7:30 p.m., with José Luis Domínguez at the podium. The rain date for this event is Thursday, August 19.
The orchestra has appeared on OCC’s campus twice before, each time drawing rave reviews for its moving performances. This year’s concert program features music by John Williams, Georges Bizet, Oscar Lorenzo Fernández and the late New Jersey composer George Walker. Highlights include trailblazer Florence Price’s “Nimble Feet” from Dances in the Canebrakes, patriotic favorites and Aaron Copland’s “Saturday Night Waltz” from Rodeo.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra also will present a free concert at Branch Brook Park in Newark on August 26 and returns to the Giralda Music & Arts Festival in Madison on August 28 as part of its summer concert series. The Giralda Music & Arts Festival, presented by Morris Arts, features children’s activities, an art show, picnic contest and more. Tickets are available at morrisarts.org.
The Orchestra continues to present chamber concerts by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players in the garden of The Newark Museum of Art in collaboration with the museum through August 14. Concertmaster Eric Wyrick curates a program featuring Beethoven’s Septet and Krommer’s Octet Partita in F Major (July 21 at 7 p.m.). Resident
Artistic Catalyst Daniel Bernard Roumain curates a bold program in the “NJSO & DBR: Now, New and Next” series (August 11 at 7 p.m.). Family concerts include Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (July 31 at 10 a.m.) and an interactive children’s storytime program (August 14 at 10 a.m.). Tickets are available at njsymphony.org/museum.
Rounding out the summer season, the Orchestra presents new music by the 2021 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute composers at NJPAC in Newark (July 24 at 8 p.m.). Tickets are available at njsymphony.org/scores.
NJSO performances will follow safety measures in partnership with these venues and based on the guidance provided by the CDC and the State of New Jersey. For more information about the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, visit njsymphony.org.
The concert, which is sponsored by PNC Bank, in partnership with OCC, is free, open to the public and no registration is required.
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