In Sunday’s (4/26) Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), Carlton Wilkinson writes, “This week, conductor Neemi Järvi gives his official farewell performances as music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In a move originally planned for last season, Järvi steps down as music director at the end of this season. A search for a new music director is under way. Järvi will continue to have a relationship with the NJSO as conductor laureate, a position he holds with three other symphonies. In that role, he will be back on the podium in January to conduct Verdi’s ‘Requiem.’ Next weekend’s program embraces the monumental moment with a few iconic gems, including Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘The Emperor,’ and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. Per Tengstrand will be the soloist for the Beethoven piece.”

Posted April 27, 2009

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