In Tuesday’s (4/20) Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), Ronni Reich writes, “Between opera performances in Berlin, Jacques Lacombe flew into Newark for a few hours two weeks ago to rehearse with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Lacombe, who was working with the orchestra for the first time since being named music director-designate in October, clearly takes his new home at the podium seriously. While his official tenure begins in the fall, his first NJSO concerts in the new role will take place Thursday through Sunday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and the State Theatre in New Brunswick. The extra rehearsal, unusually far in advance, was just one indicator that Lacombe is about to be a very active, involved leader. … Right now, Lacombe is focused on his artistic goals, although he does have some plans for fundraising. … As he begins to reveal his plans for the orchestra, Lacombe shows a sharp, intense focus, as well as a natural affability. And, after what was effectively day one on the job, the musicians were impressed.”

Posted April 20, 2010