In Saturday’s (1/26) Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.), Ronni Reich writes that Jacques Lacombe’s final season as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s music director in 2015-16 will feature “landmark and lesser-known French pieces, contemporary works, unusual juxtapositions and interdisciplinary programming…. Much of [the season] will be led by guest conductors who may be considered as the next leaders of the NJSO,” including Xian Zhang, Christoph Konig, and Jérémie Rhorer. “The Winter Festival will focus on Shakespeare for the second year, with programs centered on Berlioz’ ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ … and Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ ” with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. “The POPS series continues with concerts inspired by ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Home Alone’ and James Bond, as well as a Valentine’s Day event with Megan Hilty and the return of Cirque de la Symphonie.” Also planned are Milhaud’s Scaramouche with Branford Marsalis on alto saxophone; music by John Williams from the film Catch Me If You Can; the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Percussion Concerto (“The Wounded Healer”); Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral; Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe; and Night and the City by Chris Rogerson. The orchestra will continue to present concerts in Newark, New Brunswick, Princeton, Morristown, Red Bank, and Englewood.

Posted January 26, 2015