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Violinist Sarah Chang Takes Up Residency With New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Performs Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite, Jaques Lacombe to Conduct

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Jan 13, 2015 11:28 PM EST

Renowned violinist Sarah Chang has taken up a two-week residency with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from Jan. 16–25. Chang will perform Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite in all six of the NJSO venues statewide.

“We are thrilled to bring Sarah Chang to all six of our concert halls and give all of our audiences across the state the chance to hear her close to home,” says music director and conductor, Jaques Lacombe. “She is such a talented musician and has always had a unique connection with NJSO audiences. She is a generous artist and model for young musicians; I was amazed at how many young people came to see her the last time she performed with the NJSO.”

Chang’s residency anchors the Orchestra’s 2015 Winter Festival: Sounds of Shakespeare. She will be performing the West Side Story arrangement David Newman wrote for her across two Winter Festival programs. In the first program, she will also perform Dvořák’s Othello Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Love Duet, selections from Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra and Delius’ “The Walk to the Paradise Garden” from A Village Romeo and Juliet. In the second and final set of performances, her program will feature Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing Suite and Elgar’s Falstaff.

“Shakespeare has been such a huge source of inspiration for many artists and composers, so these programs explore multiple plays and the way composers responded to their themes,” says Lacombe.

NJSO will also offer pre-concert panel discussions. Winter Festival panel discussions explore the relationship between Shakespeare and music one hour before each concert. Chang's first program will be in Princeton, Red Bank and Morristown from Jan. 16–18. Her second program will be in Englewood, Newark and New Brunswick from Jan. 22–25. For more information or tickets to this event, click here.

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