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New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Shows World Premiere of Darryl Kubian's 'O for a Muse of Fire' and Works by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky Feat. Pianist Serhiy Salov

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Feb 16, 2015 03:13 PM EST

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will give the world premiere of Darryl Kubian’s commissioned work O for a Muse of Fire as part of its New Jersey Roots Project. The program will also include masterworks by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky featuring pianist Serhiy Salov. Jacques Lacombe will conduct the performances.

Kubian is an accomplished composer and the NJSO’s first violinist. O for a Muse of Fire is inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry V and echoes the NJSO’s Winter Festival, which celebrates the Bard through music. The work will feature vocalist Mary Fahl. The premiere will culminate with the orchestra’s five-year New Jersey Roots Project, which showcased works by composers whose time in New Jersey significantly influenced their artistic identity.

“The New Jersey Roots Project truly comes full circle with this commission from Darryl Kubian,” music director Lacombe said in a press release. “For patrons to play a part in bringing this new work to life makes this world premiere an even greater celebration of the vibrant artistic culture of our state.”

Salov will also be included in the night's festivities as he returned to the NJSO stage for Rachmaninoff’s "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini." The program will close with Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, “Pathétique.”

To complement the Russian classics being performed, NJSO Accents will include a Russian poetry reading following some of the performances. Victoria Juharyan will read poems from the Gold and Silver ages of Russian poetry in Russian and English.

Performances will take place March 19 in bergenPAC in Englewood with an accent after, March 20 at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, March 21 at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank and March 22 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, also with an accent. Click here to purchase tickets to any of the performances.

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TagsNew Jersey Symphony Orchestras, World Premiere, Darryl Kubians, O for a Muse of Fire, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Serhiy Salov

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