The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) continues to celebrate its return to the concert stage for the 2021-22 season with three concerts on December 4 and 5 at Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center at Saint Elizabeth University located at 2 Convent Road in Morristown. Presenting works spanning from the Romantic era to present day, the family-friendly concerts will showcase the youth orchestra program’s varied ensembles, from strings, flutes, and woodwinds to full orchestra and jazz. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at NJYS.org.
Appearing under the batons of Michelle Hatcher, Nevena Bojovic, and Natasha Loomis, respectively, the NJYS Primo Strings, Concertino Strings, Sinfonia, and Flute Ensembles will perform works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Valerie Coleman, Soon Hee Newbold, and more on Saturday, December 4 at 1:00 p.m. The NJYS Concertino Winds, Clarinet Ensemble, and CL4tet led by Bryan Rudderow and the NJYS Philharmonia led by Mark Gunderman will perform works by Brahms, Puccini, Emma Lou Diemer, and more on Saturday, December 4 at 5:00 p.m.
NJYS Jazz, featuring the award-winning Jazz Orchestra led by Dion Tucker, Big Band led by Gregory Williams, and Saxophone Ensemble led by Benjamin Kovacs, will delight audiences with the music of Ellington, Mingus, Miles Davis, and more on Sunday, December 5 at 3:00 p.m.
Now in its 43rd season, NJYS continues to achieve musical excellence through intensive instruction and high-level performance. Under the guidance of a talented team of conductors, coaches, and teaching artists, students are immersed in challenging repertoire, learning the art of ensemble playing, and exploring their potential in a supportive and inclusive environment. NJYS remains committed to programming works by diverse composers and featured 20th century African American and women composers such as Duke Ellington, George Walker, Yvonne Desportes, Emma Lou Diemer, Julia Perry, and Florence Price.