(MORRISTOWN, NJ) – The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra added a performance of the classic film Casablanca with live orchestral accompaniment at the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Morristown on February 11. The Orchestra will also present the film concert in Newark and New Brunswick, as previously announced.
Critics and audiences alike consider iconic romantic film of 1942 Casablanca—With Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henried — one of the greatest films of all time. Roger Ebert wrote that CasablancaThe climax of “combines suspense, romance and comedy as they have rarely been brought together on screen”.
Performances will be on February 11 at 8:00 p.m. at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, February 12 at 8:00 p.m. at the NJPAC in Newark and February 13 at 3:00 p.m. at the State Theater New Jersey in New Brunswick. Tickets are available online at njsymphony.org or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).
The audience’s favorite conductor, Constantine Kitsopoulos, leads the performances.
All NJSO performances follow safety measures in partnership with the venues and based on guidance provided by the CDC and the State of New Jersey.
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More information is available at njsymphony.org/casablanca.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra connects with the people and diverse communities of New Jersey through the power of live symphonic music to inspire, entertain and educate. Internationally renowned Music Director Xian Zhang received critical acclaim from the podium and reinforced the NJSO’s commitment to presenting diverse voices that reflect the communities the orchestra serves.
The NJSO embraces its legacy as an orchestra across the state through stage and chamber performances at venues across New Jersey, as well as partnerships with other Garden State arts organizations, universities and civic organizations. The Orchestra’s education and community engagement programs foster a meaningful and ongoing engagement with live music.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NJSO has made free virtual performances and online educational programs available, reaching more than 10 million people on the Orchestra’s digital channels. NJSO Concert Films combines world-class NJSO performances with stunning images of the people and cityscapes of New Jersey. The NJSO showcased innovative programs with other arts organizations, community ensembles and statewide partners. Musicians perform solo and chamber work from iconic New Jersey locations in NJSO Everywhere. NJSO at Home highlights intimate in-home performances, instrument demonstrations, educational videos, and hours of concert recordings.
The youth orchestras of the ONJ not only continued virtual education, but introduced a whole new dimension to the program. In 2020-2021, nearly 200 students collaborated on a year-long creative composition project – a unique and engaging opportunity for students to explore their own musical voices and shape new works drawing inspiration from all of them. genres that inspire them. The project resulted in Our voices, an album of 25 original compositions.
The safety of our clients, musicians and staff is of the utmost importance to the NJSO. Please visit njsymphony.org for constantly updated details focused on the well-being of the participants in our performances.
The Orchestra’s online hub for free music content is njsymphony.org/virtual.
PHOTOS BY FRED STUCKER