New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at NJPAC

04.27.15
Stefan Jackiw
Broadway World

Whatever your weekend plans were cancel them and find a way to the Count Basie Theater tonight at 8 or NJPAC tomorrow at 3 to see the latest New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. There is no greater musical performance going on in the tri-state area than Christoph Konig's masterful conduction of the orchestra performing alongside solo violinist Stefan Jackiw. The soloist much like Clapton on guitar or Joel on keyboards plays imperiously, impressively, and holds sway over the audience. 

Jackiw shines with Dvorak offering a virtuoso performance. He lulls, cajoles the notes to dance majestically before us. With the orchestra, they reach an aural vernacular that is pleasing, persuasive, and contemplative, and not to be missed.

Outdoing themselves with Ravel, Jackiw presents the violin in its array moving swiftly thankfully from silence, screeches to dramatic flourishes offering an instrument at battle with itself. He delicately creates silence and melody harkening to its musical brethren, only to be ignored until a sweet short stanza of pure, simple playing. Crafting a call and response of tonal frolic. Swaying carefully between dissonance and pleasure, this is a complex, rich, meandering piece of music. One moment it is lust with the full orchestra playing for the heavens in sonic joy, the next the strings rebel hauntingly, jauntily strutting of their own accord.     

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