New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) Community Partners present Broadway Bound at the Bayonne Museum on March 12th at 6:30pm, where the program features critically acclaimed music from Leonard Bernstein’s most famous musicals.

If you’ve loved West Side Story, as well as songs from a host of other legendary composers, then save a seat for your chance to see the arranged string quartet select decades of inspiring musicals including: The Sound of Music to the timeless Phantom of the Opera and Cats.

In Bayonne, the NJSO is partnering with the PSEG Foundation and the City of Bayonne to showcase an unforgettable performance featuring NJSO Chamber Players Rebekah Johnson, Hector Falcon, and Martin Andersen on the violin and Sarah Seiver on the cello.

As an emerging arts community in the City of Bayonne, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis said, “we look forward to the concert by the New Jersey Symphony which is consistent with our goals to support culture and the arts.  Bayonne has been well represented on New York’s Broadway and the “Broadway Bound” theme draws attention to Bayonne’s connection to the greatest theatre district in the world.”

According to nysymphony.orgThe Wall Street Journal named the NJSO as, “a vital, artistically significant musical organization,” by embodying dynamism through it’s statewide presence, educational partnerships, and the orchestra’s extraordinary broadway classics. 

PSEG Foundation President Ellen Lambert said, “We are proud to partner with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to bring classical music to Bayonne. These chamber concerts connect families with unique cultural experiences.”

The NJSO is a 95 year organization based out of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. In addition to the orchestra’s main stage audience, the string quartet also performs for over 60,000 people in New Jersey every year across the state. 

There are six regular performances throughout the state with a focus on community engagement as a primary goal, which is the main reason why the orchestra decided to come to Bayonne, according to Gabriel van Aalst, President and CEO of NJSO.

“We have a history with working in the region and a fantastic relationship with PSEG…We thought it was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the broadway traditions. There’s a lot of different famous actors who come from Bayonne and to bring a broadway program there we think it could be very cutting and fun for the community to hear,” said van Aalst.

The six regular performances with family programs, outdoor summer programs, and special events, are, but are not limited to, the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and BergenPAC in Englewood

The NJSO also has a partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ where the orchestra performs four times a year. 

In the future, the organization plans to increase its presence throughout Bayonne, so if you’re unable to attend the performance on the Northwest corner of Ninth & Broadway, 229 Broadway, then there’s alternative dates to follow.

With ending remarks, Major Davis said, “We are very happy to host this outstanding performance at the Bayonne Community Museum.  We would like to thank PSE&G for sponsoring this great evening of entertainment in our community.”

By Katherine Guest