Man & Nature: Exploring the Elements in Music

January 5, 2011

2011 Winter Festival with the New Jersey Symphony.

Happy New Year! Here’s a good start to the year:

2011 Winter Festival with the New Jersey Symphony

This weekend, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) and their Music Director Jacques Lacombe are launching their new “Man & Nature” festivals, exploring the elements in music.  They are kicking off the 2011 Winter Festival with “Water! From the River to the Sea,” beginning this Friday, January 7.

We’re excited for this creative new venture by the NJSO, and pleased to be a part of it too: Dodge President and CEO Chris Daggett is moderating a panel before the first performance, which is free to any ticketholder:

Jan 7, 2011 | 6:45 pm
Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Water: Global Challenges and Local Solutions—Your Personal Impact

Moderated by Chris Daggett, President & CEO
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

James Lecky, Executive Director
Branch Brook Park Alliance

Dr. Karen Poiani, Chief Conservation Strategy Officer
The Nature Conservancy

Bob Canace, Land Preservation Specialist
The Land Conservancy of New Jersey

The panel will discuss water-related issues around the world and at home in New Jersey, with special emphasis on practical ways individuals can participate in conservation efforts.

The performance following the panel features a unique Water Concerto by composer Tan Dun, who is best known for his score to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The concerto incorporates water as a musical instrument for what promises to be a mesmerizing concert experience. Additionally, Debussy captures the ever-changing moods of the ocean—serene, playful, turbulent—in La Mer, while Picker conjures a powerful sense of place in Old and Lost Rivers.

If you can’t make the panel and performance on Friday, please be sure to see the NJSO’s website for more performances throughout January.