New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Thurs., June 30th
begins at 7pm

Takes place at Pier A Park,
First St. & Sinatra Dr.,

at the end of the Park
on the big lawn.
In case of rain,
will be held
at Demarest School,

4th St. bet.
Bloomfield & Garden St.


Pre-concert Activity for Kids begins at 6pm
Touch the Music Instrument Petting Zoo

Bring the whole family! NJSO, with Touch the Music, offer this unique music program that gives kids an extraordinary opportunity to explore really instruments.
Enjoy a picnic and by all means, bring your dancing shoes!

Thanks to our co-sponsor Burgiss for helping to make this free concert possible.

njso-njpac-performance-04-23-10-0213 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education
partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Under the bold leadership of Music Director Jacques Lacombe, the NJSO presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and Bergen PAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, state universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include the three-ensemble Greater Newark Youth Orchestras, school-time Concerts for Young People performances and multiple initiatives that provide and promote in-school instrumental instruction. The NJSO’s Resources for Education and Community Harmony (REACH) chamber music program annually brings original programs—designed and performed by NJSO musicians—to a variety of settings, reaching as many as 17,000 people in nearly all of New Jersey’s 21 counties.


Program Selections for Thursday June 30th, 2016 • 7pm
Conductor: Gemma New

Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker
Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Allegro
Beethoven Symphony No. 7, 2nd mvt.
Rossini Barber of Seville Overture
Offenbach Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld
Bernstein/Mason West Side Story


Holcombe Hooray for Hollywood
Holcombe Tribute to Walt Disney
Williams Raiders of the Lost Ark March
Holcombe Ghostbusters
Arlen “Over the Rainbow”
Williams E.T.
Williams Harry’s Wondrous World
Williams Star Wars
Lowden Armed Forces Salute
Encore: Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever


Take a seat on the lawn of Pier A Park in Hoboken and spend a relaxing summer evening outdoors! As night falls, the New York City skyline lights up behind the orchestra, making this a unique and romantic summer symphony concert destination. Hear classical dances from Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Brahms in the first half. Then, rev up for a lively second half when the NJSO plays tunes from swing, Latin, pop and a whole lot more.

6pm – Touch the Music pre-concert instrument petting zoo
provides a hands-on experience for kids to try out different instruments. 


For more information about the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, visit or email

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations and individual donors. United is the official airline of the NJSO.




GEMMA NEW – Associate Conductor

Praised by The Baltimore Sun for her “absorbing and well-honed performance,” GEMMA NEW is Associate Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Director of the Lunar Ensemble. A native New Zealander, New has conducted orchestras including the Danish National, BBC Scottish, Baltimore and Christchurch (NZ) Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières. New made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in April 2013 as one of three conductors selected for the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop with John Adams and David Robertson.

As Associate Conductor, New conducts NJSO education and summer programs and works with its affiliated Greater Newark Youth Orchestra. She has assisted Music Director Jacques Lacombe, former Music Director Neeme Järvi and many visiting artists.

In 2012, New received the first-place American Prize for orchestral conducting and was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic to reside at the Salzburg Music Festival as an Ansbacher Fellow. She was chosen by Kurt Masur to share the podium with him in concert at the 2012 Usedom Music Festival in Germany. She attended the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen as a conducting fellow. New received first prize in the 2010 International Conducting Competition in Macon, GA, and was a semifinalist in the Donatella Flick LSO competition in 2012.

As Director of the Lunar Ensemble, she has premiered 26 works in the last two years; she held residencies with the ensemble in Fredonia, Baltimore and New Orleans. She has recorded albums with the Lunar Ensemble and L’Estro Armonico.

Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, New studied violin performance at the University of Canterbury and New Zealand School of Music; she began conducting at age 15. A graduate of the Peabody Institute, she studied conducting with Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop and Markand Thakar. She has been cover conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, assistant conductor for the Peabody Concert Orchestra, Peabody Opera Theatre, Christchurch Symphony and Southern Opera in New Zealand. She was conductor of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra.