Please welcome back our new student blogger Andrew Unger, who is about to let you in on some of the best deals for professional music performances right here in the TCNJ area! Read more about how you can even watch the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra perform on March 1st for just $10!
Next Stop, Market East!
Location, location, location.
One of the many things I value about my school is its close proximity to artistically lively metropolitan areas. Music is all around us, and we have the privilege of having world-renowned orchestras, chamber groups, and soloists performing right across the pond -in New York, Philly, and even our own New Jersey- on a regular basis. Just thinking about the incredible opportunities I’ve had in the past few years sends shivers down my spine.
In the Spring of 2012, I took my little sister to the Kimmel Center to see my idol, Simon Rattle, conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in a rendition of Brahms’ 3rd Symphony, Webern’s 6 Pieces for Orchestra, and Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony. Just last semester, I saw the principal horn of the New York Philharmonic, Phil Myers, perform chamber music alongside TCNJ’s own Dr. Tomoko Kanamaru at Symphony Space in NYC. I also shook his hand and had a lovely one-sided conversation (I was too nervous to say a word) with him backstage following the concert. Soon after, I saw one of the inaugural concerts of the new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in a stupefying Verdi Requiem. This past January, I drove for five minutes to Trenton’s War Memorial to see an electrifying New Jersey Symphony performance of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, conducted by Jacques Lacombe. In the spring, I plan on visiting Princeton’s McCarter Theater to hear international piano soloist Mitsuko Uchida.
All of this and more is right under our noses! If you have a student ID, you can get rush tickets for as low as 8 dollars to see the Philly Orchestra. Why not?
Speaking of great deals, contact Joe Pagani at <email@example.com> for information about 10 dollar tickets to see the New Jersey Symphony perform, among other things, Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on March 1st. If enough students participate, we will be provided with free bus transportation by the NJSO. Mark your calendar!
BLOGGER BONUS! We also asked our bloggers the following question. Check out Andrew’s response below!
What was the best or most exciting part of your winter break?
The most exciting part of my winter break was recording a rock song with a group of friends. Other than that, I enjoyed relaxing and spending time with my family.