New Jersey Stage logo
New Jersey Stage Menu

New Jersey Festival Orchestra to open season with "Two Mighty Fifths"

originally published: 09/22/2023

New Jersey Festival Orchestra to open season with "Two Mighty Fifths"

(WESTFIELD, NJ) -- The four most iconic notes in classical music – Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 – kick off New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s exciting new program for the 2023-2024 season. The concert, which takes place Friday, October 6th at St Helen’s Church in Westfield, juxtaposes Beethoven's relentless, triumphant and most famous orchestral work with a balm to soothe the spirits, Vaughan Williams' contemplative 5th Symphony.

The event, a “yin-yang” approach, presenting opposites with connecting forces, is also a celebration  -- NJFO’s 250th concert performance.

Beethoven’s Fifth, arguably is the most famous piece of classical music ever written, reflects triumph-through-struggle. It was adopted by Churchill to signify victory in Europe in 1944. Beethoven stated that the opening motif encapsulates the spirit of the symphony, as it resembles “fate knocking at the door.” The work continues to cast its spell over audiences across the world and has become a musical testament to the power of the human spirit. Showtime is 7:00pm.

In stark contrast, Vaughan Williams' 5th Symphony - written in the darkest moments of World War Two – is a serene work. The gentle, pastoral harmonies stem from the altruistic work that the composer carried out during this crisis, reflecting his belief in music’s ability to uplift society in times of trouble.

David Wroe conducts this captivating program and celebration of NJFO’s 250th concert performance. 

Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $50-$100 per month, click here for info

Two Mighty Fifths, made possible in part through the generous support from the NJ State Council on the Arts, takes place on Friday, October 6th at an exciting new acoustically superior venue - the sanctuary of St Helen’s church in Westfield.

TICKET INFORMATION: Two Mighty Fifths takes place on Friday, October 6, 2023 at St Helen’s Church (1600 Rahway Avenue) in Westfield, New Jersey . Please note new day and new venue. Tickets to all concerts, starting at $40 (students $25), are on sale now. For further information call (908) 232 9400 or go to


VAUGHAN WILLIAMS  Symphony No. 5 in D major  

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 5 in C minor 

New Jersey Festival Orchestra to open season with "Two Mighty Fifths"

The New Jersey Festival Orchestra is a premier, fully professional, symphony orchestra. Founded in Westfield in 1983, NJ Festival Orchestra has grown to become one of New Jersey’s largest professional orchestras, having a presence throughout many cultural communities of New Jersey, and appearing as far afield as Carnegie Hall on a regular basis. The name New Jersey Festival Orchestra reflects an ongoing celebration of the diversity of music and the creation of experiences that stretch the boundaries of traditional classical performances.

NJFO programs include classics from the orchestral repertory as well as offerings that showcase the fusion of fine arts and popular culture. This unique and dynamic approach to programming further brings classical music to life and creates an ongoing 'festival' of compelling presentations worthy of their name.

Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $50-$100 per month, click here for info

In addition to an adventurous subscription season, popular concerts near and far, and a rousing New Year’s Eve celebration, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra sponsors educational and music therapy programs throughout the state of New Jersey.



From Wind to Wonder

Saturday, February 24, 2024 @ 7:00pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: music

Click here for full description

Jeffrey Gaines

Saturday, February 24, 2024 @ 7:30pm
Lizzie Rose Music Room
217 E. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
category: music

Click here for full description

An Evening with Glen Phillips & Shawn Mullins

Saturday, February 24, 2024 @ 8:00pm
Monmouth University - Pollak Theatre
400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
category: music

Click here for full description

Click here for more events

Listings are available for $10 and included with our banner ad packages.

Click here for more info.



Second Annual American Music Honors Recipients include John Mellancamp, Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples, and Dion DiMucci

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- The Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music has announced the honorees of its second annual American Music Honors event, to be held Wednesday, April 24 on the campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

Live Today Love Tomorrow Tour MMXIV features The Alarm, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, and the UK's Belouis Some

NJPAC presents Smokey Robinson

PSO Soundtracks Talk: A Celebration of Bulgaria with Maestro Rossen Milanov and Soprano Mariana Karpatova

Click here for more event previews

New Jersey Stage

© 2024 by Wine Time Media, LLC
PO Box 811, Belmar, NJ 07719

Nobody covers the Arts
throughout the Garden State
like New Jersey Stage!

Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms. If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads, and on our RSS feed

Art | Comedy | Dance | Film | Music | Theatre | Ad Rates | About Us | Pitch a Story | Links | Radio Shows | Privacy Policy