Revolutionary Passion

  • 2016-2017 Season

Program: 

Date: 

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3:00 PM

Location: 

Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ

Featured Performers: 

In an effort to provide some of the best and most diverse classical music performances in Northern New Jersey, the BONJ has assembled a unique concert.

The Yellow River Piano Concerto (simplified Chinese: 黄河协奏曲; traditional Chinese: 黃河協奏曲; pinyin: Huáng Hé xiézòuqǔ) is a piano concerto arranged by a collaboration between musicians including Yin Chengzong and Chu Wanghua, and based on the Yellow River Cantata by composer Xian Xinghai. Since its politicised premiere in 1969 during the Cultural Revolution, the Concerto has become popular in China and amongst overseas Chinese nationalists.

Winter Dances was composed by Amy Reich for the BONJ in celebration of the orchestra's 20th Anniversary.

Tchaikovsky's Symphony #6 was the last major work Tchaikovsky composed. While on the surface it seems to be similar to the composer's other works, in reality it is startlingly different. It is more internalized and the themes have a new structure and shape - even the famous melody of the first movement. The 2nd movement sounds like a waltz, but is actually in 5/4 time, not the expected 3/4 time.

The 4th movement is one of the most relentlessly driving marches ever written.

Lastly, Tchaikovsky was the first composer to place the slow movement at the end of the work. It is one of the greatest masterpieces of orchestral writing and in its way one of the most revolutionary.  

Stephen Wu

  • An educator, composer and performer, Stephen has spent the majority of his life developing his skill and creativity as a musician.
  • Starting his musical career in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan, Stephen has studied music at Trinity College of Music in the United Kingdom, Manhattan School of Music in New York City, NY, Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ and Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Music in Russia.
  • While in Moscow, he studied with Aleksei Nasedkin, who along with Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels, was a student of Heinrich Neuhaus.
  • Stephen has given concerts as a soloist and a collaborative musician in different venues including Taipei Chiang Kai Shek Memorial National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Rachmaninoff Hall in Russia and Leconfield Hall in the UK and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
  • Along with working as a performer and private piano instructor, Stephen serves as both a faculty member in Arts Education and as a regular accompanist at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
  • He has been involved with numerous Arts Education programs, including the Young Artist Institute, Summer Youth Performance Workshop, In-School Residencies, Star-Ledger Scholarship and Jeffery Carollo Music Scholarship.
  • Stephen has channeled his commitment to education into the creation of an interactive program for Apple iOS and Mac users. “Note Reading: An Interactive Workbook” is designed to serve as a tool for all individuals who are starting to learn how to read music. This digital book is available for purchase in the iTunes stores internationally.

Amy Reich

  • Amy's compositions have been performed across the United States and Europe.
  • Winter Dances was composed especially for The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey - this concert is the World Premiere.
  • Amy teaches at Montclair State University Cali School of Music
  • Her works have been performed by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, The Cleveland Chamber Collective, Dinosaur Annex, Los Angeles Chamber Music Series, Tanglewood Music Center.
  • Her composition Suite for Small Orchestra was premiered by The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey at NJIT
  • She is a founding member of Composers in Red Sneakers
  • Amy has received grants from Meet-the-Composer, The Massachusetts Council on the Arts, The American Harp Society, and Harvard University.  

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