New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra

Reframing Classical Music


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2019 3:00 PM

2019-20 Season


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2019 3:00 PM

SUNDAY JANUARY 19, 2020 2:00 PM

NBCO@Christ Church

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020 3:00 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020 2:00 PM

NBCO@Christ Church
SUNDAY MAY 31, 2020 5:00 PM


NBCO to present "begBORROWsteal"

The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra will beg, borrow and steal for its June 3 concert in New Brunswick’s Christ Church. The Saturday 7:30 p.m. show will feature Dmitri Shostakovich’s arresting Chamber Symphony and Sebastian Currier’s haunting Next Atlantis (about the drowning of New Orleans during Katrina), among others.

Begging comes into play with the first performance of Alexa Canales’ suite for strings Once More. Canales is pursuing a doctoral degree in music composition at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Artistic Director Hyczko says, “As any good non-profit would, we’re barely paying her, so we’re essentially ‘begging’ her for the music.”

Borrowing comes into play with Michael Daughterty’s Strut, since the piece repurposes the memory of Rutgers’ alum Paul Robeson walking down a Harlem Street in the 1930s. The larger-than life valedictorian and athletic hero is world-renowned for his singing of “Old Man River,” and his prowess as an actor.

Look for borrowing also in Sebastian Currier’s Next Atlantis, a remembrance of Hurricane Katrina where Currier reuses the sounds of water running, of barges, and of foghorns. The ambient sounds played back through stereo surround accompanied by the orchestra result in a haunting soundscape.

As for stealing, John Corigliano’s instrumental work “Voyage” steals from an earlier vocal work of his. Similarly, Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Chamber Symphony” pilfers themes from his previous composition, particularly his searing Cello Concerto. 

Tickets for begBORROWsteal are available for $20 ($10 for students) at the door or through the NBCO website at

For more information, please contact John Semmlow at (732) 249-6999.    

The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra goes “Four x 4”

Hard rocking rhythms and virtuoso concerto playing will rule the stage on Saturday, June 4 at the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra’s annual spring concert at Christ Church, New Brunswick.

The concert – “Four x 4” will feature four new or recent pieces by four adventurous composers. Led by conductor Mark Hyczko, the musicians of New Brunswick’s oldest classical music ensemble will tackle two works by 20-something composers from NYC: Judd Greenstein and Mohammed Fairouz. Both artists combine serious classical chops with a taste for fast-paced rock-infused rhythms and chunky melodies. Greenstein’s “Four on the Floor”, originally for string quartet and recently expanded to string orchestra, explores the ancient idea of the “perpetual motion machine” with pairs of instruments exploring contrasting grooves. Fairouz’ “The Named Angels” weaves minimalist harmonies around funky world music melodies and danceable beats.

At the center the show will be Alberto Ginastera’s 1965 masterpiece, Concerto per corde (Concerto for Strings). Comprising fragments of works the Argentine composer had written for chamber performances at the Kennedy Center by such luminaries as the legendary cellist Pablo Casals, the concerto features blistering solos for each of the orchestra’s instruments, combined in a haunting folk-like score.

As in previous years, the NBCO’s June concert will include a new work commissioned from a Rutgers composition student, chosen from the the brilliant Mason Gross composition program. This year’s winner is Jinsil Lee, who has written a fiery and entertaining concerto for piano and orchestra entitled “The Beginning” that features pianist Carl Patrick Bolleia.

The concert begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students). PURCHASE TICKETS NOW.  Parking is available in the deck next door and another down the street from Christ Church, which is located at 5 Paterson Street, between Neilson and George streets.

For more information visit the NBCO’s Facebook page or our website: 

VISIONS sacred and secular from the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra

The sounds of choirs, angels and Shakers will fill historic Christ Church in New Brunswick on Sunday afternoon May 5, when the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra presents VISIONS. This last concert of the season will include “Shaker Loops,” exciting music from America’s greatest living composer, John Adams, as well as Aaron Jay Kernis’ ethereal “Musica Celestis” and Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia” in an exploration of musical ecstasy, both sacred and secular. 

Also on the program is a newly commissioned work by Joel Phillips of Westminster Choir College: “Ark of my dreams,” a propulsive song for chorus and string orchestra set to the soaring hopeful poem of the same name by 19th century American poet and musician Sidney Lanier. And the orchestra will perform Franz Liszt’s seldom heard “Angelus,” an impressionistic evocation of the evening call to prayer.

The concert is a joint concert of the NBCO, under the direction of Conductor Mark Hyczko, and the Parish Choir of Christ Church, under its music director John Sheridan. 

VISIONS is also the orchestra’s final collaboration with acclaimed Princeton artist Debra Weier, whose painting “Exit” is the inspiration and focal point of the program. It is part of “Reframing Classical Music,” the NBCO’s initiative to redefine the “norms” of classical music by seeking inspiration through the bold work of visual artists. Ms. Weier will be on hand with her painting to speak with concert-goers.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Christ Church with our muse, Debra Weier,” said Maestro Hyczko. “And we are excited to be exploring this music, which runs the gamut from the energetic fervor of a Shaker revival to Liszt’s prayer to Britten’s passionate but non-religious settings of W.H. Auden’s poetry.”

The concert begins at 4 PM. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and are available at the door or here. Christ Church is located at 5 Patterson Street, next door to the Church Street parking deck, where parking is free on Sundays.

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Transform A Friend

As our first concert presented under a new artistic vision quickly approaches we would like to encourage our supporters to transform a friend. 

Connect with a friend that has never experienced a classical music concert and invite them to the concert this Saturday. Be their host and guide. Show them that whatever they think of classical music, NBCO is different. 

We've made available the program for TRANSFORMATIONS (download a PDF here) and you can use the program notes to start a conversation about the pieces to be performed. Discuss the fact that violinist Stefani Collins is performing on an instrument older than our country (a rare Guarneri violin built in 1734!) Or how Michi Wiancko has added percussive elements to her arrangement of "La Follia" Variations for String Orchestra. And how Ástor Piazzolla transformed the tango of brothels and nightclubs into something entirely new, the "Nuevo Tango," by infusing it with the forms of classical composition that he adored.  

Introduce a friend to NBCO. Transform a friend. Let's continue to reframe classical music. 

Music of Piazzolla and Art from Princeton

Winter in New Brunswick becomes “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” when the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra performs its next concert, Transformations, on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in historic Christ Church. The concert will present Astor Piazzolla’s tango-infused masterpiece with soloist Stefani Collins, a rising young violin virtuoso.

From Argentina the concert travels to ancient Greece with Pulitzer Prize-winning  composer Paul Moravec’s “Morph”, a retelling of Ovid’s tale of Daphne and Apollo for string orchestra. Then the NBCO visits Italy with “La Follia” Variations for String Orchestra, based on Arcangelo Corelli’s 17th century classic. Finally the orchestra makes a brief stop in Spain with Rutgers-based composer Edgar Girtain’s anthem on a poem by Vicent Andrés Estellés of Valencia.

Transformations will be the first of two concerts in collaboration with New Jersey artist Debra Weier and will feature her painting “Exit”. It is part of “Reframing Classical Music”, the NBCO’s initiative to redefine the “norms” of classical music by seeking inspiration through the bold work of visual artists. Ms. Weier will be on hand with her painting to speak with concert-goers.

“We’re excited to bring together the brilliant music of Astor Piazzolla and the vibrant artwork of Debra Weier, an internationally prominent artist from Princeton,” says Mark Hyczko, music director of the 51-year-old NBCO. “It’s music we think matters and art we love. And we’re delighted to showcase them both in historic Christ Church right in downtown New Brunswick.”

Piazzolla composed his “Four Seasons” after the perpetual classic of Italian Antonia Vivaldi. The mood of the seasons in the Argentine tango master’s version is darker, more driving, like the legendary South American city itself. Collins, concertmaster of Camden’s Symphony in C, is the winner of the 2012 Washington International String Competition.

The concert begins at 7:30 PM.  All tickets are $20 and are available at the door or online at  Christ Church is located at 5 Patterson Street, next door to the Church Street parking deck.

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