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New Jersey Fall Concert Picks

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New Jersey boasts a Fall concert calendar that should make many other states stay green with envy. Here are some great picks from across the Garden State.

1. Juilliard @ SOPAC brings the Israeli Chamber Project to South Orange on November 1, when the group performs music by Saint-Saens, Bartok, Bach, Mendelssohn, and contemporary Israeli composer Gilad Cohen.

2. The amazing lutenist Paul O’Dette brings the music of John Dowland, a Renaissance master and one of England’s greatest composers, to the campus of Montclair State University on October 25.

3. On November 17, Princeton University brings baritone Thomas Hampson to the McCarter Theatre with his Song of America project, celebrating the breadth and wealth of the American singing tradition.

4. You haven’t heard of conductor James Gaffigan yet, but you will. Catch him while he’s still a rising star on November 29 in New Brunswick leading the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in the music of Mozart and Schumann.

5. On December 11, the dynamic husband-and-wife duo of pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel, co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, bring Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos to NJPAC.