Campus & Community

Stevens President Nariman Farvardin To Be Honored At New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Celebration

Gala Will Feature Music Director Xian Zhang Conducting Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

(Hoboken, NJ - August 16, 2018) Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin will be honored at the Opening Night Celebration of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) on October 5 for his contributions to the arts in the region through the creation of the OnStage at Stevens series in collaboration with the NJSO. The celebration will also honor Florence Johnson, NJSO Community Relations Liaison.

"Our opening gala is a true celebration of community, and we are proud to honor two of New Jersey’s finest influencers in Dr. Nariman Farvardin and the NJSO’s own Florence Johnson," said NJSO President and CEO Gabriel van Aalst. "These two individuals are pillars of their respective communities; they have fostered collaboration and inspired new audiences to experience the arts in our great state."

President Farvardin announced the launch of OnStage at Stevens in fall 2016. OnStage at Stevens is an exciting performing arts and cultural series that brings premier music, theater, dance, literary arts and other artistic and cultural productions to campus. Through the collaboration, the NJSO developed a series of concerts exclusively for the initiative. Thousands of guests from the Stevens, Hoboken and surrounding communities have enjoyed special performances by members of the NJSO, which have featured a range of outstanding musical talent performing a variety of programs spanning classical and jazz, holiday favorites, Irish music, and much more.

"Stevens’ partnership with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra over the last two years has truly enriched not only the lives of the extended Stevens community, but has enhanced the arts and culture of Hoboken and the region," said Farvardin. "The OnStage at Stevens program adds an important dimension to the vibrant campus life of our premier technological research university.  I look forward to continuing and expanding the partnership between Stevens and the NJSO in the years to come."

The cocktail and gala event will also mark Music Director Xian Zhang’s third Opening Night Celebration with the NJSO. To kick off the 2018-19 season, Zhang will conduct Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the U.S. premiere of Kate Whitley’s Speak Out.

The celebration will take place on Friday, October 5, 2018, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. All proceeds will support the NJSO as it enriches lives through its artistic, music education and community engagement programs.

More information is available through the NJSO. To reserve tickets, a sponsorship or advertising, contact Laura Bessey, NJSO Manager of Special Events, at [email protected] or 973.735.1729.

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, New Jersey overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Since our founding in 1870, technological innovation has always been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research. Within the university’s three schools and one college, 6,900 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate closely with faculty in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment. Academic and research programs spanning business, computing, engineering, the arts and other fields actively advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront our most pressing global challenges. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on tuition investment, career services and the mid-career salaries of alumni.

Stevens media contact: Thania Benios, 201.216.5003, [email protected]