Tuesday, December 12, 2017

JAZZ THIS WEEK IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians...the future "greats!" This is your chance to see them NOW!

Seattle native, Molly Mason followed music to the East Coast. where she earned a Masters in classical voice from Boston U. Molly's focus switched from opera halls to intimate clubs when she found a love for the freedom and creativity that jazz music has to offer. Molly Mason can be heard performing favorite standards, new compositions and modern arrangements in clubs and concert venues across the Tri-State area.

"...I have followed Dave Stryker's playing since his early days in Omaha through his long stay with Stanley Turrentine and his longstanding relationship with the great alto player Steve Slagle (another undersung heavy out there) and he just gets better and better with one of the most joyous feels around." -Pat Metheny."

"......one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years."  ~Village Voice

~Andrew Hovan, All About Jazz

MONMOUTH CIVIC CHORUS BRINGS JOY TO THE WORLD

Joy to the World

Joy to the World

WHEN: Sunday, December 17, 2017, 4:00 pm
WHERE:
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701
TICKETS: Premium seating: $45 adult, $40 senior, $35 group (10 or more), $10 student; Regular seating: $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group (10 or more), $5 student.
Tickets and information are available at www.MonmouthCivicChorus.org or (732) 933-9333.
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The sounds of the season will deck the halls of the Count Basie Theatre when the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus performs Joy to the World.  Following the rousing success of last year’s holiday performance, the chorus will perform an expanded edition of Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau’s Christmas Suite.

Concert-goers will enjoy an array of holiday favorites including O Holy Night, Auld Lang Syne, Silent Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Deck the Hall, all artistically arranged for chorus and orchestra by Brandau.  Intertwined throughout the Suite will be classical stalwarts from Handel’s beloved Messiah

Image result for Ryan James BrandauDr. Brandau (left) has broad experience conducting a variety of choral and orchestral ensembles. In addition to his work with Monmouth Civic Chorus, he serves as Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, a chamber choir and orchestra in New York City. He is also on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, where he works with the Symphonic Choir, which he has prepared for performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony. He remains active as a choral arranger, composer, and clinician whose arrangements and compositions have been featured by choral ensembles across the globe. Ryan received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Yale School of Music. Prior to pursuing graduate study in conducting, Ryan attended the University of Cambridge in the UK as a Gates Scholar, earning an M.Phil. in historical musicology. He received his B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.

The Monmouth Civic Chorus has been called "near-flawless" (Asbury Park Press), "alive and evocative" (The Star-Ledger) and "superior" (Red Bank Green). The Chorus is the proud recipient of the 2008 ASCAP/Chorus America Alice Parker Award, and the 2010 Spinnaker Award for Arts and Culture from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jewish Heritage Museum Presents Presents “L’Chaim “featuring The Jewbadors

The Jewbadors

Celebrate life with The Jewbador’s production of L’Chaim, a delightful blend of songs, stories and jokes overflowing with the humor, fun, and poignancy of Jewish music and culture. A loving and culture-filled tribute to the holidays, food, and family bonds that are essential components of Jewish life, L’Chaim is a joyous experience for all.

The Jewbadors bring the humor, joy, and pathos of Jewish culture to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Formed in 2011, the group offers stories, songs, and “shtick” in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew as well as other languages. This group of four musicians and five singers all has performed in choral groups, musical groups, as actors and singers in shows, as well as soloists in many Jewish venues and wider venues.

For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit www.jhmomc.org. The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn. The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Museum is handicapped and assisted listening accessible.

NJIO Celebrates Season With a Free Family Concert on Dec. 17 in New Providence

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WHEN: December 17, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:
New Providence High School, 35 Pioneer Drive, New Providence
ADMISSION: Free
NJIO is committed to ensuring that its programs and concerts are accessible to all. For more information regarding the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691, info@njio.org, or visit NJIO’s website at http://www.njio.org or follow us on Facebook.

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will continue their 2017-2018 season with their annual Family Holiday Concert. The performance will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles, as well as the special guest, Australian ensemble Arts Alive. NJIO’s featured soloist will be the second-place winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition, violinist Eilene Lee.

Concertgoers will enjoy a variety of selections that celebrate traditions of the season, including popular works like Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” Talented young soloist Eilene Lee will be performing the incredible Violin Concerto #1 by Max Bruch. Children especially will enjoy this delightful concert which includes audience participation on certain holiday favorites. Following the concert, members of the orchestra will host their always-popular “Instrument Petting Zoo,” where kids will have the opportunity to try out a variety of orchestral instruments.  Bring the whole family to celebrate the holiday season with music and fun with NJIO!

Eilene LeeEilene Lee, 15, a sophomore at Bergen County Academies, started violin at the age of 5.  Eilene has been studying with Yu-Jeong Lee and currently is a student of Naoko Tanaka at The Juilliard School, pre-college division.  Eilene has won prizes in several national and international violin competitions.  She has participated in several music programs including The Echo Music Festival and School, and The Saarburg International Music Festival and School in Saarburg, Germany.  She enjoys playing in many orchestras that include New Jersey Region I Junior High School Orchestra (2015, 2016-Concertmaster), New York Youth Symphony Orchestra (September 2015 to May 2016), and Juilliard Pre-college Symphony (2016 - current).  She also volunteers at various charitable events with her chamber group and the Good Neighbor Ensemble.

James HillThe Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Program comprises some of the most talented young musicians from various public schools in the Northern and Western Sydney areas.  Together with their conductor, James Hill (LEFT), the group has had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious events and concerts, including an annual performance at both Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall. 
Be sure to arrive to the concert a half hour early to enjoy a short yet delightful performance by NJIO’s Prelude Ensemble, led by conductor Robert Anderson, in the lobby, as well as a performance by our Flute Choir at intermission!

About NJIO
NJIO, now in its 24th season, has been recognized as a national leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance.  Not only do the  members aged 8 to 80 play together, but they also mentor one another.  In addition to providing free concerts and outreach to the community, NJIO has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, and was a finalist for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.  NJIO welcomes new members of all ages and abilities each concert period to one of its several orchestras—no auditions needed! 

This program is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Monday, December 11, 2017

A holiday classic, live Foley sound effects, and a breathtaking way to kick off the holiday season!


Performances begin Thursday, November 30, at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre on the campus of Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison

A group of actors and technicians gather in a 1940's radio station at holiday time to perform a live broadcast of It's A Wonderful Life. Replete with Foley sound effects, commercials from the era, and sprinkled throughout with a generous dose of music and humor, this charming piece brings the famous story to life in a new way and fills the theatre with the inspiring spirit of the holidays.


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Pictured: the cast of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

Photo courtesy of Jerry Dalia.



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THEATER LEAGUE OF CLIFTON TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR I LOVE LUCY MURDER MYSTERY SPOOF

AUDITION NOTICE:

Image result for trouble at the tropicabanaTrouble at Tropicabana

written by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose
directed by Rebecca Shuster
produced by Mark Peterson

WHEN: Dec. 19 and 20 (Tuesday and Wednesday), 7-9 p.m.
WHERE:
Mario’s Restaurant, 710 Van Houten Ave., Clifton.

Cast parts include:

  • Ricky Bicardi, a Cuban/American bandleader and nightclub owner
  • Lucy Bicardi, Ricky’s wife
  • Ethel Schmertz, the Bicardi’s neighbor
  • Fred Schmertz, Ethel’s husband
  • Celia B. DeMilo/Cookie, a gun moll posing as movie-mogul heiress
  • Mr. Big, a notorious gangster
  • Rosita Bicardi, Ricky’s cousin, one of the Club Tropicabana girls and an illegal alien
  • Two Tropicabana girls/dancers (non-speaking roles);
  • A waiter or waitress (non-speaking role).

Performance dates for the murder mystery/comedy are Feb. 23, 24, 25 March 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018. In addition to being the site of the auditions, the show will be performed at Mario’s Restaurant.

Take a walk down memory lane with Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel as they enjoy fine food, drink and music at Ricky’s nightclub as he gets ready to sign a contract with a movie mogul. Will Lucy and Ethel ruin Ricky’s big chance with another of their harebrained schemes to get into show business? What’s the notorious gangster Mr. Big doing at Ricky’s club, and who committed the murder?

Founded in 2005, the Theater League of Clifton (www.theaterleagueofclifton.com) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the arts through theatrical performances, while providing quality entertainment for all ages. The Theater League of Clifton welcomes volunteers in all aspects of performance and production.

Trouble at the Tropicabana is being performed via special arrangement with The Lakeside Players, Tafton PA.

ADVENT EVENSONG at GRACE MADISON FEATURES BACH CANTATA

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ADVENT EVENSONG at GRACE MADISON

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4 pm
WHERE:
Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave. at Kings Rd. Madison NJ
ADMISSION: The event is free and open to the public, a reception follows.
For more information call 973-377-0106x17 www.gracemadison.org

Along with Evensong canticles, responses and Advent hymns, the service will feature Bach’s Cantata 140, Wachet Auf, with an orchestra of oboes and strings. Featured soloists include Susan Goodman of Summit, Ted Roper and Eric Roper and Katie Hendrix of New Providence, and oboist Teddy Love, of Mt. Tabor.

Directed by Dr. Anne Matlack of Madison, who is also Artistic Director of Harmonium Choral Society, the Grace Church Choirs have sung in residence at Winchester Cathedral in the UK. 

Image: Grace Church Choir at Winchester Cathedral in 2015.

Australian Ensemble Arts Alive Performs with NJIO in New Providence on Sunday, December 17th

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NEW JERSEY INTERGENRATIONAL ORCHESTRA: FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT

WHEN: December 17, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE
: New Providence High School, 35 Pioneer Drive, New Providence
ADMISSION: Free Admission

Australian high school ensemble Arts Alive Combined Schools Program will perform alongside the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra in the orchestra’s annual Family Holiday Concert. NJIO’s featured soloist will be the second-place winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition, violinist Eilene Lee.

The Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Program is comprised of some of the most talented young musicians from various public schools in the Northern and Western Sydney areas.  Together with their conductor, James Hill, the group has had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious events and concerts, including an annual performance at both Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall.  The band provides extension for talented public school musicians that are accepted into the program through annual auditions.

In April 2013, many of the members of Arts Alive participated in a two-week band tour to China.  The band performed at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, on the Great Wall, and visited secondary schools in Xi’an and Shenzhen, where they held a number combined performances.  In September 2015, students participated in a European tour to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Germany.  The students are looking forward to touring the USA in December this year.  In addition to the Family Holiday Concert with NJIO, Arts Alive! will be making a recording in Disneyland participating in workshops hosted by the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago. 

The AACSB is a program offered to students attending public schools.  They are part of a program run by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities and fall under the banner of the Arts in Education.  The aim of the program is for students involved in school band programs to develop their skills beyond their school experience, and to perform with students of similar abilities from other schools in an extension band program.  There are currently five bands involved in the AACSB program.  Students must audition for the bands each year.  The bands are all led and conducted by James Hill, who has a wealth of experience in bands himself. 

NJIO is committed to ensuring that its programs and concerts are accessible to all. For more information regarding the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691, info@njio.org, or visit NJIO’s website at http://www.njio.org or follow us on Facebook.

About NJIO
NJIO, now in its 24th season, has been recognized as a national leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance.  Not only do the  members aged 8 to 80 play together, but they also mentor one another.  In addition to providing free concerts and outreach to the community, NJIO has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, and was a finalist for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.  NJIO welcomes new members of all ages and abilities each concert period to one of its several orchestras—no auditions needed! 

This program is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hot House Jazz Fans Decision Award Winners in Concert Thursday, December 14

Champian Fulton & “King” Solomon Hicks: A Jazzy Christmas

WHEN: Thursday, December 14, at 7:30 PM
WHERE
: Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown (free parking and accessability)
TICKETS: $17 for museum members, $18 in advance, and $20 at the door
Tickets may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org/jazz-showcase, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The , NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Bickford Theatre and Hot House Jazz Magazine salute the 2017 Fans Decision Jazz Awards with a holiday concert featuring Female Jazz Vocalist winner Champian Fulton and Male Rising Star winner “King” Solomon Hicks. Joining the young stars will be the celebrated emcee for the awards ceremony, singer Antoinette Montague and surprise guests.

The gala awards ceremony takes place in October each year thanks to Hot House Jazz Magazine, the oldest jazz publication in New York, and the Metropolitan Room, one of New York’s top Jazz Cabaret Clubs. This year’s event was held at The Triad and honored several legends of jazz including impresario George Wein and longtime greats Roy Haynes and Harold Mabern.

Champian FultonInternationally acclaimed pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton was the winner in the Female Vocalist category but was unable to attend the October ceremony. Recognized as Rising Jazz Star by Downbeat Magazine, Champian is a mainstay on the New York jazz scene. She has released eight recordings as a leader including her newest CD “Christmas with Champian” which received 4-stars from both Downbeat Magazine and All About Jazz. The concert will feature Champian and her quartet playing selections from her new Christmas CD. Photo courtesy of Champian Fulton

King Solomon Hicks_ photo by Margherita AndreaniOnly 22, guitarist “King” Solomon Hicks effortlessly merges jazz and blues, opening for blues superstars like Joe Bonamassa and then performing with jazz stars such as Tony Bennett and Lee Ritenhour. His extraordinary talent has received coverage in a wide range of publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Daily News, and on PBS. And he has become a popular headliner at Shanghai Jazz in Madison. He will perform both as a solo artist and with the Champian Fulton Quartet. Photo courtesy of Margherita Andreani

Raised in Newark, singer Antoinette Montague is no stranger to New Jersey audiences. Drawing on a repertoire of standards, swing, blues, bebop and storytelling, she captivates listeners with her passion and her wonderful voice. Not only is she regularly applauded for her singing, she is also a fervent champion for young musicians. Her Jazz Women to the Rescue Foundation works to provide musical instruments and art supplies to schools in communities that don’t have music or art programs. And her high-energy shows always bring an audience to its feet. She has been the emcee for the Hot House Jazz Magazine Awards Ceremony for the past three years.

Gwen Kelley, the publisher for Hot House, promises a great evening with some surprise guests. “We are thrilled to partner with the Bickford Theatre to bring this entertaining evening of Christmas music from our Fans Decision Jazz Award Winners. We will also be sharing film clips from this year’s awards ceremony since it is almost impossible to get a ticket to the star-studded event. We hope our New Jersey friends will join us for what will become an annual holiday concert at the Bickford.”

RHINO THEATRE SEEKS TEENS FOR “COOL” MUSICAL

We're searching for performers ages 14-18 for this incredible musical.

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COME SEE “A HOBOKEN TALE” IN HOBOKEN NEXT WEEKEND

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Be sure to purchase soon as we have fewer than 20 tickets available per show!
For More Info Check Out A Hoboken Tale Website

A Hoboken Tale is an original musical written by studio owner Dan McLoughlin and is a timeless tale based on Hoboken and it's residents. Through the magic of Mr. Fabrini's shop discover a new world of treasures and wonders that only your imagination can behold. Incredible music and sensational songs help tell this timeless tale.

Join us for our 7th Annual Production of A Hoboken Tale. Directed by Broadway's Anne Brummel, starring local Children's Theatre Star Howard Richman, Tyler Hentz from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Finn Douglas from House of Cards, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Broadway's School of Rock Promo and more!

Evening of Student, Faculty Dance Performances Slated at RVCC

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DanceWorks
an evening of student and faculty dance performances produced by Loretta Fois, Director of RVCC’s dance program

WHEN:  Wednesday and Thursday, December 13 and 14, at 8 p.m.
WHERE:
  Edward Nash Theatre, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: General admission tickets cost $12 each, $8 for students and seniors. For tickets, call 908-725-3420. For additional information, call 908-218-8876.
For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

The program will feature works created by faculty and students—all performed by RVCC student dancers. Six student pieces were chosen for the concert. The student choreography is the culmination of a semester of classwork as the students created and rehearsed the new works to be performed. Choreographers include Kirsten Bashford (Milford), Tina Chen (Branchburg), Layla Grier (Bernardsville), Melissa Goldstein (Stockton), Ariel Lleva (Raritan) and Arica Zentner.

Faculty choreography will include the premiere of A Soldier to Himself, a group piece choreographed by Professor Loretta Fois in collaboration with Professor Charlie Bondhus of RVCC’s English Department. Selected poems from Bondhus’ book, All the Heat We Could Carry, will be featured in the performance, read live by the poet. All the Heat We Could Carry received the 2013 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award and the 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.

Evasive Movers, an improvisational-style group dance for five, will be premiered by guest artist Stephanie Beauchamp. Beauchamp was awarded a choreographic residency through COLAB, an organization that pairs artists with advocacy organizations. Her work (a pairing with NeighborCorps) focuses on the successful re-entry of individuals imprisoned in Middlesex County Correctional Facility.

TOP: Professor Charlie Bondhus, right, rehearses A Soldier to Himself with RVCC dance students, from left, Nathan Forster, Layla Grier and Elanna Etemad. The piece is choreographed by Professor Loretta Fois.