Wednesday, February 21, 2018

ALLIANCE REP PRESENTS NJ PREMIERE OF NEW PLAY IN SUMMIT

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Directed by Christine Gaden

WHEN:  February 16 through March 3
WHERE
: MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit
Visit our website for tickets and information. https://www.alliancerep.org/current-production

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Starring: David Federman and Kelly Maizenaski

Longtime friends Doug (David Federman) and Kayleen (Kelly Maizenaski) measure their lives in stitches, scars and hospital stints. Kayleen's internal agony, including intense stomachaches, is only matched by daredevil Doug’s array of disfiguring accidents.  Over the course of thirty years, this scar-crossed pair meet again and again, brought together by injury, heartbreak, and their own self-destructive tendencies. “Gruesome Playground Injuries” is a compelling and unconventional “love” story about the intimacy between two people when they allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show.

Director Christine Gaden​ first read "Gruesome..." seven years ago, and ha​s​ been waiting to direct this piece ever since. ​"​I'm thrilled to have found Alliance Rep; their willingness to produce modern, quirky, and brave shows made it the perfect home for this project​," says Gaden.​ ​"​Working with the talented actors to bring these fascinating and complex characters to life has been extremely rewarding.

I can't wait to share this unique play with audiences."​

What critics have to say about Mr. Joseph and this piece:

"Rajiv Joseph is an artist of original talent." —NY Times. "Irresistibly odd and exciting…This darkly humorous drama is Rajiv Joseph's most satisfying work." —NY Daily News. "This wondrous strange two-hander finds as much humor as horror in the play's bizarre events." —Variety.


THE BARN THEATRE HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR “ANNIE”

Annie Auditions

Annie
directed by Camille DiLorenzo

WHEN: Monday, Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Children and Miss Hannigan) Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (All Adult roles including Hannigan) Monday, March 5, 2018 at 6:00 PM-  7:00 PM (Children only) Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (All Adult roles including Hannigan)
WHERE:
The Barn Theatre is located at 32  Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287 (Exit 47). For more information or directions, call 973-334-9320 ext. 5, or visit www.barntheatre.org

PERFORMANCE DATES: May 18, 25, 26, 31, June 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9 at 8pm and May 19, 20, 27, June 3 at 2 pm (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow."

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: 

Orphans: Orphan actresses should be within this age range but not necessarily the exact age posted below

  • Annie, 11, orphan: belter, mezzo (A- high F) Energetic and optimistic orphan who never gives up hope that better days are ahead
  • Molly, littlest orphan, 7  
  • Pepper, the toughest orphan, 12-14
  • Kate, the next to littlest orphan, 8-9
  • Duffy, the biggest orphan, 13-15
  • Tessie, the cry baby orphan, 10-12
  • July, the quietest, 11-13
  • (3) Orphan chorus of dancer/singer/gymnasts Age 9-15

Adults

  • Oliver Warbucks, 40 - 60, Warm-hearted, stiff-collared billionaire: baritone (C-high F) May be required to SHAVE head
  • Miss Hannigan, 35-55, Orphanage matron who is Annie's nemesis : mezzo (A-A flat)
  • Grace Farrell, 20's-30’s  Loyal secretary to Warbucks: soprano (A-high G)
  • Rooster Hannigan, 30-50 Miss Hannigan's no-good brother,  (B-high G)
  • Lily St. Regis, 25-35 Rooster's floozy girlfriend: soprano (D- high G)
  • FDR,  40-60 able to create Roosevelt. baritone (C flat - E sharp)
  • Drake, Warbucks' English butler: baritone ( dancer )
  • Mrs Pugh, Oliver Warbucks' cook ( Speaking part will double as other characters)
  • Cecille and Annette, French maids ( Speaking part will double as other characters)
  • Mrs. Greer Oliver Warbuck's head housekeeper. (will double as other characters)
  • Star To Be - ingenue aspiring actress ( Solo role may double as other characters)
  • Bert Healy - radio personality Radio ( Solo role may double as other characters)
  • Bonnie, Connie and Ronnie Boylan ( Solo role will double as other characters)
  • Bundles McCloskey, The laundry man who aids Annie's attempt to escape ( Speaking part will double as other character)
  • Dog Catchers ( Speaking part will double as other characters)
  • Lt Ward - NYC policeman ( Speaking part will double as other characters)
  • Jimmy Johnson:  25-55. Silly radio personality on Bert Healy's radio show.   ( Speaking part will double as other characters.
  • Fred McCracken: 25-55. Puppet wrangler. Uses a dummy on Bert Healy's radio show. Baritone. ( Speaking part will double as other characters)
  • Harold Ickes: Age 25-60.  administration cabinet member Sings “Tomorrow” (will double as other characters)
  • Louis Howe: Age 25-60. An associate of President Roosevelt. Sings “Tomorrow” (will double as other characters)
  • Frances Perkins: Age 25-60.   administration cabinet member Sings “Tomorrow” (will double as other characters)
  • Cordell Hull: Age 25-60,  administration cabinet member Sings “Tomorrow” (will double as other characters)
  • Henry Morgenthau: Age 25-60, administration cabinet member Sings “Tomorrow” (will double as other characters)

You don't need to schedule an audition - just come on by (ideally within the first hour of) the appropriate session:

Annie and the Orphans will NOT be double cast however, understudies for some roles will be cast. It has not yet been decided if the Annie understudy will have her own performance date. 

No one may miss a performance regardless of their role. 

A full sized dog will perform and rehearse in this show. If your child has a fear of or allergy to dogs, they should not audition. 

Process Notes

  • Please bring your own sheet music in the appropriate key.  An accompanist will be provided.  Please prepare 32 bars, but understand you might be asked to only sing 16 bars, time permitting.
  • Annie and orphans will sing first.  Some will be asked to stay and dance. 

Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available. Casting is open, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact info@barntheatre.org

IMPORTANT: You will be asked to list ALL potential conflict dates AT THE TIME of your audition, (NOT after casting). Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates, as a rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability.

Fundraising Gala 2018: Experience the Drama of “Summit Heights!”

WHEN: March 3, 2018, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
WHERE:
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
TICKETS: $135 after February 16, 2018
RSVP: February 26, 2018

Immerse yourself in the glamorous and high-stakes world of 1980's prime time soaps like Dallas, Dynasty and Falconcrest. Big shoulders, big hair and big drama are back for one night only at Dreamcatcher as the ensemble enacts intertwining stories of infidelity, evil twins and terrible secrets. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers, dinner and dessert with the denizens of the fabulous Summit Heights.

Lecture at Farmstead Arts on Sunday, February 25th, at 2 PM

Somerset Tech: Stories of Personalities and Technologies from Somerset County

WHEN: Sunday, February 25th, at 2 PM
WHERE:
Farmstead Arts, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ
ADMISSION: free, donations accepted. Registration is available at www.farmsteadarts.eventbrite.com.

Gerald-Pearson-high  resAs far back as the days of Lord Stirling and his astronomical observations, Somerset County, NJ has seen technological innovation. Frank Lloyd Wright built homes here; Gerald Pearson (right), inventor of the solar panel, made his home right at the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead; and American Cyanamid, the country’s first diversified chemical corporation, had a huge presence in Bound Brook and Bridgewater. In this lecture Mr. DelGiudice will examine some of the little-known history and personalities which have made Somerset such a unique county.


Jim-DelGiudice-high resJim DelGiudice has used his eyes and voice to document the New Jersey scene for more than half his 58 years. His architectural photography for books published by Rutgers University Press and his lectures at Drew University have won him a share of the state’s Historic Preservation Award three times. In the millennium year Jim was cited by both the state and county legislatures for his lifetime contribution to the arts. Most recently, he served as photo editor for “A Lifetime with Shakespeare,” published by McFarland & Company. An adjunct assistant professor at County College of Morris as well as an adjunct at Columbia University, Jim enjoys presenting talks to adult and professional groups around the metropolitan area.

The lecture will be held in one of our beautiful galleries in the historic farmhouse at Farmstead Arts.  The lecture will be followed by a brief reception, providing an opportunity to meet and talk with Mr. DelGiudice.

Further information can be found at www.farmsteadartscenter.org/performances/lectures/ or by contacting Director Kathy Harris at 908-636-7576 or by email: admin@farmsteadarts.org

The farmhouse is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an e-mail to admin@farmsteadarts.org in advance.

This program is made possible, in part, by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through the State/County History Partnership Program Grant, and administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

WOMEN’S THEATER COMPANY CONTINUES INTERMISSION SERIES WITH 3 WOMEN PRESENT @ LINCOLN’S ASSASSINATON

The Date is Sunday, February 25 at 3pm   The location is the Parsippany Playhouse at 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha, NJ The ticket price is a $5 donation to the theater.   The Phone is 973 335 3038 Next up in our intermission series... Inside the Box From

Inside the Box From Her Perspective
By Lori Strelecki

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, at 3pm 
WHERE
: Parsippany Playhouse at 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha, NJ
TICKETS: $5 donation to the theater.
973.335.3038

Starring our own Patricia Durante Clara Harris, Mary Todd Lincoln and Laura Keene, were the three women "inside the box" at the Ford's theater when Lincoln was shot. Clara Harris was the young fiancée of a major in the army who was invited to attend the show with the president and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Laura Keene was the actress who starred in, and produced, the play that was being performed that evening. She was the first female to own and manage a theater in the U.S. They all tell their version of what happened that fateful night.

Wine and Discussion with the Actress following the Performance!

The Mike Stern Band To Headline the 7th Les Paul Festival in Mahway

7th Annual Les Paul Festival Concert
Featuring The Mike Stern Band featuring Teymur Phell and Richie Morales
Plus Opening Act

WHEN: February 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE:
Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, 505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah
TICKETS: $30/27/24, and $8 for Ramapo students with ID. No discounts. Contact the Berrie Center Box Office: (201) 684-7844 or visit Tickets & Info

The Mike Stern Band featuring Teymur Phell and Richie Morales will headline the 7th Les Paul Festival Concert at Ramapo College. The annual festival celebrates Mahwah resident Les Paul’s innovative spirit as a musician and technologist by hosting a week of guest speakers and workshops for Ramapo’s music students culminating in a concert for the college and regional community. The Les Paul Festival is presented by the Ramapo College Music Program, the Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, the School of Contemporary Arts, the student-run Ramapo Music Club, and the Mahwah Museum.

Mike Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats to a generation of contemporary jazz guitar aficionados. A player of remarkable facility, his searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity. Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early 1980s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released 17 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards.  His latest album is titled “Trip.”  Stern has also played with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jaco Pastorius, Michael and Randy Brecker, Eric Johnson, Bela Fleck, and numerous other major jazz musicians.  Stern was presented with Guitar Player magazine’s Certified Legend Award in 2012. Ramapo College is thrilled and honored to have Mike Stern headline the 7th Les Paul Festival, during which he will also provide a workshop for Ramapo music students.

Drummer Richie Morales, a native of New York City, is a versatile player who has performed and recorded with a wide range of contemporary artists: Mike Stern, The Brecker Brothers, Spyro Gyra, Grover Washington Jr., Al DiMeola, Stevie Wonder, Carly Simon, Dianne Reeves, saxophonist Bill Evans, bassist Victor Bailey, Michael Franks, George Russell’s Living Time Orchestra, Grammy award winning vibraphonist Dave Samuels, Gato Barbieri, Dave Valentin, Ray Barretto, and Herbie Mann. He also leads his own group performing a mixture of Jazz standards and original music. Richie has been a member of the jazz faculty at Purchase College Conservatory of Music SUNY since 2000. He has also taught at the Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program.

Bassist Teymur Phell moved to New York in 2011 and has since built a reputation as a vibrant and virtuosic player. He has performed with Mike Stern, Arturo Sandoval, Danielia Cotton, Alex Young, Leni Stern, Kevin Salem, Lafayette Harris, and Oz Noy. Born in Azerbaijan to a family of professional musicians—his grandmother Elmira Nazirova was a celebrated classical pianist—Teymur studied classical bass at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and toured with Palestinian singer Amal Murkus.

“Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” A Film and Talk Presented by Professor Maurice Mahler

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Professor Mahler has presented informative talks about artists in the past, which our audiences have greatly enjoyed. In this talk, he will explore the history of women in achieving true value as artists in a world dominated by the decisions of men and the social attitudes in Europe and America since the 10th century. Artists to be considered include Elizabeth Louise Vigee-Le Brun, Lee Krasner, Louise Nevelson, Elian de Kooning, and Harriett Feigenbaum. The film reveals the stories of the amazing artistic women throughout history from the 15th century to the present. You have seen the paintings - now you will know that the “artist was a woman!”

Professor Mahler teaches at Rutgers University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI-RU). He is a retired advertising executive and instructor at the School for Visual Arts in New York.

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.

The acclaimed National Dance Institute brings Harlem Night Song to NJPAC!

WHEN: Sun, Mar 11, @ 3PM
WHERE:
NJPAC Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark
TICKETS: $5 buy tickets

The spectacular young dancers of National Dance Institute's Celebration Team arrive at NJPAC with Harlem Night Song, a vibrant production that celebrates the work of legendary artists like Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Florence Mills, Jacob Lawrence and Héctor Lavoe.

In Harlem Night Song, directed by Bianca Johnson, dozens of dancers from National Dance Institute's Celebration Team will stomp at the Savoy, salute the Harlem Hellfighters, cheer for Joe Louis, and shuffle along at the Hoofers Club. These exuberant artists range in age from 9 to 15, and are drawn from schools throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Founded by ballet superstar Jacques d'Amboise, National Dance Institute uses dance and music to instill in students a love of the arts, a passion for learning, and a desire to strive for their personal best. Over the last four decades, this acclaimed organization has transformed the lives of more than 2 million children through its award-winning arts and learning programs, and high-energy public performances.
“You can’t really go wrong with kids dancing,” says The New York Times of National Dance Institute. “The students of the Celebration Team transcend cuteness. They are remarkably musical, with rock-solid rhythm …”

Find out more about NDI at nationaldance.org or join the conversation with #NDIperforms.

ADAPTATION OF PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING NOVEL TO RECEIVE WORLD PREMIERE IN RED BANK

By Thornton Wilder
Adapted for the stage by David Greenspan
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

A WORLD-PREMIERE PLAY

WHEN: February 17 – March 18
WHERE:
Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
TICKETS: $40 to $80, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $20 tickets are available for every performance; $20 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $20 and include the best available seats at every performance. Tickets are available from tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400.
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Thornton Wilder won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for the classic American plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and one for his novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. This quiet masterpiece—a dazzling rumination on the nature of love—will be brought to life on stage by a troupe of actors led by one of the singular figures in the American theater: writer and actor David Greenspan, the winner of five Obie Awards. 

“There’s an impassioned camp of theater lovers who assert that Thornton Wilder is the consummate American theater artist; there’s another who say the same of David Greenspan. Imagine what they’ll say when these two collaborate on something new,” says Artistic Director John Dias. 

The Bridge of San Luis Rey was published in 1927 and won Thornton Wilder the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes. (Wilder, the only writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and drama, was also honored for his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth.) Set in 18th century Peru, the novel is about five travelers who fall to their deaths when they are crossing a bridge that breaks without warning. “There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning,” Wilder wrote in its famous final words.

Commissioned by Two River Theater, five-time Obie Award-winning playwright and actor David Greenspan brings Wilder’s masterpiece about life, fate, and love to the stage as a profound meditation on theater and live performance. Greenspan (most recently seen in a solo performance of Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude) leads a nine-actor company in the role of Uncle Pio, the play’s narrator.  

The cast of The Bridge of San Luis Rey also includes Sumaya Bouhbal (Pepita), Zachary Infante (Esteban), Julienne Hanzelka Kim (Madre María), Elizabeth Ramos (Camila Perichole), Steven Rattazzi (Don Andrés de Ribera/Captain Alvarado/Don Vicente/Jaime/Inez), Mary Lou Rosato (Doña María), Bradley James Tejeda (Manuel) and Madeline Wise (Doña Clara). 

Says Tappan Wilder, Thornton Wilder’s nephew and literary executor, “Beneath the beautifully wrought surface of Wilder’s Bridge rage epic battles before the bar of judgement, questioning the meanings of life, death, faith and love. The Wilder Family and I are thrilled that David Greenspan and Two River Theater are bringing this novel to the stage.”

Before Play and Lobby Display

Audiences will learn about Thornton Wilder, David Greenspan, and The Bridge of San Luis Rey in Two River’s Before Play lecture series, which takes place 45 minutes prior to every performance, and Lobby Display.

Post-Play Conversations

Discussions with the cast and a member of Two River’s Artistic staff will take place following the performances on Wednesday, February 28 at 7pm and Wednesday, March 7 at 1pm.

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WHEN: Sunday, March 4, following the 3pm performance

Meet-up with Madeleine is a post-show discussion series with Two River’s Playwright-in-Residence, Madeleine George. Patrons are invited to enjoy refreshments and conversation on topics including Thornton Wilder, the play’s themes, elements of the production, and more.

To reserve a free spot, interested patrons should call 732.345.1400 or visit www.tworivertheater.org.

BOOK CLUB

Cloud Atlas 

RESERVE HERE

Monday, Mar 12, at 6:30PM

Thornton Wilder’s novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and its message of human connection provided the inspiration for David Mitchell’s unique 2004 novel (Mitchell even named a character Luisa Rey as a tribute).

Comprised of six nested stories with very different styles and settings, Cloud Atlas is an intricate, gorgeous, heartbreaking variation on Wilder’s original theme. We’ll discuss the art of interlocking stories, and how works of art can teach us how to live.

Coffee and cookies will be served.

An audio-described performance is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14 at 1pm, and an open-captioned performance is scheduled for Saturday, March 17 at 3pm. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $25 for patrons using these services. To reserve wheelchair-accessible seating or tickets to a performance listed above, patrons should call 732.345.1400 or e-mail boxoffice@trtc.org.



CONCERT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN SACRED MUSIC IN BASKING RIDGE MARCH 4

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WHEN: Sunday, March 4, 5 PM
WHERE:
Pingry School Auditorium, 131 Martinsville Rd., Basking Ridge

J. Donald Dumpson is one of the leading authorities on, and performers of, African-American sacred music. As well as being minister of music and arts at Arch Street Presbyterian Church in downtown Philadelphia, Mr. Dumpson is the founding director of the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale. On March 4 we will welcome him to Hauser Auditorium at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge as guest conductor of a very special MISH concert in which the Somerset Hills Chorus will be joined by the Caritas Chamber Chorale and the Apprentice Chorus of the Newark Boys Chorus School in a program of African American sacred music.

TICKETS & INFO:  http://musicsh.org/concerts/

CELEBRATE LEONARD BERNSTEIN’S CENTENNIAL @ LIVINGSTON TEMPLE THIS SUNDAY

Temple BNAI Abraham

Prime Time invites you to enjoy

The Music and Impact of Leonard Bernstein

in honor of his 100th birthday

Presented by

Maestro Robert Butts

Music Director and Conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
WHERE: 
Temple B'nai Abraham, 300 East Northfield Road, Livingston
COST: $10 per person Prime Time Members; $12 per person All others
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CENTRAL JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONTINUES ENSEMBLE’S 48TH SEASON WITH SOLOISTS FROM LIGHT OPERA OF NEW JERSEY

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WHEN: Sunday, February 25, at 3p.m.
WHERE:
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue in Basking Ridge
TICKETS: $25/adult, $20/senior, $15/student
To purchase tickets, concert patrons may visit www.cjso.org/concert_tickets. Half-season tickets (February 25 and May 6 concerts) may also be purchased at this time ($37.50/adult, $30/senior, $27.50/student). The latter prices represent a 25 percent savings. Please e-mail orchestra@cjso.org with any questions.

The concert—the second on the CJSO’s 48th season (its 10th under music director Michael Avagliano)—will include Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” as well as arias from Donizetti’s La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) and other operas, featuring soloists from the Light Opera of New Jersey (LONJ).

“We are very excited to continue the 48th season of the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra,” Mr. Avagliano said. “We look forward to collaborating, once again, with some of the outstanding singers from the Light Opera of New Jersey, as well as to performing Mozart’s timeless and classic final symphony and one of his most-well-known overtures. We cannot wait to share these beautiful works with both loyal and new audience members.”

Featuring:

  • Michael Avagliano, music director
  • Chelsea Friedlander, soprano
  • Hanna Ladefoged-Dollase, contralto
  • Ivan Rivera, tenor
  • David Murray, baritone

The program:

  • Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
  • Puccini “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi
  • Mozart “Ah, se fosse intorno” from Cosí fan tutte
  • Rossini “Cruda sorte” from L’Italiana in Algieri
  • Leoncavallo “Prologo” from Pagliacci
  • Donizetti arias from La fillé du regiment
  • Mozart Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

AvaglianoAbout Michael Avagliano, music director
Michael Avagliano has served as music director of the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and was recently appointed music director of the Summit Symphony. He joined the faculty of Drew University as director of the chamber orchestra in 2015.  In the 2014 season, Mr. Avagliano conducted the orchestra’s first opera performances, collaborating with the Light Opera of New Jersey for a fully-staged production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Previously, the orchestra was a runner-up for The American Prize, awarded each year for excellence in orchestral performance. Also an active violinist and violist, Mr. Avagliano has performed with the New Jersey and Singapore symphonies, as well as the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the Madison String Quartet, he has performed on chamber music series throughout the United States, with recent appearances in Alaska, New York, and Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit www.michaelavagliano.com.

imageAbout the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1970 as the Somerset County College Orchestra, the orchestra changed its name to the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 1985. For 16 seasons, the orchestra presented six to eight concerts, performing the standard orchestral repertoire. At its Gala 10th anniversary concert under the new name, the orchestra completed a cycle of the Beethoven symphonies with a sold-out performance of the Ninth. In the following year, it presented an acclaimed concert of “Music of the Holocaust at Terezin.” In 1998, the orchestra began a cultural exchange with Lithuania, presenting Lithuanian guest artists making their U.S. debuts. Committed to presenting the works of New Jersey composers, the orchestra has presented world premieres by Mario Lombardo, John Sichel, David Rimelis, and David Sampson.