Wednesday, September 2, 2015


BALAM Dance Theatre Hanuman the Monkey KingTRIUMPH OF DHARMA
a Balinese modern fusion dance inspired by the Hindu epic, Ramayana

WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 2015. The doors open at 8:00 p.m.
NJ Convention & Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue in Edison, New Jersey
TICKETS: Tickets, ranging from $25 to $125, to attend the concert may be purchased at or call 732-857-0581 or 732-322-3895. For more information about the concert and the conference, visit

BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM) debuts at the Global Dharma Conference (GDC) in Hindu Students Council Presents Sounds of Harmony. (Above: BALAM Dance Theatre's Hanuman, the Monkey King)

BALAM will premiere a new piece, The Triumph of Dharma, a Balinese modern fusion dance inspired by the Hindu epic, Ramayana. The company, a New York City-based world dance ensemble that performs frequently in various settings including the Garden State, offers a new vision of contemporary world dance inspired by Balinese theatre combined with ballet, modern and diverse cultural dance styles from around the world and historic periods.

At the request of presenter Hindu Students Council (HSC), BALAM created the new piece especially for this international event. The performance features ten dancers from BALAM Dance Theatre and collaborator Coyote Dancers. The dancers performing in this new piece represent an international line-up. BALAM Resident Balinese Artist Nani Devi performs an excerpt of traditional Balinese dance to Gong Kebyar gamelan music and also appears as Trijata, Sita's friend and confidant. Dancer and Japanese Noh Theatre actor Toshinori Hamada takes to the stage as the demon king Rahwana. Principal ballerina Robin Gilbert dances the role of Sita, Rama's wife.

BALAM's artistic director and choreographer Carlos Fittante performs the role of Prince Rama. He has studied extensively Balinese dance and toured several times in Bali. Fittante, who is also a Baroque dance specialist and co-choreographer with the prestigious Boston Early Music Festival, created the choreography for this new piece. Hamada and Coyote Dancers' Maher Benham developed the choreography for the fight scene.

Featured special guest artist Boonyarith Te Pankamdech from Coyote Dancers joins BALAM’s talented team. Originally from Thailand, Pankamdech debuts with BALAM as Hanuman the Monkey King. Five modern dancers from Coyote Dancer also perform in this production.

International Conference and Concert
Three thousand people from over 20 countries are expected to attend the three-day international conference that begins on Friday, September 11 and continues through Sunday, September 13. The three-day event attended by students, youth and others from over 20 countries and more than 50 universities and colleges. The unique blend of thought provoking sessions and discussions on Hindu tradition and practices, blissful Yoga and meditation workshops, fun-filled dances, thrilling performances and other activities.

In addition to BALAM Dance Theatre, the concert presents these diverse classical musicians and performers: flute virtuoso Rakesh Chaurasia, mandolin virtuoso U Rajesh, Ghatam (Indian clay pot) Virtuoso Giridhar Udupa, composer and percussionist Rajeev Mahavir, Rachna Sarang Academy of Performing Arts, and Ashwin “AKS” Subramanian.


WHEN: Saturday October 10, at 7pm
WHERE: The Presbyterian Church, Westfield
WHEN: Sunday October 11, at 3pm
WHERE: The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
Symphony No.5

David Wroe conductor
Michael Fennelly piano
Harmonium Choral Society
New Jersey Festival Orchestra

NJ Festival Orchestra’s 2015-2016 season opens dramatically with three life-affirming works including a world premiere of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with brand new choral dimension.....

WHEN: Saturday December 5, at 7pm
WHERE: The Presbyterian Church, Westfield

David Wroe conductor
Guest Soloists
Holiday Choruses
New Jersey Festival Orchestra

A musical celebration with a bang and plenty of bling guaranteed to make the season merry.

The Joseph DeAlessandro Memorial Opera Concert
WHEN: Saturday March 5, at 7pm
WHERE: The Presbyterian Church, Westfield


David Wroe conductor
International guest soloists
New Jersey Festival Orchestra

No opera can equal the passion, romance and tragedy......

WHEN: Saturday May 21, at 7pm
WHERE: The Presbyterian Church, Westfield
WHEN: Sunday May 22, at 3pm
WHERE: The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison

XIAN Yellow River Cantata
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 "Choral"

David Wroe conductor
Shuang Guo conductor
International guest soloists
Haiyun Chorus
Chinese American Music Ensemble

New Jersey Festival Orchestra

The season culminates with a monumental performance of musical solidarity, humanism and heroism heralding from opposite ends of the earth....



WHEN: September 17 and 24. 
WHERE: 109 Grant Ave, New Providence, NJ 07974
Map to NJIO

Non-members are welcome to join one or all of our orchestras during these rehearsals.  It’s the start of a new concert period and the music is new to everyone. 

Come get the feel of the orchestra and see why the musicians love being a part of the NJIO family!  Light refreshments will be provided. 

NJIO rehearses Thursdays.

  • Prelude, an ensemble intended for beginning strings, rehearses 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Intermezzo, an intermediate-level group that recently expanded to a full symphony orchestra (strings, winds, brass, and percussion), rehearses from 5:45-7 PM
  • Symphony, the more advanced symphony orchestra, rehearses from 7:15-9:30 PM

Contact us so that we have the music waiting for you!

For more information about NJIO, please contact Administrator Mary Beth Sweet at or (908) 603-7691.



Family Storytime @ Bellevue Avenue Library
This program is designed for newborns through five year-olds accompanied by a favorite adult. Share books, stories, finger-plays, rhymes, and music with your children. Enjoy a story session that encourages a love of reading and fosters the development of early literacy skills. Children of all abilities welcome.
No registration required
Newborns to 5 year-olds
WHEN: Thursdays, September 3 & 17 at 11am*
Kids Place @ Bellevue Avenue Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair
*Please note that the Library is not open during program; preference given to Montclair Library Cardholders; please bring card.

Cuentitos: Storytime en Espanol
Enjoy a story session of children's books and live acoustic guitar music in Spanish and English. Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers are welcome! Recommended ages 3 & up

Disfrute de un sesión de cuentos en español y bilingües textos en Inglés y Español.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 15 at 4pm 
Kids Place @ Bellevue Avenue Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair 3rd floor
No registration required

Drop-In Wii & Board Games
Are ‘wii board’ yet?  Come enjoy many games that are a lot of fun and offer a little bit of friendly competition. We will provide various Wii games (including but not limited to), Wii Sports Resort, Just Dance, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl. In addition, we will also offer board games such as, Don’t Wake Daddy, Creationary, LIFE, Clue, Connect 4, Operation, Twister, Mancala, Chess and Backgammon to those who prefer to play traditional board games.

  • From 3-4pm we will be playing Super Smash Brothers Brawl.
  • From 4-5pm we will be playing Just Dance!

WHEN: Friday, September 18, 3pm-5pm
Kids Place @ Bellevue Avenue Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair 3rd floor
No registration required
All ages welcome

Let's Read Together!
Let's Read Together is a family literacy program designed to help kids get ready to read! Each session will highlight fun activities that adults and children can share to help develop early literacy skills. Children of all abilities are welcome.
WHEN: Saturday, September 19 at 11am; Monday, September 21 at 6:30pm
Kids Place @ Bellevue Avenue Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair 3rd floor
Registration required*
Newborns to 5 year-olds

*Registration for this program opens September 12; please register for only one session.

Banned Books Week Movie Marathon
Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of your right to read. During this week, avid readers around the country are working together to shed light on the harms of censorship. Join your community in their effort to illustrate the importance of free and open access to information by reading a banned book. Celebrate your FREEDOM to READ! You were told not to read the watch the movie!

WHEN: All screenings begin promptly @ 4pm

  • Monday, September 28: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG) 152 mins.
  • Tuesday, September 29: Matilda (PG) 98 mins.
  • Wednesday, September 30: Bridge to Terabithia (PG) 95 mins.
  • Thursday, October 1: Where the Wild Things Are (PG) 101 mins.
  • Friday, October 2: How to Eat Fried Worms (PG) 85 mins.

WHERE: Bellevue Avenue Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair 3rd floor
No registration required
All ages welcome

Young Adult Programs
Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Are you a teen from Montclair and/or go to school here? Are you interested in making a difference in your community? Are you in need of community service hours? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider joining the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of the Montclair Public Library. Join us on Wednesday, September 16th, 6:30-7:30 pm, on the 3rd floor, as we take a look at all the fun activities we have in store for this year! The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of the Montclair Public Library meets the first Wednesday of each month, September-May. TAB members receive community service hours for participating. For more information email Justin Kontonicolaou at

TAB Members Grades 6-12
Refreshments will be served; please advise of food allergies.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 6:30-7:30 pm
Bellevue Avenue Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair 3rd floor

*Currently accepting new memberships; membership application required and membership is limited!

Passport to Flavor: Destination MEXICO!
Did you know that Mexico was home to native peoples such as Aztecs and Mayans? They and their descendants created dishes using ingredients such as corn, chilies, and cocoa beans. Today, Mexican food is a mixture of Spanish, French, Italian, and Native American recipes. This month we are visiting the country of Mexico and trying out some of their fine cuisines. Join us as we learn how to make red salsa, limonada (limeade), and arroz con leche (rice pudding). Buen provecho!
Registration required
WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 4:30pm-5:30pm
Bellevue Avenue Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair 3rd floor
Ages 12 & up
Please advise of any food allergies.


  • Program Registration begins Monday, August 17
    Youth Services Department, 3rd floor; by Phone: 973-744-0500 ext. 2236
  • Registration is required for all Youth Services Programs unless otherwise noted.
  • All are welcome, Montclair card holders receive priority registration.
  • All Youth Services Programs Are Free.
  • Please have your library card ready to register for programs.
    The Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
    Tel: 973-744-0500 ext. 2236

About the Montclair Public Library: Founded in 1893, the Montclair Free Public Library serves the 37,669 citizens of Montclair New Jersey it has two facilities: the Main Library at 50 S. Fullerton Avenue and the Bellevue Branch at 185 Bellevue Avenue. The Library exists to enhance the quality of life in Montclair by providing an environment which supports and stimulates self education, lifelong learning and information literacy.


WHEN: September 19
Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton

This year's ArtParty is going to be truly special! Our annual fundraiser features fabulous food prepared by more than a dozen chefs, live music and a fantastic art auction that will appeal to all tastes and budgets.

Bid on ceramics, sculptures, jewelry, paintings, fiber arts and more by terrific artists such as Bennett Bean, Santiago Cohen, Bojana H. Leznicki, Bill Macholdt and Carol Rosen.

Get your tickets now, and join us on our terrace Saturday, Sept. 19!

Our ArtParty sponsors are: Hunterdon Healthcare, Investors Bank, Roger Mellick (pledge sponsor), Roman Jewelers, ShopRite of Hunterdon County and Unity Bank.



Images of the above art featured in this year's auction are by Dawn-Elena Stokes and Ann Tsubota.

Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Cultural Trust, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, Investors Bank, The Large Foundation and corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey  Relay Service at (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899




WHEN: chamber music ensembles coached by Alexander Rees, on Wednesday, September 9, 4:30-6:30 pm. Sunday, September 20, 4:30-6:30 pm, Thurnauer will hold auditions for the String Camerata, led by Matthew Lucero, and Thurnauer Symphony Youth Orchestra, led by Diego Garcia.

Auditions for TeenTown Jazz Big Band and small combos for teens ages 12 and over and adults, led by Debbie Keefe, will be held 2-4 pm.

And any students who are ages 6 and older who love to sing and would like to audition for the award-winning Young People’s Chorus @ Thurnauer, led by Emma Brondolo, can audition from 5-7 pm.
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton St., Tenafly
The JCC Thurnauer School of Music’s 2015-2016 school year begins Sunday, October 4. To schedule an audition, please contact Robyn at 201.569.7900, ext. 375 or For more information, visit

The JCC Thurnauer School of Music, New Jersey’s leading community music school, invites musicians from tristate area to its Fall Ensemble Auditions on Wednesday, September 9 and Sunday, September 20.

“We are very excited to begin our 32nd season at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music,” said founding director Dorothy Kaplan Roffman. “We invite musicians of all ages and abilities to share their talents with us and see how they can grow and thrive at the music school under the guidance of our outstanding faculty.”

Thurnauer ensembles hold many concerts throughout the year and have unique opportunities to perform with renowned guest artists. The Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra was led by New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert and 10 musicians from the orchestra at the school’s 2011 Gift of Music concert. The TeenTown Jazz Band performed alongside legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell at the 2013 Gift of Music Gala. An affiliate of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™, the YPC@T performed under the direction of the latter’s artistic director and founder, Francisco J. Núñez, at the Music School’s 2012 Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert.

About the JCC Thurnauer School of Music

The JCC Thurnauer School of Music has been named a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Serving nearly 450 students from infancy through adulthood, it offers a comprehensive program similar to the finest pre-college conservatories. The Thurnauer experience includes instrumental lessons, ensembles, and classes, master classes with world-renowned artists; a chamber music series; faculty recitals; and frequent student performances. It is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and received an award for “excellence and high standards” from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.


Lucia di Lamermoor copyOpen House and Silent Auction

WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 2:00 p.m.
The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
For further information about the program or Verismo Opera, call (201) 886-0561 or send an e-mail to

Artistic Director Lucine Amara, a Met Opera luminary, invites the public to attend the free event and learn more about the grand opera company's fall season. The program will feature vocalists performing solos from Verismo Opera's 2015 season and past productions. Opportunities will be discussed to get involved in the nonprofit opera company as supernumeraries acting in non-speaking and non-singing roles, volunteers working behind-the-scenes, and singers performing in the Verismo Opera Chorus. Exhibits will display memorabilia, costumes, and photos from Verismo Opera’s years of producing grand operas, sponsoring an annual international vocal competition, presenting concerts, holding master classes, giving operalogues, and training the stars of tomorrow.

To continue the grand opera company's work, a silent auction will feature a range of fine items available for purchase. Among the products available to bid upon will be opera CDs from artists, including Lucine Amara and records; ivory, alabaster collectible opera plates by Italian master Franco Ingargiola; prints; large photos posters personally signed by Lucine Amara; and several other items. Funds from the auction will be used to support the volunteer chorus.

Ms. Amara, Verismo Opera Music Director/Principal Conductor Anthony Morss, Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif, Associate Conductor/Chorus Director Mara Waldman, and President Dr. James Garvin, MD will discuss Verismo Opera’s mission, vision, and history. They will introduce the grand opera company’s new productions of Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Verismo Opera's premiere of Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda.

The company will perform Lucia di Lammermoor on October 18, 2015 and present La Gioconda on April 17, 2016. Both productions will be performed at bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, at 3:00 p.m.

The Open House site is handicapped accessible. A parking lot has a designated handicapped parking space. The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is committed to ensuring its programs and services are accessible to all. Members of the public requiring a special accommodation or with specific questions about the physical features of a facility where Verismo Opera performs may call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks prior to the event.



Register now for fall classes!

Fall classes begin September 21.

Register online, call 973-259-5139, or mail the registration form on the last page of the brochure.

Download the fall brochure for full listing of avalible classes, or check out our highlights below.


Digital Classes (Ages 8–12)

Digital Filmmaking
WHEN: Thursdays, 4:30–6 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Scotti
TUITION: $250 members,$280 nonmembers
From script to screen, this course will guide students through the full spectrum of the narrative filmmaking process in a fun, hands-on environment. Areas of focus will include screenwriting, camera operation, cinematography, lighting, directing, and sound design. Using professional film equipment and industry standard editing software, students will experiment with various storytelling techniques and create films they’ll be proud to call their own, while learning the magic behind the art of moviemaking.

Digital Photography
WHEN: Wednesdays, 4–5:30 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Deborah Guzmán-Meyer
TUITION: $250 members, $280 nonmembers
No previous experience in photography is required for this beginner course. Students will learn how to get the most out of their digital cameras through a range of fun, hands-on activities. Students will learn about different settings on digital cameras, as well as the basic principles of photography—how a lens and shutter work, composition, light, and contrast. Students will also learn how to perform some basic editing techniques using Photoshop CS5. Canon point-and-shoot cameras will be available for each student or students may bring their own camera.

Lego Animation
WHEN: Mondays, 4:30–6 p.m.
TUITION: $250 members, $280 nonmembers
Everything is awesome in this unique class that teaches young students the art of stop motion animation using Lego™ building blocks. Students will have the opportunity to create sets and characters, making exciting short films that set them on the path to becoming a master builder. With a focus on visual storytelling techniques, Lego Animation is the perfect class to let your imagination run wild!

Inspired by Eric Carle: Animals and Friends

Creative Writing with Eric Carle (Ages 8–12)
WHEN: Wednesdays, 4–5 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Susan Sonneborn
TUITION: $240 members, $270 nonmembers
Calling all young writers and art lovers! Use the Museum as your muse while developing and strengthening vital writing skills and expanding your creative expression. This session will focus on themes and topics inspired by MAM's exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends. A certified Language Arts teacher will work with students to hone fundamentals while encouraging expressive and creative writing through poetry, opinion piece, short stories and more.

Collage with Eric Carle (Ages 5–7)
WHEN: Wednesdays, 4–5 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Peg Kenselaar
TUITION: $240 members, $260 nonmembers
Explore the endless possibilities of collage and paper art, whilst being inspired by the artwork of beloved children's book illustrator Eric Carle. Students will visit MAM's exhibition of Eric Carle: Animals and Friends and take drawing and painting to a new level to create collages, prints, rubbings and three- dimensional art. We will use all kinds of papers—decorative, patterned, colorful, shiny, textured, and recycled—and will even make our own, just like Eric Carle!

Painted Paper Illustration: The Eric Carle Style
WHEN: Sunday, November 8, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Kristine Lombardi
TUITION: $75 members, $95 nonmembers
In keeping with Carle's creative techniques, students will create one-of-a-kind papers by painting them and applying texture through the use of sponges, fabrics, and other materials. Once dried, simple shapes will be cut out and assembled into an illustration. Students are encouraged to think about subject matter before the workshops and bring predrawn sketches so that class time can be devoted to the creation of colored papers and collage.

Image credit: Eric Carle (b. 1929), Final illustration for “I am a good artist.”, 2010. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, [Philomel, 2011]. Acrylic and tissue paper collage on illustration board. © 2011 by Eric Carle. Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. Courtesy of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.


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WHERE: MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042