WHERE: South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
TICKETS: To purchase tickets, visit www.SOPACnow.org or call 973.313.ARTS
The New York Theatre Ballet
Based on the Fairy Tale by E. A. Hoffmann
Music by Peter Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Keith Michael
WHEN: SUN 12/4 @ 4 PM & 7 PM
TICKETS: Tickets:$30, $40 General Public $25, $35 SOPAC Members
E. A. Hoffmann's fairy tale, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, first premiered in 1892 with music by Peter Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa. New York Theatre Ballet's production, choreographed by Keith Michael, is the only hour-long Nutcracker, presented by a professional troupe, in the metro area. It is perfectly suited to the attention span of younger audience members, yet sophisticated enough for the most discerning adult.
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA
Presented by Seton Hall Arts Council
WHEN: THU 12/8 @ 7 PM
The Seton Hall Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Murray Colosimo will present a Winter Concert of light classical orchestral favorites.
JOHN PIZZARELLI QUARTET
WHEN: SAT 12/10 @ 8 PM
TICKETS: $45, $55
Jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader John Pizzarelli is known internationally for his swinging interpretations of jazz standards, as well as for his own songs. He is among the premier contemporary interpreters of the great American songbook, to which he brings his signature style and brilliant guitar playing.
WHEN: FRI 12/16 @ 8 PM
TICKETS: $35, $45
SOPAC Members: $30, $40
The legendary Freddy Cole, with the distinctive "Cole" family voice, unwraps your favorite songs of the season in this unforgettable holiday show. Reminiscent of the programs his famed brother Nat King Cole performed on tour and on television, Freddy Cole recreates that warm, nostalgic spirit with "The Christmas Song," "White Christmas," and more classics.
GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS
WHEN: SAT 12/17 @ 3 PM & 7 PM
TICKETS: $30, $40
Combining gravity-defying acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, and ancient and contemporary music, Golden Dragon Acrobats present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. With performers trained in the rigorous art of acrobatics since early youth, the troupe is internationally recognized as today’s premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company.
SWINGIN’ HOLIDAYS with the JUILLIARD JAZZ ENSEMBLE
WHEN: SUN 12/18 @ 3 PM
TICKETS: $20. Seniors & SOPAC Members $15.
Juilliard @ SOPAC Series: The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble returns to SOPAC to with a program guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. Featuring Juilliard’s renowned Artist Diploma Ensemble, the sextet will perform pieces putting their own inventive spin on holiday classics and favorites with guest vocalist Vanessa Rubin.
Piano: Christopher Ziemba
Bass: John Tate
Drums: Jeremy Noller
Alto Saxophone: Michael Thomas
Tenor Saxophone: Robert Haight
Trumpet: Matthew Jodrell
Guest Vocalist: Vanessa Rubin