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Blues in the Loft: Acoustic Blues with Colin Jon, Heath Mensher & Benoir WHEN: SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 AT 5 PM
Blues in the Loft continues with an acoustic evening featuring versatile musician Colin Jon, and Heath Mensher (vocals, harp) and Benoir (guitars, vocals) of The Suffering Blues Band. Curated and hosted by Mike Griot of the South Orange International Blues Festival, Blues in the Loft is a casual, affordable and fun concert series featuring up-and-coming and seasoned blues musicians.
TICKETS: $15 Cover, Cash Bar, No Drink Minimum BUY TICKETS
The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan WHEN: FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 AT 8 PM
Broadway vocalist Rosena M. Hill (Come Fly Away, The Color Purple) and her husband, Grammy-winning trombonist Jason Jackson (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band), pay tribute to the legendary vocalist Sarah Vaughan.
With jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, saxophonist Don Braden, trumpeter Greg Gisbert, bassist David Wong, and drummer Neal Smith, The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan tells the story of Sarah Vaughan through the music she recorded. Featuring Vaughan’s take on such classics tunes as “Summertime,” “Send in the Clowns,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Tenderly,” “The Man I Love,” “Misty,” “Over the Rainbow” and more.
Toomai String Quintet Juilliard @ SOPAC WHEN: SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 AT 3 PM
A Tribute to Two Latin American Masters: Ernesto Lecuona and Manuel Ponce
During the first thirty years of the 20th century, Ernesto Lecuona and Manuel Ponce not only built on the folk traditions of their countries, but they also created musical innovations that are ingrained in the cultural identities of Cuba, Mexico, and Latin America as a whole. In this program, Toomai will perform original arrangements of Lecuona's and Ponce's important piano works, along with works by composers who were influenced by these icons of Latin American music.
Support for Juilliard @ SOPAC provided by Samuel Convissor
The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery Visual Rhythms - New Paintings by Nancy Pantirer WHEN: NOW THROUGH MARCH 31, 2012
Visual Rhythms is the latest collection of acrylic paintings and giclée prints by Nancy Bergman Pantirer. A resident of Short Hills, Ms. Pantirer is an experimental painter whose works emerge as part of a physical dance with her medium—large scale canvas stretched out on her studio floor. With rich pools of color permeating the canvas, her expression demonstrates the careful balance between control and serendipity.
The Herb and Milly Iris Gallery brings contemporary art to the community, featuring local artists and providing artists opportunities to reach new audiences. The artwork on display is for sale with proceeds supporting SOPAC.
VOTE FOR SOPAC “Favorite Performing Arts Center” in the 2011 People’s Choice Awards
SOPAC has been nominated for “Favorite Performing Arts Center” in the 2011 People’s Choice Awards by Discover Jersey Arts.
Please take a moment to vote for SOPAC by visiting www.JerseyArts.com/PeoplesChoice and select “South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)” in the first category.
Voting is open to the public until January 18th, 2012 and is restricted to one ballot per IP address. This means that most shared office networks may only allow one vote per company. Please take a moment to vote from your home computers, cell phones and/or iPads. Winners will be announced in early February.