Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SEE “CASABLANCA” TO LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT @ THE STATE THEATRE

For all you movie lovers out there, this sounds like fun”

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State Theatre and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra present

CASABLANCA
Broadcast on 46’ Screen with Live Orchestral Accompaniment

WHEN: Sunday, February 10,  3 PM
WHERE: The State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS:  $88, $74, $58, $42, $20
Ticket Office: 732.246.SHOW (7469)
Up-to-the-minute information on events and State Theatre news, online at www.StateTheatreNJ.orgShow details

State Theatre and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra present the classic film Casablanca with live orchestral accompaniment by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos returns to the NJSO stage to conduct the Orchestra as the film screens above the stage.

The iconic 1942 romantic film—starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henried—is considered one of the greatest films of all time by critics and audiences. Critic Roger Ebert writes that Casablanca’s climax “combines suspense, romance and comedy as they have rarely been brought together on the screen.”

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos’ career spans the worlds of opera, symphony and musical theater. He is music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and general director of Chatham Opera, which he founded in 2005. He serves as music director of the Festival of the Arts BOCA, an extraordinary multi-day cultural arts event for South Florida, and was recently appointed artistic director of the OK Mozart Festival, Oklahoma’s premier music festival.

2012–13 season highlights include engagements with the North Carolina Symphony and Boca Raton Symphonia. A frequent guest conductor at Indiana University, he leads its orchestra in a performance of Schumann’s Fourth Symphony and the Opera Theater in a production of Verdi’s Falstaff this season.

He has led the Calgary and Tokyo Philharmonics; Baltimore, Colorado, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras; New York Pops Orchestra and Russian National Orchestra, among others.

Operatic highlights include productions of The Merry Widow, Faust and Madame Butterfly with Dicapo Opera Theatre; Amahl and the Night Visitors with Chatham Opera; Carmen with Hong Kong Municipal Opera and Orfeo ed Euridice at Alice Tully Hall. He served as music director and created the orchestrations for the world-premiere production of Ed Dixon’s Fanny Hill at the Goodspeed Opera House.

Kitsopoulos was conductor and musical director of the Tony-nominated musical A Catered Affair. He conducted the Tony-nominated musical Coram Boy and the American Conservatory Theatre’s production of Kurt Weill’s Happy End. He was music director and principal conductor of Baz Luhrmann’s acclaimed production of La bohème, recording the production for Dreamworks.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is comprised of some of the country’s finest musicians. The Orchestra is proud to have Jacques Lacombe as its Music Director. Artistic excellence, innovative programming and community engagement are hallmarks of its mission. To best serve the people of New Jersey, the orchestra brings its programs to seven outstanding venues throughout the state. Education and community engagement programs enrich the listening experience for children and adults alike. Select performances of the NJSO are broadcast regionally and throughout North America.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations and individual donors. United is the official airline of the NJSO.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98.3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre.