Saturday, October 31, 2015



WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 8 PM
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
TICKETS: $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and only $5 for students. A donation of $75 or more will gain admission to the Gala Champagne reception and support the orchestra’s educational outreach efforts.
For tickets, call the Monmouth Symphony ticket line at 732-806-7680. To learn more about the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and their programs, visit their website at

The Monmouth Symphony opens its 67th season with a special evening concert featuring the glorious music of Strauss, Grieg, and Rachmaninoff and the beautiful voice of soprano Victoria Cannizzo, preceded by an Opening Night Champagne Gala.

For the first concert of the new season, Music Director Roy Gussman has selected a program designed to delight the audience. The concert will open with “Im Herbst” (“In Autumn”) by Edvard Grieg, a tone poem evoking the beautiful colors, crisp weather, and wonderful sights and sounds associated with this time of year.

Image result for Victoria CannizzoSoprano Victoria Cannizzo, who has appeared twice before with the orchestra to great acclaim, returns to perform the Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss. Written in the year before the composer’s death, these songs feature the beautiful soaring melodies for which Strauss is known, providing an excellent showcase for Ms. Cannizzo’s voice, described in the press as “complex” and “strikingly beautiful”.

Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, which will be performed by the MSO on the second half of the concert, was received with tremendous applause at its 1908 premiere. Filled with lush romanticism, it is evidence that Rachmaninoff had hit his stride as a composer, and it continues to elicit an enthusiastic response from today’s audiences.

In celebration of opening night, supporters and friends of the symphony are invited to gather in the Carlton Lounge at the Count Basie Theatre for an elegant champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6 p.m. Then at 7:15 p.m., MSO bass trombonist and program annotator Tom Avakian will host a pre-concert interview with soloist Ms. Cannizzo on the stage of the Count Basie Theatre.


Moods and Dreams —Vivaldi and Mozart

WHEN: November 1 at 3:00 PM  (Daylight Saving Time ends October 31. Change your clocks before coming to the concert!)
Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey
TICKETS: Adults - $40; Seniors - $30, Students - under 22 with ID - $5
For more information and to order tickets, click here

Don't Miss Miranda Liu performing Vivaldi

Violinist Miranda Liu: Praised by audiences and critics alike for her “perfect” (Oberbayerisches Volksblatt) and “brilliant” (Salzburger Nachrichten) technique, as well as for her mature and compelling interpretations, Miranda Liu is among the most important young violinists today. Her extensive musical knowledge and emotional intensity can be heard i n her performances of master works - from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras to the fresh new works of present day composers.Ms. Liu has performed in hundreds of concerts as a concerto soloist, recitalist,Ms. Liu has performed in hundreds of concerts as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the USA, Austria, Germany and Hungary, as well as on concert stages in Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland. She performs regularly in prestigious concert halls such as: New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Providence's Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Miami Beach's New World Center, Zagreb's Croatian Music Institute, Bucharest's Radio Society Concert Hall, Budapest's Liszt Academy of Music, Vienna's Konzerthaus-Mozartsaal, Salzburg's Wiener Saal, Solitär, and Carabinierisaal, among many other venues.

Antonio Vivaldi

  • nulla in mundo pas sincera
  • Four Seasons

Wofgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
  • Der Hölle Rache

Special Guest Soprano Maria Alu
Returns to sing Vivaldi & Mozart

Soprano Maria Alu has been an audience favorite with BONJ on several occasions.   She has sung roles in productions, oratorios and recitals around the New York/New Jersey area as well as across the country.   Among her many great appearances with the orchestra were her unfortgettable performances as Cleopatra in Giulio Ceasre and The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute.   She was also acclaimed for her moving performance of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto with Opera at Florham.   In Baroque repertoire, she excelled in the virtuosic showpiece cantata Jauchzett Gott in Allen Landen by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Rodrigo's  Concierto de Aranjuez has been rescheduled for June 5, 2016.  Guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz will perform selections by de Visee and Cortes at the concert November 1.

Image result for Stanley AlexandrowiczClassical Guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz is internationally renowned for his thrilling virtuosity, poetic interpretations, and refined musicality. In addition to his command of the instrument’s standard repertoire, he has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by composers from Europe, Asia, the United States, Cuba, and Latin America.   A scholar and specialist in the field of 19th Century music, he often features unknown compositions by the Romantic guitar composer-virtuosi, playing on period instruments and revitalizing works which have lain dormant (often in manuscript form) for over a century. He has given lecture-recitals internationally on both Romantic and Contemporary music, including the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton – USA), and, the International Guitar Research Centre (University of Surrey – UK).   In addition to his work as an international soloist, he collaborates regularly in chamber music performances with some of the world’s leading musicians ― including internationally renowned soprano Dominika Zamara ― bringing together the worlds of opera, lieder, song, and contemporary music in realizations of unmatched sonic beauty and deep musical intelligence


Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) composed his set of 4 concerti called The Four Seasons in 1729,  They remain among the most original and popular compositions of all time.  Each is divided into three movements and relates stories of Spring-Summer-Autumn-Winter as related in accompanying sonnets most likely written by Vivaldi himself.   The cantata  nulla in mundo pas sincera is a rarely heard work for soprano soloist and orchestra, edited by Maestro Robert W. Butts.


Dunellen Skylight Theatre Productions

Dunellen Skylight Theatre Productions is seeking qualified applicants for their 2016 season who are interested in directing a play and/or musical.

Dunellen Skylight Theatre Productions is a non-profit organization that showcases quality theatrical presentations with a mission to entertain, inspire, educate, and advocate through the arts.  We strive to create an environment where local performers, directors, playwrights, and other artisans can display and cultivate their talents.


Directors are needed for the following:


  • Youth Theatre Production: Show selection must be age appropriate for audiences ages 2 and up.
    WHEN: Saturdays, April 23, 30 and Sundays, April 30 & May 1 (6 total performances), Saturdays, 2:00 pm and 7:30pm, Sundays 7:30pm
    : Performance and rehearsals take place at the Dunellen Presbyterian Church auditorium.
    Performance space details: Theater has a small stage (13’ wide x 16’ deep) and seating capacity of about 75.


  • Musical in the Park Production: Show selection must be appropriate to produce in a public park. This production must be a musical. 
    WHEN: Fridays, August 19 & 26, Saturdays, August 20 & 27 and Sundays, August 21 & 28 (6 total performances), Times: 8:00pm all performances
    WHERE: Performance takes place on our gazebo stage at Washington Memorial Park, Dunellen, NJ. Rehearsals take place downstairs at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church.
    Performance space details: Theater has a stage (20-24’ wide x 20’ deep) built off a gazebo in the park (provides 12’ wide x 16’ deep of performance space) and seating capacity of about 150. This is an outdoor venue and in case of rain performances take place in the basement of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church.

Additionally, we at Dunellen Skylight Theatre Productions are looking to expand our season by adding a Fall/Winter performance to our schedule.  In doing so, we need your input. We are soliciting proposals for smaller scale productions that showcase both originality and creativity. Submit your ideas to us for a night of One Acts; a concert version of your favorite Broadway show; a cabaret event, or even a show that could become a holiday tradition for Dunellen Skylight Theatre Productions. We want to see what you’ve been working on!

Dunellen Skylight Theatre Productions places an emphasis on things like clarity of the director’s vision, diversity of perspective, overall workability, and strength of audience appeal when deciding to produce any work.

Submission Requirements:

  • Submit ONE completed application.
  • Creative Resume
  • 1 copy of the script
  • 1 copy of the libretto of the music (if you are submitting a musical)**
  • copy of a CD of the music (if you’re submitting a musical)
  • ** If unable to provide the full libretto or recording at the time of submission, please include a note as to when it could be made available.
  • Applications must be submitted no later than October 31, 2015.

Email/Website/Mailing Address


imageTHINK FAST Short Play Competition
WHEN: November 20, 2015 Submission Deadline
WHO: Adult Playwrights, New York/New Jersey metropolitan area
INFO:, 908 809-8865

The Theater Project, an award-winning, professional theater in Maplewood, NJ, is now soliciting short plays for “Fast Forward,” its third annual short play competition in February 2016. The contest is open to adult playwrights in the New Jersey-New York area.

The Theater Project, which also offers a competition for high school playwrights and presentations of original plays by New Jersey authors, sees this as a logical extension of its mission.

image“THINK FAST is quickly emerging as one of New Jersey’s premiere one-act festivals,” says Mark Spina, artistic director of The Theater Project. “It’s an exciting showcase and our audience loves hearing new voices and seeing a range of characters, topics and plots. Our festival allows both established playwrights as well as new writers to see their work produced. Nothing is more exciting than live theater, and we’re happy to be able to bring this festival to our region.”

Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. The deadline for submitting plays is November 20, 2015. Plays and actors compete for audience favorite awards; one playwright is chosen to receive the $500 Critics Choice grand prize. These performances will be open to the public and take place at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ.

Complete submission details are available on the company’s web site, The competition accepts electronic submissions only at Include in the Subject line: “Submission + the Title of Your Play.”

The Theater Project, a professional theater company based in Maplewood, NJ, began in 1994 with the goal of bringing the best contemporary plays to our community. The company is known for presenting outrageous comedy as well as drama with social commentary.

(PHOTO: Playwright TYLIE SHIDER, winner of the February 2015 THINK FAST competition)


Waves by Carolyn Dorfman Dance

Afternoon of Repertory Favorites
WHEN: Sunday, November 1, 2015, at 2:00 PM.
Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $35 General Public; $30 Members/Seniors/Subscribers; $15 Students (18 & under or a valid college ID).

Carolyn Dorfman Dance, whose bold and dramatic works connect life and movement, returns for an afternoon of repertory favorites highlighting both the intimacy of the duet and the power of the ensemble. The company will present three varied works by Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman.

Featured on the program is Dorfman’s 2015 premiere WAVES—with live music by cellist Jessie Reagen Mann, multi-instrumentalist and human beat boxer Pete List, and recorder player Daphna Mor. Dorfman uses this eclectic and unusual grouping of artists, their instruments, sounds, and vocals, to create new and visceral movement connections—WAVES—between her dancers, the music and the dance. The all encompassing and multi-dimensional work has been cited by critic Robert Johnson, as “a community that leaves no one behind.”

Hailed as a consummate storyteller, Dorfman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, has also created a celebrated body of work that honors her Jewish legacy. The company will present The Klezmer Sketch, in which Dorfman mines the exuberant, yet soulful quality of Klezmer music that inspired her exploration of Jewish gesture, expression, ritual, character and values. The program concludes with Under My Skin. With original music by composer/vocalist Jennifer Giering, this set of three songs chronicles the growth and depth of a relationship. Under My Skin is an evocative and sensuous duet exploring concealment and revelation, isolation and trust.

"I love bringing my work to the Bickford at the Morris Museum as it provides audiences a wonderfully intimate space to connect with the dances and dancers," said Carolyn Dorfman. "This fall we bring a program of work that celebrates relationship, family, the Jewish journey and encompasses the universal connection these themes engender.”

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Bickford Theatre is an integral part of the Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00AM to 5:00PM.

(Image: WAVES. Photography by David Hedden.)


CabaretMST’s Broadway Cabaret: An Evening of Song by Broadway Performers
WHEN: November 2nd @ 7pm
lo Klub at the Pilsener Haus, 1422 Grand Street in Hoboken
ADMISSION: A limited number of tickets are available: $150
Evening includes drinks and light fare.
For tickets go to
Proceeds go to support Mile Square Theatre, which is a 501c3 non-profit.

Join Mile Square Theatre for a very special fundraising event. Some of Broadway’s most dynamic performers come to Hoboken for an evening of show tunes from productions past and present.

At this writing the following performers have confirmed: Rich Affanato (The Producers, Les Miserables), Don Brewer (Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, The Pirate Queen), Anne Brummel (Wicked, Evita), Ashley Loran (Jekyll and Hyde), Marissa McGowen (A Little Night Music, Les Miserables), Joe Paparella (Good Vibrations, Jesus Christ Superstar, Martin Guerre, Les Miserables), and Michael Williams (Wicked, West Side Story, On The Town).

Mile Square Theatre will soon open the doors at its new facility at the Artisan at 14th and Clinton Streets. The facility will feature a state of the art 130-seat theatre and studios for rehearsals and classes for Mile Square Theatre Education.

MST’s Broadway Cabaret is a benefit to help support Mile Square Theatre’s first season at the Artisan, which will begin in March 2016.


About Mile Square Theatre
Mile Square Theatre (MST) is the leading professional Equity theatre in Hudson County. Since 2003, MST has presented full-scale productions for adults and children, in addition to providing theatre education programs. Under the artistic direction of Chris O’Connor, MST receives support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Hudson County Division of Cultural Affairs. For company information, please visit


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Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne in Solid Soul

WHEN: Tuesday, November 3, at 8 pm
WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown
TICKETS: $29-$69.

Grammy Award-winning legend Mavis Staples (“I’ll Take You There”) teams up with multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne (One of Us”) on the highly anticipated national tour, "Solid Soul." 

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WHEN: Friday, November 6, at 8 pm

Six-time Grammy® award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Amy Grant will perform for one night only at Mayo Performing Arts Center.  “An Evening With Amy Grant” will treat concert attendees to some of Grant’s biggest hits (“Baby Baby,” “Every Heartbeat,” “That’s What Love is For” ) as she performs songs from her extensive repertoire, along with selections from her recently released, critically-acclaimed album How Mercy Looks From Here.


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WHEN: Sunday, November 8, at 8 pm

Don Felder, former lead guitarist of The Eagles, returns to Mayo Performing Arts Center. Don Felder is renowned as a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time. A member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998, Felder served as a member of The Eagles for 27 years, putting his mark on numerous Eagles milestones. Felder originated the music and co-wrote The Eagles biggest hit – the iconic, Grammy-studded smash “Hotel California” – along with fan favorites like “Victim of Love” and “Those Shoes.” He became immediately celebrated for his lyrical, signature guitar work on legendary songs like “Hotel California,” “One of These Nights,” “New Kid In Town,” and numerous more. “Hotel California” was recently voted the Number 1 best 12 string guitar song in the world by Guitar World magazine.

Tickets available at 973-539-8008 or




Open to all NJ secondary school students, ages 13 to 18


WHEN: Submission deadline January 19, 2016
INFO:, 908 809-8865

The Theater Project is once again reaching out to creative young people in its fourteenth annual Young Playwrights Competition. Winners receive cash prizes and see their work performed by professional actors at the awards ceremony in March of 2016.

clip_image002The submission deadline is January 19, 2016. New Jersey’s high school playwrights submit their short plays at website, where they will find all the necessary entry guidelines and formatting rules.

“We look forward to inspiring and being inspired,” said artistic director Mark Spina. “Every year, we are energized by the incredible talent and creativity in the entries, and every year we hope to inspire more young people to write and be creative by providing a showcase for their work.” (Pictured: Past Winners of March 2015 Young Playwrights Competition: Jordan Goldberg, Brianna Torres, Cathryn Mesce, Rachel Sobel)

clip_image002[6]Nine young people were honored in the March 2015 awards ceremony: First Prize: Cathryn Mesce, from the Union County Academy for the Performing Arts; tied for Second Prize: Rachel Sobel, Montclair Kimberley Academy and Brianna Torres, Union County Academy for the Performing Arts: Third Prize: Jordan Goldberg, Bergen County Academies. Honorable Mentions went to Stella Ferra and Jole Perkins, Union County Academy for the Performing Arts, Maddie Grubbs Hightstown High School, Natalie Lifson, The Pingry School, Jillian Rezen and Camille Tejeda, Bergen County Academies. (Left: 2015 Honorable Mentions: Jole Perkins, Stella Ferra, Maddee Grubbs, Jillian Rezen, Camille Tejeda)

The Theater Project is an award-winning professional company in residence at The Burgdorff Cultural Center in Maplewood, NJ. Several past winners of the Playwrights Competition have gone on to pursue degrees in theater and playwriting, and they often return to The Theater Project to present prizes and share their journeys with the newest honorees.

One such example is Jake Brandman, a graduate of Westfield High School and former Young Playwrights prize winner. He is now living and working in New York City, having received a BFA in Dramatic Writing and an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts. Jake’s work has been performed at venues ranging from Joe’s Pub to the Laurie Beechman Theater to the Library at Lincoln Center. His recent works include “The Bushwickers: A Play about Superheroes” and “The Music of Erich Zann.”

Jake is a frequent guest speaker at the awards ceremony, where he shares his experiences and takes questions from the younger writers.

"Working with the Theater Project on the Young Playwright's Competition is always one of the highlights of my year,” Jake said. “It's such a treat to show these enthusiastic and talented high school students that their hard work is both deserving of celebration and worthy of being shared with the community." 

On the day of the ceremony, the judges and members of The Theater Project’s Adult Playwrights Workshop also offer half-hour tutorials to any interested contest entrant.

“We want to make sure that kids know how appreciated their creative efforts are by showcasing them in front of the community,” says artistic director Spina. “In tough economic times, the arts sometimes get short changed as people struggle to make ends meet and schools see their budgets shrink. But when kids lose out on arts experiences, they miss opportunities to develop critical thinking and reading skills that are needed now more than ever.”

Complete competition guidelines are available at


Arco Ensemble: conducted by Joseph ColaneriArco Ensemble
WHEN: November 1, 2015, at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Enlow Concert Hall, 215 North Ave., Hillside

Enlow Hall’s popular Concerts & Café Series begins in November with perennial favorite. Joseph Colaneri, Music Director of the renowned Glimmerglass Festival, conducts northern New Jersey’s premier string orchestra with solo harpist André Tarantiles in Marcel Grandjany’s Aria in Classic Style and Claude Debussy’s Danse sacrée et Danse profane. The program concludes with Béla Bartók’s thrilling Divertimento for String Orchestra, to be followed by light refreshments and a public reception with the artists.

The King's Singers: Great American SongbookKing’s Singers
WHEN: November 8, 2015, at 3 p.m.

Also this fall, Enlow Hall welcomes the Grammy Award-winning King’s Singers, one  of  only  two  vocal  ensembles  ever to  enter  the  Gramophone  Hall  of  Fame.



Arturo Sandoval and Guests Celebrate the HolidaysArturo Sandoval 
 December 6, 2015, at 3 p.m

Legendary jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player, a 10-time Grammy Award winner, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and protégé of the one and only Dizzy Gillespie, Mr. Sandoval and special guests will perform an afternoon of holiday classics, including Feliz Navidad, Silent Night, The Christmas Song, O Christmas Tree, and It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.

Polish Baltic Philharmonic
WHEN: February 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Me’Shell Ndegeocello
WHEN: February 21, 2016 at 3 p.m.

Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, Anaïs Mitchell
WHEN: March 13, 2016 at 3 p.m.

Sons of Serendip
WHEN: April 10, 2016 at 3 p.m.
a favorite on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent

Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey New Music Forum
WHEN: April 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
highlighting the best of contemporary chamber music by today’s leading composers

Arco Ensemble: Music of the Americas
WHEN: April 24, 2016 at 3 p.m.
conducted by the esteemed Paul Lustig Dunkel

TICKETS: Single tickets range from $25 - $75, and may be purchased by calling the Kean Stage box office at 908-737-SHOW (7469) or visiting Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Kean Stage Box Office, located in Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union.

Completed in 2009, the Eugene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall was specifically designed to showcase world-class musicians in an intimate setting.

Conveniently situated on Kean University’s East Campus in Hillside, the 5,000 square foot, 324-seat performance hall is home to an exclusive Fazioli F308 concert grand piano and professional recording studio. For more information on Enlow Hall’s amenities and upcoming programming, please visit

Kean Stage presents professional dance, music and theatre performances in premier venues throughout Kean’s campus, including Enlow Hall. Kean Stage’s mission is to educate, entertain and challenge audiences by presenting professional programs of high quality that reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the central and northern New Jersey region. These programs extend and supplement the intellectual life of the classroom, increase opportunities for community and university interaction, and provide affordable access to the arts for New Jersey residents and students of all ages. To purchase tickets or request a season brochure, please call the Kean Stage box office at 908-737-SHOW (7469), email, or visit




High Mountain South Pacific ImageSOUTH PACIFIC
By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III

South Pacific, a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, takes place on an island in the South Pacific during World War II. This musical explores two intercultural love stores. The  Americans fight to come to grips with their own cultural prejudices and falling in love while the threat of war continues to draw near such this land of paradise.

WHEN:  November 16 & 17, 2015, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
American Legion Hall, 512 High Mountain Road, North Haledon, NJ

Call the Director, Dan Reed at 973-809-3081 to schedule your audition

  • Come prepared to sing a song from the show
  • read from script
  • learn a simple dance routine.
  • Please be prepared to note conflicts during your scheduled audition.

PERFORMANCES: February 5-21, 2016



Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Presents

JCCU’s Signature Daytime Film School Series
with Dr. Eric Goldman

WHEN: All sessions will be on Thursdays at 10 am
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
fee: Fee for all 4: $60 JCC members; $75 general admission. Fee for one: $18 JCC members/$22 general admission.
For more information or to register, contact Judy Lattif at or 201.408.1457 or call Michele at 201.408.1496.

Barbarian2The Oscar for best foreign language film brings attention to many memorable works that ordinarily might be overlooked—a very good reason to attend JCC U Film School Series where Dr. Eric Goldman, a prominent film professor, will lead a fascinating exploration of four academy award winning foreign films. Participants, who can attend the whole series or individual screenings, will have the opportunity to delve into the back story of each film to gain a deeper understanding of how and why these films were produced and what they might tell us about the country in which they were made. The films will be presented with English subtitles. (Above: scene from Barbaraian Invasions)

Dr. Goldman is adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and film reviewer for The Jewish Standard. He received his Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University and was a fellow at Columbia University. His most recent book, The American Jewish Story Through Cinema was published last year by University of Texas Press. He is founder and president of Ergo Media, a video publishing company. Professor Goldman recently joined Robert Osborne as a co-host on the TCM-Turner Classic Movies cable network.

“This course is designed to provide film lovers with the kind of insightful analysis they seek,” says JCC Director of New Initiatives Kathy Graff. “Dr. Goldman will encourage participants to engage in meaningful dialogue. Many of the films that will be screened received critical accolades and awards but never received widespread distribution. This is a great opportunity for participants to see these films and deepen their understanding of the medium.”

Nov 5: Barbarian Invasions (Canada, 2003, Dir: Denys Arcand)
A heart-warming look at a Montreal family and the political and social differences that separate a father and his son. Illness forces a reunion between the father who has devoted himself to left-wing causes, wine and womanizing and his son who fled to England where he became a millionaire. Arcand gives us a thought-provoking film about life, society, friendship and family.

Nov 19: The Lives of Others (Germany, 2006, Dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
A powerful look at a 1984 East Germany full of lies and deception. Big brother is always watching! One man spies on another and everyone must be disloyal or else why spy? In this cleverly scripted story, a secret policeman lusts for the lover of someone he spies on and he looks for ways to prove subversive activity. But what if there is none?

Dec 3: The Secret in their Eyes (Argentina, 2011, Dir: Juan José Campanella)
A chance meeting between Irene, a judge, and Benjamin, a retired investigator, lead to their reconsideration of a murder that took place twenty-six years before. Both believe that innocent men were found guilty and put in jail. As we journey between 1974 and 2000, we grasp the political dynamics that overshadowed the trial and the strong connection these two have always had for each other.

Dec 17: A Separation (Iran, 2012, Dir: Asghar Farhadi)
Set in present-day Iran, where Islamic law is law of the land, we watch how everyday life is impacted by religious observance and law. Nader and Simin are a happily married middle class couple who want to move abroad for the sake of their daughter, but a family issue gets in the way and they find themselves in divorce court.  Although they really want to stay married, Sharia law takes over.



The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County offers a Hanukkah Menorah/Platter Painting Event, on Thursday, November 19, 2015, from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, at Around the Corner Art Center, 290 Mounts Corner Drive, Freehold, NJ 07728. Around the Corner Art Center is located next to the Museum in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center. The cost is $12.00 per child includes all supplies needed, and is non-refundable. Reservations are required in advance, so that sufficient supplies are available. Space is limited so make your reservations early. This is the fourth year that a Hanukkah craft project is being offered by the Museum.

During the program, which is subsidized by the Museum’s Druin Education Fund, children, pre-school ages and up, will be guided by the staff at the Art Center to paint their own ceramic menorah or platter (Young children will need adult supervision). Parents are encouraged to assist their child with the project. After completion that day, the piece will be dried and fired, and returned to the Museum for pick up the following week.

For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit

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. 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 and is handicapped accessible.



Image result for guitar2016 NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble

NJMEA Honors Guitar has been approved!  The 2015-16 school year will be the first time that a NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble will exist for NJ guitar students in grades 9-12.  

See the links below and attachments to prep your students for the audition. There are detailed instructions.



Image result for Atlantic Guitar QuartetIt is important to spread the word to the teachers who you know in NJ and mark your calendars for April 16, 2016, as this will be the NJMEA Guitar Festival at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ which will feature the chosen students, as well as featured guest artist for performance and master class by the Atlantic Guitar Quartet from Baltimore (right).

We need to have student and teacher participation on many levels.

  • Students will need to be sponsored by their K-12 music teacher who should be a member of NJMEA so communication with these educators is important. 
  • Please consider volunteering your time to help as an adjudicator, sectional coach, and other festival duties. Otherwise this will be unsuccessful! 
  • Twelve students will be awarded the title through an audition process that is modelled after what the Virginia Music Education Association and their All State Guitar Ensemble guidelines are.
  • There will also be showcase performance opportunities for other school ensemble groups and soloists, concerts, workshops and master classes at the festival.  It is important to spread the word to as many guitar educators and students as possible.

A special note to students auditioning, teachers and parents:  This is a commitment and 100% participation is required on all dates.  If this cannot be honored, please do not audition.

In this issue you will find the appropriate sign up forms and audition requirements.

2016 NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble

WHEN: February 20, 2016, 9am-1pm (snow date Feb. 27 @ Bergen Academy  9am-1pm)
The College of New Jersey (music dept), 2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628 Ewing, NJ

Audition Requirements for students in grades 9-12

  • Study #1 in C Major by FRANCISCO TARREGA  Revised and Fingered by Matthew S. Ablan which can be found in this issue and on the link below
    Scale Requirement:  E Melodic Minor Found in link below
  • Ensemble Excerpt:  see attached .pdf
  • Sight Reading at the audition.
  • Students will be judged on a point system for correct notes and rhythms, tone quality, musicality: dynamics, phrasing, interpretation and overall quality of preparation for prepared piece, ensemble excerpt, scale and sight reading.

Rehearsal 1
WHEN: March 19, 2016, 9am-12pm (snow date March 21@ BCA 5pm-8pm)

WHERE: Bergen County Academies, 200 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

Rehearsal 2
WHERE: April 9, 2016; 9am-12pm (snow date April 10 @BCA 9am-12pm)
WHERE: Rowan University 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028 

WHEN: April 16 @ TCNJ (no snow date), arrive at 2pm for warm up/running
ensemble performance 3:00pm; student showcase 3:30pm; guest artist 4:00pm

Audition Fee for NJMEA: $10 (non-refund)   see form in this issue of Tempo
Participation Fee (if selected):  $60 and 5 tickets for concert)

Personnel: ichael Lemma, Conductor   Bergen Academy
NJMEA Guitar Festival Directors: Keith Calmes & Thomas Amoriello




Friday, October 30, 2015


A Hollywood Comedy
by Mindy Kaling (of "The Office" and "The Mindy Project") and Brenda Withers

WHEN: Friday, October 30 at 8:00 pm; Saturday, October 31 at 3 & 8 PM; Free Halloween Reception following October 31 8pm show!
WHERE: Metuchen Reformed Church, 150 Lake Avenue, Metuchen
TICKETS: Adults $15; seniors & students $10 (Halloween performances will include a sweet treat for audience members who show up in costume, perhaps as their favorite Hollywood movie star.)
Credit card advance ticket purchases will include a $1 per ticket charge to offset our online credit card charges. 

WHEN: Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14, 8 PM
Jersey Shore Arts Center, 66 South Main St., Ocean Grove
TICKETS: $20 and are available in advance at

What if Matt Damon and Ben Affleck didn’t really write Good Will Hunting, but instead had the script drop fully-written into their laps from the sky? Suppose Matt and Ben were visited by and received advice from Gwynth Paltrow and J.D. Salinger? What if they were portrayed by women? Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center of Metuchen will answer these questions when it presents the wacky comedy Matt & Ben, in which two actresses play the stars before they were…well, stars.

"Refreshing and absolutely delightful...A deliciously spiteful sendup." --The New York Times

"Goofy, funny, and improbably believable...Kaling and Withers have created one of the most appealing male-bonding stories since Damon and Pythias, or Oscar and Felix."-- The New Yorker

For more information, visit, call 848-229-3501, or email  Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to diversity and arts education.


ART AFTER HOURS / November 3

WHERE: Zimmerli Art Museum corner Hamilton & George Streets, New Brunswick
ADMISSION: Free admission & complimentary refreshments


Clockwise from top left: Afro-Caribbean music, Vagrich Bakhchanyan: Accidental Absurdity, Jim Toia, and Megan Suttles

Clockwise from top left: Afro-Caribbean music, Vagrich Bakhchanyan: Accidental Absurdity, Jim Toia, and Megan Suttles

Art After Hours: First Tuesdays
WHEN: Tuesday, November 3 / 5 to 9pm

The evening kicks off with a curator-led tour of Vagrich Bakhchanyan: Accidental Absurdity, the first U.S. retrospective on the artist. Slide Jam welcomes artists Megan Suttles and Jim Toia to discuss their new artwork and answer questions. The Rutgers Afro-Caribbean Ensemble, directed by Professor Bill O’Connell, performs throughout the evening.

Complimentary refreshments courtesy of Hidden Grounds.

For details, visit the webpage.

Clockwise from top left: Evie Shockley, James Brandon Lewis, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs,Carter Mathes, and Thomas Sayers Ellis

Clockwise from top left: Evie Shockley, James Brandon Lewis, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs,Carter Mathes, and Thomas Sayers Ellis

Poetry, Art, and Music: A Tribute to Jayne Cortez
WHEN: Wednesday, November 4 / 4 to 6pm

Poet Evie Shockley performs her elegy to the performance artist and poet Jayne Cortez and scholar Carter Mathes provides remarks about Cortez’s collaborations with her husband, sculptor Melvin Edwards. Shockley, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, perform original prepared works, as well as improvisations, that evoke the spirit of Cortez’s aesthetics. Held in conjunction with the Zimmerli’s exhibition Melvin Edwards: Five Decades, the program is a collaboration between the museum and the Department of English at Rutgers.

ADMISSION: FREE admission and complimentary refreshments.

For program details, visit the webpage.


The Zimmerli's operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment, among others. Additional support comes from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; and donors, members, and friends of the Zimmerli Art Museum.



Directed by Melanie Taylor
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow!

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30 8 pm & Saturday, Oct. 31 8 pm
WHERE: Holmdel Theatre Company at the Duncan Smith Theater on the grounds of Holmdel High School, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ
TICKETS: $22, $17 seniors, $12 students
Seating is extremely limited! BUY NOW!

Get into the Halloween spirit with Washington Irving's classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman! Adapted by Christopher Cook, this stage version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow brings to life the eccentric characters, pastoral landscapes, and scary ghouls of Irving's timeless masterpiece.

Suitable for all ages!

Photos by Lisa Amendola

Cast: Adeolu Adefarasin, Pamela Banz, Jeanette Burgoyne, Elena Marie Chalcraft , Tom Cox, Jim Cusick, Charles Deitz, Ed Estevez, Matthew Giove, Matt Hagberg, Dave Harris, Kaylin Iannone, Kelly Iannone, Sean Mako, Mason McCarthy, CJ Nolan, Tess Reeves, Wesley Swan, Alberta Thompson

Please note all online order are subject to a $3 Processing fee.
At door orders are subject to a $1 Facility Fee.

Please Join us for our next Monday Reading

WHEN: Monday, November 2, 7:00pm

by Eric Simonson
based on the book When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer prize-winning author David Maraniss

Directed by Dave Murray
Featuring Carmen Balentine, Elena Marie Chalcraft, Dave Duncan, Russ Ortiz, Russ Pohling, Casey Woods

ADMISSION: suggested donation $5