Sunday, December 6, 2015


Juilliard @ SOPAC Opens with

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble performing the music of Israel "Cachao" Lopez and John Kirby at Paul Hall on March 30, 2015.<br /><br />Credit: Hiroyuki Ito

The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble: Swinging Songs Ring in the Holiday Season

WHEN: SUN, DEC 13th at 3 p.m.
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079.
To purchase tickets, contact SOPAC at (973) 313-2787 or visit  

Juillard @ SOPAC rings in the holiday season with the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble performing swinging holiday favorites. This young ensemble, the finest of Juilliard’s Jazz graduate students, is directed by Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.

The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble’s performance will feature an eclectic showcase of seasonal favorites including the work of  Vince Guaraldi (A Charlie Brown Christmas)  Chick Corea (“Straight Up And Down”), Herbie Hancock (“Speak Like A Child”) and  Rodgers and Hammerstein (“My Favorite Things”)  as well as traditional beloved holiday pieces.

Juilliard is known as the premier college for training the best and brightest musicians in the world. Those who study at the school have lead a tradition of excellence upon graduation. Juilliard alumni have received a total of 105 Grammy Awards collectively. The institution has always been known for their distinguished faculty and this year is no different; Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Grammy award-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis assumed the position of director of the Jazz Studies program at Juilliard last year. Marsalis has won nine Grammy Awards, and is the only artist who has ever won for both Jazz and Classical records.

SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization.

Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.  To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory.  SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz N’ the Hall performances and Seton Hall Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in residence, Midtown Direct Rep, and its dance company in residence, Lydia Johnson Dance.  For more information, visit