Wednesday, February 21, 2018

ALLIANCE REP PRESENTS NJ PREMIERE OF NEW PLAY IN SUMMIT

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Directed by Christine Gaden

WHEN:  February 16 through March 3
WHERE
: MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit
Visit our website for tickets and information. https://www.alliancerep.org/current-production

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Starring: David Federman and Kelly Maizenaski

Longtime friends Doug (David Federman) and Kayleen (Kelly Maizenaski) measure their lives in stitches, scars and hospital stints. Kayleen's internal agony, including intense stomachaches, is only matched by daredevil Doug’s array of disfiguring accidents.  Over the course of thirty years, this scar-crossed pair meet again and again, brought together by injury, heartbreak, and their own self-destructive tendencies. “Gruesome Playground Injuries” is a compelling and unconventional “love” story about the intimacy between two people when they allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show.

Director Christine Gaden​ first read "Gruesome..." seven years ago, and ha​s​ been waiting to direct this piece ever since. ​"​I'm thrilled to have found Alliance Rep; their willingness to produce modern, quirky, and brave shows made it the perfect home for this project​," says Gaden.​ ​"​Working with the talented actors to bring these fascinating and complex characters to life has been extremely rewarding.

I can't wait to share this unique play with audiences."​

What critics have to say about Mr. Joseph and this piece:

"Rajiv Joseph is an artist of original talent." —NY Times. "Irresistibly odd and exciting…This darkly humorous drama is Rajiv Joseph's most satisfying work." —NY Daily News. "This wondrous strange two-hander finds as much humor as horror in the play's bizarre events." —Variety.


THE BARN THEATRE HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR “ANNIE”

Annie Auditions

Annie
directed by Camille DiLorenzo

WHEN: Monday, Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Children and Miss Hannigan) Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (All Adult roles including Hannigan) Monday, March 5, 2018 at 6:00 PM-  7:00 PM (Children only) Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (All Adult roles including Hannigan)
WHERE:
The Barn Theatre is located at 32  Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287 (Exit 47). For more information or directions, call 973-334-9320 ext. 5, or visit www.barntheatre.org

PERFORMANCE DATES: May 18, 25, 26, 31, June 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9 at 8pm and May 19, 20, 27, June 3 at 2 pm (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow."

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: 

Orphans: Orphan actresses should be within this age range but not necessarily the exact age posted below

  • Annie, 11, orphan: belter, mezzo (A- high F) Energetic and optimistic orphan who never gives up hope that better days are ahead
  • Molly, littlest orphan, 7  
  • Pepper, the toughest orphan, 12-14
  • Kate, the next to littlest orphan, 8-9
  • Duffy, the biggest orphan, 13-15
  • Tessie, the cry baby orphan, 10-12
  • July, the quietest, 11-13
  • (3) Orphan chorus of dancer/singer/gymnasts Age 9-15

Adults

  • Oliver Warbucks, 40 - 60, Warm-hearted, stiff-collared billionaire: baritone (C-high F) May be required to SHAVE head
  • Miss Hannigan, 35-55, Orphanage matron who is Annie's nemesis : mezzo (A-A flat)
  • Grace Farrell, 20's-30’s  Loyal secretary to Warbucks: soprano (A-high G)
  • Rooster Hannigan, 30-50 Miss Hannigan's no-good brother,  (B-high G)
  • Lily St. Regis, 25-35 Rooster's floozy girlfriend: soprano (D- high G)
  • FDR,  40-60 able to create Roosevelt. baritone (C flat - E sharp)
  • Drake, Warbucks' English butler: baritone ( dancer )
  • Mrs Pugh, Oliver Warbucks' cook ( Speaking part will double as other characters)
  • Cecille and Annette, French maids ( Speaking part will double as other characters)
  • Mrs. Greer Oliver Warbuck's head housekeeper. (will double as other characters)
  • Star To Be - ingenue aspiring actress ( Solo role may double as other characters)
  • Bert Healy - radio personality Radio ( Solo role may double as other characters)
  • Bonnie, Connie and Ronnie Boylan ( Solo role will double as other characters)
  • Bundles McCloskey, The laundry man who aids Annie's attempt to escape ( Speaking part will double as other character)
  • Dog Catchers ( Speaking part will double as other characters)
  • Lt Ward - NYC policeman ( Speaking part will double as other characters)
  • Jimmy Johnson:  25-55. Silly radio personality on Bert Healy's radio show.   ( Speaking part will double as other characters.
  • Fred McCracken: 25-55. Puppet wrangler. Uses a dummy on Bert Healy's radio show. Baritone. ( Speaking part will double as other characters)
  • Harold Ickes: Age 25-60.  administration cabinet member Sings “Tomorrow” (will double as other characters)
  • Louis Howe: Age 25-60. An associate of President Roosevelt. Sings “Tomorrow” (will double as other characters)
  • Frances Perkins: Age 25-60.   administration cabinet member Sings “Tomorrow” (will double as other characters)
  • Cordell Hull: Age 25-60,  administration cabinet member Sings “Tomorrow” (will double as other characters)
  • Henry Morgenthau: Age 25-60, administration cabinet member Sings “Tomorrow” (will double as other characters)

You don't need to schedule an audition - just come on by (ideally within the first hour of) the appropriate session:

Annie and the Orphans will NOT be double cast however, understudies for some roles will be cast. It has not yet been decided if the Annie understudy will have her own performance date. 

No one may miss a performance regardless of their role. 

A full sized dog will perform and rehearse in this show. If your child has a fear of or allergy to dogs, they should not audition. 

Process Notes

  • Please bring your own sheet music in the appropriate key.  An accompanist will be provided.  Please prepare 32 bars, but understand you might be asked to only sing 16 bars, time permitting.
  • Annie and orphans will sing first.  Some will be asked to stay and dance. 

Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available. Casting is open, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact info@barntheatre.org

IMPORTANT: You will be asked to list ALL potential conflict dates AT THE TIME of your audition, (NOT after casting). Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates, as a rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability.

Fundraising Gala 2018: Experience the Drama of “Summit Heights!”

WHEN: March 3, 2018, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
WHERE:
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
TICKETS: $135 after February 16, 2018
RSVP: February 26, 2018

Immerse yourself in the glamorous and high-stakes world of 1980's prime time soaps like Dallas, Dynasty and Falconcrest. Big shoulders, big hair and big drama are back for one night only at Dreamcatcher as the ensemble enacts intertwining stories of infidelity, evil twins and terrible secrets. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers, dinner and dessert with the denizens of the fabulous Summit Heights.

Lecture at Farmstead Arts on Sunday, February 25th, at 2 PM

Somerset Tech: Stories of Personalities and Technologies from Somerset County

WHEN: Sunday, February 25th, at 2 PM
WHERE:
Farmstead Arts, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ
ADMISSION: free, donations accepted. Registration is available at www.farmsteadarts.eventbrite.com.

Gerald-Pearson-high  resAs far back as the days of Lord Stirling and his astronomical observations, Somerset County, NJ has seen technological innovation. Frank Lloyd Wright built homes here; Gerald Pearson (right), inventor of the solar panel, made his home right at the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead; and American Cyanamid, the country’s first diversified chemical corporation, had a huge presence in Bound Brook and Bridgewater. In this lecture Mr. DelGiudice will examine some of the little-known history and personalities which have made Somerset such a unique county.


Jim-DelGiudice-high resJim DelGiudice has used his eyes and voice to document the New Jersey scene for more than half his 58 years. His architectural photography for books published by Rutgers University Press and his lectures at Drew University have won him a share of the state’s Historic Preservation Award three times. In the millennium year Jim was cited by both the state and county legislatures for his lifetime contribution to the arts. Most recently, he served as photo editor for “A Lifetime with Shakespeare,” published by McFarland & Company. An adjunct assistant professor at County College of Morris as well as an adjunct at Columbia University, Jim enjoys presenting talks to adult and professional groups around the metropolitan area.

The lecture will be held in one of our beautiful galleries in the historic farmhouse at Farmstead Arts.  The lecture will be followed by a brief reception, providing an opportunity to meet and talk with Mr. DelGiudice.

Further information can be found at www.farmsteadartscenter.org/performances/lectures/ or by contacting Director Kathy Harris at 908-636-7576 or by email: admin@farmsteadarts.org

The farmhouse is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an e-mail to admin@farmsteadarts.org in advance.

This program is made possible, in part, by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through the State/County History Partnership Program Grant, and administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

WOMEN’S THEATER COMPANY CONTINUES INTERMISSION SERIES WITH 3 WOMEN PRESENT @ LINCOLN’S ASSASSINATON

The Date is Sunday, February 25 at 3pm   The location is the Parsippany Playhouse at 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha, NJ The ticket price is a $5 donation to the theater.   The Phone is 973 335 3038 Next up in our intermission series... Inside the Box From

Inside the Box From Her Perspective
By Lori Strelecki

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, at 3pm 
WHERE
: Parsippany Playhouse at 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha, NJ
TICKETS: $5 donation to the theater.
973.335.3038

Starring our own Patricia Durante Clara Harris, Mary Todd Lincoln and Laura Keene, were the three women "inside the box" at the Ford's theater when Lincoln was shot. Clara Harris was the young fiancée of a major in the army who was invited to attend the show with the president and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Laura Keene was the actress who starred in, and produced, the play that was being performed that evening. She was the first female to own and manage a theater in the U.S. They all tell their version of what happened that fateful night.

Wine and Discussion with the Actress following the Performance!

The Mike Stern Band To Headline the 7th Les Paul Festival in Mahway

7th Annual Les Paul Festival Concert
Featuring The Mike Stern Band featuring Teymur Phell and Richie Morales
Plus Opening Act

WHEN: February 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE:
Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, 505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah
TICKETS: $30/27/24, and $8 for Ramapo students with ID. No discounts. Contact the Berrie Center Box Office: (201) 684-7844 or visit Tickets & Info

The Mike Stern Band featuring Teymur Phell and Richie Morales will headline the 7th Les Paul Festival Concert at Ramapo College. The annual festival celebrates Mahwah resident Les Paul’s innovative spirit as a musician and technologist by hosting a week of guest speakers and workshops for Ramapo’s music students culminating in a concert for the college and regional community. The Les Paul Festival is presented by the Ramapo College Music Program, the Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, the School of Contemporary Arts, the student-run Ramapo Music Club, and the Mahwah Museum.

Mike Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats to a generation of contemporary jazz guitar aficionados. A player of remarkable facility, his searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity. Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early 1980s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released 17 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards.  His latest album is titled “Trip.”  Stern has also played with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jaco Pastorius, Michael and Randy Brecker, Eric Johnson, Bela Fleck, and numerous other major jazz musicians.  Stern was presented with Guitar Player magazine’s Certified Legend Award in 2012. Ramapo College is thrilled and honored to have Mike Stern headline the 7th Les Paul Festival, during which he will also provide a workshop for Ramapo music students.

Drummer Richie Morales, a native of New York City, is a versatile player who has performed and recorded with a wide range of contemporary artists: Mike Stern, The Brecker Brothers, Spyro Gyra, Grover Washington Jr., Al DiMeola, Stevie Wonder, Carly Simon, Dianne Reeves, saxophonist Bill Evans, bassist Victor Bailey, Michael Franks, George Russell’s Living Time Orchestra, Grammy award winning vibraphonist Dave Samuels, Gato Barbieri, Dave Valentin, Ray Barretto, and Herbie Mann. He also leads his own group performing a mixture of Jazz standards and original music. Richie has been a member of the jazz faculty at Purchase College Conservatory of Music SUNY since 2000. He has also taught at the Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program.

Bassist Teymur Phell moved to New York in 2011 and has since built a reputation as a vibrant and virtuosic player. He has performed with Mike Stern, Arturo Sandoval, Danielia Cotton, Alex Young, Leni Stern, Kevin Salem, Lafayette Harris, and Oz Noy. Born in Azerbaijan to a family of professional musicians—his grandmother Elmira Nazirova was a celebrated classical pianist—Teymur studied classical bass at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and toured with Palestinian singer Amal Murkus.

“Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” A Film and Talk Presented by Professor Maurice Mahler

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Professor Mahler has presented informative talks about artists in the past, which our audiences have greatly enjoyed. In this talk, he will explore the history of women in achieving true value as artists in a world dominated by the decisions of men and the social attitudes in Europe and America since the 10th century. Artists to be considered include Elizabeth Louise Vigee-Le Brun, Lee Krasner, Louise Nevelson, Elian de Kooning, and Harriett Feigenbaum. The film reveals the stories of the amazing artistic women throughout history from the 15th century to the present. You have seen the paintings - now you will know that the “artist was a woman!”

Professor Mahler teaches at Rutgers University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI-RU). He is a retired advertising executive and instructor at the School for Visual Arts in New York.

For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit www.jhmomc.org. 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 (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall).

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. The Museum is handicapped and assisted listening accessible.

The acclaimed National Dance Institute brings Harlem Night Song to NJPAC!

WHEN: Sun, Mar 11, @ 3PM
WHERE:
NJPAC Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark
TICKETS: $5 buy tickets

The spectacular young dancers of National Dance Institute's Celebration Team arrive at NJPAC with Harlem Night Song, a vibrant production that celebrates the work of legendary artists like Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Florence Mills, Jacob Lawrence and Héctor Lavoe.

In Harlem Night Song, directed by Bianca Johnson, dozens of dancers from National Dance Institute's Celebration Team will stomp at the Savoy, salute the Harlem Hellfighters, cheer for Joe Louis, and shuffle along at the Hoofers Club. These exuberant artists range in age from 9 to 15, and are drawn from schools throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Founded by ballet superstar Jacques d'Amboise, National Dance Institute uses dance and music to instill in students a love of the arts, a passion for learning, and a desire to strive for their personal best. Over the last four decades, this acclaimed organization has transformed the lives of more than 2 million children through its award-winning arts and learning programs, and high-energy public performances.
“You can’t really go wrong with kids dancing,” says The New York Times of National Dance Institute. “The students of the Celebration Team transcend cuteness. They are remarkably musical, with rock-solid rhythm …”

Find out more about NDI at nationaldance.org or join the conversation with #NDIperforms.

ADAPTATION OF PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING NOVEL TO RECEIVE WORLD PREMIERE IN RED BANK

By Thornton Wilder
Adapted for the stage by David Greenspan
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

A WORLD-PREMIERE PLAY

WHEN: February 17 – March 18
WHERE:
Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
TICKETS: $40 to $80, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $20 tickets are available for every performance; $20 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $20 and include the best available seats at every performance. Tickets are available from tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400.
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Thornton Wilder won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for the classic American plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and one for his novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. This quiet masterpiece—a dazzling rumination on the nature of love—will be brought to life on stage by a troupe of actors led by one of the singular figures in the American theater: writer and actor David Greenspan, the winner of five Obie Awards. 

“There’s an impassioned camp of theater lovers who assert that Thornton Wilder is the consummate American theater artist; there’s another who say the same of David Greenspan. Imagine what they’ll say when these two collaborate on something new,” says Artistic Director John Dias. 

The Bridge of San Luis Rey was published in 1927 and won Thornton Wilder the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes. (Wilder, the only writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and drama, was also honored for his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth.) Set in 18th century Peru, the novel is about five travelers who fall to their deaths when they are crossing a bridge that breaks without warning. “There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning,” Wilder wrote in its famous final words.

Commissioned by Two River Theater, five-time Obie Award-winning playwright and actor David Greenspan brings Wilder’s masterpiece about life, fate, and love to the stage as a profound meditation on theater and live performance. Greenspan (most recently seen in a solo performance of Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude) leads a nine-actor company in the role of Uncle Pio, the play’s narrator.  

The cast of The Bridge of San Luis Rey also includes Sumaya Bouhbal (Pepita), Zachary Infante (Esteban), Julienne Hanzelka Kim (Madre María), Elizabeth Ramos (Camila Perichole), Steven Rattazzi (Don Andrés de Ribera/Captain Alvarado/Don Vicente/Jaime/Inez), Mary Lou Rosato (Doña María), Bradley James Tejeda (Manuel) and Madeline Wise (Doña Clara). 

Says Tappan Wilder, Thornton Wilder’s nephew and literary executor, “Beneath the beautifully wrought surface of Wilder’s Bridge rage epic battles before the bar of judgement, questioning the meanings of life, death, faith and love. The Wilder Family and I are thrilled that David Greenspan and Two River Theater are bringing this novel to the stage.”

Before Play and Lobby Display

Audiences will learn about Thornton Wilder, David Greenspan, and The Bridge of San Luis Rey in Two River’s Before Play lecture series, which takes place 45 minutes prior to every performance, and Lobby Display.

Post-Play Conversations

Discussions with the cast and a member of Two River’s Artistic staff will take place following the performances on Wednesday, February 28 at 7pm and Wednesday, March 7 at 1pm.

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WHEN: Sunday, March 4, following the 3pm performance

Meet-up with Madeleine is a post-show discussion series with Two River’s Playwright-in-Residence, Madeleine George. Patrons are invited to enjoy refreshments and conversation on topics including Thornton Wilder, the play’s themes, elements of the production, and more.

To reserve a free spot, interested patrons should call 732.345.1400 or visit www.tworivertheater.org.

BOOK CLUB

Cloud Atlas 

RESERVE HERE

Monday, Mar 12, at 6:30PM

Thornton Wilder’s novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and its message of human connection provided the inspiration for David Mitchell’s unique 2004 novel (Mitchell even named a character Luisa Rey as a tribute).

Comprised of six nested stories with very different styles and settings, Cloud Atlas is an intricate, gorgeous, heartbreaking variation on Wilder’s original theme. We’ll discuss the art of interlocking stories, and how works of art can teach us how to live.

Coffee and cookies will be served.

An audio-described performance is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14 at 1pm, and an open-captioned performance is scheduled for Saturday, March 17 at 3pm. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $25 for patrons using these services. To reserve wheelchair-accessible seating or tickets to a performance listed above, patrons should call 732.345.1400 or e-mail boxoffice@trtc.org.



CONCERT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN SACRED MUSIC IN BASKING RIDGE MARCH 4

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WHEN: Sunday, March 4, 5 PM
WHERE:
Pingry School Auditorium, 131 Martinsville Rd., Basking Ridge

J. Donald Dumpson is one of the leading authorities on, and performers of, African-American sacred music. As well as being minister of music and arts at Arch Street Presbyterian Church in downtown Philadelphia, Mr. Dumpson is the founding director of the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale. On March 4 we will welcome him to Hauser Auditorium at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge as guest conductor of a very special MISH concert in which the Somerset Hills Chorus will be joined by the Caritas Chamber Chorale and the Apprentice Chorus of the Newark Boys Chorus School in a program of African American sacred music.

TICKETS & INFO:  http://musicsh.org/concerts/

CELEBRATE LEONARD BERNSTEIN’S CENTENNIAL @ LIVINGSTON TEMPLE THIS SUNDAY

Temple BNAI Abraham

Prime Time invites you to enjoy

The Music and Impact of Leonard Bernstein

in honor of his 100th birthday

Presented by

Maestro Robert Butts

Music Director and Conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
WHERE: 
Temple B'nai Abraham, 300 East Northfield Road, Livingston
COST: $10 per person Prime Time Members; $12 per person All others
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CENTRAL JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONTINUES ENSEMBLE’S 48TH SEASON WITH SOLOISTS FROM LIGHT OPERA OF NEW JERSEY

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WHEN: Sunday, February 25, at 3p.m.
WHERE:
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue in Basking Ridge
TICKETS: $25/adult, $20/senior, $15/student
To purchase tickets, concert patrons may visit www.cjso.org/concert_tickets. Half-season tickets (February 25 and May 6 concerts) may also be purchased at this time ($37.50/adult, $30/senior, $27.50/student). The latter prices represent a 25 percent savings. Please e-mail orchestra@cjso.org with any questions.

The concert—the second on the CJSO’s 48th season (its 10th under music director Michael Avagliano)—will include Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” as well as arias from Donizetti’s La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) and other operas, featuring soloists from the Light Opera of New Jersey (LONJ).

“We are very excited to continue the 48th season of the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra,” Mr. Avagliano said. “We look forward to collaborating, once again, with some of the outstanding singers from the Light Opera of New Jersey, as well as to performing Mozart’s timeless and classic final symphony and one of his most-well-known overtures. We cannot wait to share these beautiful works with both loyal and new audience members.”

Featuring:

  • Michael Avagliano, music director
  • Chelsea Friedlander, soprano
  • Hanna Ladefoged-Dollase, contralto
  • Ivan Rivera, tenor
  • David Murray, baritone

The program:

  • Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
  • Puccini “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi
  • Mozart “Ah, se fosse intorno” from Cosí fan tutte
  • Rossini “Cruda sorte” from L’Italiana in Algieri
  • Leoncavallo “Prologo” from Pagliacci
  • Donizetti arias from La fillé du regiment
  • Mozart Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

AvaglianoAbout Michael Avagliano, music director
Michael Avagliano has served as music director of the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and was recently appointed music director of the Summit Symphony. He joined the faculty of Drew University as director of the chamber orchestra in 2015.  In the 2014 season, Mr. Avagliano conducted the orchestra’s first opera performances, collaborating with the Light Opera of New Jersey for a fully-staged production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Previously, the orchestra was a runner-up for The American Prize, awarded each year for excellence in orchestral performance. Also an active violinist and violist, Mr. Avagliano has performed with the New Jersey and Singapore symphonies, as well as the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the Madison String Quartet, he has performed on chamber music series throughout the United States, with recent appearances in Alaska, New York, and Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit www.michaelavagliano.com.

imageAbout the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1970 as the Somerset County College Orchestra, the orchestra changed its name to the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 1985. For 16 seasons, the orchestra presented six to eight concerts, performing the standard orchestral repertoire. At its Gala 10th anniversary concert under the new name, the orchestra completed a cycle of the Beethoven symphonies with a sold-out performance of the Ninth. In the following year, it presented an acclaimed concert of “Music of the Holocaust at Terezin.” In 1998, the orchestra began a cultural exchange with Lithuania, presenting Lithuanian guest artists making their U.S. debuts. Committed to presenting the works of New Jersey composers, the orchestra has presented world premieres by Mario Lombardo, John Sichel, David Rimelis, and David Sampson.

Guest Review: “Art” exceptional Broadway level theatre at Centenary Stage Company

Guest reviewer: Rick Busciglio (www.njfootlights.net)

Yasmina Reza`s Tony-winning comedy “Art” opened Friday night at the Centenary Stage Company’s comfortable Sitnik Theatre. Let me cut right to the chase. This production, directed by the multi-talented Anne Occhiogrosso, starring a trio of outstanding Broadway, film and television vets, Randall Duk Kim, Kevin Carolan and CSC’s own Carl Wallnau,  provides an exceptional theater experience worthy of any stage.

The three men, Marc (Duk Kim), Serge (Wallnau) and Yvan (Carolan) are longtime best friends who find their relationship severely tested when Serge buys an expensive painting for 200,000 francs (the setting is Paris). The painting is by a respected modern artist. It is a large, completely white painting. Marc and Yvan have different reactions to the canvas. Marc, Serge’s social mentor, is horrified, and calls the painting s**t; Yvan, forewarned of the uniqueness of the painting, attempts a more restrained reaction.

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(photo: L-R Kim, Carolan & Wallnau)

Both however, ignite from Serge a barrage of verbal abuse for their lack of appreciation and/or understanding of modern art. Their debate of these three questions: What is art? What does it mean to be a friend? What does it mean to be a friend when your friends have terrible taste in art? results in a brutal examination of their roles in this friendship. All delivered with the witty, smart, provocative dialogue of Ms. Reza.

The favorite star turn was Kevin Carolan’s monologue about the stress of dealing with his approaching wedding. The audience responded with a round of enthusiastic applause. He is a marvelous comedy actor. All three were perfectly cast. Randall Duk Kim was exceptional as Marc. He demonstrated that he could easily conduct a master class in acting. Carl Wallnau, the CSC’s artistic director, impresses as always with his excellence in comedy, drama, and music (fine voice).
The play is presented as a series of scenes (no intermission) that vary from three and two characters, to several single character monologues directly to the audience.

The set, a stark but handsome apartment living room, designed by Tim Golebiewski, serves as the residence of all three via clever prop changes. Particularly effective is the often overlooked music between scenes by sound designer Carlos Dias Jr. The stage manager is Danielle Constance. Ed Matthews is the lighting designer. Ashleigh Poteat designed the costumes. Jeff Chase serves as technical director.

1007SitnikTheaterCentenary Stage Company’s production of Art runs February 16 through March 4 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.  Remaining performance dates are Fridays, February 23 and March 2 at 8pm; Saturdays, February 17, 24 and March 3 at 8pm; Sundays, February 18, 25 and March 4 at 2pm; Wednesdays, February 21 and 28 at 2pm and Thursdays, February 22 and March 1 at 7:30pm.

Ticket prices $27.50 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12 on matinee and Friday evening performances.  Saturday evening performances are $29.50 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12.  Thursday evening performances are $27.50 for ALL SEATS with a special ‘buy one/get one’ rush ticket special when purchased in person at the Centenary Stage Company box office starting two hours prior to performance time.  The ‘buy one/get one’ rush ticket special is not valid for advance ticket sales, on – line or by phone.  Offer is only valid in person at the box office during the designated time and may not be combined with any other special offer or discount.

Centenary Stage Company is also offering a buffet matinee for groups of 25 or more (up to 50) on Wednesdays February 21 and 28. Buffet matinees are $45.00 per person and include pre-show dining in one of CSC’s private dining rooms, as well as admittance to the 2pm matinee.  Buffet matinees must be scheduled in advance.  CSC also offers discounted tickets for group sales of 25 or more.  To find out more or schedule your group or buffet matinee call the Centenary Stage Company box office directly at (908) 979 – 0900.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown and is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance.

BAROQUE ORCHESTRA OF NJ SETS 2018-2019 SEASON

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey is excited to announce its 2018-2019 Season. Full programs are still being decided, but the dates are confirmed and several of the soloists are ready to go!

The excitement starts November 11, 2018, at 3:00 PM at Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth, when the orchestra presents Ah! Perfido!  Beethoven's rarely heard concert aria for which he was mentored by none other than Antonio Salieri!   One of Beethoven's other mentors was the great Franz Joseph Haydn, whose Symphony #100—The Military Symphony will be a featured work as the orchestra celebrates Veterans Day!  Special guest artist will be soprano Timothy Maureen Cole.

The Wassail Concert will be at 3:00 PM on January 13, 2019, at  Grace Church.  A special treat will be the world premiere of Viola Concerto composed by Maestro Robert W. Butts especially for our esteemed guest soloist Brett Deubner!   Also on the program will be Beethoven's popular Symphony #6—The Pastoral.  

The April 14, 2019 concert is still being determined but will be at 3:00 PM at Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth. The concert will feature a wonderful guest artist and music by Beethoven.

The season will conclude June 2, 2019, at 3:00 PM at Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth with one of the most electrifying works of American Music - George Gershwin's dynamic Piano Concerto with special guest artist Paul Zeigler!

Tickets will be on sale soondon't miss an afternoon of great music with us as we celebrate our 23rd season.

For the complete article, click here.

WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - starting at Noon
WHERE: Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey
ADMISSION: Competition/Performance is open to the public. Admission is FREE!

Competition features ten extraordinary young musicians performing movements from major concertos and sonatas. Don't miss this opportunity to hear tomorrow's stars today!

Reminder: March 11 Starts Daylight Saving Time

The Jewish Heritage Museum Presents A Seder Plate Craft Project

Seder Plate Program 2018

The Education Committee of The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents

A Seder Plate Craft Project

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
WHERE
: Around the Corner Art Center, 290 Mounts Corner Drive, Freehold, NJ 07728 (next to the Museum).
ADMISSION: $10.00 per child for ages four and up (must be accompanied by an adult).

Decorate your own Ceramic Seder Plate! During the program, subsidized by the Museum’s Druin Education Fund, participants will be guided by the staff at the Art Center to decorate their own plate. After completion that day, the piece will be dried and fired, and returned to the Museum for pick up the following week.

Funding has been made possible in part by an operating supporting grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical Commission.

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

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 (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). 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. The Museum is handicapped and assisted listening accessible.

HISTORICAL ACTIVITIES ABOUND IN NJ!

FREE POP-UP THEATRE IN UNION

TIX are free, but seating is limited—reserve at:
TheTheaterProject.org

The StrangeXchange pop-up flea market will return to The Wellmont Theater on June 16, 2018!

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WHEN: June 16 from 11am to 5pm
WHERE
: The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ
ADMISSION: Tickets go on sale for $5 on Wednesday, February 21 at 10am on livenation.com. Check out our Facebook page here for more information and vendor announcements.

It will feature over 45 unique vendors and food trucks. This year's theme will celebrate grads and dads as it falls the Saturday before Father's Day.

The Aquarian Weekly was founded in 1969 and is one of the last independently owned alternative weekly print and online publications still running today.

THIS WEEK @ McCARTER THEATRE CENTER IN PRINCETON

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 - 7:30PM
WHERE:
McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Pl., Princeton

Seong-Jin Cho, piano
South Korea’s #1 Best-Selling Classical Musician

Seong-Jin Cho was only 17 when he won Third Prize at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition and was the Gold Medalist at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw. He is already a superstar in his native South Korea–the country’s #1 best-selling classical musician. His program at McCarter will include works by Beethoven, Debussy, and Chopin. TICKETS & INFO


WHEN: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 - 8PM

Maria Schneider Orchestra

The Maria Schneider Orchestra is beyond categorization—there is nothing else in the jazz world that comes even close. Schneider blurs the lines between genres. The concert at McCarter will include new music, classic staples, and selections from her Grammy Award-winning album, The Thompson Fields. TICKETS & INFO




WHEN: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 – 3PM

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live
A limited number of VIP Experience packages are still available!

The Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO Live leads you on a breathtaking tour that begins in prehistoric Australia. Meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaurs puppets presented in a fun, entertaining, and educational live theatrical performance created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. VIP experience also available, including meet and greet with dinosaurs, premium seating, and more. TICKETS & INFO


WHEN: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 - 7:30PM

Andrew Bird

Don’t miss this unforgettable evening with internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler, and songwriter, Andrew Bird, known for his robust recording career, appearances in Disney’s The Muppets and FX series Baskets, as well as headlining engagements at Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House. TICKETS & INFO


mccarter.org

609.258.2787

ALL ROLES OPEN FOR “IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU” @ CHESTER THEATRE GROUP

AUDITION NOTICE:

Music by Barbara Anselmi
Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove
Directed by Clifford Parrish

WHEN: Tues 2/20 at 7.30pm
WHERE:
Black River Playhouse, 54 Grove Street, at the corner of Maple Ave., in Chester, NJ
908-879-7304
www.chestertheatregroup.org

Visit our website or FaceBook page for details!

All roles are open.

Please come prepared with a "traditional" Broadway Show Tune!


JAZZ THIS WEEK IN NEW BRUNSWICK


Gerry Gibbs is the son of jazz vibraphone legend & bandleader Terry Gibbs. Besides leading his own bands, projects and studio productions, Gerry is also an in-demand drummer, having performed, recorded and toured with a who's who in jazz, funk, electronic & world music, among them: McCoy Tyner, Alice Coltrane, Stanley Clarke, Joe Henderson, Hubert Laws, James Moody, Sam Rivers, Patrice Rushen, Dewey Redman, Eddie Harris, Mike Stern, Larry Coryell, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Brad Mehldau, Parliament Funkadelic & Electronic Music Pioneer Flying Lotus, to name but a few.

Lucien Barbarrin tours internationally with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Harry Connick Jr. He made his debut at six, playing drums in the Onward Brass Band, with his great-uncle Paul Barbarrin. Lucien has also played with Dr. Michael White, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Doc Cheatham, Lionel Hampton. Lucien and his nonet were a big hit at the 2017 Central Jersey Jazz Festival - New Brunswick! Come out and enjoy the belated Mardi Gras Celebration with us!

Michael Bond started playing classical piano when he was four and discovered jazz in his teens. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Smalls, Mezzrow, the Puffin Cultural Forum, and many other venues.

Seattle native, Molly Mason earned a Masters in classical voice from Boston U. Molly switched from opera halls to intimate clubs when she found a love for the freedom and creativity that jazz offers. Mason can be heard performing standards, new compositions and modern arrangements in clubs and concert venues across the Tri-State area.

STROLLERS SEEK ALL AGES FOR “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM”

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AUDITION NOTICE:

The Strollers’ production of

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
by William Shakespeare

WHERE: The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ
WHEN: Sun. Feb. 25th,6:00 – 9:00 pm; Wed. Feb. 28th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm; Sun. March 4th, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Performance Dates: Fri & Sat, May 4 & 5 at 8:00 pm and Sun, May 6 at 2:00 pm; Fri & Sat, May 11 & 12 at 8:00 pm and Sun, May 13 at 2:00 pm; Fri & Sat, May 18 & 19 at 8:00 pm

Fran Shultz, Director: fran_shultz@yahoo.com
Molly Holzbauer, Producer: molly.holzbauer@gmail.com
www.thestrollers.org

Rehearsals will be 2 – 3 evenings a week, at 7:00 pm in March and April, with an occasional weekend day (subject to change). Rehearsals every evening during Tech Week, April 29 – May 3.

Non-traditional casting will be used. Actors of all ages are needed, including children and young people to play the fairies. Experience in performing Shakespeare is desirable, but not required.

Children and Teens:

  • Hermia: Young woman (late teens – 20s)
  • Lysander: Young man (late teens – 20s)
  • Helena: Young woman (late teens – 20s)
  • Demetrius: Young man (late teens – 20s)
  • Titania’s Fairies: Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed:
    Girls and Boys (6 – Teens)
  • Changeling Boy: (6 – 10)
  • Robin Goodfellow (Puck): (Any age) Spry, energetic, impish, mischievous
  • Lords and Attendants on Theseus and Hippolyta:
    (All Ages) Possibly understudy some primary roles

Adults:

  • Theseus, Duke of Athens: (30s – 50s)
  • Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons: (20s – 40s)
  • Egeus: Father of Hermia (40s – 60s)
  • Philostrate: (20s – 60s) Master of the revels to Theseus
  • Nick Bottom, the weaver: (30s – 60s) Pompous, but loveable
  • Peter Quince, carpenter: (30s – 60s) Bookish
  • Francis Flute, bellows-mender: (20s – 40s)
  • Tom Snout, tinker: (30s – 60s)
  • Snug, the joiner: (20s – 60s)
  • Robin Starveling, tailor: (20s – 60s)
  • Oberon, King of the Fairies: (30s – 50s) Jealous, volatile
  • Titania, Queen of the Fairies: (20s – 50s) Sensuous

Synopsis: In Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the residents of Athens prepare for the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Bottom the weaver and fellow townspeople rehearse a play in the woods that they hope will be selected for the wedding celebrations.

Meanwhile, four young Athenians lovers are caught in a romantic tangle. Lysander and Demetrius both love Hermia; Hermia loves Lysander and her friend Helena loves Demetrius. All four young lovers spend a dreamlike night in the woods where they are bewitched by the mischievous Puck. Meanwhile, Oberon, King of the Fairies and his Fairy Queen, Titania, are quarreling over their jealousies and the ownership of a magical Changeling Boy. Their quarrel spills over into the lives of the mortals as they carry out their magical schemes.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

NJ INTERGENERATIONAL ORCHESTRA CONCERT FEATURES MUSIC FROM A SIMPLER TIME

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Musical Traditions in Song and Story

WHEN: Sunday, February 18th, 3 PM 
WHERE:
Lawton C. Johnson Middle School, 272 Morris Ave, Summit 
ADMISSION: free; donations are gratefully accepted.

The performance will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles, as well as its Flute Choir and Festival Chorus. 

Warren Cohen ConductingNJIO’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Warren Cohen and featuring the Festival Chorus, will dazzle audiences with a rendition of the under-performed “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast,” the first of a trilogy of cantatas by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Coleridge-Taylor, an 1800’s Englishman, was a descendant of African-American slaves and made multiple trips to America in his lifetime, including an invitation to the White House by President Theodore Roosevelt.  His most famous work, The Song of Hiawatha, is a trilogy of cantatas based on the epic poem of the same name by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and was an immediate hit upon its London premiere in 1898.  In both England and America, he was so celebrated that he became known as the “African Mahler,” and his works have been performed worldwide ever since. 

Intermezzo Viola sectionNJIO’s Symphony will also perform the moving and wonderfully composed “Moldau” by Bedrich Smetana, whose most famous composition about a river in Bohemia combined the symphonic poem form with nationalistic ideals.  Intermezzo Orchestra will be performing Vivaldi’s delightful “Concerto Alla Rustica” and Offenbach’s “Barcarolle” from The Tales of Hoffmann.  Be sure to arrive half an hour early to catch Prelude Ensemble’s performance in the lobby, and Flute Choir’s performance at intermission!