Thursday, May 31, 2018



Joe Iconis photo by Stephanie Wessels


Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
To purchase a ticket or for more information, patrons should visit or call 732.345.1400.

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces a special Q&A with composer/lyricist Joe Iconis as part of First Monday Masters, Two River’s popular new series of  master classes led by artists affiliated with Two River Theater’s recent productions and current season.

Picture this: Joe Iconis, a keyboard, and a small room full of people. Now is your chance to ask Joe what you’ve always wanted to know about Be More Chill, Smash, and what he’s working on next!

JOE ICONIS is an acclaimed musical theater writer whose musical Be More Chill (written with Joe Tracz) premiered at Two River in 2015 and will play Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre in NYC this summer; the original cast recording has been streamed more than 100 million times. Iconis and Tracz are currently writing a new musical as a Two River Theater commission. His other musicals include Love in Hate Nation, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and Bloodsong of Love, and his song “Broadway, Here I Come!” was cited by the New York Times as a new entry in the Great American Songbook. He was named “one to watch” in Billboard's Top 10 picks of the next generation of Broadway singers and songwriters. His albums Two-Player Game, Be More Chill, Things to Ruin and The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree are all available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, an ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, and a MAC John Wallowitch Songwriting Award.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Chatham Players to Hold Auditions for Baitz’s Clever Play, “Other Desert Cities”


Other Desert Cities Audition

by Jon Robin Baitz
directed by Jonathan Wierzbicki

WHEN: Sunday, June 17, at 6 PM and Monday, June 18, at 7PM. Please arrive by 7:30.
: Stanley Congregational Church at 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham, NJ. 

Production dates are October 5 thru October 20, 2018 with rehearsals to begin mid-August.

The play follows Brooke Wyeth as she returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history—a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.

Director Wierzbicki seeks three women and two men to fill out his cast.   

  • There will be readings from the script, based upon the character you wish to be considered for, as well as type. 
  • Audition Sides will be available at the audition. To access the audition form, please visit our website at .

Character Breakdown

Lyman Wyeth: (early 50's to late 60's)- Kind and gentle patriarch.  A Hollywood B actor with some celebrity and charm who turned that into political influence.  He is conservative but with a sense of humor about himself a deep love for his family.

Polly Wyeth: (early 50's to late 60's)- Lyman's wife.  Graceful and acerbic matriarch.  She has been active for decades in the Republican Party.  She is deeply devoted to the preservation of her social standing, her family and the health of her husband.

Brooke Wyeth: (early 30's to 40's)- Lyman and Polly's adult daughter.  She is a professional writer who has been living in New York after a mental breakdown.  Her tortured relationship with her family has centered on her opposing Liberal political views.

Trip Wyeth: (mid 20's to mid 30's)-  Brooke's brother.  Witty and self-effacing.  He is a TV producer for reality TV- in a family obsessed with his intellectual, older sister's mental health.  He assumes the role of second banana with grace.

Silda Grauman: (mid 50's to early 70's)- Polly's sister.  Creative, fragile, and funny.  A former B movie writer, and the Bohemian, polar opposite of her sister.  She is fresh out of rehab and repays the support of the conservative Wyeths, by joining Brooke in some liberal needling of her parents.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Gus Ibranyi at (201)-563-0362 or email  For directions or additional information, please visit

Food and Drink Tasting Fundraiser Just Days Away

WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2 to 5 p.m
Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton
TICKETS: $35 in advance or $45 at the door, if available. A $15 designated driver’s ticket is also available; non-alcoholic beverages will be provided to accompany all that tasty food. You can purchase your tickets on our website, or by calling us at 908-735-8415.

Where can you go this weekend for a great selection of beers, wine and delicious food, live music, raffles and great art?

Why, the Hunterdon Art Museum, of course! Join us this Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. for Art on Tap, our 6th annual drink and food tasting fundraiser to benefit HAM's education programs and exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design.

Get Your Art on Tap Tickets Today!

You can sample a delicious assortment of craft beers, hard ciders, wines and food from the area's top restaurants. And, if you like whiskey come sample some Manatawny Still Works Keystone Whiskey. You can see all our beverage tasting choices on our website.

Hunterdon Brewing Co. is supplying the beverages, and will have several tasting tables set up. Participating restaurants donating food include: Metropolitan Seafood Co., BEX Eatery & Catering Co., A la Carte, Frank’s Restaurant, Cryan’s Tavern, Designer Dawgs, Circa Restaurant, and Scout’s Coffee Bar + Mercantile.
Enjoy live music with New Road Band performing on the Museum’s Toshiko Takaezu Terrace.

Feeling a little lucky? Our raffle this year features an assortment of fabulous prizes you're going to love!

Inside the Museum, you can explore our current exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design: Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia, Katie Truk: Stretched Sculpture, and Mary Oestereicher Hamill: regardisregard.

Art on Tap sponsors are Metropolitan Seafood Co. and Northfield Bank.

imageGet Your Hunterdon Polo Classic Tickets at HAM 

WHEN: Saturday, June 9. Rain date is Sunday, June 10. Gates open at noon.
Fieldview Farm, 342 Quakertown Road, in Pittstown.
TICKETS: on sale at the Museum for $35 (children under 12 can get in for free), and will be available at our Art on Tap fundraiser. Tailgate slots are also available for purchase at the Museum.

Enjoy the sport of kings while helping out the Hunterdon Art Museum at the Hunterdon Polo Classic.

Purchase your Hunterdon Polo Classic tickets at HAM, and all proceeds from that sale will go to the Museum.

It's a great way to check out the sport of kings while helping the Museum bring you top-quality education programs and exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design.

To learn more, visit the Hunterdon Polo Classic website.

THEATER DOWN THE SHORE: "NEWSIES": Be There for Opening Night!

Disney’s Newsies the Musical, based on a true story and the cult Disney film, became a Broadway hit after debuting at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

The Axelrod PAC’s professional production is directed and choreographed by Marcos Santana, assisted by Nova Bergeron, musical director Andrew Sotomayor, and associate choreographer Betty Weinberger.

The Newsboys Strike of 1899 literally stopped the presses and upset the empires of publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randall Hurst.

The leader of the Newsies, Jack Kelly, is played by Jim Schubin, who starred Off Broadway in The Fantasticks. Jack’s sidekick, Crutchie, is played by Patrick Tombs, the first disabled actor to assume this challenging role.

Jack’s gang of ragamuffins include Matteo Marretta as Romeo, Jevorn Henry as Henry, Matt Donzella as Finch, Anthony Lloyd Fania as Albert, Braden Allen King as Elmer, Michael Thompson as Specs, Kylan Ross as Race, James Little as Buttons and Jonathan Duvelson as Mush. The “girlsies” are played by Stephanie Eve Parker as Sniper, Lauren Emily Alagna as Tommy Boy and Ashleigh Kiven as JoJo. Lane Northcutt plays Davey and Henry Berry plays his younger brother, Les.

Don’t miss the opening of Newsies this weekend, with a special reception following opening night where you can meet the cast and production team.

WHERE: Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park

Purchase Your Tickets Now

The Axelrod Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.

(732) 531 9106 ext. 14

Stage Exchange brings Two River Theater to NJPAC this Friday!

The Hombres
by Tony Meneses

WHEN: Friday, June 1, at 7:00pm
: NJPAC's Chase Room, One Center St., Newark
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Co​-commissioned by Two River Theater, The Hombres looks at the intimacy of male relationships through the point of view of Machismo culture. Set in New Jersey (“somewhere off a NJ Transit line”), the play follows Julián, a gay Latino yoga teacher, as he clashes with the Latino construction workers working outside his studio—particularly the older head of the crew, Héctor, who seeks from Julián something he never expected.

Meneses is a New Jersey-based playwright. His work, which always includes a Latinx point of view, gives voice to Latinx experiences. His plays are about visibility and representation; they show, in Tony’s words, “that our lives are complex and diverse even within our own community.” Two River Theater has premiered two of his plays: Guadalupe in the Guest Room (2015) and The Women of Padilla (2017).

Two River Theater in Red Bank is the partner theater for this new play.
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Theater League of Clifton Slates “Godspell 2012” Auditions

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WHEN: Monday, June 18 (7-10 p.m.) and Wednesday, June 20 (7-10 p.m.)
ATC Studios, 68 Union Ave., Clifton.

Kathleen Kellaigh is the director of the production. Jalmari Vanamo will serve as musical director, Judi Niebuhr is the choreographer, Maryann Irizarry is producer, and Tara Freifeld is the stage manager. This is the same production team that created the Theater League of Clifton's dazzling performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie last fall.

The cast for Godspell 2012 will include five men and five women, with an age range of 16-40.

Full character descriptions are available on the Theater League of Clifton’s website ( or call (973) 928-7668 for more information.

Show dates are Nov. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees start at 3 p.m.

Auditions are open for all roles.

  • Those attending the casting call should prepare a song, up to 32 bars, in the style of the show. Songs from the show are permissible.
  • Sides will be provided at auditions.

Performances will be held at the Theresa Aprea Theater, 199 Scoles Ave., Clifton. The Theater League of Clifton will present the production through a special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell first opened Off Broadway on May 17, 1971. The popular musical, based on parables found in the Gospel of Matthew, has had numerous revivals over the years. The song “Day by Day” is the best-known composition from the score.

British jazz pianist in concert at Bickford on Monday

Neville Dickie and Midiri Brothers

WHEN: Monday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility
TICKETS: $18 in advance and $20 at the door with a special price of $17 for Morris Museum members only.
Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Neville DickieNeville Dickie, one of the greatest boogie-woogie and stride pianists to ever come out of Britain, and New Jersey’s own Midiri Brothers return to the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum for their annual concert. photo courtesy of Pat Dickie.

Since his “Back to Boogie” album became a hit in the 1970s, Neville Dickie has been performing all over the world and returns to the United States every year. A regular part of his tour has been the annual Bickford Theatre show with Paul and Joe Midiri, twin brothers who have been entertaining audiences for years with their eclectic blend of classic jazz.

Not only is Neville Dickie a world-renowned jazz pianist, he and his wife Pat also ran one of England’s most successful jazz clubs, The Sutton Jazz Club, for 27 years until finally retiring two years ago. When not touring, Dickie devotes his time to recording and enjoying life in the English countryside with their poodle Bertie.

-Joe and Paul Midiri grew up in Runnemede, New Jersey where they played both jazz and classical music. With Joe on clarinet and Paul behind the drums, the twin brothers honed their skills playing in a swing band. Paul eventually turned to the vibes as his primary instrument and the two have become popular, acclaimed jazz musicians around the country. Joe Midiri cites several legendary musicians as his instrumental heroes including Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Ben Webster, and Paul Desmond. Not surprisingly, Paul’s inspirations including Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo. Billed as The Midiri Brothers, the two New Jerseyans headline at hot jazz festivals from coast to coast. Photo courtesy of Tom Salvas.

When Neville Dickie makes his annual pilgrimage to the States, he always invites Joe and Paul to perform with him and the brothers always look forward to the opportunity. “When we perform with Neville,” said Paul Midiri, “we always seem to push the boundaries of all types of classic jazz including trad, boogie-woogie, and swing. He is an amazing talent and we look forward to this opportunity to appear at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown. This annual date has become even more significant because we’re never sure if he will agree to leave his lovely wife Pat, their poodle Bertie, and their comfortable home in England to travel across the pond, but here he is again and we couldn’t be happier.”


WHEN: June 1, 2, 3; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM
TICKETS: Single tickets $20, students $10.
INFO:   908-809-8865

Don't miss these very funny plays!

Wine and cheese reception 7:30 PM Friday and Saturday courtesy of Unity Bank.

Laugh-Out-Loud Tribute to Wild ’70s in “Disaster! A Musical,” Coming to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre June 8 to 17


Disaster! A Musical

WHEN: Fridays, June 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, June 9 and June 16 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, June 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on June 8.
: Kelsey Theatre located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
TICKETS: $18 for seniors; and $16 for students/children.
Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater. For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure

Audiences can relive – or discover for the first time – an era at the movies that brought disaster at every turn. When a group of New Yorkers attends the opening of a floating casino and disco, chaos ensues in the form of multiple calamities that harken back to such films as “Earthquake,” “The Swarm,” and “The Poseidon Adventure.” The parody is full-on ’70s, adorned by cringe worthy fashions like platform shoes and bell bottoms, and set to the beat of hit songs such as "Hooked on a Feeling," "Sky High," "I Am Woman" and "Hot Stuff." Written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, the show had a 2016 run on Broadway that included a Tony Award nomination. (Above: Chris Schmalbach, front; middle row, from left, Haley Schmalbach, Ally Masson, Jennifer Fischer, Dana Cavagnaro, and Nicholas Benedetti; back row, Joe Zedeny, Jim Petro and Jennifer Winn)

The ensemble cast features Chris Schmalbach of Palmyra as Ted, Haley Schmalbach of Palmyra as Sister Mary, Jennifer Fischer of Hamilton as Marianne, Jennifer Winn of Ewing as Jackie, Jim Petro of Hamilton as Chad, Joe Zedeny of East Windsor as Tony, Connor McDowell of Levittown, Pa., as Scott, Jeffrey Milstein of East Windsor as Maury, Joseph Stockette as Langhorne, Pa., as Jake, Nicholas Benedetti of Ewing as Ben/Lisa, Ally Masson of Levittown, Pa., as Levora, and Gina Migliaccio of Hamilton as Shirley. Playing multiple roles are Mike Wemer of Mt. Holly and Dana Cavagnaro of Hillsborough. (Among these roles are workmen, chef, waitress, taxi driver, wealthy couple, blinded woman, victims and passengers.)

The production team includes Artistic Director Pete LaBriola, Musical Director Lou Woodruff, Vocal Director Janine Bowen and Choreographer Kat Ross-Kline.

Pushcart Players’ Spring Flash Sale for next year’s assembly programs

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Reserve TODAY for next school year and SAVE  WITH  DEEP  DISCOUNTS!

Book next year's assembly program by June 30 and save from $200 to $250 off standard program rates.

Performances taking place in October, November and December 2018 receive additional discounts!

Call: 973-857-1115


Musical theater productions with curriculum ties:

Social Studies * Literature *  History * Ethical Awareness

Peter and the Wolf

The classic Russian folk tale brings together all the elements of growing up, offering a splendid introduction to theater, classical music and value clarification themes.

STONE SOUP...and other stories

A charming musical compilation of short literary favorites from Africa, India, Eastern Europe and the United States of America. Filled with exuberant music, fantasy and comic plot lines.


A child's love and a little nursery magic transform Velveteen into a REAL rabbit, in this tale of 

Friendship * Imagination * Perseverance * Self-image * Relationships *

ELLIS ISLAND: Gateway to America

A loving look at a small group of immigrants who came to America in the 1900's, following their experiences in shaping U.S. history through the 1960's.

A Cinderella Tale...happily ever after

The timeless tale proves the importance of making good choices and being responsible for them.  We learn that beauty can be treasured, but graciousness is priceless. Without it, nothing is possible; with it, one can do anything.

The Hope and Promise of America's Civil Rights Movement

A multi-media play celebrating the actions of ordinary people during an extraordinary time.

(Opening February 2019)

The Last, The Very Last Butterfly

A Holocaust awareness play with music based on the writings and drawings of children in Terezin. Their story launches a discussion of human rights, social justice, anti-bias and character development.

The Lab at Luna - Two Powerful Plays Directed by Luna's Artistic Residents

Jackie Knollhuff and Niall Ng, two young emerging directors have been our Artistic Residents all season.

As the culmination of their time with us, they are each directing a workshop production of a play of their choosing.

Jackie and Niall have worked super hard all year. PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT THEM!


TICKETS: all performances are $15 and can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Administrative Office, Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 3pm. Luna Stage is located at 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ, in the heart of The Valley Arts District. 973-395-5551 Ext. 10.
Suitable for ages 17 and up.

Unseamly tackles sexual-harassment allegations in the fashion industry. Malina is a young victim of sexual-harassment, meeting with a lawyer to discuss taking legal action against her former employer, the CEO of a major fashion corporation. But if she's going to win this case, she'll have to reveal everything about her harrowing experience. Unseamly is a recently-published bold, and somewhat outrageous, exploration of sexual-harassment, public opinion, and the selective nature of memory. This production contains mature subject matter and graphic language. This production stars Angelica Ubiera, Brian Ach and Dan Johnson.

Niall NgNiall Ng (Director) is a New Jersey based actor and director. His self-produced directing credits include Orphans and Rabbit Hole. He was the assistant director to Jerome Preston Bates for his production of The Man in Room 306 at Luna Stage. Regional Touring acting credits include Twelfth Night (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). University Theatre credits include 99 Ways to F**k a Swan, The Winter's Tale, The Cherry Orchard, and A Streetcar Named Desire. He holds a BFA in Acting from Montclair State University.

Oren SafdieOren Safdie (Playwright) is a playwright-in-residence at La MaMa, and helmed the Malibu Stage Co. where the off-Broadway/London hit PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES debuted and was listed as one of the top ten new plays of the decade by the Wall Street Journal. His next play, THE LAST WORD also moved off-Broadway, starring Daniel J. Travanti. Other NY productions include UNSEAMLY, FALSE SOLUTION, CHECKS & BALANCES, THE BILBAO EFFECT, WEST BANK, UK, JEWS & JESUS, FIDDLER SUB-TERRAIN, and LA COMPAGNIE, which was developed into a pilot for CBS. Four of these plays garnered a New York Times Critic's Pick. As a screenwriter, Oren scripted the film YOU CAN THANK ME LATER starring Ellen Burstyn, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Newport Film Festival; and the Israeli film BITTERSWEET. He has taught playwriting at the University of Miami and Douglas College in BC.


TICKETS: all performances are $15 and can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Administrative Office, Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 3pm. Luna Stage is located at 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ, in the heart of The Valley Arts District. 973-395-5551 Ext. 10.

Tornado is a new play about three women in the aftermath of a devastating tornado in Oklahoma. Jade, a student at Oklahoma Baptist University, and Becca, a corporate lawyer in New York City, have come to volunteer in the clean-up efforts and to help local resident Tanya pick up the pieces of her life. But when a Chic-fil-A truck arrives to offer free lunch, their vastly divergent cultural perspectives clash head-on, and they must struggle to set aside their differences in an ever-changing landscape of chaos. The production stars Judy Wilson, Tasha Williams, and Caitlin Coats.

Jacqueline KnollhuffJacqueline Knollhuff (Director) will graduate in May with her Master's in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University, where she co-directed the 2017 production of Euripides's Helen in the MSU amphitheater. She was a member of the 2016-2017 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Program. She has worked at Burning Coal Theatre Company in North Carolina and Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, where she was the assistant director to Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett. As an Artistic Resident at Luna, she was Cheryl Katz's assistant director for this year's production of Razorhurst. Her passions include new play development and theatre for persons with disabilities. She hopes to eventually start her own theatre company or to earn her Ph.D. and teach theatre.

Chris Cragin-DayChris Cragin-Day (Playwright) is an alumnus of The Public's EWG (The River Nun, 2009 Spotlight Series) and O'Neill NMTC (Son of a Gun, co-writer Don and Lori Chaffer). Her play, Martin Luther on Trial, developed with Max McLean, had an Off-Bway run in 2017, a National Tour in 2017, and has another national tour coming up this summer. Her play A Woman was part of 59E59th's Summer Shorts 2017 and just received a reading of the full-length version at The Sheen Center. And her play Foster Mom won Premiere Stage's New Play Award and received a production there September 2017. Her musical, The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph's Baby, which played in the 2016 NYC Fringe (co-written with Don Chaffer), had a mid-west tour by River and Rail Theater in 2017 and has another tour in the works for 2018. Her play, The Rare Biosphere, was part of Luna Stage's New Moon Series and Sea Dog Theater's reading series at The Sheen Center. Chris is an Associate Professor of English and Theater at The King's College NYC. She lives in Weehawken, NJ with her husband, Steve Day, their daughter, Kansas, and their foster son, Noah.

The Sixth Annual Riverview Jazz Festival Returns to Jersey City, June 1-9, 2018

WHEN: June 1-9
Jersey City
ADMISSION: Admission is free to both of the bookend concerts. However, a limited number of VIP passes are available for a $95 donation. VIP ticket-holders will receive a free T-shirt, mug, admission to VIP tents at both stages June 9, food and cocktails supplied by local restaurants, meet-the-artist opportunities, and more. The tickets are offered as part of a fundraising initiative supporting year-round programming produced by

Clear your calendars, grab your lawn chairs, and get ready for some great music! Jersey City’s most prolific festival returns for its sixth year of world-class jazz in its annual week-long celebration this June. Enjoy food trucks, children’s activities, a record riot, local vendors, and hundreds of professional musicians throughout the week. The sixth annual Riverview Jazz Festival will feature over 40 events, capped by two outdoor festival events June 1st and 9th.

“Jersey City is nestled between two of the most historically important jazz locations in the country—Newark and New York City. There are so many incredible players that live in the community and there is an increasing audience for world-class entertainment here,” says Riverview Jazz Executive Director Bryan Beninghove. “We feel so fortunate that we are able to connect the music to the people while also putting a shine on the hard-working clubs that are producing shows on a weekly basis.”

A new addition to the festival, the Riverview Kickoff Party sponsored by Exchange Place Alliance begins Friday, June 1, at 4:30pm on the Exchange Place J. Owen Grundy Park Pier. There will be a marching brass band led by Andrae Murchison, a ZT Amplifiers Artist Showcase featuring jazz guitar masters Dave Stryker, Vic Juris, and Charlie Apicella, the psycho-mambo band Gato Loco, and the salsa legend John “Dandy” Rodriguez’s Dream Team. In addition, there will be buskers galore honking away, DJ Prestige on the wax, food trucks, beer selections by Lutz Biergarten, and more! The event is free to the public.

The closing festival on Saturday, June 9 from noon to 8pm will once again be held at Riverview Fisk Park in Jersey City Heights. New this year will be the Skyline Stage, a stage built on the hill overlooking the New York City skyline creating an amphitheater setting. Also new this year will be a Record Riot hosted by Iris Records, local vendors curated by Marketplace JC, and art activities hosted by 107 Bowers Gallery on the newly renovated gazebo. The lineup includes trumpet legend Wallace Roney, Doug Beavers Salsa Orchestra, Winard Harper & Tap Sensational (a tap dancing revue), Rob Curto’s Forró For All (Brazilian), the dynamic saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad, organist Brian Charrette’s Kürrent, guitarist Walter Parks’ Spirituals Reimagined, and flutist Andrea Brachfield and Insight. Attendees of this free family-friendly event are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, participate in children’s activities, and enjoy the beer garden by Low-Fi.

There will be another 40 events throughout the area at clubs and parks alike.
Highlights from the week’s activities include​ Louis Hayes at the Moore’s Lounge Meet the Artist Series​ (Sunday 6/3). Drummer Louis Hayes has performed with everyone from Cannonball Adderly and Oscar Peterson to John Coltrane and Ravi Shankar. ​The Johnathan Blake Trio will perform the Jazz at Harborside Series (Wednesday, June 6, at 11:30am). Johnathan is one of the most in-demand drummers in town. He has performed with Tom Harrell, the Mingus Band, Kenny Barron Trio and many more. Also ​Wednesday, June 6, the Fox and Crow will host BeBimBop with special guest Gene Bertoncini.​ BeBimBop is a virtuoso acoustic instrumental trio featuring Brian Glassman, Joe Ravo, and Danny Mallon that can be seen at their weekly residency at the Morgan Library. Gene Bertoncini is one of the most pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. He has been heard with Wayne Shorter, Benny Goodman, and Tony Bennett to name a few. Thursday, June 7, will feature ​“​Women in Jazz at the Rotunda” featuring vocalist Lezlie Harrison (7pm) and the Leni Stern Trio (8pm)​. The event will be held at the Brennan Courthouse on Newark Avenue and feature two of the most unique voices in jazz today. Tickets are $15.

“The support has been tremendous this year and it will definitely lead to our best festival yet”, says Beninghove. “Besides all the excitement around our bookend events, we couldn’t be prouder to work with neighborhood fixtures like Moore’s Lounge, Fox and Crow, The Brightside Tavern, Madame Claude Bis; as well as fairly new clubs like FM, the Archer, the Hutton, and GPs.”

The Riverview Jazz Festival is made possible in part by Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, and the Office of Cultural Affairs. This program is also made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive; and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

RiverviewJazz.Org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

First the Town Talked About It...Now the Critics Are Raving About “Tartuffe”!

By Molière
Translated by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte

WHEN: through June 10
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
Buy Tickets Now!

Tartuffe, the consummate con man, hypocrite, and womanizer, meets his match under Molière's deft pen. A masterpiece of biting social commentary brilliantly enclosed in a swirl of witty verse, outrageous characters, and delightful machinations; you'll laugh and wince simultaneously as you hear how familiar this 17th century family sounds to our 21st century ears!

Click here for directions to the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre and for information about FREE parking.

Pictured: Brent Harris* as Tartuffe and Patrick Toon* as Orgon. Photo credit: Jerry Dalia, 2018.

*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

TARTUFFE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018






Applications are now being accepted for the John C. Rodriguez Scholarship, managed and promoted by Cabaret for Life (CFL) and the Carolan-Rodriguez family. This annual scholarship is available for all graduating seniors enrolled in Monmouth or Ocean County high schools or Teaneck High School who are pursuing musical theater, theater, or the visual arts in higher education. Each year, $5000 in prize money is available to the applicants.

For application requirements, visit Deadline for submission is Friday, June 8.

“Cabaret for Life is pleased to continue offering the John C. Rodriguez Scholarship as we have for the past 12 years to honor one of our most dedicated and talented board members. Over the years we’ve had the privilege of awarding New Jersey seniors who have gone on to enjoy professional careers in the theater on Broadway and in national tours. We look forward to meeting this year’s applicants,” says Andrew DePrisco, President of Cabaret for Life.

John C. Rodriguez was an artist, singer, musician, and a song writer.  He also was a graduate of Teaneck High School and Ramapo College.  His warmth, gentle humor, prolific artistic talent and tireless goodness touched everyone he met.  As a resident of Howell NJ, he became a Director for Cabaret for Life.  John was an active participant and graphics and set designer for CFL for five years.  John had a tremendous passion to pass along his love for the arts to the next generations.  His wife, Bonnie Carolan, is a Trustee of CFL, and all three of John’s children, Annie, Jessie and Maggie have performed in CFL productions.

Cabaret for Life, Inc. was established in 1995 by a core group of Monmouth and Ocean County residents who came together to make a difference in the lives of people threatened by AIDS and similar debilitating illnesses.  In its first few months of operation, this group of diversely talented individuals recognized the apparent need for funds to help people coping with HIV/AIDS in New Jersey.  Cabaret for Life has dedicated its efforts toward these people and the organizations that exist to serve them.  The organization was incorporated with the State of New Jersey in October 1995 and was designated exempt of Federal and State tax in 1997. To learn more,


The great pianist NAT ADDERLEY, JR. who spent most of his professional music career in R&B, most notably as arranger for the late, great Luther Vandross will close out our two years at INC.  Nat Jr.'s talent & impeccable music pedigree keep him in demand. He always brings a night of hot and cool swinging tunes! Next week Nat will also launch our Wednesdays at the new venue, Tavern on George!

"Joy and spirited musical communication" characterize Garnett's drumming. Living legend Abbey Lincoln and the late great Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, James Carter, Regina Carter, and Cyrus Chestnut have all called on Mr. Garnett for the energy and fire that he brings to the bandstand. Mr. Garnett has also worked in the bands of many great artists:Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kevin Mahogany, Clark Terry, Eric Reed, Wycliffe Gordon, Milt Hinton, Marcus Printup, Greg Osby & Ellis Marsalis. Currently Mr. Garnett resides in Brooklyn and performs around the U.S. and  internationally.

Swedish-born Emma sat in with the jazz group while she was studying  classical piano at the Janacek Conservatory in the Czech Republic.  She found her musical home and never looked back.

"Larsson represents a new class of vocalists who are pushing the limits of jazz vocals to the edge of post bop conventional wisdom into a realm not otherwise traveled." - All About Jazz

A Rock n’ Roll Archaeological Dig, as Early Elton Brings to the Stage the Soul and Spirit of Elton John’s Stripped-Down Trio Tours of 1970 to 1972

WHEN: June 8, 7:30 PM; doors open 7 PM    
: House of Independents, 572 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park       

A Rock n’ Roll archaeological dig is underway, as Early Elton pays tribute to the Elton John, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson trio tours of 1970 to 1972. 

Early Elton features Jeff Kazee of Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes (piano, vocals), Rich Pagano of The Fab Faux (drums and vocals) and John Conte of Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes (bass and vocals). The trio of respected artists deliver a historic recreation and interpretation of Elton John’s music, based specifically on the superstar’s live trio tour arrangements from the early seventies. No wigs, no costumes – just three great musicians performing the early music of a seminal artist. 

As the story goes, Elton's label didn't have the funds to send him out to tour the U.S. with a full band — yet Elton needed to properly promote his imminent releases. Having decided on bassist Dee Murray and Nigel Olson on drums, Elton rearranged the songs and vocals to fit within the limitations of his new lineup. Suddenly, a new sound emerged that was both raw and poignant.

Jeff, John and Rich have painstakingly sourced video, bootleg recordings and even Elton's own home demos in shaping their collective vision of Elton's Trio Period—blurring the line between replication and innovation—while still capturing and utilizing the spirit, mood and Rock & Roll energy from those early tours.

The Gospel/Funk of "Take Me To The Pilot", the soulful storytelling of "Levon" and "Amoreena", the epic-sounding "Burn Down The Mission", the countrified "Country Comfort" and the grand scale of "Madman Across The Water" are just a few of the fantastic chapters that make up the Early Elton songbook. The band has also been known to perform Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across The Water and the live concert, 11-17-70 in their entireties.

Early Elton is dedicated to continuing the spirit of this period—arguably, his finest in terms of material, production and performance.

Monday, May 28, 2018

West Orange Arts Council Calls for Artists, Collaborative, Creative Pop-Ups & Workshops

Summer Pop-Up Exhibits

WHERE: West Orange Arts Center, 551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ

Pop-Up #1:
WHEN: Installation Sat., June 2, at 10 am; Take-down Sun., June 24, at 3-4 pm

Pop-Up #2: 
WHEN: Installation Sat., July 7, at 10 am; Take-down Sun., July 29, at 3-4 pm

Artists responsible for installation/pick-up, labels, reception planning and gallery assisting at the West Orange Arts Center, Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm & Saturdays from 2-4:30 during the show. All sales are handled through the WOAC and include 25% commission.  DETAILS

New West Orange Arts Council members can participate. Join at

COST: $55 Registration to participate (either session)

If interested email Your Name, Contact Information, Work Sample (jpeg format), Pop-up #1 or #2, and Your Availability.

Nuno Felt Scarf Workshop

With Josie Dakers Brathwaite (fiber artist & quilter) 
Hosted by Josie's Colourful Journey and West Orange Arts Council

WHEN: Saturday, June 9, from 10am - 5pm
West Orange Arts Center, 551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
COST: Workshop: $100; Materials Fee: $40-45 – payable to instructor day of workshop (Includes silk fabric, merino wool fiber, embellishments for surface interest) List of Items to bring from home/not included in material fee will be sent to you upon registration
To register:

Have you ever fantasized about creating your very own one-of-a-kind art scarf? If yes, this workshop is for you. Come join Fiber Artist, Josie Dakers for a fun filled day where you will create your very own wearable art scarf using merino wool fiber, lightweight silk, cool embellishments, soap, water and lots of agitation.
This class requires lots of standing so wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and have fun! You will go home with a lightweight Nuno felt scarf for yourself or friend.


Beethoven, Haydn, & Rachmaninoff
WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 3:00 PM
Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey
Click here for further information and to order tickets

  • Ludwig Van Beethoven: Contredanses
  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony #82
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #1

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey will dedicate the concert to the memory of timpanist Al Jorgensen (1942-2018)

"Timpanist Al Jorgensen was more than just a member of the orchestra's percussion section. Al was a cherished colleague and friend. Al has been an integral part of the successful development of the orchestra for over fifteen years. His experience in the opera world was especially valuable to me as he shared so many insights into the collaborative work of orchestra with singers, directors, and designers. His musicianship and artistry added greatly to every symphony, concerto, and overture as well as to the theatrical performances. Al played with almost every orchestra and opera company in New Jersey, especially proud of his work with New Jersey State Opera where he worked closely with Maestro Silipigni and his work and friendship with composer/conductor Jose Serebrier. I will miss Al as a musician and even more as a person with whom I shared many a joyful dinner at the diner after rehearsals and performances."—Maestro Robert W. Butts



ACCESS JC FRIDAYS’ All-Day Celebration of Art & Culture in Jersey City

WHEN: Friday, June 1st, 2018
WHERE: restaurants, galleries, stores and event spaces in almost every neighborhood of Jersey City
ADMISSION: All events are free and open to the public.

Art House Productions’ JC Fridays will focus on accessibility in the arts! Jersey City’s premiere quarterly arts festival features art events that take place in restaurants, galleries, stores and event spaces in almost every neighborhood of our great city.

ACCESS JC FRIDAYS will showcase a variety of happenings including visual exhibitions, live music, performance acts and educational demonstrations, all showing work from artists with disabilities or offering accessible participation options. Rachel Handler, Art House’s Access Committee Chair notes, “Jersey City is one of the most diverse cities in the country, and that includes our residents with disabilities. Access JC Fridays should be every day!” Come out and celebrate art, ability and diversity in Jersey City!

Cast Iron Lofts- 262 17th Street b/t Coles St and Jersey Ave

6:30 PM - Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Screening – We’ll screen some of the winning films from the past four years of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. Films range from comedies, to dramas, to mysteries! And all of them star actors with disabilities in front of the camera and crew members with disabilities behind the camera.

8 PM - STILL STANDINGAnita Hollander is an actor with one-leg. Her one-person show, Still Standing, tells the story of her diagnosis with cancer to the very moment of the performance you’ll see on Friday, June 1st. With song, wit, understatement, great dollops of humor, but not a smidgen of self-pity, Hollander reaches out to every member of the audience. How many, after all, will share her one-legged condition?

  • (performance)(music)(education) 7:30pm-8:30pm ST. PAUL’S CHURCH presents “Music and Faith of Franz Liszt.” Join pianist Yukiko Tanaka as she presents a program featuring music by Liszt, along with a talk about her life and faith. Music includes; La Campenella, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, Liebestraum, etc. Ms. Tanaka will be joined by Gail Blache-Gill, soprano and Minister of Music at St. Paul's. 38 Duncan Ave (Bergen/Kennedy Blvd), 201-433-4922. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.
  • (art)(music) 7pm-10pm IMAGO BEAUTY GROUP AT THE BASILICO presents “Hamlet Manzueta ‘The Artist.’” We will be featuring new and older work by the artist, Hamlet Manzueta. All are welcome to this exciting barrier-free event! 673 Bergen Ave. (Fairview/Duncan) (201) 332-6100. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.


  • (art)(music)(film/video)(educational) 4pm-7pm PROJECT GREENVILLE presents Project Greenville Pig Out!” Join us Friday & Saturday for an exhibit of work by—and inspired by—pigs! That’s right, two of our participants are piggies Petunia & Hamilton who create paintings. They will be joined by Donchellee Fulwood, Diana Gonzalez, Rich Roberts and more…Live music Saturday by Sofia Oro plus vegetarian picnic snacks! 128 Winfield Ave (Ocean/Old Bergen Rd), 646-361-1858. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible. Tactile tour.


  • (performance)(music) 5pm-10pm HISTORIC DOWNTOWN presents “Groove on Grove: A JC Fridays Showcase.” JC Downtown's weekly Wednesday night concert of local homegrown music moves to JC Fridays for a special showcase. Live Music, Artist and Makers Market, Food and Adult Libations. Band line-up Grove Street PATH Plaza (Newark/Grove), 973-219-9696. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.
  • (art) 7pm-10pm MAXIMUM MOTION FITNESS presents “Roses.” Paintings by Milena Filipova. Roses are used for everything from expressions of love to adornment of kings and rebels. They are beautiful but watch out for the thorns, as all beauty comes with its price. Come view the amazing expression of these flowers from soft whites and yellows to bright exciting reds and pinks. 262 Grove St (Montgomery/York), 201-985-9114. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.
  • (art) 6pm-8pm SILVERMAN AND THE MAJESTIC THEATRE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION presents “Doug Madill: Painting Jersey City.” Heights-based artist Doug Madill captures “plein air” (outdoor, direct observation) scenes in oil paint on canvas of Jersey City landmarks, parks, and street scenes, drawing out the remarkable from the familiar, highlighting the joy and artistry of our everyday surround. 222 Montgomery St (Grove/Montgomery), 201-435-8000. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.
  • (art) 5pm-8:00pm JCITY REALTY presents “The Art Project.” Large scale abstract works by David French and Sandra DeSando. 109 Christopher Columbus Dr (Christopher Columbus Dr/Grove), 201-714-7777. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.


  • (art) 6pm-8pm SILVERMAN AND HAMILTON SQUARE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION presents “CROSSING: Paintings by Jasmine Hsu.” A selection of vibrant new abstract paintings inspired by photography and photographic processes from Jersey City based artist Jasmine Hsu. 232 Pavonia Ave (Erie/Pavonia), 201-435-8000. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.
  • (art) 6pm-8pm HAMILTON HOUSE presents “The Art Project.” Tour 7 Floors of solo artist lobby exhibitions with artists Jean-Paul Picard, Robert Egert, Roger W. Sayre, James Pustorino, Jodie Fink, Michael Ensminger, Artist Anthony E. Boone, Pat Lay, Maurizio Zuluaga, Hijo Nam and Kim Wiseman. 255 Brunswick St (9th/10th), 201-533-0333. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.


  • (performance)(music) 7pm-10pm ARTISTIC PRIDE PRODUCTIONS presents “HDMI featuring Glenn Coleman and Anthony Wills Jr.” A curated evening of performance headlined by Glenn Coleman who will perform covers, originals and improvised works. Followed by all access open mic. 61 Charles St. (Charles/Summit) (773) 879-8669. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible. Tactile-Tour.
  • (art)(educational) 6pm-9pm 107 BOWERS GALLERY & ARTSPACE presents “Experience Young Masters Children's Art Class.” Stop by to learn more about our Young Masters Children’s Art Class! We welcome children of all ages to touch and feel art materials while creating an art project to take home. View, touch and feel the work of artist Mike Dreeland from his NYC Radiator Covers series. 107 Bowers St (Central/Cambridge), 201.280.4821. Family-friendly. Tactile Tour.
  • (art)(performance) 7pm-9pm PRIME GALLERY presents “Creative Session.” Invite your friends, sip your favorite beverage and enjoy step-by-step instruction for creating your one-of-a-kind artwork with Ukrainian Artist, Yelena Kimelblat from our current exhibition, MONOCHROME. The subject will be sunflowers; the symbol of hope and her native country’s national flower. Ms. Kimelblat will also offer a free creativity session Children 12+. 351 Palisade Ave (Franklin/Ferry), 973-953-6497. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible. Tactile tour.


  • (art)(music) 6pm-10pm EONTA SPACE presents “Natalie Giugni's Bones of Flight.” Every culture has shared this fascination with birds’ capacity to reach celestial horizons. This can be seen from ancient mythological tales to our contemporary superheroes soaring through the skies. In “Bones of Flight,” a new life is given to bits and pieces of birds and bones through deconstruction and abstraction of their imagery. 34 Dekalb Ave (Dead End off of Van Reypen St), 201-536-1119. Barrier-free. Family-friendly. Tactile tour.
  • (art) 6pm-10pm SMUSH GALLERY presents “Zero to 60—JC Fridays Party.” Party it up at ‘Zero to 60 // fast work // sixty dollars max,’ SMUSH Gallery’s high energy group show featuring more than a dozen visual and text based artists from Jersey City, New York, and beyond. On view May 25 - June 9. All work $0-60. 340 Summit Ave (Summit/Academy).


  • (art)(music) 6pm-10pm GIA GELATO presents “BLACK AND BROWN.” Black and Brown is a mixed media art show featuring Jersey City artists Akil Roper (painting)and Anisa Rahim (photography). Roper and Rahim highlight and celebrate people of color through various portraits and other representations. Opening night will feature a return performance from the band Najeli Soul, who performed at Gia Gelato and Cafe last September. 281 Newark Ave (Monmouth/3rd), 201-216-0555. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible. Tactile Tour.
  • (art) 6:30pm-9:30pm GALLERIE HUDSON presents “Magnificent Milena—Oil Paintings of Jersey City Waterfront.” A series of oil paintings of the famed skyline merging into Jersey City's waterfront. As well as a personal collection of unique art glass works. 197 Newark Ave. (Jersey/Newark) (201) 434-1010. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.
  • (art) 5pm-7pm PROARTS JERSEY CITY presents “Momentum.” ProArts Jersey City announces “Momentum” a multi-media art show which will be on view at Nimbus Dance Works. 165 Newark Ave. (Columbus/Barrow) (201) 377-0718. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.
  • (art)(performance) 6pm-9pm PROARTS JERSEY CITY presents “Curators Choice” art exhibition and poetry reading. The exhibit features 9 artists selected by professional curators following a one-day portfolio review event called Meet the Curators. Poetry reading by poet, teacher, and filmmaker Janet R. Kirchheimer—who looks to the past to help create a better future—at 7:15 and 8:15. Casa Colobmo 380 Monmouth St. (1st/ 2nd), 201-771-2781. Family-Friendly.
  • (art) 7pm-10pm JERSEY CITY ART SCHOOL presents “Can I Kick It?” Norm Kirby will be showing new drawings, paintings, sculpture and collage. 313 Third St (Monmouth/Coles), 201-899-5492. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.
  • (art) 6pm-9pm WANDA CROUDY presents “It Begins with Passion: Incandescent Expressions of Art and Design.” Art and design exhibition curated by Wanda Croudy at the Garden Level Gallery. 315 3rd St. (Monmouth/Cole), 917-627-9342.


  • (art) 6pm-8pm THE OAKMAN presents “The Art Project.” Take a tour of 14 solo artist lobbies including works by Injoo Whang, Ani Rosskam, Karen Nielsen-Fried, Susan Evans Grove, Bill Leech, Caridad Kennedy, Alejandro Rubin, Kerry Kolenut, Pat Lay and David French. 160 First St (Marin Blvd/Provost), 201-685-0117. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.
  • (art) 6pm-8pm SHUSTER MANAGEMENT/THE ART HOUSE presents “The Art Project.” Take a tour of 14 floors of solo artist lobbies-works by Bruce Halpin, Elaine Hansen, Joanie Gagnon San Chirico, David French, Timothy Heins, Rajendra Mehta, Diane Tenerelli, Bill Rybak, Harriet Finck and Deirdre Kennedy. 148 First St (Marin Blvd/Provost) 201-798-0928. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.


Summer Stage Production:

Into The Woods 
Directed by Anna Hentz
Choreographed by Annie McLoughlin
Musical Director Neal Tracy

WHEN: August 6 –10; Rehearsals Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
Garden Street Music, 1018 WASHINGTON ST, HOBOKEN
FEE: Enrolling for the main stage production. $350.
We only have 4 spots left for girls and 2 spots left for boys.

Performers (Ages 8-Teen) will rehearse and perform a fully realized musical production of Into The Woods!

Performers will dance, sing, and act in this triple threat camp which will culminate in a performance for friends and family. Proper vocal technique will be taught in addition to dance classes alongside the production rehearsals. The Summer Stage production experience features costumes, lights, and all the magic that goes into putting on a show.

What you will need:

  • Girls and Boys: Comfortable clothing, sneakers, jazz shoes.
  • All: One nut free lunch (Monday through Thursday, on Fridays we provide a pizza party), two nut-free snacks (Monday through Friday), a water bottle labelled with your name.

Email to enroll. Call 201-683-9100 or click on the link below to register online!





Spring Ensemble Auditions

WHEN: Sunday, June 3. All auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition, call 201-569-7900, ext. 375 or email Alternate dates or video auditions may be arranged for those unable to attend on June 3.
: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly

The JCC Thurnauer School of Music, New Jersey’s leading community music school, invites musicians from the tri-state area to its Spring Ensemble Auditions for the 2018-19 school year. Auditions will be held for participation in chamber music ensembles; The String Camerata and Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra; the TeenTown Jazz Big Band; and the Young People’s Chorus @ Thurnauer.

“We are very excited for our 36th season at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music,” said founding director Dorothy Kaplan Roffman. “We invite musicians of all ages and abilities to share their talents with us and see how they can grow and thrive at the music school under the guidance of our outstanding faculty.”

Thurnauer ensembles rehearse weekly and are led by highly skilled and dedicated teachers.  Each ensemble performs several times throughout the year and has unique opportunities, including performing with renowned guest artists such as violinist Joshua Bell, New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert, legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, jazz artist New York Yankee, Bernie Williams and artistic director and founder of Young People’s Chorus Francisco J. Núñez.

For full descriptions of each ensemble, as well as required audition repertoire for the orchestras and chamber music ensembles, please visit The JCC Thurnauer School of Music’s 2016-2017 school year begins Sunday, September 30.

About the JCC Thurnauer School of Music

Founded in 1984, the JCC Thurnauer School of Music serves over 500 students from infancy through adulthood, offering a comprehensive program similar to the finest pre-college conservatories. The Thurnauer experience includes instrumental lessons, ensembles, and classes, master classes with world-renowned artists; a chamber music series; faculty recitals; frequent student performances; and a long-term partnership with the Englewood Public School District. Thurnauer is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, has been named a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and received an award for “excellence and high standards” from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.