Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and Englewood Health Five-Session Childbirth Course for Couples Raising a Jewish Baby Begins November 14

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Jewish Baby U

WHEN: Wednesdays, November 14- December 19, 7 – 9 pm
WHERE:
Kaplen JCC, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly. Classes will take place at both the JCC and Englewood Health’s Family Birth Place.
FEE: $150, includes Jewish books, pre-registration in PJ Library, and two-month access to the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Health & Wellness Facilities.
For full curriculum, more information, or to register, visit jccotp.org/jewishbaby or contact 201.408.1435/1437

Looking to help Jewish couples prepare for the amazing new world of parenthood, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and Englewood Health are launching Jewish Baby U— a program that combines childbirth education with an exploration of Jewish tradition and rituals regarding pregnancy, birth and parenting.

“Expecting parents have so many new things to know about and learn, from childbirth basics to what to eat and how to stay active during pregnancy, and the goal of this program is to offer Jewish couples ideas and information on how they can incorporate their heritage with their childbirth preparations and beyond,” says Sue Gelsey, Chief Operating Officer at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. “Our hope is to provide classes that will be valuable to expectant Jewish parents and give them an opportunity to meet other expectant parents who share the same values.”

The Jewish Baby U curriculum includes child birthing classes at Englewood Health’s Family Birth Place, a tour of Englewood Health, pre-natal exercise classes with JCC instructors, pre-natal nutrition consultation from the Graf Center for Integrative Medicine at Englewood Health, lactation education, infant care, infant CPR with Englewood Health EMS specialists, introduction to Judaism with a Kaplen JCC educator, building a Jewish home, Jewish names and naming ceremonies, building a Jewish community and more. Classes will take place at both the JCC and Englewood Health’s Family Birth Place.

John Morton, Noted Composer, Instrument Builder and Sound Artist, Brings His Sonic Ingenuity to the Morris Museum

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Sound Garden
Interactive Installations by John Morton and Jacqueline Shatz

WHEN: opens to the public on Friday, November 16th and runs through Sunday, February 24th
WHERE:
Morris Museum, Main Gallery, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
ADMISSION: free for Museum members and $10 for non-members.
To become a member and attend the Museum year-round for free, visit: morrismuseum.org/museum-membership, email membership@morrismuseum.org, or call 973.971.3721.

“I cultivate the unexpected and invite coincidence,” John Morton

Fever Songs by John MortonJohn Morton has spent his life immersed in sound. As a composer, his passion is to make musical connections between unintentional events. Simple things like bird song masked by a passing truck, a creak in a floor, or “the very specific envelope of dissolve” made by the slamming of a hot dog cart lid, are among his inspirations. Morton’s sound installations have graced public parks, village greens, pedestrian bridges, historic and industrial sites, libraries, and now the Morris Museum with Sound Garden.

TheVoyageOutSound Garden consists of two interactive, sound-immersive installations: Fever Songs (2018; above) by Morton and The Voyage Out (2006-2018, left), in collaboration with Jacqueline Shatz. John Morton’s work showcases the sonic beauty in the world around our ears. If we’re often advised to “stop and smell the roses,” Morton asks us to stop and listen to them and to all the other auditory splendors that we take for granted or are too busy to hear. He crafts these moments into “sonic events” and weaves them into fluid, expansive, and user-friendly experiences.

For his acclaimed installation Sound Tunnel (2009), Morton occupied a pedestrian tunnel near the Central Park Zoo and installed six high-end speakers that broadcast the found sounds he collected in his research: human voices, jackhammers, clattering hooves, cracking ice, and the aforementioned hot dog cart lid. “I had a lot of sounds I knew I wanted to get, but then I just let my ear lead me.” The result was a new kind of 21st-century populist concerto. As Claudia Marshall said on WFUV, “John Morton’s music is fresh, fearless, and outrageously original. The thinking man’s music box.”

Sound Garden is a two-part exhibition. Fever Songs is a sonic installation that weaves together the vocal traditions of many religions. “Devoid of doctrine, Fever Songs brings together the commonality of the human ecstatic experience,” explains John Morton. Viewers enter the space and are surrounded by a circle of nine audio speakers that emit four diverse spiritual songs along with scriptural text for solo voices. The music and voices are sonically altered by ever-changing computer processing controlled by four motion-activated sensors in the middle speaker. As you move closer or further away, the songs are played in loops that are digitally and spatially manipulated. Groupings of voices change every fifteen minutes, creating a haunting chorus, and, by simply moving through the space, you, the visitor, become the conductor. Get a sneak peek: https://jmorton890.wixsite.com/feversongs

The second installation, The Voyage Out, is a collaboration with figurative sculptor Jacqueline Shatz, who also works in other media. The two have partnered together on other projects such as WaterWall (2011), an installation on Governors Island, and a series of music box sculptures for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. The Voyage Out, is a sonic and visual meditation on Charles Darwin’s legendary five-year voyage circumnavigating the globe aboard the HMS Beagle, which informed his scientific masterwork, On the Origin of Species (1859). A small, colorful kinetic sculpture of the Beagle is enclosed in a glass case. Viewers are invited to turn three music box keys that activate the movement of the mechanical ship and let loose a flood of computer-manipulated sound. The gyrations of the boat evoke the intense, continuous seasickness experienced by Darwin while aboard the vessel. The audio component includes the sounds of the voyage: gently lapping waves, the song of the Galapagos mocking bird, the honk of a penguin, the ratchet of an anchor being hoisted up from the sea, and the recitation of packing lists and field notes taken from Darwin’s biographies and journals. By merging the resulting audio with the brightly colored, collaged aesthetic of the kinetic sculpture, Morton and Shatz capture both the fantastical quality of the music box and the romantic thrill of adventure associated with this historic expedition.

Sneak peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZZrkl9Yxpo

State Theatre New Jersey presents Parsons Dance This Thursday

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Parsons Dance

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 8pm
WHEN:
State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick
TICKETS: $19-49
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at STNJ.org. State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

State Theatre New Jersey presents Parsons Dance. The program includes Wolfgang by David Parsons, The Duet from Finding Center by David Parsons, Ma Maison by Trey McIntyre, Microburst by David Parsons, Caught by David Parsons, and Whirlaway by David Parsons.

Parsons Dance is a New York City-based contemporary American dance company, internationally renowned for its energized, athletic ensemble work. Founded in 1985 by Artistic Director David Parsons and Tony® Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley, the company has toured to more than 447 cities, 30 countries and five continents and has appeared at such notable venues as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Sydney Opera House, Maison de la Danse, Teatro La Fenice and Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.  

Parsons Dance performs works selected from the vast and varied repertory of more than 75 works created by David Parsons as well as other established choreographers who are invited to re-stage works from the American canon on its dancers. Through its newly launched GenerationNOW Fellowship, the company offers commissions to young American choreographers whom Parsons mentors through the creative process.

Deidre Rogan, Elena D'Amario, Eoghan Dillon, Geena Pacareu, Justus Whitfield, Parsons Dance, Shawn Lesniak, Zoey AndersonParsons Dance is committed to providing enriching experiences beyond its performances as it seeks to engage audiences of all ages through education and outreach programs; through post-show discussions, open rehearsals, studio showcases, video workshops, open company classes, summer workshops for pre-professional dancers, and in-school workshops for public school students.  The company is especially proud of its Autism-Friendly Programs initiative, launched in 2016, that features sensory-friendly workshops and relaxed performances for audiences of all abilities.

All these activities are driven by the vision of Artistic Director David Parsons, who, for more than 30 years, has combined his choreographic gifts and talent for training highly skilled dancers with a real passion for the art form.

About the Founder

David Parsons has enjoyed a remarkable career as a director, choreographer, performer, master teacher, and producer. He joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company where he was a principal dancer for eight years. He also toured with MOMIX, appeared with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris in the first White Oak tour, and launched his choreographic career by setting work on the Taylor Company and on the National Ballet of Canada, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Batsheva Dance Company, and the Paris Opera Ballet.

Parsons was a guest artist with New York City Ballet for four years before he began choreographing shows such as Aida at Arena di Verona. Some of his other works include María de Buenos Aires at the Skirball Center, Fool’s Fire, and A Knight’s Tale. He is also known for choreographing and directing the dance elements for Times Square 2000, the 24-hour festivities in Times Square celebrating the turn of the Millennium. Parsons has received commissions from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, the Spoleto Festival, and Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam, among dozens of others. Parsons has received three Choreography Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment of the Arts; the American Choreography Award; the Dance Magazine Award; a Howard Gilman Fellowship, and the Dance Masters of America Annual Award.  In May 2018, he received the Capezio Award, one of the most prestigious awards in dance.

About State Theatre New Jersey

The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through arts education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

Think KA-CHING @ a Pop-Up Performance in Union This Weekend

Ka-ching! 

$ix short comedies about money or the lack of it!

WHERE: Unity Bank, 952 Stuyvesant Ave, Union
WHEN: November 16-18. Friday $ Saturday @ 8 PM, Sunday @ 2 PM
TIX
: $20
Get Tix: TheTheaterProject.org


Toast to Princeton! New Tours for November & December

Toast of the Town Tours of Princeton
90-minute strolls with a bubbly finale...
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Grab a date or call your squad for a gorgeous 90-minute stroll of Princeton!  Learn about the fascinating lives of famous Princetonians, from idealistic Founding Fathers to everybody’s favorite bookish bad boy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, plus scandals, secrets and other wild stories—and work up a thirst! The final stop of our newest tour is the preferred bar of modern-day Town ‘n Gowners where the first round of Prosecco is on us. One thing is certain… you’ll have plenty to talk about over dinner! Learn more about this tour here.


HOLIDAY TROLLEY TOURS

WHEN: starting 11/24! Hourly tours each Saturday, 11am-4pm, beginning November 24th through December 22nd.
Seating is limited, and these popular tours often sell out–so book now to reserve seats for the whole family!

What’s the best way to see Princeton’s holiday lights and historic sights? Being chauffeured in a warm trolley while an expert guide regales you with fascinating tales, of course! It's fun for the whole family, from old Scrooge to Tiny Tim!

Depart on the hour-long trolley ride from Palmer Square, and ride in comfort through the picture-perfect neighborhoods of Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Andrew Carnegie, Albert Einstein, Robert Wood Johnson, Robert Oppenheimer, F Scott Fitzgerald, Paul Robeson, and more! Click here to reserve your seats, or to get more information, including schedules.


PRIVATE TOURS OFFERED YEAR ‘ROUND

Princeton Tour Company specializes in private group tours, corporate events and teambuilding in Princeton, New Jersey. We offer everything from walking tours, bus tours, ghost hunts, scavenger hunts, re-enactor bookings, speakers bureau and/or a combination of all!

Click here to learn more about scheduling a private tour for your group.


SAVE THE DATE:

PRINCETON PI DAY 2019

Einstein was born on March 14th - 3.14 - the numeric equivalent of Pi! Every year the town of Princeton celebrates with an irrational number of events! This year's party will be held on Saturday 3/9, with Pie Eating, Pie Judging, Pie Throwing, Pi Recitation, Pizza Pie and Cupcake Decorating Contests! Events with prize money are for contestants 12 yrs and younger!)

Learn more about Princeton Pi Day here

CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY’S GATES FERRY SERIES “WHAT IS TRUTH?” CONTINUES WITH FREE STAGED READING OF SHAKESPEARE’S “KING LEAR”

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by William Shakespeare

WHEN: Wednesday, November 14, at 7:00 PM
WHERE
: Kutz Theatre at the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
ADMISSION: free
Due to limited seating, advance reservations are highly recommended.  For more information about the King Lear reading, all Gates Ferry Lecture Series’ “What is Truth?” events or to reserve tickets, please call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 0900 or visit www.centenarystageco.org.     

Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso return to headline Centenary Stage Company’s Gates Ferry Series presentation with a free staged reading of Shakespeare’s monumental drama King Lear

The November 14 reading and the master classes that precede and follow it marks the continuation of the 2018 Gates Ferry Lecture Series: “What is Truth?” The November 14 reading will be the second of three presentations, all featuring Kim and Occhiogrosso, which also includes a full stage production of Henrik Ibsen’s Enemy of The People from February 15-March 3, 2019.

Kim and Occhiogrosso originally proposed the 2018 Gate Ferry Lecture Series, “What is Truth? And Does It Matter?” with the goal to encourage a public dialogue surrounding this most serious of contemporary issues. Following the reading of select scenes from King Lear, Kim and Occhiogrosso and members of the Centenary University academic community will lead an in-depth audience discussion of the play and its relevance to today’s world. 

Occhiogrosso states, “In this time of ‘Fake News,’ and ‘Alternative Truths’ and convenient omission of the facts, one is forced to ask ‘What is Truth? And Does It Really Matter?’ Kim adds, "Both these questions have served as the core inquiry of the world’s greatest and most popular playwrights over the past two thousand years. The theatre allows us to see man’s encounter with this mightiest and perplexing concept. We can see how they encounter it, try to escape it, hide from it, expose it and deny it, and how it affects their lives and the consequences endured through its encounter.”

For over 40 years, Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso have devoted their lives to the classical theatre through acting, directing teaching, commissioning new translations of classical works and developing a singular approach to classical text interpretation which combines, research, training and production. This life-long dedication to classical theatre led to their founding, in 1979, along with founding partner Charles J. Bright, now deceased, of American Players Theatre, Spring Green, WI, the only professional, outdoor classical rotating repertory theatre company in America at that time.  Under their combined leadership, American Players Theatre received a Tony Award nomination in 1985 for “Outstanding Regional Theatre in America.”

As creators of the Centenary Stage Company series “Great Authors Out Loud,” Kim and Occhiogrosso have offered readings from authors Edgar Alan Poe, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker and James Thurber and classical theatre playwrights William Shakespeare, Sophocles, Moliere, Chekhov and Ibsen which has drawn a loyal and enthusiastic following since 2012. 

In addition to the readings, they have taught a Shakespeare Intensive Course at Centenary College in which students study one play over a thirteen week period. The last three semesters focused on Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and King Lear.

The Centenary Stage Company box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5PM and two hours prior to every scheduled performance event. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “Like” and “follow” to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2018-2019 season of Centenary Stage Company’s performing arts events is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community and The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors HMC Atlantic Health, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

CIRCLE PLAYERS TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR FRENCH DRAMA

AUDITIONS:

Circle Players and director Richard Butler are pleased to announce auditions for the fourth production in their 2018-2019 season

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by Christopher Hampton, based on the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

WHEN: Wednesday, December 5, from 7:30 - 9:30 pm and Sunday, December 9, from 6 - 9 pm. Callbacks will be held at Wednesday, December 12, at 7:30 pm. (Please note that callbacks are by invitation only.)
WHERE:
Circle Players, 16 Victoria Ave, Piscataway Township
If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot us an e-mail at circleplayersnj@gmail.com.

A tale of seduction set in France among aristocrats before the revolution, this is a classic drama that depicts decadent sexuality, morals, and manipulation played as the ultimate competition, with tragic results.  Former lovers La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont, two merciless aristocrats, compete in games of seduction and revenge, toying with the hearts and reputations of innocents as they do. But when Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the convent-educated Cecile before her wedding night, events soon spiral beyond anyone’s control.  The master manipulators learn too late that even in a world filled with lies, betrayal, and immorality, the most dangerous liaison of all is sometimes true love.

The director seeks a strong cast of articulate actors for this English language adaptation of the classic French novel, which was filmed as “Dangerous Liaisons”.  Age ranges are approximate; all ethnicities considered for all roles.  Acting range and presence more important than any specific “type.”  All roles are open.

The production runs March 29 through April 14, 2019.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Le Vicomte de Valmont (Male, 40s): The playboy of France; former lover of the Marquise de Merteuil; a distinguished, wealthy, and effortlessly charming lothario; enormously self-confident and charismatic; stealthy, manipulative, and determined in the extreme; a proud man used to getting his way; blindsided by falling in genuine love with his latest conquest, Madame de Tourvel. Stage combat experience a plus, but not required.

La Marquise de Merteuil (Female, 40s): A rich widow; ex-lover and now co-conspirator of le Vicomte de Valmont; an extremely shrewd and formidable woman with deep reservoirs of intellect, emotion, and passion, though she guards the latter two characteristics fiercely; a supremely cool and cunning manipulator; impenetrable and unapologetically deceptive; she plays the game better than anyone.

Mme. de Tourvel (Female, 20s - early 30s): A beautiful, virtuous, and deeply religious married woman of notoriously unassailable moral character; Valmont sets out to corrupt her for sport; passionate in her faith and loyal to a fault, Tourvel is relentlessly pursued and seduced by Valmont and, after giving over, is overwhelmed by deep feeling, passion, and ultimately grief.

Mme. de Volanges (Female, late 40s - early 50s): A wealthy widow: cousin and friend of the Marquise; mother of the teenaged Cécile; respectable and spirited if parochial; very aware of her daughter's budding sexuality and mindful of making a beneficial match for her; deeply distrustful and disdainful of Valmont.

Cécile Volanges (Female, late teens - early 20s to play 15): Madame de Volanges' pretty and virginal young daughter, recently released from a convent to enter into a marriage her mother arranged; girlishly exuberant yet tentative, increasingly curious about the ways of the adult world the more she is exposed to it; devoted to her music teacher, le Chevalier Danceny.

Le Chevalier Danceny (Male, 20s): Cécile's music teacher and pet of the Marquise; a charming, eager and naive young man, caught between boyhood and manhood; devoted to Cécile, though not necessarily the most suave, assured, and confident suitor; ultimately, a man of honor. Stage combat experience a plus, but not required.

Mme de Rosemonde (Female, 60s+ to play early 80s): Valmont's elderly arthritic aunt; wise, witty, and sympathetic; devoted to her nephew, but not blind to his ways; has removed herself from the intrigues of the aristocracy; comforting and level headed.

Azolan (Male, late 20s - early 30s): Valmont's valet and also his spy; dapper and droll; does most of Valmont's dirty work and reaps the rewards--both in his pocket and in his bed.

Émilie (Female, mid-late 20s): An attractive courtesan favored by Valmont. Flirty, flighty and gullible. A pawn in bigger games than she can understand.

Sides will be posted at circleplayers.org.

“Enchanted April” Continues This Weekend in Summit

ENCHANTED APRIL
Written by Matthew Barber
Based on the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim
Directed by Lauri MacMillan

WHEN: November 16 and 17 at 8:00pm
WHERE
: The Summit Playhouse | 10 New England Ave. Summit
(908) 273-2192
Click for Tickets!

Four women who appreciate wisteria and sunshine find themselves in a castle in Italy for a quiet holiday in Enchanted April. Liberated from their daily routines, these women ease into rural Italy, and each finds herself transformed by the experience.

Cast: Karen Thornton, Jackie Jacobi, Jessica Phelan, Marguerite Wurtz, Paula Ehrenberg, Jennifer Colgan, Jay Mattlin, Jonathan Rudolph, Bobby Marusiefski, and Anthony Bentrovato

Amazing concerts @ Drew University still to come this Fall!

Edward Arron, cello, and Jeewon Park, piano

WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8pm
WHERE:
Drew University Concert Hall, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
Order concert tickets over the phone or online!
drew.edu/boxoffice             
(973) 408-3176

In the second concert of our da Camera concerts, cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park, will take the stage with a remarkable program. With selections from Bach, Beethoven, Webern and Part, this program will showcase the melodic relationship between the classic duet: piano and cello.

Bach’s Sonata in D major is wrought with poignant melodies, coloring the emotive power of the duet. The selections in this program transform the piano and cello duet, illuminating the unique tonal qualities of the other, making for a truly remarkable program.

Praised for her “deeply reflective playing” (Indianapolis Star) and “infectious
exuberance” (New York Times), Korean-born pianist Jeewon Park has garnered the attention of audiences for her dazzling technique and poetic lyricism. Since making her debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin’s First Concerto with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Park has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Seoul Arts Center in Korea.

Cellist Edward Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since that time, he has appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras and as a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia.


Discovery Concert: Re-Discover Your Childhood
Presented by Discovery Orchestra
WHEN: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 3:00 PM 
WHERE
: Drew University Concert Hall, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
TICKETS: $40; Seniors/Students/Groups of 10+: $30.
Purchase tickets at discoveryorchestra.org or call (908) 226-7300

Brilliant pianist Fei-Fei and Maestro Maull invite you to re-experience some of your earliest memories through the musical lens of Robert Schumann’s masterpiece, Scenes from Childhood. These 13 keyboard vignettes will be explored both from a musical and programmatic perspective. Discovery Concerts are interactive, educational and entertaining!


Isabella Unmasked – The Legacy of an Italian Renaissance Woman
WHEN: Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 8:00 PM
WHERE: Drew University Concert Hall, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
ADMISSION: Free
Presented by Drew's Music and Italian Departments

One Actress, Ten Characters. One Musician, Ten Instruments. In 1589, The Madness of Isabella was a triumph at the De' Medici court in Florence. The protagonist was Isabella Andreini, a poet, a mother and one of the first theater professional female performers. A true Renaissance Woman.

This show is a tribute to her and her legacy: all women working in the arts today. The show introduces the audience to this fascinating historical figure through the plot of The Madness of Isabella, with its numerous stock characters, such as Isabella, the nobleman Orazio, Arlecchino, Pantalone, Ricciolina, Dottore, Zanni, all played by Ms. Durazzini with musical accompaniment by the multi-instrumentalist Mr. Dan Meyers, director of the Renaissance music ensemble Seven Times Salt.


HerStory: Songs of, about, and for Mary

Presented by Choirs at Drew
Dr. Matthew Webb, director
Robert Colby-Witanek, accompanist
Austin Vallies, conductor
Benjamin Schneider, conductor
Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 with Chamber Orchestra

WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2018 8:00 PM
WHERE:
The Concert Hall at Drew University
TICKETS:  Assigned Seating $5
Purchase tickets at drew.edu/boxoffice or call us at (973) 408-3176.

The University Chorale will be joined by the recently re-established Choral Union, a group of over 40 voices comprised of Drew students, faculty and staff, and members of the community from Northern New Jersey.

The concert will feature  music by Ola Gjeilo, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ryan Murphy, Jason Robert Brown, Billy Joel, Benjamin Britten, Daniel Elder and others. The choir will sing texts written by Christina Rosetti, Hildegard von Bingen, Eugene Field and traditional texts taken from the Book of Luke in the Bible.

“Sounds and Sweet Airs” @ Chester Theatre Group, November 17th ONLY

WHEN: Saturday, November 17th, at 8pm 
WHERE:
The Black River Playhouse, 54 Grove Street, at the corner of Maple Ave., in Chester, NJ
TICKETS: $15.00
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
908-879-7304
www.chestertheatregroup.org

Come one, come all to a fun-filled Elizabethan evening at The Chester Theatre Group, where we'll be dispensing plenty of frivolity!

Featuring: Dale Monroe, Sky Spiegel Monroe, Carol Holland, and Kevern Cameron
Performing excerpts from the works of William Shakespeare.
The Queen's Quire and members of The Early Music Players of New Jersey

Directed by Clifford H. Parrish

The John Tropea Band's Back at Mcloones, Nov. 16th, 8PM

WHERE: McLoones Supper Club, 1200 Ocean Ave., 2nd floor, Asbury Park
Reservations Recommended:  732-774-1155 or online at timmcloonessupperclub.com

Also Featuring Members and Music of the Original Blues Brothers Band!

  • John Tropea
  • Tommy “Pipes’ Mcdonnell
  • Rob “The Honey Dripper” Paparozzi
  • Lee Finkelstein
  • Birch Johnson

Songwriters Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee Steve Dorff to Perform in Rahway

An Evening with Steve Dorff: The Hit Songs and the Stories Behind Them

WHEN: Thurs. Nov 15, 8PM
WHERE
: Union County Performing Arts Center Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
Tickets for the show are on sale now via the venue's website. A limited number of VIP Experience Packages are left.

Songwriters Hall of Famer Steve Dorff will perform many of his best-loved hits and sharing the fascinating stories behind them. Dorff's career spans five decades with over 400 songs and numerous No. 1 hits recorded by legendary artists such as Barbra Streisand ("Higher Ground"), Celine Dion ("Miracle"), Anne Murray ("I Just Fall in Love Again"), Kenny Rogers ("Through the Years"), George Strait ("I Cross My Heart"), Eddie Rabbitt ("Every Which Way But Loose") and countless others.

Dorff is one of the most diverse and successful songwriters, with over 28 placements in TV series such as Murphy Brown, Growing Pains, Murder She Wrote, Columbo, Reba, Spenser: For Hire, Just the Ten of Us, The Singing Bee, and feature films such as Every Which Way But Loose, Pure Country, Bronco Billy, Rocky IV, Tin Cup, and Honkytonk Man.

About Steve Dorff: A Grammy and Emmy-nominated industry stalwart, Dorff is the recipient of 40 BMI awards and 11 Billboard awards. Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard, published his memoir, I Wrote That One, Too… A Life In Songwriting from Willie to Whitney in November 2017. The book chronicles his journey from his childhood in Queens to Manhattan to Nashville to his eventual arrival in Los Angeles, sharing anecdotes, advice, and insights into his phenomenal career along the way. This book is a stargazer, as Dorff recounts a host of often-hilarious behind-the-scenes stories that feature the many famous singers, musicians, producers, and lyricists with whom he has collaborated. Steve is currently songwriting, producing and performing at venues across the country.

"Steve wrote a beautiful song called 'Through the Years' that ended up being one of the most well-known and requested songs of my career. His successes have been many, and I've enjoyed watching him achieve so much with his diverse talent. I'm not sure there is anything he can't do." —Kenny Rogers

"Steve is one of the most talented songwriters I've known over the years, and, even more importantly, he's one of the kindest and most humble. It's a treat that he's opening up about his life story, so dig in and enjoy!" —Donald Passman

Monday, November 12, 2018

FREE CENTENARY UNIVERSITY LECTURE IN ALLAMUCHY THIS FRIDAY

WHERE: Rutherfurd Hall | 1686 Route 517, Allamuchy

Free Jazz Research Roundtable Presentation: Bob Porter discusses his book “Soul Jazz: Jazz in the Black Community, 1945-1975”

Jazz Research Roundtable Presentation: Bob Porter discusses his book

Soul Jazz: Jazz in the Black Community, 1945-1975

WHEN: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
WHERE:
Dana Room of the John Cotton Dana Library 4th Floor, Rutgers University-Newark, 185 University Ave, Newark, NJ 07102
ADMISSION: free
Directions: https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/jazz/directions

Record producer, jazz writer and broadcaster Bob Porter discusses his new book Soul Jazz: Jazz in the Black Community, 1945-1975, which compiles a history of jazz in the back community in the period from the end of World War II to the end of the Vietnam War.

Soul Jazz is a history of jazz and its reception in the black community in the period from the end of World War II until the end of the Vietnam War. Previous histories reflect the perspective of an integrated America, yet the United States was a segregated country in 1945. The black audience had a very different take on the music and that is the perception explored in Soul Jazz.

imageBob Porter is a record producer, writer and broadcaster in the fields of Jazz and Blues. He has worked for such prominent record labels a Prestige, Savoy and Atlantic. He has produced more than 175 albums and several hundred reissues. He has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazz Journal (London) and currently writes a book review column for the Journal of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors. He is a two-time Grammy winner, was awarded the Marion McPartland Award for Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting and is a member of the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. He currently is the host of three separate radio programs on WBGO Newark

JAZZ THIS WEEK IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians ... the future "greats!" This is a chance to see them NOW! Drummer Gabriel Bar-Cohen leads the band and the session. Session special guest will be saxophonist, Mark Gross.

One of the most sought-after jazz bassists in New York City, Chris Berger started playing electric bass at the age of eleven. At the age of sixteen he discovered the acoustic bass and jazz. He played his first gigs in his native Dayton, Ohio. One year later enrolled in Bowling Green State University, where he studied both jazz and classical music. He continues to perform, tour, and record with jazz luminaries as John Abercrombie, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jimmy Cobb, Richie Cole, Herb Ellis, David Hazeltine, Joe Lovano, Mundell Lowe, Junior Mance, Dado Moroni, Mickey Roker, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Loston Harris, James Williams, Russell Malone, Eric Alexander, and Maria Schneider Big Band.

A native of Newark, NJ.  Joy F. Brown received her initial musical training in the Pentacostal church under the tutelage of her father, a singer and musician. She began singing solos at the age of five; and it was in the church that Joy tapped into the ability to "feel the spirit" of a song. Joy attended Immaculata University where her concentration was on Music Education and Performance. In 2016 Joy moved to NYC to study, perform, and pursue a career as a jazz vocalist. Since then she regularly performs in such venues as Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Django, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Sag Harbor Music Festival.

Jackie Jones, delivers a brand of performance excellence and professionalism that places her among an elite category of vocalists of exceptional caliber and unsurpassed capability. Jackie is a product of the Jazz program at Rutgers University - she studied with a coalition of legendary talents. Her abundant talents have carried her overseas to perform at festivals in Russia, Berlin and Switzerland while at home, she makes regular appearances at local music festivals. Her fresh interpretations of standard, popular and original material enthralls audiences and leaves them eager for more.

Bring a Friend to a Fall Paint Night Tuesday!

Special Fall Paint Night!

WHEN: Tuesday, November 13th

  • Kids Paint Night at 6:30 pm
  • Adult Wine and Paint Night (BYOB) at 7:00 pm

WHERE: Artstitution, 123 Main St., Hackettstown
For Tickets Click Here
www.artstitution.net
info@artstitution.net

Folk Icon Comes to Life at RVCCArts Tuesday, Nov. 13 in 2 Shows

Seeger
Randy Noojin
WHEN: Tue., Nov. 13 at 1PM & 7PM
WHERE:
RVCC Theatre, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: $15
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America’s beloved folksinger/activist Pete Seeger is brilliantly brought to life in this mesmerizing solo show by writer/actor Randy Noojin. Performing at a 1982 benefit concert in Washington, D.C. advocating U.S.-Cuban normalization, Seeger uses his greatest songs to tell of his personal struggles for free speech in America—and how a sailboat helped clean up the Hudson River. Through music, visuals and his own marvelous storytelling ability, Noojin takes us through Seeger's prolific life and personal struggles, perfectly capturing the spirit, personality and passions that made him such a beloved American icon.

...should not be missed by anyone who loves Seeger or good music or our right and duty as Americans to stand up for justice.

Friday, November 9, 2018

“MYSTICAL ARTS OF TIBET RESIDENCY” NOV. 14-18 IN WAYNE

MYSTICAL ARTS OF TIBET RESIDENCY
WHEN: NOVEMBER 14 – 18
WHERE: University Hall, Wm. Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: Free. Tickets not required.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet's rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences. The Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be in residence at William Paterson University with a variety of activities for all to experience.

Construction of the Compassion Mandala

Watch the monks create a mandala, a symbol of the universe, from sand. From the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite.

Hours to view the Mandala creation:

  • Wednesday, November 14, 12:30- 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Opening Ceremony

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 12:30 PM

The monks preside at a ceremony that includes a consecration of the mandala sand painting site with chants and music.



Closing Ceremony and Hike

WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2:00 PM

Traditionally, most sand mandalas are deconstructed shortly after their completion, as a metaphor of the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. Participants may join the monks as they hike to disperse the sand.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Listen. Learn. Lead. NOVEMBER 15 @ RUTHERFURD HALL

To Purchase Tickets or for Sponsorship Opportunities

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Join Broadway Stars for Alzheimer’s Benefit at bergenPAC

When Broadway Goes Dark, Van Dyk Goes Live

WHERE: bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt Street, Englewood
BUY TICKETS HERE

When Broadway Goes Dark, Van Dyk Goes Live is a benefit concert featuring top Broadway performers to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s. Hosted by Van Dyk Health Care in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, this spectacular tribute to popular Broadway showtunes will feature a stunning cast – led by James Moye (Dear Evan Hansen, Million Dollar Quartet), Major Attaway (Aladdin, Ain’t Misbehavin’), Catherine Brunell (Les Miserables, Something Rotten!) and Natalie Cortez (A Chorus Line, West Side Story). Net proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofit partners, dedicated to supporting Alzheimer’s research. Guests who purchase VIP tickets (limited supply at $99/ticket) will receive access to a VIP reception (pre-show), an opportunity to meet the performers and a special gift at the VIP exit. A memorable evening to support a worthy cause – all in one night! Let's go on with the show!

REFLECTIONS OF FAMILY, COURAGE, PERSERVERANCE & LESSONS FROM THE HOLOCAUST NOVEMBER 11 IN WHIPPANY

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MUSIC DIRECTOR MICHAEL AVAGLIANO AND THE CENTRAL JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCE 2018-2019 (49TH) SEASON

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CENTRAL JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2018-2019 (49th) Season

Dance Party

WHEN: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:
The Pingry School, 131 Martinsville Road , Basking Ridge, N.J.
TICKETS: $25 per adult; $20 per senior; and $15 per student

  • Weber Invitation to the Dance
  • Debussy Sacred and Profane Dances, Elaine Christy, harp
  • Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  • Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre
  • Tchaikovsky Suites from The Nutcracker

Heroic

WHEN: Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3 p.m.
WHERE:
St. Mark’s Church, 140 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, N.J.
TICKETS: $25 per adult; $20 per senior; and $15 per student

  • Handel Royal Fireworks Music
  • t.b.d. (New Jersey Flute Society concerto competition winner)
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Fantastic

WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 2019, 3 p.m.
WHERE:
The Concert Hall at Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.
TICKETS: $25 per adult; $20 per senior; and $15 per student

  • Lalo Cello Concerto
  • Andres Sanchez, soloist
  • Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

The Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra (CJSO) is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Fantastic Forty-Ninth season, featuring three subscription concerts under music director Michael Avagliano, who returns for his 11th season with the ensemble. All performances will include orchestral masterworks and renowned soloists.

“I am very excited to begin the 49th season of the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra,” Mr. Avagliano said. “We have carefully planned three concerts we are confident our audiences will enjoy, and look forward to returning to our traditional venues as well as performing in new ones. We aim to present excellent concerts for both loyal and new listeners, and will continue our tradition of bringing timeless symphonic music performed at the highest level to the people of central New Jersey and beyond.”

To buy season tickets, concert patrons may visit www.cjso.org/concert_tickets.

Please e-mail orchestra@cjso.org with any questions. Both season and individual ticket prices include adult, senior, and student options.

All CJSO performance venues are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.

MULTIMEDIA, MULTILINGUAL GREEK TRAGEDY CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND IN JERSEY CITY

JCTC Theatre: Trojan Women

THE TROJAN WOMEN
by Euripedes

WHEN: November 2-18. Thursday-Saturday, Doors: 7:30PM / Show: 8:00PM, Sunday, Doors: 5:30PM / Show: 6:00PM. *No Show on Nov. 16*
WHERE:
JCTC/Merseles Studios, 339-345 Newark Avenue | Jersey City
TICKETS: www.jctcenter.org

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents Trojan Women, a modern multimedia and multilingual adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy. The Trojan Women by Euripides, directed by Olga Levina, JCTC's Artistic Director.

A foreign army marches through the defeated city of Troy. They destroy every vestige of civilization left after a brutal war. They’ve slaughtered the men and captured the women, whom they brutally assault and separate from their children. Will the only survivors of Troy be massacred as well? Will the women be forced into marriage or slavery by their conquerors or will they be made to live like refugees in their devastated city, subject to the whims and desires of the occupying soldiers?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

COMING TO MORVEN MUSEUM GALLERIES: Masters of Illusion: The Legacy of John F. Peto

Peto's LegacyMasters of Illusion: The Legacy of John F. Peto

WHEN: November 15, 2018–May 12, 2019. Opening Reception: November 14 at 6 p.m.
WHERE:
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton

Morven is pleased to partner with the John F. Peto Studio Museum,  to present a new look at trompe l’oeil art in New Jersey. Trompe l’oeil, pronounced “tromp loi,” is a French phrase meaning “to deceive the eye,” which is used to describe paintings that create the illusion of a three-dimensional scene. 

Born in Philadelphia in 1854, John Frederick Peto is now recognized as one of America’s most accomplished trompe l’oeil artists. After studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Peto moved to Island Heights, New Jersey where he played cornet in the Methodist Camp and worked quietly out of the public eye. In addition to Peto’s paintings, the exhibition will feature Peto’s photography done in and around Island Heights.

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The John F. Peto Studio Museum is housed in the 19th century home and studio he built. In addition to preserving Peto’s history, the museum has become the place to view the work of contemporary trompe l’oeil artists. 

One of Morven’s galleries will present his legacy through contemporary artists who have participated in the Peto Museum’s Tri-State Invitational Exhibition. 

Two final galleries will represent the work of New Jersey’s most well-known contemporary trompe l’oeil artist, Gary Erbe.  Morven is delighted to exhibit a portion of Gary Erbe: 50 Year Retrospective, which has traveled to The Butler Institute of American Art (OH), Brinton Museum (WY), the Reading Public Museum(PA), and the John F. Peto Studio Museum (NJ).

Images: The Marked Passage. John Frederick Peto (1854–1907). Oil on academy board. Image courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Mrs. Alfred H. Barr, Jr. (y1985-39)

Master of the Ruptured Word, 2015. Gary Erbe. Oil on canvas. Gerald Peters Gallery, NYC.

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