2ND ANNUAL SHINING STARS CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
WHEN: Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:00 PM
It’s the holiday show of the season that you won’t want to miss!! Shining Stars Network, a 501(c)3 non profit organization, will once again shine the light on the special needs community—when they present their 2nd annual “Shining Stars Christmas Spectacular”—starring a talented special needs cast and their high school “buddies” singing and dancing to the songs of the season!
No stranger to the UCPAC main stage or near sellout audiences, a cast of 40 special needs stars have taken the main stage at UCPAC for our annual “Evening of Shining Stars Talent Show” the past two years while dazzling an audience of more th...
Elf: The Musical
WHEN: Dec 06, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019
Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.
The Pixie Dust Presents production arrives just in time for the holidays! Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
RSI Bank presents ORCHESTRA OF ST. PETER BY THE SEA
WHEN: Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:00 PM
The Jersey Shore's favorite orchestral ensemble is back by popular demand! It's another season of absolutely entertaining concerts, conducted by the "must-see Maestro," Father Alphonse Stephenson. The musicians represent some 750 collective years of study, 684 teachers and 57,000 concerts and recitals.
WHEN: Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:00 PM
Two Nutcrackers, one spectacular holiday concert. Join us at UCPAC for Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker performed by the NJYS Youth Symphony and Ellington’s Nutcracker performed by the combined NJYS Jazz Orchestra and Youth Symphony. Helen H. Cha-Pyo and Julius Tolentino, Conductors.
After opening with Leroy Anderson’s classic Sleigh Ride, the 80-minute holiday spectacular of Two Nutcrackers will feature each of the eight movements of the beloved holiday tale alternating between the symphony and jazz orchestras onstage together.
“More than just a fun concert, the Two Nutcrackers is an exciting educational project for our young musicians on how creativity at its highest form can bring together two completely different worlds: the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, a 19th century Romantic composer juxtaposed with the genius of Duke Ellington, one of the creators of the American big band sound of the 20th century,” says Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Helen H. Cha-Pyo. “It’s rare for a youth symphony to be able to program such a concert, mainly because not many youth organizations have a Jazz program capable of executing this repertoire. Both versions of The Nutcracker are extremely challenging technically and stylistically. It has been my personal dream to present such a concert for a long time, and I am thrilled that we are able to share this side-by-side performance this season.”
Says Julius Tolentino, Director of NJYS Jazz, “The challenge for the NJYS Jazz Orchestra, now in its second year, is that Ellington's Nutcracker is a very long work. We typically perform 10-12 pieces during a season, and this year we are playing 8 movements and 3 other challenging pieces in less than half that time. It is an ambitious undertaking, but the students have proven they are up for the challenge.”
“It is extremely important and part of the mission and vision of the New Jersey Youth Symphony to continue to present diverse, equitable and inclusive concert programs,” says Peter H. Gistelinck, Executive Director of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts. “This holiday concert is just one example of how we can bring communities together through innovative programming.”
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