Great gift idea for the theater lovers in your life.
Present them with tickets to see "The Music Man"in Concert! Imagine the joy on their faces when they open the envelope.
GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!Performances will sell out!
New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT), one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed, youth-theatre companies in New Jersey, will revive one of Broadway's most beloved musicals in an exciting benefit-concert. The engagement will raise funds to support the company's free, professional performance training program, a one of kind in the state (now in its 23rd year) for aspiring, young talent.
This version of "The Music Man" will showcase a twenty-piece onstage band and 30-member cast of NJYT alumni (some now professional actors) and other area talent, many playing multiple roles.
At The historic Presbyterian Church in Westfield, NJ January 30 & 31, 2015
Tickets start at $20.
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(January 15, 2015) – The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to present the Jose Obando Salsa Trio on Wednesday, February 4 at 7 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
Mr. Obando is one of the incorporators of the Salsa Museum in Spanish Harlem and its former executive director. Salsa is an American musical genre amalgamated by Nuyoricans (that’s a combination of New Yorkers and Puerto Ricans) and Puerto Ricans in El Barrio.
He established Lubona Corporation, an education consultancy, and serves as the executive director. His consultancy includes the Department of Musical Instruments of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Julliard School, The Cathedral of St. Patrick, the NY Public Library and many other prestigious institutions.
The trio will perform music from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as well as Latin Jazz. Among the selections that the Trio will perform are "Guantanamera" and "Besame Mucho." The music and presentation will be followed by a dance lesson.
The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org , click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”
GALLERY U BOUTIQUE HOSTS FIRST OF TWO EXHIBITIONS OF WORKS BY NEW JERSEY PHOTOGRAPHY FORUM
Abstract: Works By Members of New Jersey Photography Forum
Opening reception Friday, February 6, 2015, 6-8 PM
Exhibition February 6 - March 2, 2015
Gallery U Boutique is proud to host the first of two exhibitions of work by members of the New Jersey Photography Forum. This first exhibition will highlight abstract photography. Participating photographers include Thomas Hart, Parvathi Kumar, Neil Larsen, Lane Lewis, Charlann Meluso, Charles Miller, Kathleen Nademus, Nancy Ori, Lisa Redburn, Phyllis Raffelson, Ken Roberts, Tom Stillman, and Heidi Sussman. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 6-8 PM. All are welcome. The exhibition will be on display until March 2, 2015.
The New Jersey Photography Forum, started in 1995, is a group of professional fine art photography artists. The Forum provides exhibition opportunities and a chance for members to gather and talk about their work. The Forum has grown over the years to become the largest and most recognized group of fine art exhibiting photographers in New Jersey.
Since their opening in September 2013, Gallery U Boutique has quickly positioned itself as an arts resource for the Westfield and surrounding communities by holding monthly art exhibits that focus on the talents of local artists, as well as showcasing original unique merchandise created by local artisans.
Gallery U Boutique is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The venue serves as a vocational training program whose goal is to introduce people with TBI back into the work force and community. Clients at Universal Institute take part in all aspects of running Gallery U Boutique. Vocational, occupational and cognitive therapies are conducted in the back workrooms. Working at Gallery U Boutique provides an opportunity for adults with TBI to rejoin the workforce, engage with the community, learn new skills, and experience the transformative power of art through exposure to existing art and creation of their own artwork.
Additional information about New Jersey Photography Forum: http://www.njphotoforum.com
Gallery U Hosts Works By Members of New Jersey Photography Forum
Galley U Boutique is proud to host the first of two exhibitions of work by members of the New Jersey Photography Forum. This first exhibition will highlight abstract photography. Participating photographers include Thomas Hart, Parvathi Kumar, Neil Larsen, Lane Lewis, Charlann Meluso, Charles Miller, Kathleen Nademus, Nancy Ori, Lisa Redburn, Phyllis Raffelson, Ken Roberts, Tom Stillman, and Heidi Sussman. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 6, from 6-8 PM. All are welcome. The exhibition will be on display until March 2. Photograph: Lane Lewis "Drifting"
Hedgehog & Feather Theatre Co. present "Strega Nona" by Tomie de Paola. The beloved children's literary classic brought to musical life!
From the page to stage; Hedgehog & Feather Theatre Co. bring to musical life the pages of “Strega Nona,” the beloved children’s literary classic by author and illustrator Tomie de Paola. The dear sage Strega Nona lives in the happy town of Paola, in Medieval Southern Italy. She spends her days curing the town of headaches, helping them find spouses and healing the occasional wart. She hires a helper named Big Anthony who foolishly decides to meddle with Strega’s magic pasta pot and causes the town to be in chaos! Of course, Strega Nona saves the town of Paola and teaches Big Anthony a wonderful lesson.
Friday, February 6th at 7:30PM and Saturday, February 7th at 11:00AM, 3:00PM and 7:30PM only! At Westminster Hall, Presbyterian Church of Westfield, 140 Mountain Avenue. Tickets $12 general admission, with a very special front pillow seating area for little ones! http://hedgehogandfeather.org/shows/strega_nona
Upcoming Voices of St. Paul’s Concert Promises Vocal Treats New Announcement
VOICES OF ST. PAUL’S, a concert of Operatic Arias, Ensembles and Art Songs, will be presented by The Friends of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield on Sunday, February 8 at 4pm. The program includes works by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini and Sibelius, among others.
Eight professional, award-winning singers who are also members of the adult choir at St. Paul’s will grace the concert stage for the performance. These include sopranos Julia Fernandez, Carey Hackett, Samantha Dango and Lyssandra Stephenson; tenors Jeremy Blossey and Brian Vandenberge; and baritones John-Andrew Fernandez and David Murray. Noted area pianist Fabio Bezuti will accompany the group.
The singers, who perform professionally throughout the tri-state area and, in many cases, North America and worldwide, are graduates of various, prestigious schools of music: The New England Conservatory of Music (Murray); the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University (Blossey); the Manhattan School of Music (Dango); the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University (Hackett); SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music (Stephenson) and Westminster Choir College (JFernandez, JAFernandez, Vandenberge).
With opera and concert stage credits too numerous to mention, the singers have performed in some very interesting settings and venues. For example, Ms. Dango is a National Anthem singer for the New Jersey Devils (Prudential Center, Newark, NJ); Mr. Blossey appeared as tenor soloist in concert at the Israeli and the Aschaffenburg (Germany) Opera Houses; Ms. Fernandez performed as soloist at the annual Interpretacion de la cancion Española in Granada, Spain; and the Festival of the Aegean in Greece; and Mr. Murray has performed with the Annapolis Chorale and the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart and John Williams conducting. As Editor and Publishing Manager for Subito Music Corporation, Murray is also recognized as one of the foremost editors of concert music in the music publishing industry.
Charles M. Banks, Director of Music at St. Paul’s, says his adult choir is “exceptional.” He applauds the singers who will perform as Voices of St. Paul’s on February 8 at 4pm, advising that “they are among the finest voices in our area and way beyond.”
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ (near Euclid Avenue). Tickets are available at the door at $20.00 (suggested donation). Students are welcome at no charge. Concert attendees are invited to a reception after the event. For more information, please contact Music Director Banks at (908) 451-5082 or email@example.com.
Stephen & Steven Tour Event at Do Ewe Knit, February 8-10
Get ready for the event of the New Year - the Stephen & Steven Tour 2015! Stephen West of Westknits and Steven Berg of StevenBe will be at Do Ewe Knit on February 8,9,10. They will be teaching classes and sharing their trunk show over the course of 3 fun filled inspiring wildly and creative days. Read more about them at https://www.facebook.com/stephenandsteventour.
Meet Author of The Glittering World at The Town Book Store, February 26
Enjoy wine and cheese and meet Robert Levy, author of The Glittering World at The Town Book Store on Thursday evening, February 26, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 PM. It’s a long way from the grit of New York City to the stark beauty of Nova Scotia, and many years separate Blue Whitley’s only two journeys between them. One occurred at five years old, when his mother stole him away from the hinterlands of Canada. Now, twenty-five years later, he’s returning to sell a house left to him by a grandmother he barely remembers.
He plans the trip as a week of leisure, however, Starling Cove is not your typical vacation spot. Blue senses secrets withheld. Strange whispers on the wind welcome him home, pulling him toward the dense, dark woods. After a shocking discovery—that Blue went missing in these forests as a child—life as he knows it falls apart. And when another abduction strikes, the truth about Starling Cove begins to emerge.
Told from all four characters’ points of view, through lush, evocative prose, The Glittering World is a stunning debut novel—a unique blend of taut psychological thriller and supernatural suspense.
Robert Levy is an author of unsettling stories and plays whose work has been seen Off-Broadway. A Harvard graduate subsequently trained as a forensic psychologist, his work has been called "frank and funny" (Time Magazine), "idiosyncratic and disarming" (The New York Times), "ambitious and clever" (Variety), "smart" (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) and "bloody brave" (the UK's SFX Magazine).
The Town Book Store, 270 E. Broad St., 908.233.3535.
NJ Festival Orchestra Performs with Opera at Florham, March 8
Come see the New Jersey Festival Orchestra in collaboration with Opera at Florham as they perform "Love Triangles - Comic AND Deadly", Sunday March 8 at 3pm at Ridge Performing Arts Center in Basking Ridge.
Enjoy MASCAGNI Cavalleria rusticana and SCARMOLIN The Interrupted Serenade, with David Wroe conducting.
Love can inspire the human spirit to soar skyward, but it is the corrosive element of jealousy that plunges it into the depths of darkness. International guest soloists join NJFO and Opera at Florham to present two takes on jealousy: Scarmolin's lighthearted farce in the tradition of a Mozart opera buffa and Mascagni's renowned deadly serious love triangle, where the only resolution is murder.