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Noteworthy Events – Spring 2015

March

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WHO: Aretha Franklin

WHAT: Live On Stage

WHEN: Saturday • March 14 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

The Queen of Soul makes her lone New Jersey appearance in 2015 in the big room at NJPAC. Named the #1 Vocalist of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine, Aretha has graced music charts for over five decades. She is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Center Honors, 14 honorary doctorate degrees, and was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

WHO: Stephen Schwartz & Friends

WHAT: Defying Gravity

WHEN: Saturday • March 14 • 7:30 PM

WHERE: Victoria Theater/NJPAC

Musical theater legend Stephen Schwartz comes to NJPAC with vocalists Debbie Gravitte, Scott Coulter and Kelli Rabke. Schwartz’s Broadway shows include Godspell, Pippin, Enchanted and Wicked. He also collaborates with Alan Menken on the scores for Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted. His first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, was recently produced by New York City Opera. Gravitte won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, and has sung with more than 100 orchestras—including the Boston Pops and the National Symphony. Coulter has received five MAC Awards and has earned critical acclaim for The Fella Sings Ella, his 2013 solo show. Kelli Rabke got her big break in New Jersey, playing the role of Dorothy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s hit musical The Wizard of Oz. From there, she was cast by Andrew Lloyd Webber as the Narrator in the Broadway revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and is also a regular character on The Young and the Restless. Rabke’s voice is also familiar to kids from the Discovery Kids’ series Kenny the Shark.

WHO: Camané with Dead Combo

WHAT: Live On Stage

WHEN: Sunday • March 15 • 7:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Camané is considered Portugal’s leading musical adventurer and guardian of his country’s national soul. He sold more than 5 million albums before making his North American debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in 2011, and has gained countless new fans in the U.S. since. Dead Combo (aka Lisboa Mulata) is the Portuguese band that reinvented fado, a centuries-old Musical tradition. Tó Trips and Pedro Gonçalves make up Dead Combo; they are incarnates of an undertaker and a gangster. Dead Combo has released seven albums, three of which were awarded Record of the Year in Portugal.

WHO: Celtic Women

WHAT: 10th Anniversary World Tour

WHEN: Wednesday • March 18 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Celtic Women, Billboard’s #1 World Album artist in 2014, brings its 10th Anniversary Tour to NJPAC in an exclusive New Jersey appearance. It’s treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs performed in the group’s signature style.

WHO: Ledisi with Raheem DeVaughn & Leela James

WHAT: The Intimate Truth Tour

WHEN: Friday • March 20 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Soulful vocalist Ledisi was recently nominated for her eighth Grammy award for Best R & B Performance for the song “Like This.” Her Prudential Hall show will include favorites form her new album, The Truth. Raheem Devaughn, a three-time Grammy-nominated performer, will perform selections from his 2015 album, Love, Sex & Passion, while singer-songwriter Leela James will perform songs from Fall For You.

Photo courtesy of NJPAC

WHO: Carrie Jackson

WHAT: Dorthaan’s Place Jazz Brunch

WHEN: Sunday • March 22 • 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

WHERE: NICO Kitchen+Bar/NJPAC

New Jersey’s own Carrie Jackson, who made her stage debut in Newark at the age of 6, brings her Jazzin’ All-Stars to NJPAC’s popular Sunday brunch series, hosted by WBGO’s Dorthaan Kirk. Jackson’s career has included memorable appearance at jazz festivals and supper clubs, as well as the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.

April

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WHO: Moody Blues

WHAT: Live On Stage

WHEN: Friday • April 3 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Through four decades, The Moody Blues have lit up the hearts and minds of millions of rock fans with inspiring anthems like “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon” and “Your Wildest Dreams.” The band’s sound, featuring Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge bring their distinctive sounds to Prudential Hall, celebrating a career that stretches back to the British Invasion of the 1960s. The Moody Blues have sold more than 70 million albums and have been awarded 14 platinum and gold records. Hits like “Knights in White Satin” have embraced a wide range of musical genres, from rock to classical, and made “The Moodies” one of the top-grossing touring bands in history.

Photo courtesy of NJPAC

WHO: Bill Charlap, Phil Woods, Charles McPherson & Jesse Davis

WHAT: Bird Lives: A Salute to Charlie Parker

WHEN: Saturday • April 11 • 7:30 PM

WHERE: Victoria Theater/NJPAC

Jazz pianist Bill Charlap presents a one-time-only, all-star tribute to saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker with a triumvirate of alto sax stars: Phil Woods, Charles McPherson and Jesse Davis. The Bill Charlap Trio (with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums) joins in celebrating the fire, freedom, beauty and vitality of Parker’s music. Charlap has performed with artists ranging from Tony Bennett to Wynton Marsalis, and has been nominated for Grammys for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard.

WHO: Spectrum & The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

WHAT: Heart of Motown

WHEN: Saturday • April 18 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

With tight, ringing harmonies and slick moves, Spectrum recreates the sound of Motown backed by NJSO, with Sarah Hicks as conductor. Spectrum will perform hits by The Four Tops, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Drifters, The Miracles and other R&B legends.

Photo courtesy of NJPAC

WHO: Junior Mance Trio

WHAT: Dorthaan’s Place Jazz Brunch

WHEN: Sunday • April 19 • 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

WHERE: NICO Kitchen+Bar/NJPAC

Pianist and composer Junior Mance is joined by bassist Hide Tanaka and violinist Michi Fuji in morning and afternoon performances of blues, bebop and more at NJPAC’s popular brunch series, hosted by WBGO’s Dorthaan Kirk. Mance has accompanied such jazz greats as Charlie Parker, Dinah Washington and Cannonball Adderley. He joined Dizzy Gillespie’s band in 1958 and three years later formed his own trio. Mance and bassist Marty Rivera toured as a duo for two decades and were regulars at The Village Gate.

Photo courtesy of NJPAC

WHO: Audra McDonald

WHAT: Live On Stage

WHEN: Sunday • April 19 • 3:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Audra McDonald, the star of last year’s Broadway smash Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, makes a highly anticipated return visit to NJPAC for an afternoon of song. The luminous soprano has six Tony Awards and two Grammys to her credit, and has earned critical claim for her television, film and opera performances.

May

 

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WHO: Michael Franks with Raul Midón

WHAT: Live On Stage

WHEN: Saturday • May 2 • 5:00 & 8:00 PM

WHERE: Victoria Theater/NJPAC

Singer Michael Franks (right) and singer-guitarist Raul Midón join forces in a spirited celebration of romance as part of the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival. In the last 30-plus years, Franks has released 17 albums and built an international legion of fans. Midón, who was blind at birth, has collaborated with Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder and recently earned raved reviews from The New York Times.

Photo by Ralph Arvesen

WHO: Iggy Azalea

WHAT: The Great Escape Tour

WHEN: Friday • May 8 • 7:30 PM

WHERE: Prudential Center

Thanks to an unprecedented social media build-up, Grammy-nominated Iggy Azalea’s Great Escape tour is one of the most-anticipated of the year. Joining Iggy on tour will be R&B/Hip-Hop favorites Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd, as well as special guest Nick Jonas. Born in Australia, Iggy Azalea became just the fourth woman in history to top Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with her debut studio album The New Classic. In June of 2014, she had the #1 single (“Fancy”) and collaborated with Ariana Grande on the #2 single (“Problem”), becoming the first artist to have simultaneous 1–2 singles since The Beatles.

CLASSIC!

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WHO: The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

WHAT: Titan & Age of Anxiety

WHEN: Thursday • March 12 • 1:30 PM

Friday • March 13 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1” moves effortlessly between intimacy and grandeur, heralding the arrival of a symphonic master. Leonard Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety” combines the best of a symphony and a concerto. Jacques Lacombe conducts and Kirill Gerstein is featured on the piano.

WHO: Met Opera Rising Stars

WHAT: Bel Canto Showpieces

WHEN: Sunday • March 15 • 3:00 PM

WHERE: Victoria Theater/NJPAC

Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars is a series of Sunday afternoon recitals by gifted performers trained or chosen by the Metropolitan Opera. The three-part series features artists who are on the cusp of extraordinary careers through their association with the Met or its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Three singers, accompanied by a pianist, appear in each recital.

WHO: The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

WHAT: König Conducts Dvorak

WHEN: Friday • April 24 • 8:00 PM

Sunday • April 26 • 3:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Rising star Christoph König conducts the NJSO in scores by composer Antonín Dvorák, including his engaging Symphony No. 5—composed in a five-week burst of inspiration—and “Romance,” featuring young violinist Stefan Jackiw. The orchestra will also perform Dohnányi’s “The Veil of Pierrette” and Ravel’s “Tzigane.”

WHO: The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

WHAT: Zhan Conducts Mozart & Brahms

WHEN: Thursday • April 30 • 1:30 PM

• May 2 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Conductor Xian Zhang returns to the NJPAC podium to lead the NJSO in a program that includes Strauss’s “Serenade” and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, and features Eric Wyrick and Jonathan Spitz performing Brahms’s “Double Concerto.”

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