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Noteworthy Events – Fall 2014

November

Who: Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars

What: Mozart and Company

When: Sunday, November 9 • 3:00 PM

Where: NJPAC/Victoria Theater

This afternoon recital by gifted performers trained or chosen by the Metropolitan Opera is the first of a three-part series featuring artists who are on the cusp of extraordinary careers through their association with the Met or its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

Alberto Cabello

Who: Bob Dylan

What: In Concert

When: Wednesday • November 26 • 7:30 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Bob Dylan and His Band performs songs from a career spanning more than 50 years—a career that has constantly moved forward, both as a songwriter and performer. Dylan has sold more than 100 million albums and has won Grammys in four different decades. Five of his songs have been singled out by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as having shaped the genre. In 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Who: Patti LaBelle with Special Guest Will Downing

What: In Concert

When: Friday • November 28 • 8:00 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Soul diva Patti LaBelle and romantic R&B hit-maker Will Downing celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at NJPAC. Her hit songs include “Lady Marmalade” and “New Attitude” as well as the classic duet “On My Own.”

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Who: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette

What: In Concert

When: Sunday • November 30 • 8:00 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

This innovative jazz trio first played together in the 1960s as members of the Charles Lloyd Quartet and then with Miles Davis in the 1970s—before their iconic 1983 album of American standards. Their latest CD is Somewhere, featuring extended versions of Leonard Bernstein’s “Somewhere” and “Tonight” from West Side Story.

December

Who: Linda Lavin and Dee Hoty

What: It’s Today: Mame at NPAC

When: Saturday • December 6 • 6:00 & 8:30 PM

Where: The Chase Room/NJPAC

Linda Lavin and Dee Hoty lead a lineup of Broadway veterans in a homage to Mame, one of history’s most cherished musicals. The special holiday performance includes Tony winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd), Eric Michael Gillett (Kiss Me, Kate), Annie Golden (Xanadu), Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Pamela Myers (Company), Lee Roy Reams (Hello, Dolly!) and a 15-member chorus. Light the candles! Get the ice out!

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Who: Yuja Wang

What: In Concert

When: Sunday • December 7 • 3:00 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

The Grammy-nominated piano recitalist Yuja Wang makes her NJPAC debut with fresh interpretations of works by Schubert, Liszt, Scriabin and Balakirev. Yuja combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.

Who: Cher

What: Dressed to Kill Tour

When: Friday • December 12 • 7:30 PM

Where: Prudential Center

This is the rescheduled performance from September 17, which the pop music diva had to miss for medical reasons. Cher has collaborated with designer Bob Mackie to create several stunning never-before-seen costumes for the tour.

Who: Bishop T.D. Jakes & Friends

What: A Brick City Christmas: It’s All About Love

When: Saturday • December 13 • 7:00 PM

Where: Prudential Center

The Prudential Center presents a roof-raising experience celebrating Christmas through songs of worship and an explosive message of Love from Bishop T.D. Jakes, who Time called America’s Best Preacher.

Photo courtesy of NJPAC

Who: Take 6 & The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

What: A Take 6 Holiday with the NJSO

When: Saturday • December 13 • 8:00 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Joseph Joubert conducts the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra behind the 10-time Grammy-winning ensemble Take 6. The program will explore holiday themes through R&B, pop and gospel. Come early to enjoy caroling in the lobby—and bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Who: 4th Annual Gospel Showcase

What: When Praises Go Up

When: Sunday • December 14 • 4:00 PM

Where: Newark Symphony Hall

This holiday program runs the gamut from song, liturgical and praise dance to the spoken word, rap, flag and instrumentals—as well as a Mass Choir performance. The event will honor Pastor Alvin Darling of the Greater Mt. Zion Holy Church, Gospel recording artist Tony Smutko and Nigel Johnson of Hillside Shop Rite.

Who: Sweet Honey in the Rock

What: Celebrating the Holydays

When: Saturday • December 20 • 7:30 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Sweet Honey in the Rock has enjoyed a 40-year career of musical and activist achievements and worldwide tours, from the U.K. to the U.N. In celebration of Kwanzaa, the a cappella women’s ensemble will perform blues, jazz, gospel and R&B—with excursions into symphonic and dance theater. Formed by Bernice Johnson Reagon as a quartet, the group has been the subject of two PBS documentaries and the current lineup includes Louise Robinson, Carol Maillard, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil and Shirley Childress.

Who: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

What: The Christmas Attic

When: Sunday • December 21 • 3:00 & 8:00 PM

Where: Prudential Center

After starting the New Year in front of two million fans at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, TSO closes it out at The Rock with The Christmas Attic, which features many songs that it has never performed live. The show will also feature TSO fan favorites. The Christmas Attic tells the story of how a young girl’s curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic.

January

Shadow Mountain Records

Who: Gladys Knight & The Spinners

What: In Concert

When: Friday • January 23 • 8:00 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Two all-time great musical acts come together for an unforgettable evening at Prudential Hall. Gladys Knight, owner of multiple Grammys and #1 hits in pop, R&B, Gospel and adult contemporary categories, has recorded more than three dozen albums. The Spinners have sold 60 million records and are famous for the high-energy choreography of their stage shows.

Who: Rodgers & Hammerstein

What: The Sound of Their Music

When: Saturday • January 24 • 6:00 & 8:30 PM

Where: The Chase Room/NJPAC

Telly Leung (Flower Drum Song), Emily Skinner (Side Show), Judy Kaye (Nice Work If You Can Get It) and Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera) perform a tribute to the team that paved the way for modern musical theater with hit after hit—including The Sound of Music, South Pacific and Oklahoma!

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Who: Cyrus Chestnut Trio

What: Dorthaan’s Place Jazz Brunch

When: Sunday • January 25 • 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Where: NICO Kitchen + Bar

WBGO’s Dorthaan Kirk presents a brunch-time performance by Cyrus Chestnut, whose trio plays at jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls the world over. Chestnut has performed with an impressive array of artists, including Joe Lovano, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Kathleen Battle, Bette Midler and Isaac Hayes.

 

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Performances

What: Chopin & Brahms

When: Saturday • November 29 • 8:00 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Stefen Sanderling (conductor) and Inon Barnatan (piano) lead the NJSO through Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. Barnatan has been praised by The Washington Post for his “fine music making wedded to astounding technique.”

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What: Handel’s Messiah

When: Sunday • December 21 • 3:00 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Handel’s uplifting “Messiah” is performed by NJSO under conductor Jacques Lacombe. Nathalie Paulin (soprano), Mireille Lebel (mezzo-soprano), Isaiah Bell (tenor) and Gordon Binter (bass-baritone) perform.

What: Romeo and Juliet

When: Friday • January 9 • 8:00 PM & Sunday • January 11 • 3:00 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Jacques Lacombe conducts, and Rachel Sterrenberg and Mingjie Lei perform selections from Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Gounod, celebrating the genius of Shakespeare with music inspired by his greatest plays.

What: West Side Story with Sarah Chang

When: Saturday • January 24 • 8:00 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Sarah Chang shines in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, heard in a luminous arrangement for violin and orchestra. Chang, a Jersey Girl, has distinguished herself as one of the world’s premier violinists.

Family Friendly

Who: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

What: The Musical Time Machine

When: Saturday • November 29 • 2:00 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Maestro Jeffrey Grigan takes young listeners on a trip through history to stop a clever time traveler from changing the music of Beethoven, Rossini and Dvorak. A pre-concert interactive adventure begins at 1:00 PM.

Who: The Piano Guys

What: A Family Christmas

When: Friday • December 12 • 8:00 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

These Internet sensations mix classical music with pop in imaginative mash-ups— everything from Beethoven to Coldplay. Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson and Al van der Beek have performed on The Today Show and The Tonight Show, and their videos have netted close to 300 million views on YouTube.

What: Swingin’ Holidays

When: Saturday • December 13 • 2:00 PM

Where: Victoria Theater/NJPAC

Swing into the holidays at this interactive concert filled with yuletide songs with a jazz twist. Through call-and-response, singing, clapping and playing with the band, families can share the joy of the season. A free Family Workshop begins at 12:30 (registration required).

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Who: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

What: The Land of Make Believe

When: Saturday • February 7 • 2:00 PM

Where: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Just as authors use words, composers use music to tell stories about grand adventures, falling in love, epic battles and much more—helping to create magical worlds in our imaginations. Gemma New, conductor of the Greater Newark Youth Orchestra, leads young listeners on a journey that includes Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story and Harry Potter. A pre-concert adventure begins at 1:00 PM.