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Noteworthy – Spring 2016


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WHO: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

WHAT: Romantic Masterworks from Schumann & Brahms

WHEN: Thu • 3/17 • 1:30 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Conductor Christian Arming and pianist Stephen Hough lead the NJSO in a performance of Schumann’s “Piano Concerto,” Brahms’s “Symphony No. 2” and Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll.” Two of these composers of the Romantic era are linked by a common love. Clara Schumann inspired her husband’s only piano concerto. Brahms, who was championed by Schumann, had the misfortune to fall for Clara, yearning for her until the end of his days. But in a sunny moment, he composed his engaging Second Symphony.

Photo by Dwight McCann

WHO: Johnny Mathis

WHAT: 60th Anniversary Tour

WHEN: FRI • 3/18 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC
Johnny Mathis, celebrating his 60th year as a recording artist, returns to NJPAC to perform his greatest hits and personal favorites from a career that has produced 50 Billboard hits, three songs in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and a #6 ranking in all-time album sales. Best-known for hits like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not for Me to Say” and “Misty,” Mathis is also Columbia Records’ longest-running artist.

Decca Records

WHO: The Who

WHAT: North American Tour

WHEN: SAT • 3/19 • 7:30 PM

WHERE: Prudential Center

“The Who Hits 50” North American tour stops at The Rock in March. It’s a rescheduling of the date that was postponed because of lead singer Roger Daltrey’s illness in 2015. From their first hit record (“I Can’t Explain”) through the chart-toppers of the 1960s and 1970s—and the rock operas Quadrophenia and Tommy—the band has turned out no fewer than 7 albums on Rolling Stone’s list of greatest albums of all-time—more than anyone other than the Beatles, Springsteen, Dylan and the Stones.

WHO: Joshua Bell

WHAT: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

WHEN: SAT • 3/19 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Violinist and conductor Joshua Bell was called “one of the finest musicians of his generation” by The Washington Post. He will fill both roles during his stop at NJPAC, leading the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields orchestra, of which he is now Musical Director. Bell will perform as a soloist in a spectacular work he practically owns, Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto,”as well as a breathtaking pairing with Pamela Frank to perform Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins.”

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WHO: Ethan Bortnick

WHAT: The Power of Music Tour

WHEN: WED • 3/23 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Victoria Theater/NJPAC

At age 14, Ethan Bortnick made the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Concert Tour. The teen pianist, singer and composer is a must-see for the entire family. His performance includes his own band, a children’s choir and local guest artists. Expect to hear original compositions, along with songs by The Beatles, Elton John, Michael Jackson—and works by great classical composers.


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WHO: Rihanna

WHAT: Anti World Tour

WHEN: SAT • 4/2 • 7:30 PM

WHERE: Prudential Center

Global superstar Rihanna rocks The Rock with guest performer Travis Scott this April. With album sales of over 200 million, Rihanna ranks among the top-selling female artists of all-time; Billboard named her the Digital Song Artist of the 2000s. Constantly reinventing her image and style, Rihanna will no doubt have some surprises in store for her Newark audience.

Motown Records

WHO: Dancing in the Streets

WHAT: Motown’s Greatest Hits

WHEN: WED • 4/6 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Dancing in the Streets, direct from London’s West End, makes its U.S. debut in 2016. A non-stop celebration of Motown’s greatest songs—performed by an electrifying cast of singers, dancers and an onstage band—features chart-busting hits of The Four Tops, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, Lionel Richie and Gladys Knight.

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WHO: Xian Zhang

WHAT: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

WHEN: THU • 4/7 • 1:30 PM

FRI • 4/8 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Center

A New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performance. Xian Zhang returns to lead the NJSO in an evening of rich, romantic melody, including Tchaikovsky’s passionate, foreboding “Symphony No. 4”—which evokes the awesome power of fate to shape human lives—and Barber’s “Violin Concerto,” an American classic, performed by Jennifer Frautschi.

Muse Records

WHO: Freddy Cole Quartet

WHAT: Dorthaan’s Place

WHEN: SUN • 4/10 • 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM


Legendary jazz singer and pianist Freddy Cole—brother of Nat “King” Cole and uncle to Natalie Cole—performs a treasure trove of popular standards at the first 2016 Dorthaan’s Place jazz brunch. Cole began his recording career in 1952 and has produced 30-plus albums, including 2013’s This and That and 1995’s This Is the Life.

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WHO: Gary Mullen & The Works

WHAT: One Night of Queen

WHEN: SUN • 4/10 • 7:00 PM

WHERE: Victoria Theater/NJPAC

Fans of Queen will thrill to Gary Mullen & The Works’ note-for-note spectacular of mega-hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “You’re My Best Friend” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” during One Night of Queen, a faithful recreation of the band’s legendary 1977 Tour. The group has been hailed as the world’s premier Queen tribute band, and is the only one authorized by Brian May and Queen.

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WHO: Michael Tilson Thomas

WHAT: San Francisco Symphony

WHEN: FRI • 4/15 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, under musical director Michael Tilson Thomas, has distinguished itself by making music with boundless energy and imagination. Their NJPAC performance includes a tribute to American composer Aaron Copland, as well as a glowing Romantic masterpiece, Schumann’s “Symphony No. 2.”


WHO: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

WHAT: Music Of The “Mad Men” Era

WHEN: SAT • 4/16 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Cheyenne Jackson, star of Broadway and TV hits Glee and 30 Rock, teams with NJSO to take you back to a time when the bossa nova was new, the lounges of Las Vegas were hip and everyone had a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

SBME Special Markets

WHO: Michel Camilo

WHAT: Solo Piano

WHEN: SUN • 4/17 • 4:00 & 7:00 PM

WHERE: The Chase Room/NJPAC

Dominican pianist and composer Michel Camilo appears at NJPAC for the first time for a rare solo piano concert of his critically acclaimed songs, including “Caribe,” “From Within” and “Why Not.” The Grammy- and Emmy-winning artist has enjoyed a three-decade career of touring and recording with trios, big bands and symphonic orchestras.


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WHO: Ron Blake

WHAT: Jazz for Teens

WHEN: SUN • 5/1 • 3:00 PM

WHERE: Victoria Theater/NJPAC

Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens, in its 18th season, presents a new generation of jazz musicians with featured guest artist, saxophonist, Ron Blake. A current member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live band, Blake will join our students in an inspirational performance of this uniquely American art form.

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WHO: Cyrille Aimée & Kate McGarry

WHAT: Jonathan’s Choice

WHEN: SAT • 5/7 • 7:00 PM

WHERE: Victoria Theater/NJPAC

French jazz singer Cyrille Aimée and Grammy nominee Kate McGarry (right), join radio host Jonathan Schwartz for a concert and conversation in the intimate Victoria Theater. The performance will be taped for future broadcast on The Jonathan Channel and WNYC 93.9FM. Aimée s a past winner of NJPAC’s Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, while McGarry has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory in addition to touring and performing.

Motown Records

WHO: Smokey Robinson

WHAT: In Concert

WHEN: SUN • 5/8 • 7:00 PM

WHERE: Symphony Hall

Grammy-winning recording artist, music pioneer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Smokey Robinson celebrates moms with a very special Mother’s Day Concert. A winner of the National Medal of the Arts. Robinson burst on the music scene as a songwriter and leading member of The Miracles. From “Shop Around” in 1960 to “The Tears of a Clown” in 1970, the group produced a string of mega-hits for Motown. Robinson continued to score hits as a solo artist, including the chart-topping “Being with You.”

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WHO: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

WHAT: Hadelich Plays Tchaikovsky

WHEN: THU • 5/12 • 1:30 PM

SAT • 5/14 • 8:00 PM

WHERE: Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Augustin Hadelich—who last wowed NJSO audiences in his 2012 appearance—dispatches Tchaikovsky ’s “Violin Concerto” solo with effortless panache, while rustic charm infuses every melody of Brahms’s “Serenade No. 1.” The program, conducted by Jeremie Rhorer, also includes Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides Overture.”

WHO: Scott Coulter

WHAT: You’ve Got a Friend: Music of The Brill

WHEN: SAT • 5/14 • 6:00 & 8:30 PM

WHERE: The Chase Room/NJPAC

MAC Award-winning vocalist Scott Coulter embarks on a musical journey back to the heart of Times Square and the fabled Brill Building—the music factory where Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Lieber & Stoller, Neil Diamond and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill forever changed the sound of American pop songs. Rebecca LaChance, from the cast of Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, makes a special guest appearance.


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WHO: Selena Gomez

WHAT: The Revival Tour

WHEN: THU • 6/2 • 7:30 PM

WHERE: Prudential Center

Multi-platinum singer and actress Selena Gomez returns to The Rock for the first time since 2013 on her 41-city North American Revival Tour. She has sold over 22 million singles worldwide. The tour follows the release of her new album Revival; the lead single “Good For You” topped the charts for three consecutive weeks in the fall 2015.

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