Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: November 23 – 26

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Lots of great local events to enjoy this Thanksgiving weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening:

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World Class Israeli Violinist Tal First Comes to Juilliard @ SOPAC Series, 12/3

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Tal First is an Israeli violinist making his mark as a young virtuoso. SOPAC is proud to present this rising young musician on Sunday, December 3 at 3 p.m. Now studying at The Juilliard School in New York, his many awards and achievements led to support from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, among others.

Tal First. Photo: Ilan Spira

The program will include Mozart’s Sonata in G Major, k. 301, Jan Friedlin’s Suite first part, Bloch’s Nigun, Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo and Grieg’s Sonata in C minor, Op. 45. His accompanying pianist is Natalie Nedvetsky.

Tal First began his violin studies with Mr. Geri Ferber at the age of 6. He continued his studies with Ms. Svetlana Simannovsky at the Thelma Yellin School of Arts. After graduating high school, Tal studied with Ms. Simannovsky at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv as a recipient of an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship and during his Army service as an “Outstanding Musician.” Continue Reading

The Montclair Orchestra Portrays ‘Change’ Through Music, December 10

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The Montclair Orchestra will present its second season concert, Change, on Sunday, December 10th at 5:00 P.M. The theme of the concert will explore various concepts of ‘change’ in music through different time periods.

The program will consist of Fratres by Arvo Pärt, written in 1983; Metamorphosen by Richard Strauss, written at the end of World War II in 1945; and The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, written in the early 18th century. The orchestra will perform in the resonant, cathedral-like space of Immaculate Conception Church in Montclair Center.

“The concept of change can be interpreted in so many different ways,” says orchestra president Andre Weker. “Through this concert, we can see how an early classical composer like Vivaldi sought to explore the changing of the seasons; how Richard Strauss developed an incredibly emotional piece, Metamorphosen, during the final days of the second world war, constantly changing and morphing between styles and musical themes; and how modern day Arvo Pärt has developed music that is in a constant state of fluid evolution through his work, Fratres.”

The Concertmaster is Michelle Kim, Assistant Concertmaster for the New York Philharmonic, with Music Director David Chan leading as both conductor and violin soloist for The Four Seasons. Orchestra members include members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera, and student fellows from Montclair State University – Cali School of Music, Rutgers – Mason Gross School for the Arts, The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, and Yale University.

This is the second concert in the 2017-2018 concert series. The opening concert on October 22nd was a sellout with over 500 in attendance, and drew wide acclaim from the community and music industry professionals.

Tickets for the upcoming performance can purchased online at www.montclairorchestra.org/events, or by calling The Montclair Orchestra at (973) 435-2906.

Legendary NJ Jazz Musician to be Honored at the 20th Annual Giants of Jazz Concert at SOPAC on Nov. 25

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Legendary Jazz bassist and New Jersey native Buster Williams will be honored at the 20th Annual Giants of Jazz concert at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on Nov. 25.

More than 20 of the world’s top Jazz performers including Jimmy Cobb, Lenny White, and Steve Turre will take the stage to play a medley of classics in tribute to Williams’ nearly six decades in music. It will all culminate in a performance from the man of the hour himself, who will play a selection of original material that is sure to delight genre diehards and novices alike.

For the Camden-bred Williams, being recognized is a tremendous source of pride. But what he finds just as exciting is getting the chance to perform alongside his friends in a show that honors the history of Jazz, a genre he believes should be celebrated

“It’s America’s national treasure,” said Williams, who has participated in several Giants of Jazz concerts through the years. “Jazz music is the most organic art form that we have in this country, and its relevance is shared by the whole world. Jazz is all about the human spirit.” Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: November 16 – 19

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening:

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Montclair Arts Alliance Presents Montclair Arts Festival 2017, A 4-Day Event

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The Montclair Arts Alliance presents Montclair Arts Festival 2017 – a four-day arts extravaganza featuring theater, visual arts, jazz, rock/R&B, opera, dance, performances for young audiences, interactive arts and more. The festival will take place Wednesday, November 29 through Saturday, December 2 at the historic United Way Theater, 60 South Fullerton Avenue.

Tickets prices are $20 for a single day ticket, $30 for a two-day ticket, $40 for three days and $50 for the four-day all-festival pass. Tickets may be purchased at https://montclairartsfestival.brownpapertickets.com/


Giveaway! Outpost in the Burbs Presents Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, 11/17

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Outpost in the Burbs presents Ian Hunter and the Rand Band with special guest Steve Wynn, on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 8 p.m. This concert will take place at the First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue. Outpost volunteers will be collecting donated items for the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair at this show.

As leader of ‘70s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock and roll’s most compelling performers and one of its most articulate songwriters. As author of such immortal anthems as, “All The Way From Memphis”, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “Cleveland Rocks” and the voice of such landmark albums as, “All The Young Dudes”, “Mott”, “Ian Hunter” and “You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic”, he remains a hero to fellow musicians and fans around the world. Continue Reading

Verona Ballet Performs the Nutcracker at Montclair State, Nov. 17 & 18

Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Join Clara and her friends at a holiday Christmas party and be taken on an enchanting voyage to meet marching soldiers, swirling snowflakes, Arabian dancers, mystical mice, waltzing flowers and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy in Verona Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

The dazzling costumes, snowflakes, and scenery will take young and old alike on a heart-warming journey to usher in the holiday season.

Now in her 20th year of operating the Verona School of Classical of Ballet, Alissa Kossov brings her production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to life featuring internationally acclaimed ballet dancers Albina Ghazaryan, Narek Martirosyan, and Vitaly Verterich and the school’s own students ranging in age from 4 to 18 years. Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: November 9 – 12

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 09, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening:
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Giveaway: Neil deGrasse Tyson at NJPAC!

Monday, Nov 06, 2017 9:24am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Famed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host of the FOX series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and the PBS series NOVA ScienceNOW, presents The Search for Life in the Universe, an entertaining, family-friendly evening designed to help unravel the mysteries of modern science, at NJPAC on Wednesday, December 13.

On the page, the stage, and on television, Tyson provides easy access to the science that shapes our understanding of the universe. He was the host of FOX TV’s Emmy-winning Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (the 21st century continuation of Carl Sagan’s landmark Cosmos series) as well as two popular PBS series, NOVA ScienceNOW and Origins. He is the author of 13 books, including The New York Times best-sellers Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

A frequent guest on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, Tyson is the head of NYC’s world-renowned Hayden Planetarium and a research associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. He is the recipient of 20 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen.

For this event, Tyson will host a multi-media presentation and conduct a Q&A session with audience members. Buy tickets here. Enter to win tickets below:

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