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January Events At Grunin Center
originally published: 12/10/2017
(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- From jazz to sports to world music and more, the Grunin Center for the Arts kicks off 2018 with an exciting array of entertainment in January. All performances take place on the Main Stage, Grunin Center, Ocean County College, Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.
JAZZ: New York Voices(with student musicians from Southern Regional High School) – Fri, Jan 12 at 8:00 p.m., $35. This critically acclaimed vocal group has refined its musical story to a high art. Known for close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements, and unparalleled vocal blend, the group’s chameleon-like musicianship allows it to move seamlessly from setting to setting, from orchestral to intimate lineups. New York Voices has traveled the globe with its elegant music, amazing audiences the world over with impeccable voices and stunning arrangements.
SPORTS: An Evening with Todd Frazier – Fri, Jan 19 at 8:00 p.m.,$35 Regular Admission ($25* Subscribers). Toms River hero Todd Frazier joins fans for an evening of baseball talk. With moderator Russ Salzberg, Frazier discusses his experiences playing and growing up in Toms River through his Major League career. Frazier gained international fame at age 12 when he led Toms River to the 1998 Little League World Series. A first-round draft pick of the Reds in 2007, Frazier was traded to the Chicago White Sox after the 2015 season, then to the New York Yankees in 2017. (*Subscribers must call the Box Office at 732-255-0500 to purchase tickets at the Subscriber Rate.)
FOLK/COUNTRY/ROCK: John Gorka with Amilia K. Spicer – Sat, Jan 20 at 8:00 p.m., $25. Gorka illuminates music with his trademark wordplay. Few contemporary songwriters coax language as deftly as Gorka. For over two decades, his keen ear has picked up the stories of those along his path, folding them into poetry and song. Singer-songwriter Spicer has a thing for wide-open spaces and mystical places. Even her record label, Free Range Records, reflects her vagabond spirit, which has carried her from her native Pennsylvania, through the hill country of central Texas, to the mountain monasteries of Tibet. She might tell you she feels most rooted heading toward a distant horizon.
JAZZ: Midiri Brothers Salute Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert – Wed, Jan 24 at 8:00 p.m., $24-$20. In January 1938, Benny Goodman performed a concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall that became known as one of the most exciting–and important–evenings of music in the history of jazz. For the 80th anniversary, Grunin Center favorites the Midiri Brothers will perform an unforgettable tribute to the night Carnegie Hall learned to swing!
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WORLD: Black String – Thurs, Jan 25, 7:30 p.m., $20. Based on traditional Korean and improvisational music, Black String aims to seek a new sound that can internalize a variety of musical expressions in traditional music and jazz. The group creates a unique language through Asian intuition and musical idiom. Black String’s creative use of the amplified sound of a Geomungo (Korean stringed instrument of the zither family), the fierce quake of Korean traditional percussion, a Daegeum (large bamboo flute), Yanggeum (Korean stringed instrument, i.e. hammered dulcimer), and the unpredictable melody of jazz guitar will grasp all your senses!
WORLD: Las Cafeteras – Tues, Jan 30 at 7:30 p.m., $20. Las Cafeteras remixes sounds from rock to hip-hop to rancheras, tells modern day stories, and creates a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East L.A. sound and positive message. Its Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments such as the Jarana (fretted stringed guitar), Requinto (small guitar), Quijada (vibrating percussion made from the jawbone of a donkey), and Tarima (wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sings in English, Spanish, and Spanglish. The group uses music as a vehicle to build bridges among cultures and communities.
State Theatre Presents Brian Wilson: Greatest Hits Live With special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson: Greatest Hits Live with special guests Al Jardine,original founding member of The Beach Boys, and singer/guitarist and former Beach Boy, Blondie Chaplin on Thursday, November 1 at 8:00pm. Tickets range from $59-$129.Art Garfunkel To Perform At Rowan U (GLASSBORO, NJ) – Legendary vocalist Art Garfunkel will perform at Rowan University on March 16, 2019 as part of the university’s Marie Rader Presenting Series. The award-winning voice of a generation will take his audience on a musical journey through a career spanning more than 60 years. The Weeklings To Perform At Monmouth University During Beatles Symposium (WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University presents The Weeklings on November 8th at 8:00pm. The one-night engagement featuring selections from The Beatles legendary White Album performed with live horns and strings as well as many of your Weeklings favorites. This concert serves as one of the highlights at The Beatles’ The White Album: An International Symposium taking place from November 8 – 11 on Monmouth University’s campus.Westminster Community Orchestra Presents “Halloween!” on October 28 (PRINCETON, NJ) --Westminster Community Orchestra, conducted by Ruth Ochs and Sergey Tkachenko, will present a concert titled “Halloween!” on Sunday, October 28 at 3:00pm in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. The Halloween-themed program features the Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach, “Funeral March of a Marionette” by Gounod, “Mars” from Holst’s The Planets, the first movement of Schubert’s Symphony No. 4, “Tragic,” Ravel’s Pavane pour une infant défunte and the “Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark by John Williams, as well as special selections for strings. The program also showcases the talents of Westminster Conservatory’s Suzuki Violin Program.Westminster Schola Cantorum Performs Faure's Requiem on October 28 (PRINCETON, NJ) -- Westminster Schola Cantorum, led by conductor James Jordan, will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem on Sunday, October 28 at 7:30pm in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. The program also features John Tavener’s Funeral Ikos and Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 as well other works centered Fauré’s choral masterwork.