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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.
The THE BAND Band Comes To Darress Theatre (BOONTON, NJ) -- The Darress Theatre presents The THE BAND Band on Saturday, December 15th. If you like the music of The Band, you’ll love The THE BAND Band, the most acclaimed and exciting tribute to The Band on the scene today. The show begins at 8:00pm. Tickets are $25.Spiral Sounds Hosts Abbie Gardner & Craig Akin (JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Spirals Sounds' next concert on Friday, December 14th, is a duo with Abbie Gardner and Craig Akin. Abbie is a key element in the Americana vocal powerhouse, Red Molly, who are well known throughout the U.S. for their impressive harmonies. Craig has performed extensively with Roosevelt Dime and Red Molly. Doors open 6:30pm, concert at 7:30pm sharp.NJSO presents Chinese New Year Celebration (NEWARK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents its first annual Chinese New Year Celebration on February 2, 2019 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. The event includes an NJSO performance led by Music Director Xian Zhang, as well as pre-concert cultural festivities and a post-concert gala dinner.State Theatre Presents Salute to Vienna - New Year's Eve Concert (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Salute to Vienna - New Year’s Eve Concert on Monday, December 31, 2018 at 6:00pm. An annual tradition at the State Theatre for 13 years, this year’s program features Viennese conductor Christoph Campestrini and The Strauss Symphony of America; along with Viennese soprano and tenor, Iva Schell and Martin Piskorski; members of the Europaballett St.Pölten (Austria); and International Champion Ballroom Dancers. Tickets range from $55- $125.Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Presents CAFE Choir Concert in Chatham (CHATHAM, NJ) -- The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) presents a holiday concert featuring the CAFÉ Choir on Friday, December 14 at 5:00pm at the Chatham United Methodist Church located at 460 Main Street in Chatham. The concert is free and open to the public.
An Interview with Chip Davis Of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas You can experience the magic of the holidays — Steamroller-style — when Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis makes a tour stop this Thursday, December 6, 2018, at New Brunswick, NJ’s historic State Theatre.Max Weinberg’s Jukebox LIVE! at the Grunin Center Something is different about tonight’s November 18, 2018 concert at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts starring Max Weinberg, celebrated drummer from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band!PHOTOS: Matt O'Ree Band at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park (ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Matt O'Ree Band returned to The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Friday, November 16 and photographer Estelle Massry of Coucou Photography was on hand to take some photos. David Bryan from Bon Jovi was one of the special guests that night."How Could You Not Love Them?" The Buckinghams and Herman's Hermits LIVE! at BergenPAC Although it’s a chilly Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 evening in Englewood, NJ, music lovers are lined up outside the Bergen Performing Arts Center waiting to hear classic songs of the ’60s as performed by two quintessential groups of the era — The Buckinghams and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone!If It Ain't Baroque... Bach's Brandenburg Concertos With Symphony in C You know the old joke: If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it? Well, put away those tools, dear reader. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos ARE Baroque, so no fixing necessary.
This Saturday, December 1, Symphony in C is performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2 through 6 at the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. Officially presented in 1721, these collective works are considered to be some of the finest orchestral compositions of the Baroque era (generally 1600 to 1750). These six concertos are among the most recorded, performed and beloved works by Bach. – And that’s J.S. Bach, for those of you keeping score at home. There are a LOT of Bachs.