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Grunin Center's Afternoon Recital Series Returns on Friday

originally published: 09/14/2023

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Michael Noble

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- A new Afternoon Recital Series gets underway at The Grunin Center for the Arts with a performance by pianist Michael Noble on Friday, September 15, the first of four new installments for Fall 2023. Showtime is 2:00pm.

The Afternoon Recital Series provides opportunities for OCC students and the community to enjoy classical music performances by local, national and international musicians. The series is made possible, in part, through the support of the Ocean County College Foundation.

Upcoming Shows:

Michael Noble, Friday, September 15 at 2:00pm. Michael Noble is a pianist who strives to inspire audiences through ambitious initiatives and illuminating programming. Since his debut at the age of six, he has developed an international reputation as a pianist whose performances have engrossed audiences throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. His performance at OCC will present Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, based on Sergio Ortega’s protest song ¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido! which became a universal song against injustice.

Victoria Schwartzman, Friday, October 6 at 2:00pm. Victoria Schwartzman is a classical pianist currently based in New York City. An avid solo and chamber music performer, she regularly appears on stage throughout the United States and abroad. Deeply committed to music education, she is the co-founder of the Newburgh Music Festival, a week-long immersive classical music program devoted to solo performance and chamber music. She is also on faculty at Montclair State University and Long Island University as a Vocal Coach, and on piano faculty at Bard College Conservatory Preparatory Division.

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Victoria Schwartzman

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Stanley DeLage, Friday, November 17 at 2:00pm. Inspiring and captivating, Stanley DeLage champions each work he performs, and commands the attention of the audience. A native of Tinton Falls, N.J. who made his recital debut at the age of 13, Mr. DeLage has been a prize winner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including MTNA State and Eastern divisions; The Osaka International Competition in Japan; and the International Chopin Competition of Hartford, Connecticut, where he was awarded first prize in 2015. Currently an adjunct faculty member at Rowan University, Mr. DeLage frequently gives collaborative and solo recitals, and is a sought-after chamber musician.

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Stanley DeLage

Rachmaninoff Trio, Friday, December 8 at 2:00pm. Ocean County College artist faculty Jee Sun Lee (violin), DoYeon Kim (cello) and Brian Gilmore (piano) celebrate Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 150th year with a performance of his two élégiaque trios. Both the works of a young composer, the first trio was written at the age of 18 in a single expressive movement. Less than two years later, Rachmaninoff composed his second élégiaque trio. Dedicated “in memory of a great artist,” this work was an impassioned response to the death of Tchaikovsky and as such is a work of substantially greater power and breadth.

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Rachmaninoff Trio

Tickets are $7 for all shows. Series subscribers can purchase all four Afternoon Recital Series events and save 15% with the Grunin Center’s Classical Club Subscription. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call the Grunin Center Box Office at 732-255-0500.

For more than 50 years, Ocean County College, a public two-year community college sponsored by Ocean County and the State of New Jersey, has provided area residents with the opportunity to benefit from higher education. OCC is an innovative academic leader offering affordable, student-centered, high-quality educational experiences that prepare and empower diverse learners to contribute to and succeed in global societies. OCC invests in and fosters academic, economic, and cultural excellence, and ensures financial strength by generating new revenue streams, engaging in national and international university and corporate partnerships, and cultivating a technologically progressive and entrepreneurial spirit.



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