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Imagine yourself in an intimate place, absorbing the glorious sound of music or laughing to the
comedian’s antics while surrounded by the inspiring colors and forms of works of art!
The Heinz W. Otto Gallery has 12-foot ceilings, superb acoustics, and a seating capacity of 100.

"Classicals at the Circle"

The Long Duo

Saturday, October 3, 8 p.m.

Long Duo

Pianists Beatrice & Christina Long will be performing music for solo piano and piano duet in the Art Center’s Heinz W. Otto Gallery.The program, entitled “Night Tales”, will feature music by composers Felix Mendelssohn, Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin, Béla Bartok, Antonín Dvorak, Charles Griffes and Karol Szymanovsky.

Hailed as artists ‘who brings new life to duo piano recitals’ (The Washington Post), and ‘superb performers’ (Audiophile Audition), the Long Duo performed to critical acclaim in venues such as the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Outstanding Chinese Musicians Series in National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Dallas Museum of Arts, Phillips Gallery in Washington D.C., Spoleto Festival, International Piano Series in Charleston, San Antonio International Piano Competition Concert Series; Grand Theatre in Hangzhou and Xinghai Theatre in Guangzhou in China, Jordan Hall in Boston among others. They performed as soloists with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Boston’s St. Botolph Strings and Eskisehir Symphony Orchestra in Turkey. In the summer of 2015, the Long Duo performed in the ‘Basically Beethoven Series’ in Dallas.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 ($18 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information, please call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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"Classicals at the Circle"

Stephen Fang and Friends: "Beethoven and Bach"

Sunday, November 22, 3 p.m.

Stephen Fang

Stephen Fang, the Assistant Principal Cellist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, will be joined by fellow NJSO musicians, violinists Darryl Thomas Kubian and JoAnna Farrer, and violist Elzbieta Weyman.

The centerpiece of the event will be a performance of the epic Beethoven String Quartet Opus 132 in A Minor, described by Mr. Fang as “one of the most amazing (and difficult) pieces of music ever written”. The remainder of the performance will consist of a selection of pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Mr. Fang and the other members of the ensemble.

A dessert reception will follow the concert where audience members can meet and greet the outstanding musicians.

Stephen Fang, formerly of Bridgewater, has been Assistant Principal Cellist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 2007. Prior to winning his position at the NJSO, he served as Assistant Principal of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Akron Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra and Canton Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Fang has been featured in the Fischoff Grand Prize Winner’s Tour, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Recital Series, Cleveland Chamber Music Society Series and Cleveland Chamber Music Guild Series.

Darryl Kubian is a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s first-violin section and former principal second violin of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed jazz violin with trumpeter Randy Brecker in a Charlie Parker program entitled “Byrd Lives!” and has arranged and performed Ellington’s “Sacred Songs” in collaboration with the Jazz Studies Program at Rutgers University. Kubian’s improvisational skills have been highlighted with artists such as Nigel Kennedy, Al Jarreau, Bobby Short and Renée Fleming.

JoAnna Farrer is a sought-after chamber musician, solo performer and orchestral musician in the US and abroad. A member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,she has also performed as a soloist in the Berlin Philharmonie with the Goteborgs Symfoniker, and has premiered new solo works by contemporary composers at 'Jazz at Lincoln Center' and the Chelsea Art Gallery. With Itzhak Perlman, Ms. Farrer has performed the Vivaldi Concerto for four violins at Carnegie Hall, as well as in a Live from Lincoln Center broadcast. She has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.

Elzbieta Weyman joined the NJSO as principal violist in 2013. She was educated at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki and Michael Tree. Ms. Weyman was a member of the New World Symphony from 2011-2013. Elzbieta has also made several solo and chamber music appearances including performing the Walton Viola Concerto at the Aspen Summer Music Festival with Leonard Slatkin in 2007 and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Juilliard Orchestra in 2010 with conductor Xian Zhang.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 ($18 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information, please call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

"Autumn Serenade": Marty Eigen's Beacon Hill Jazz Band

Saturday, October 17, 8 p.m.

Beacon Hill Jazz Band

Watchung resident Marty Eigen brings his Beacon Hill Jazz Band to the Watchung Arts Center for the band’s first “JaZZ in the Gallery” performance of the 2015-16 year, presenting “Autumn Serenade”, a selection of autumn-themed tunes. Join Marty and the Beacon Hill regulars as they begin their 12th season at the Watchung Arts Center.

Featuring some of the best musicians in the area, the Beacon Hill Jazz Band has been a perennial Watchung Arts Center favorite, appearing to rave reviews and always with a musical surprise in store. Catch them on stage and off as you mingle with this energetic group during the “Meet-the-Musicians” reception following the performance.

For this performance, the Beacon Hill Jazz Band’s 37th appearance at the Watchung Arts Center, the band will consist of: Marty Eigen - Sax & Flute; Carrie Jackson - Vocals; Bill Ash - Trumpet & Trombone; Flip Peters - Guitar & Vocals; Fred Fischer - Piano & Vocals; Ron Naspo - Bass; and Gordon Lane – Drums.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 ($20 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information, please call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

ImpresaRIO Series: Rio Clemente

Friday, November 6, 8 p.m.

Rio Clemente

Rio Clemente mixes a strong classical background with a rich knowledge of jazz history, and then adds an amazing sense of creativity and interpretation which draws his audience up in a musical embrace and takes them on an extraordinary journey of fanciful melodies and scintillating rhythms. As a master pianist, educator, composer, arranger and recording artist, Clemente leaves an indelible melodic memory long after the piano becomes silent. As his infectious good humor enlivens the audience, he breathes new life into jazz and popular standards that make his legion of fans shake their heads in amazement. And those who hear Rio for the first time are instantly transformed into fans.

A child prodigy, Rio received a BMI scholarship for musical theatre and then continued his education at the Julliard School of Music.  He went from Julliard to Nashville, where he spent two years as a performer and composer, making appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. With his classical training, Rio developed a style embracing a diversity of music that makes him one of the most expressive and versatile pianists anywhere and one of the most sought after.

After several television appearances, Rio advanced professionally to playing at several distinguished concert halls and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Manhattan’s famous Birdland and the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, as well as the Newport and JVC Jazz Festivals, and a memorable appearance at the White House. He regularly appears with groups such as The Morris Choral Society and Orchestra and at jazz venues from Manhattan to Cape Code and from Florida to California.

A native of Morristown, NJ, Clemente is New Jersey’s own jewel of the jazz world. He is a member of the Morristown Hall of Fame, was named by the NJ Council of the Arts as an Outstanding Professional of the Year, and recognized as one of the “Top 40 New Jerseyans” by the New Jersey Monthly. He is a proud member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary at Lake Hopatcong, NJ.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 ($20 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information, please call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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Enjoy videos of some past performances at the WAC

"JaZZ in the Gallery"

Marty Eigen's Beacon Hill Jazz Band

"Autumn Nocturne" featuring Fred Fischer

Saturday, October 25, 2014

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

Rio Clemente

with Patti Graham & Gary Mazzaroppi

Friday, November 21, 2014

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

Rio Clemente

with Gary Mazzaroppi

Friday, November 21, 2014

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

Marty Eigen's Beacon Hill Jazz Band

Holiday Concert - "The Christmas Song"
Saturday, December 13, 2014

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

Marty Eigen's Beacon Hill Jazz Band

Holiday Concert - "God Bless the Child", Carrie Jackson
Saturday, December 13, 2014

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

Rio Clemente

with Gene Perla & Marty Elkins

Friday, March 6, 2015

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

Rio Clemente

with Carrie Jackson, Gene Perla & Marty Eigen

Friday, March 6, 2015

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

Rio Clemente

with Gene Perla & Marty Elkins

Friday, March 6, 2015

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

Rio Clemente

with Gene Perla

Friday, March 6, 2015

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"Classicals at the Circle"

Sophia Agranovich

Saturday, May 30, 2015

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... and from our 2013-14 season

"JaZZ in the Gallery"

The Three Jazz Divas

Lauren Hooker sings "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"

Saturday, Feb 1, 2014

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"Classicals at the Circle"

Sophia Agranovich


Saturday, May 31, 2014

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

The Three Jazz Divas

Carrie Jackson sings "The Nearness of You"

Saturday, Feb 1, 2014

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

ImpresaRIO Series: Rio Clemente & Guest, Warren Chiasson

Friday, June 6, 2014

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