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 Upper Gallery has 12-foot ceilings, superb acoustics, and a seating capacity of 100.
ImpresaRIO Concert: Rio Clemente and Guests
Friday, March 7, 8 p.m.
Rio Clemente, a master musician and storyteller, draws the audience up in a musical embrace then takes them on a extraordinary journey of fanciful melodies and scintillating rhythms. Clemente is New Jersey’s own jewel of the jazz world, a member of its Hall of Fame. He has been named Professional Artist of the Year by the Arts Council of the Morris Area, one of the “Top 40 New Jerseyans” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, and Musician of the Year by the New Jersey Jazz Society. Don’t miss an opportunity to experience an astonishing evening with the Bishop of Jazz.
Rio will be joined by Neil McNamara, guitar; Wayne Dunton, drums; and Bill Crow, bass.
Neil McNamara has been performing and teaching guitar in NJ for over 25 years. He has played with some of the top names in Jazz including Rufus Reid, Sonny Fortune and Vincent Herring. He has appeared at the Blue Note, Birdland, and other Jazz venues in New York City. Neil’s CD release “Rainy Night” which includes six original compositions, has received critical acclaim and national airplay. His recording of “Angel Eyes” was selected by radio station KPLU Seattle/Tacoma for their “Most Requested CD” release. Neil continues to write music and perform in the NY/NJ area.
Wayne Dunton is a New York based drummer who has been a professional musician for over 26 years. He has played such Broadway Shows as Cats, Lion King, Music Man, Annie Get Your Gun, Hairspray, Billy Elliot, and a 2010 national tour of Hair. In the jazz genre, Wayne performed and recorded with alto sax great Richie Cole’s Alto Madness Orchestra, appearing at The Jazz Standard in NYC, Cape May Jazz Festival, and the Kristianstad Jazz Festival in Sweden. During the 1990’s Wayne joined the ska band, Mephiskapheles which is active again after a 12 year absence.
Bill Crow, bassist, has played with the big bands of Claude Thornhill, Ralph Flanagan, Louis Bellson, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, and even one concert with Duke Ellington. He was featured with many small jazz groups including the Stan Getz Quintet, the Terry Gibbs Quartet, the Marian McPartland Trio, the Gerry Mulligan Sextet and Quartets, the Ruby Braff Quintet, and the Eddie Condon House Band, among many others. Crow also played many Broadway shows, including The King and I and 42nd Street. Mr. Crow is currently a free-lancer in the NY area jazz field.
Adult Improv: Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m.
Family Improv: Saturday, June 7, 8 p.m.
The Improvables have been providing the Center’s audiences with zany, raucous one-of-a-kind and never-to-be-repeated humor since 2002. Each show features a series of games in which the performers act out various scenes, based on audience suggestions, without advanced knowledge of the topics. Come ready to laugh at the antics of this wonderful improvisational troupe of actors including Randy Schweriner, David Kritz, Michele Kerekes, and Brandon Lericos of Bridgewater, Phil Hochman of Plainfield, Roberta Maher of Mt. Arlington and Mike Griffin of Hillsborough.
Family-friendly shows are suitable for children 10 and older, while adult shows are “R” rated.
Tickets to all performances (adult and family-friendly) are $8.
The Cline/Cuestas Duo
Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m.
Jenny Cline, flutist, and Carlos Cuestas, guitarist, will perform a program featuring music of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, with works by composers from Argentina, Italy, Spain, France, and the U.S. With music from a variety of composers, nationalities and styles, the program will include something to please many musical tastes.
This concert will include the world premiere of a work written for them by Gary Schocker, renowned flutist and composer. Also on the program will be the Gran Duetto Concertante, Op. 85, by Mauro Giuliani, a classical composer and a contemporary of Beethoven, who is widely considered to be one of the most outstanding guitar virtuosi of his day. Ms. Cline and Mr. Cuestas will perform Astor Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango, a work originally conceived for cello and piano. The Quatre Facettes (Four Facets) by 20th Century French composer Jean-Michel Damase, the bluegrass-inspired “Cindy” from Mountain Songs by American composer Robert Beaser, and the Andaluza from Enrique Granados’ Danzas Espanola’s will round out the program.
Following the concert, there will be a dessert reception and an opportunity to meet the artists.
Jenny Cline is a flourishing orchestral flutist and chamber musician whose teachers include Mary Ann Archer, Walfrid Kujala, and Gary Schocker. She is the principal flutist of the Monmouth Symphony, and performs regularly as a flutist and piccoloist with several other orchestras around the state. She has performed with the Uptown Flutes, toured Europe with the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, and was a member of the 2013 National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir. Her woodwind quintet, the Monmouth Winds, has a busy concert schedule. They have been actively commissioning new works to expand the repertoire, by composers Daniel Dorff, Laurence Dresner, Eric Ewazen, Gary Schocker, Jeff Scott, and David Evan Thomas, and the quintet premiered two pieces at the 2013 NFA convention in New Orleans last August. She has been on the faculty of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts since 1996, and her flute students regularly achieve honors at the local, regional, state, and national level.
Guitarist Carlos Cuestas is an active performer and teacher based in the NYC area, whose major teachers and influences have been Michael Lorimer, Lars Frandsen, and Jorge Caballero. Born in Colombia, Carlos started his guitar studies with renowned guitarist and composer Gentil Montaña. He received his Bachelor’s of Music from Nyack College, and his Master’s Degree in Performance Practice from Brooklyn College. His interest in music history and the way music was performed in past eras has led him to expand his skills on different kinds of guitars and to explore their repertoires. Carlos’s engagements include performing solo recitals, improvising in the style of the nineteenth century, and taking part in continuo sections of baroque orchestras, taking him to such venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Whitman Hall (Brooklyn, NY), Cornish College (Seattle), Hollywood Fringe Festival (Los Angeles), and Teatro Colón (Bogotá, Colombia). He is a member of the music faculty at Nyack College, where he teaches guitar.