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.
ImpresaRIO Series: Rio Clemente
Friday, March 3, 8 p.m.
Pianist Rio Clemente returns for another great evening of jazz!
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.
"JaZZ in the Gallery"
Marty Eigen's "Amani"
Saturday, April 8, 8 p.m.
Marty Eigen and his new quartet, Amani, return to the WAC.
Amani means “peace” in Swahili. The group was formed to share the concept of peace through music, performing for people of all ages, races, and religious affiliations.
The core group includes veteran musicians: Marty Eigen on sax and flute; Fred Fischer on keyboards; vocalist Stephen Fuller; and guitarist Flip Peters.
The Cline/Cuestas Duo
Saturday, April 22, 8 p.m.
Jenny Cline, flutist, and Carlos Cuestas, guitarist, will return to the Watchung Arts Center for an evening of classical flute and guitar music. With music from a variety of composers, nationalities and styles, the program will include something to please many musical tastes.
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 (New Jersey), and performs frequently as a flutist and piccoloist with 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, and they are actively commissioning new works to expand the repertoire. The quintet performed at the 2013 and 2015 NFA conventions in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., and at the 2016 International Horn Symposium in Ithaca, NY. 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. She recently completed a two-year term on the board of the National Flute Association.
Colombian-born guitarist Carlos Cuestas is an active performer based in New York City. Mr. Cuestas’s curiosity around the social implications of music and its relationship with history has driven him towards the study of the ways music might have been performed in past eras, leading him to expand his skills on different kinds of plucked instruments and to explore, in sound, past musical practices. As a performer, Carlos’s engagements include performing solo and chamber 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), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) and Teatro Colón (Bogotá, Colombia). He is a member of the music faculty at both Nyack College and Brooklyn College, teaching guitar, music history, and world music. Mr. Cuestas is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York.
Cline and Cuestas formed their flute/guitar duo in 2012 and have rapidly developed an eclectic and engaging repertoire of music from three continents and seven centuries. They have performed together up and down the East Coast, at the 2015 and 2016 National Flute Association conventions in Washington, D. C. and San Diego, CA, and, in July 2016, at the Museo Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá. Their first CD, titled Facets, was released in October, 2016, and has been garnering airplay on classical radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. “Cline and Cuestas are a true duo, with a give and take plus a mutual musical supportiveness that typify the finest chamber music,” writes Dave Saemann in Fanfare Magazine. For more information, visit clinecuestasduo.com