Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Philippine Traditional String Ensemble – 25th Anniversary Concert
Presented by the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla (UPAFR)
3:00 PM

The UPAFR performs again at the Drew Concert Hall for another milestone anniversary concert. Rondalla refers to the native string ensemble indigenous to the Philippines. Of Spanish origin, these plectrum instruments were popular in 18th century Europe. The early 1900 rondallas were classical ensembles playing symphonic overtures and arias from standard operas.

The group will feature the versatility of the rondalla – with repertoire ranging from traditional and contemporary music from the Philippines and other nations, light classical compositions to Broadway themes. Its compatibility with native music allowed the rondalla to figure prominently in Filipino rural community life, providing accompaniment to folk dancing, singing, and as solo pieces at various functions. Tenor Anthony Lim and the Ligaya Cultural Group dancers will perform as guest artists.

Concert proceeds will benefit the Pagyamanin Likas Musika rondalla instruments program for underprivileged children in the Philippines. Through this program, many children’s ensembles have been established in orphanages, communities and schools in low income areas of the country.

Tickets: $15 prepaid $20 at door. Send check payable to UPAFR 3 Rachel Terrace, Piscataway NJ 08854. Visit call 732-317-3364 or email

Sunday, October 22, 2017

NJJS 45th Anniversary Celebration: A Salute to Jazz in the Garden State
Presented by the NJ Jazz Society
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Celebrating the rich jazz history of New Jersey, from big bands to bebop and beyond, and honoring the 75- year career of the Garden State’s own beloved jazz guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli.
Bucky Pizzarelli – Guest of Honor/guitar
Martin Pizzarelli – Bass
Ed Laub – Guitar
Dave Stryker – Guitar
Don Braden – Saxophone and Music Director
Bernard Purdie – Drums
Tomoko Ohno – Piano
Danny Bacher – Vocals
6 pc. “Big Band” – William Patterson Jazz Studies Students
Leoneke Scheuble (15yo) – Piano
Alexis Morrast (15yo) – Vocals
Rhonda Hamilton WBGO – Mistress of Ceremonies
Dorthaan Kirk – a brief address

You can order by phone or by mail/check:
Advance: $30 for members, $35 for non-members
At the door: $35 for members, $40 for non-members
$15 Student Ticket Balcony Seating – I.D. Required
by phone: 1-800-838-3006, select option 1.
by mail: send a check payable to NJJS, including a $3 handling fee, together with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: NJJS, c/o Kate Casano, 158 Cotton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127

01 (49)Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7:30 PM

Presented by ACT NOW! Youth Fellowship

Come spend an evening listening to the acoustic music of ALATHEA. Mandee and Cristi are coming to New Jersey after finishing their latest CD of Appalachian hymns. ALATHEA are winners of numerous acoustic music and songwriting awards—including the 2011 We Are Listening Int’l Singer/Songwriter competition, John Lennon singer/songwriter award (2008) and Best Group/Duo at the Int’l Acoustic Music Awards (2010). ALATHEA takes stories from their own lives and weaves them into music that’s instantly relatable. ALATHEA stretches from singer/songwriter fare to bluegrass-inflected pop tunes, creating a sound reminiscent of artists like Indigo Girls and Mindy Smith. Alathea travels around the country and across the world averaging over 150 events each year that include NPR’s Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, Pennsylvania’s acclaimed Musikfest, Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Reunion as well as performances in Europe and Asia. (See ALATHEA.COM).
All proceeds will benefit teams from NJ who serve the Appalachia Service Project. (See
Tickets: $25.00 in advance, $29.00 day of show. Send a check made out to ACT NOW! Youth Fellowship
with “Alathea” in the memo along with a self-addressed and stamped envelope to:
ACT Now! Youth Fellowship
PO Box 189
Ironia, NJ 07845
For more information, group rates etc. call 973 543-2686 and leave a message.

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3:00 PM

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Presented by the Central Jersey Symphony

The CJSO returns to the Drew Concert Hall! We will open our season with a program featuring guitarist Carlos Cuestas performing music by Rodrigo, and Mendelssohn’s glorious “Reformation” Symphony no. 5.

$25 (Adult) $20 (Seniors) $15 (Students)
Click here for tickets!

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Discover the GrooveBarbers
Presented by Discovery Orchestra
An a cappella supergroup? Sounds paradoxical, absurd, perhaps even dangerous; indeed, The GrooveBarbers is all these things. Each member of this all-vocal powerhouse quartet is a bona fide star in his own right: Sean Altman, Charlie Evett and Steve Keyes are former members of the pioneering contemporary a cappella group Rockapella, and Kevin Weist is a renowned bald vocal guru. Collectively they have established themselves as the “go to” vocal group for rock, doo-wop, jazz and even (no way!) barbershop!

Tickets are $40; Seniors/Students (ages 10-18)/Groups of 10+: $30 Call 908.226.7300

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3:00 PM1 Cody Headshot

Return of the Holiday Tenors
Presented by NJ Festival Orchestra
David Wroe conductor
The Three Holiday Tenors
Holiday Choruses
New Jersey Festival Orchestra

They’re back! Last year’s darling, award-winning tenor Cody Austin (Picture above), returns with friends to celebrate and captivate with a dazzling selection of renowned tenor fare to welcome in the holiday season. A family festival of symphonic pops and wintertime favorites guaranteed to make the season merry.

Tickets $28 | $48 | $60 | $76 | FT Students $20
Buy tickets online at or call (908) 232-9400