Drew Forum 2018–2019 Season

This season’s roster of acclaimed headliners is sure to spark thought-provoking and spirited discussion among attendees. Presenters include a Pulitzer Prize–winning author and two high-profile newscasters and commentators.

Tickets can be purchased from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 973-408-3917, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets for all events are general admission.

These Drew Forum speakers are generously supported by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Ticket prices are listed with each event and range from $32 to $75.* They may be purchased from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey online or by calling 973-408-3917.

*Plus $6 handling fee per order.

Co-sponsored by The Casement Fund and the English department, the Writers@Drew reading series hosts a variety of published authors, who recite excerpts from their works for the Drew community throughout the academic year. The list of previous guest authors includes Drew alumni/ae, faculty, poets and fiction/nonfiction writers, such as Priscilla Becker, William Giraldi, Kathleen Graber, Phil Kay, Collum McCann, Sean Nevin, Patrick Phillips, Kevin Prufer, Jacqueline Woodson and Courtney Zoffness. At the end of the spring semester, the Drew Student Writing Prize winners read their award winning poetry and prose for the Drew community.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare is a national travelling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The exhibition is produced in association with the American Library Association and Cincinnati Museum Center and is funded in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor and the generous support of Google.org, Lord Browne of Madingley, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, Stuart and Mimi Rose, Albert and Shirley Small and other generous donors.

First Folio, which was assembled in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, includes 36 of his plays—18 of which had never before been published. Without it, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Tempest and more could have been lost. The book will travel to all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The exhibition, which also includes panels and digital content, exclusively features First Folios from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., whose collection of 82 First Folios is the largest in the world.

Folger Shakespeare Library selected Drew as the sole exhibitor in New Jersey because of its renowned theatre program, wealth of Shakespeare courses and nexus with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, which is based on Drew’s 186-acre campus. The book will arrive in late September and be displayed from Oct. 6 through Oct. 30 on the first floor of Mead Hall, with a bevvy of daily programming around it.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare appears courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Books in the Time of Shakespeare is supported in part by the Delmas Foundation.

Exhibit Hours: Tuesday to Friday 4-8 p.m. and weekends 12-8 p.m.

Group Tours: For information on tours for groups up to 60, such as from schools, contact hryan@drew.edu or 973-408-3702.

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October 2018
$20

Tipple-Vosburgh Concert

October 2 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This season’s concert will feature Mark Miller and Friends in Concert and musical guests Cynthia Wilson and Brian McLaren. This event is a Social Justice Forum presented by the Henry Luce Foundation.

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$35

Light and Shadow: Artemisia Gentileschi

October 13 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Singer/actress Sarah Chalfy interprets the role of Artemisia. Artemisia Gentileschi’s life was more dramatic than an Italian opera. Trained in art by her father and raped by another artist as a teenager, she became the lover of a Florentine nobleman and a painter at the English royal courts. Gentileschi’s dramatic depiction of Judith Beheading Holofernes has become one of the icons of Baroque art.

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Made in America!

October 14 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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$30 | $58 | $76 | $20 students $15 under 18 years old
The earthy African-American rhythms of Porgy and Bess, America’s premier folk opera, coupled with the driving pulses of the Symphonic Dances by Serge Rachmaninov, one of America’s most famed immigrants, offers a heady cocktail of American music in motion. Add an international touch with China’s Jiapeng Nie for a star-spangled NJFO season opening concert!

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Free

Evan Stenzel Faculty Recital

October 20 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Presented by the Drew Music Department. American tenor Evan Stenzel has most recently appeared on stage as Fenton in Falstaff, Jenìk in The Bartered Bride and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. He is an adjunct associate professor of voice at Drew.

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Free

Music at Noon

October 26 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Presented by the Drew Music Department. Take a midday musical break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction courses. Always free to the public.

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$60

The Kreutzer Connection

October 27 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Intrigue is the thread that joins tonight’s dramatic works into a thrilling, theatrical profile.

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$15

Peter Favilla Recital

October 28 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Classically trained pianist Peter Favilla likes playing to crowds. “You either choose to be nervous, or not to be,” he says. “Music is more important. I choose music.”

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November 2018
Free

Music at Noon

November 16 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Take a midday musical break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction courses. Presented by the Drew Music Department. Always free to the public.

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$40

Discover Piano Virtuosity

November 18 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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$40 | $30 Seniors/Students/Groups of 10+

An interactive exploration hosted by Maestro George Marriner Maull, featuring an encore performance by the brilliant pianist Fei-Fei Dong. Presented by the Discovery Orchestra.

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Free

Music at Noon

November 30 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Take a midday musical break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction courses. Presented by the Drew Music Department. Always free to the public.

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Free

Drew University Chamber Orchestra

November 30 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Orchestra members are musicians from the community and Drew students from all majors and departments who share a common love of music. Conducted by Michael Avagliano. Presented by the Drew Music Department.

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December 2018
$5

Drew University Chorale/Choral Union Concert

December 1 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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$5 assigned seating; Drew students free

We are thrilled again to offer musical selections presented by the Drew Choral Union—a mixed voice ensemble open to students and the community. Conducted by Matthew Webb.

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Free

Flute Ensemble

December 2 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The Flute Ensemble combines the talents of both students and community members. This concert will feature works from a variety of composers. Conducted by Elise Carter.

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Free

Drew University Jazz Ensemble

December 2 @ 7:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The jazz ensemble includes dedicated and experienced student musicians who focus on repertoire from the swing, bebop and hard bop eras. Directed by Jim Saltzman.

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Free

Composers Concert

December 3 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Trevor Weston, Director

The concert features new works for music boxes and solo piano composed by Drew University students.

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Handel’s Messiah

December 15 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Handel began composing Messiah on August 22, 1741, and he completed it 24 days later. According to scholar Clifford Bartlett, “however hasty the composition, the power of the musical imagination, the wealth of ideas, the depth of inspiration and the sheer variety of invention continue to astonish.”

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New Jersey Youth Symphony Jazz Band

December 16 @ 7:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A new ensemble of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the Jazz Band performs repertoire from the rich history of big band music all the way to the leading composers of today.

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February 2019
$60

International Collection

February 23, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Debussy’s impressionist cello sonata and Brahms’s magisterial string sextet combine with Armenian Aram Khachaturian’s colorful clarinet trio and Welshman Huw Watkins’s piano quintet for a truly international flavor.

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Tosca

February 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Tickets $30 | $58 | $76 Students $20 Under 18 years old $15

A cast of internationally acclaimed guest performers assembled from Maestro David Wroe’s extensive contacts in European and American opera houses join NJFO to present this gripping tale of love, lust, corruption and the ultimate struggle for survival.

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March 2019
$35

Rachel Lee Priday, violin and Marija Stroke, piano

March 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Violinist, Rachel Lee Priday, widely acclaimed for her “rich, mellifluous sound” will be bringing to life the sounds of Mozart, Debussy, Pärt, and Schubert to life. Her tone and imaginative curiosity, explores the narratives of each piece, connecting the past to present. Priday will be performing with Steinway artist Marija Stroke, know for her ability to highlight the “stature and substance” of the music she performs.

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April 2019
$60

From Mendelssohn

April 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Bookended by Mendelssohn’s own works, admirers Schumann, Brahms and Tchaikovsky respond with their own Mendelssohnian pieces.

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