junot_diaz_800x450_5 (1)Monday, January 29, 2018, 6:00 PM

Writers @ DREW: Pulitzer Prize Winner Junot Díaz, Author Reading
Junot Díaz is the author of the novel The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and the short story collections Drown and This is How You Lose Her. He’s received myriad awards for his work, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Critics Circle Award, a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Award for Literature. Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and came of age in New Jersey, and writes extensively about both settings. He teaches at the MIT and lives in Boston.

Free and Open to the Public

Axelrod_David_PROMOPIC_WebWednesday, January 31, 2018, 8:00 pm

Drew Forum Presents David Axelrod – SOLD OUT
David Axelrod is one of a handful of contemporary political strategists who is also a household name. He earned public prominence as a senior strategist to Barack Obama’s historic campaign for the presidency in 2008 and reelection in 2012. Axelrod then served as senior adviser to President Obama and the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition. After leaving the White House, he published his New York Times best-selling memoir titled Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, which spans forty years and offers a look behind the closed doors of politics while offering a call to democratic action. He is now director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, a senior political commentator for CNN and is also host of The Axe Files, a podcast series featuring interviews with key figures in the political world.

Well-known for his candor, Axelrod will reflect on his days as a political warrior and offer observations on current affairs.

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 3:00 PM

Stardust Big Band: A Fundraiser for America’s Grow a Row
Presented by The Stardust Big Band

Thursday, February 22, 7:00 PMWalt. May. 2007 web image

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program: Stephen Walt

Stephen Walt is Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of
Government and a former Academic Dean. He also taught at Princeton and the University ofChicago and has been a resident associate of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. He is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy, co-chair of the editorial board of International Security, and co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs book series. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he received the International Studies Association’s Distinguished Senior Scholar award in 2014. His books include The Origins of Alliances; Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy; and The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. He is currently writing a book about why U.S. foreign policy keeps failing.

Open to the Public & Free

Sunday, Februtoth-and-jungary 25, 2018, 3:00pm

Dueling Pianists Strike Again
Presented by The Discovery Orchestra

Suejin Jung and Péter Tóth, pianists
Sensational young artists Suejin Jung and Péter Tóth will leave you breathless with their performances of virtuosic gems by Franz Liszt, with commentary from Maestro Maull.
Discovery Concerts are educational, interactive and entertaining, and are hosted by Artistic Director George Marriner Maull. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.
Tickets are $40; Seniors/Students (ages 10-18)/Groups of 10+: $30
Phone: 908.226.7300

David-Stern-Headshot2_WebFebruary 28, 2018, 8:00 pm

Drew Forum Presents In The Game: David Stern With Ira Berkow

NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning sports journalist Ira Berkow.

During his 30 years as NBA commissioner, Stern built the model for professional sports in league operations, public service, global marketing, television distribution and digital technology. He oversaw the NBA’s extraordinary growth with seven new franchises, a more than 30-fold increase in revenues, a dramatic expansion of national television exposure and the launch of two leagues, the Women’s National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League. He negotiated the first anti-drug agreement in professional sports and introduced the salary cap system and revenue sharing to the NBA. He also headed up the launch of the league’s online assets and mobile applications, which reach hundreds of millions of fans every day. An intense commitment to social responsibility both in the United States and around the world marked Stern’s tenure as commissioner.

Currently, as CEO of DJS Global Advisors, Stern is a senior advisor to the NBA, investment bank PJT Partners, venture capital firm Greycroft Partners and PWC’s Entertainment and Media Advisory Practice, as well as an advisor to several sports technology start-ups.

Tickets $32

Call 973.408.3917 or click here to purchase.

Sunday, March 4, 2017, 3:00 PMMadama-Butterfly-logo-1

Madama Butterfly
Presented by NJ Festival Orchestra

David Wroe conductor
Maria Todaro artistic director
International Guest Soloists
New Jersey Festival Orchestra

The Joseph DeAlessandro Memorial Opera Concert

Puccini’s irresistible lyric genius has long made Madama Butterfly one of opera’s most enduring tales of unrequited passion. A cast of internationally acclaimed guest performers assembled from Maestro Wroe’s extensive contacts in European and American opera houses joins NJFO to present, acted and in costume, this most heart-rending of stories, breathtakingly beautiful from first love to love child to tragic end.

Tickets $28 | $48 | $60 | $76 | FT Students $20 students under 18 $15
Buy tickets online at www.njfestivalorchestra.org or call (908) 232-9400

Sunday, March 25, 2018 2:00 PM

MEANJ 48th Annual Piano Competitionannual-competition-2017 
Presented by the Music Educators Association of NJ

This MEA annual piano competition is designed for the more serious, self-motivated student who is interested in acquiring top-notch performing experience. It is a competition that rewards musicianship and artistry, and celebrates piano-playing at its finest. Each year it carries a new theme with required repertoire tied to age. It is open to students age 7 through 18, although younger students may play at the age 7 level.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 3:00 PM

MEANJ 90th Anniversary “Gala Concert & Cocktails” Celebration
Presented by the Music Educators Association of NJ

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 3:00 PM

Discover the Joy of Corelli
Presented by The Discovery Orchestra

Corelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 4
Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 4…one the most joyous musical statements in the Baroque string repertoire. Come bask in the sunshine!

Discovery Concerts are educational, interactive and entertaining, and are hosted by Artistic Director George Marriner Maull. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.
Tickets: $40 Seniors/Students/Groups of 10+: $30
Phone: 908.226.7300

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3:00 PM170px-Gustav-Mahler-Kohut

Mahler in Marseilles
Presented by the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra

DEBUSSY Petite Suite
CHARLES GRIFFES Poeme

New Jersey Flute Society competition winner – Soloist

MAHLER Symphony No. 4

Sandra Lopez – Soprano

Email orchestra@cjso.org for tickets
$25 (Adult), $20 (Seniors), $15 (students)

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm

​War and Peace
Presented by The Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra
Sooth your spirit with a program juxtaposing the lovely and ethereal Faure Requiem with Ralph Vaughan William’s powerful Dona Nobis Pacem, a plea for the peace so desperately needed in these troubled times.

Young Patrons under 17 – $25
General Individual Seating – $38
Golden Circle Seating – $55; includes prime seats in the center of the venue and a pre-concert champagne reception that begins at 7:00 pm

Call 973-692-6051 for tickets
Image: The Heart of Empire, by Niels Moeller Lund, 1904.

Sunday May 20, 2018, 3:00 PMThe_heart_of_empire

In London Town
Presented by NJ Festival Orchestra

ELGAR Cockaigne Overture “In London Town”
R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs (excerpts)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS A London Symphony

David Wroe Conductor
New Jersey Festival Orchestra

The sounds of Big Ben, the colossus of St Paul’s Cathedral, the hustle-bustle of Piccadilly Circus, the vast horizons of this mega City – all captured in tone paintings by two iconic 20th century British composers – bring the 35th anniversary season celebration to a glorious close.
TICKETS $76 | $60 | $48 | $28
Under 18 $15 with purchase of adult tickets