On Wednesday May 14, 2014 NJPAC president and CEO John Schreiber and Executive Producer David Rodriguez unveiled NJPAC 2014-15 Season. Cocktails and a light meal was served followed by entertainment in the Chase Room with performance by Liz Callaway and an impromptu jazz duet by David Rodriguez on bass and Christian McBride on piano. The evening was enjoyed by board members, group sales,sponsors and friends of NJPAC and special guest Cissy Houston.
by: Magda Katz
The exciting new season will offer a banquet of programs for every age and taste. The Season is packed with new NJPAC-created, season-long series, collaborations with renowned artists and companies, and expansion of diverse programming, further integration of NJPAC’s arts education programs within MainStage performances, and continuation of the Arts Center’s 17-year tradition of presenting world-class artists. With over 100 performances and special events announced for the acoustically superb 2,800 seat Prudential Hall, intimate 514 seat Victoria Theater, 250 seat Chase Room, and outdoors in Theater Square, by artists ranging from Patti LaBelle to the Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars: from Chris Botti to Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience, from Golda’s Balcony with Tovah Feldshuh to the Brick City Jass Orchestra: from Bela Fleck to Lula Washington Dance Theater: from Beres Hammond to Audra McDonald: and from The Second City to Dinosaur Train Live!.
Some of the highlights of this coming season are The Great American Song Book with two unique new series and live concerts for later broadcast: Jonathan’s Choice, hosted by legendary radio broadcaster Jonathan Schwartz.
In addition, co-presentations with iconic cabaret 54 below featuring stars from cabaret and Broadway, and the music of Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Jerry Herman are planned. For the second season public television will tape before a live audience the public television series “American Songbook at NJPAC” and will air on WNET, NJTV, WLIW.
Democracy of Jazz Festival featuring first-first time collaborations between Christian McBride and Bela Fleck in one concert and Fantasia, and Philip Bailey with the Christian McBride Big Band in another.
Among the other programs planned , Conversations and the Spoken Word: The Speakers Series featuring lectures by Madeleine K. Albright, Steve Wozniak, David Gergen, Dan Rather, Alan Alda, Olympia Snowe and David McCullogh.
NJPAC is 25 minutes from Broadway with excellent transportation from Manhattan and ample parking for those that prefer to drive.
For full line up of the season visit: www.NJPAC.com
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*Video: Magda Katz