Vanguard pivots and reinvents to survive COVID-19

Vanguard pivots and reinvents to survive COVID-19

MONTCLAIR, NJ — On March 1, and in what feels like a different world, Vanguard Theater Company entered into a three-year lease for a theater space at 180 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, and was poised to launch its signature Broadway Buddy program, classes and announce its upcoming season, all dedicated to DREAM — diversity, reciprocity, […]

SOPAC launches fundraising campaign

SOPAC launches fundraising campaign

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As the impact of the coronavirus is felt throughout the region, nonprofit arts centers are turning to the community to help sustain them through the months ahead. The South Orange Performing Arts Center has launched an emergency fundraising campaign championed by its board of governors, who raised $30,000 from their ranks […]

NJYS announces virtual auditions via Zoom for its 2020-21 season

NJYS announces virtual auditions via Zoom for its 2020-21 season

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The New Jersey Youth Symphony recently announced that it will hold virtual auditions for the 2020-21 season from May 18 through June 5 using the videoconferencing platform Zoom. Audition registration for NJYS’ 15 ensembles, including strings, winds, percussion, jazz, chamber music and three full orchestras, is available online  through May 10. […]

Glen Ridge Music Bridge connects residents

Glen Ridge Music Bridge connects residents

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — During this difficult time, many are finding it unsettling to stay in their homes for longer than originally anticipated. Face-to-face technology and social media have been instrumental in helping people stay connected with loved ones. Glen Ridge is now using technology in another way, to further foster communication and to ease […]

Learn about music via Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’

Learn about music via Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Long before social distancing guidelines were put into effect, when people could still leave their homes to go to a concert, George Marriner Maull directed Summit’s Discovery Orchestra in “Discover ‘The Firebird,’” one of the orchestra’s interactive performances. The concert, which took place in September, was filmed; it will air on NJTV […]

WOSD receives ‘Best Communities for Music Education’ recognition

WOSD receives ‘Best Communities for Music Education’ recognition

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District has been named a “Best Community for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded curriculum. Designations are made to districts […]

Wrembel to present mini concerts, lectures online

Wrembel to present mini concerts, lectures online

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — From Monday, April 20, through Friday, May 1, heralded guitarist Stephane Wrembel will present a series of 20 interactive mini concerts on weekdays at noon in French and 3 p.m. in English, performing from the early repertoire of legendary master of the guitar, Django Reinhardt, who has long been considered one of […]

Arts center launches ‘NJPAC in Your Living Room’

Arts center launches ‘NJPAC in Your Living Room’

NEWARK, NJ — With its campus closed to audiences and artists during the coronavirus pandemic, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center has found a new way to bring the magic of the performing arts to its community. An online portal, “NJPAC in Your Living Room,” offers live, original content, as well as a curated collection […]