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RVCC Theatre Announces 2017-2018 Season


From musical theatre productions of Legally Blonde and A Chorus Line, to Flamenco dancing and The Capitol Steps’ timely political humor, to holidays favorites like A Christmas Carol and circus-style performances for young children—The Theatre at RVCC’s 2017-2018 season has something to entice audiences of all ages and interests.


The Theatre’s 2017-2018 Mainstage series, with reserved seating for most offerings, will include the following performances:


Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch, Friday, September 22, 7 p.m. (Songwriters-in-the Round, $20); Saturday, September 23: noon (musical workshops, $10); 2-5 p.m. (free concert on the RVCC quad); 7 p.m. (Tall Tales & Troubadours with the Mike Aiken Band, $20)


Legally Blonde The Musical (Big League Productions), Friday, October 6, at 8 p.m.; $25 & $35


Sense and Sensibility (Aquila Theatre), Saturday, October 7, at 8 p.m.; $25 & $35


Tuesdays With Morrie featuring Jamie Farr, Tuesday, October 17, at 7 p.m.; $25 & $35


Babylon (Sandglass Theater), Friday, October 20, at 7 p.m., $20; Saturday, October 21, at 3 p.m., $15 (special matinee pricing)


The Capitol Steps, Saturday, October 28, at 8 p.m.; $35 & $45


Crankie Storytelling (Katherine Fahey), Saturday, November 11, at 7 p.m., $20; Sunday, November 12, at 3 p.m., $15 (special matinee pricing)


Nobunto, Sunday, November 19, at 2 p.m.; $25 & $35


The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) (Reduced Shakespeare Company), Saturday, December 2, at 8 p.m.; $25 & $35


Christmas With The Annie Moses Band, Sunday, December 3, at 2 p.m.; $25 & $35

Live from WVL Radio Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life, Tuesday, December 5, at 2 p.m., $15 (special matinee pricing) & 7 p.m., $20


The Great Russian Nutcracker (Moscow Ballet), Friday, December 8, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $40 & $50


A Christmas Carol (Nebraska Theatre Caravan), Sunday, December 10, at 2 p.m.; $40 & $50


A Chorus Line (Big League Productions), Saturday, January 20, at 8 p.m.; $25 & $35


Chousensha – The Challengers (Yamato – The Drummers of Japan), Friday, January 26, at 7 p.m.; $25 & $35


Paul Taylor Dance Company, Saturday, February 3, at 8 p.m.; $25 & $35


The Mountaintop (LA TheatreWorks), Friday, February 9, at 8 p.m.; $25 & $35


It’s Dark Outside (The Last Great Hunt), Saturday, February 10, at 3 p.m., $15 (special matinee pricing) & 7 p.m., $20


Peking Acrobats, Friday, February 16, at 7 p.m.; $25 & $35


Voces del Sur (Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana), Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m.; $25 & $35


Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty (Elaine Bromka), Friday, March 9, at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; $15


Rhythm of the Dance (The National Dance Company of Ireland), Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m.; $25 & $35


Machine de Cirque, Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m.; $20 & $30


The Theatre’s CLUB 28 series will feature a variety of musical events, all on Thursdays with performances at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 each. Each 1 p.m. performance is set in on-stage theatre-style seating and is approximately one hour in length. The evening shows, set in relaxed on-stage cabaret setting, include refreshments and are approximately two hours long. The following performances will be included, all with general admission seating:


North Sea Gas, September 14


Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, October 19


Music of the Season (Tim Farrell), November 30


Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, March 1


Martin Taylor, April 12


The 2017-2018 Tuesdays With Stories series is a unique way to experience great stories. Performances begin at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and include a discussion, as well as light refreshments. The series is recommended for individuals age 14 and older. Tickets cost $15 each. The following performances will be included, all with general admission seating:


The Other Mozart (Samantha Hoefer), October 24


The Elephant in Every Room I Enter (Gardiner Comfort), November 28


Call Mr. Robeson (Tayo Aluko), February 27


Everything Is Fine Until It’s Not (Doreen Oliver), March 13


UnFRAMED (Iyaba Ibo Mandingo), April 10


The Theatre also will be offering a Youth and Family series for youngsters and their families, all with general admission seating. The following shows will be offered:


Symphonie Dramatique (Cas Public), Saturday, October 14, at 7 p.m. (Recommended for ages 10 and older; all tickets $10)


The Gruffalo (Tall Stories), Sunday, February 25, at 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. (Recommended for ages 3 and older; all tickets $10)


Hup (Starcatchers), Thursday, March 15, at 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Friday, March 16, at 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. (Recommended for infants to 24 months; all tickets $10)


Olive & Pearl (Treehouse Shakers), Monday, April 9, at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. (Recommended for ages 2 and older; all tickets $10)


The Young King (Slingsby), Sunday, April 15, at 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. (Recommended for ages 8 and older; all tickets $10)


Air Play (Acrobuffos), Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. (Recommended for ages 7 and older; all tickets $10)


The Polar Bears Go Up (Fish And Game/ Unicorn Theatre), Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. (Recommended for ages 2 and older; all tickets $10)


Pss Pss (Compagnia BaccalĂ ), Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m. (Recommended for ages 8 and older; all tickets $10)


Farfalle (Compagnia TPO), Monday, May 14, at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Tuesday, May 15, at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. (Recommended for ages 4 and older; all tickets $10)


To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Subscribers’ packages are available for all Theatre series. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.


Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For additional information, visit www.raritanval.edu.



Princeton Pro Musica Announces First Concert of 2017-2018 Season: Brahms "Requiem"

Princeton Pro Musica begins the 2017-2018 season with Johannes Brahms's Ein Deutches Requiem (A German Requiem) on November 5, 2017, at Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium. The concert begins at 4 pm.

Artistic Director Ryan Brandau will lead the chorus and orchestra, with guest soloists Rochelle Ellis, soprano, and Paul Max Tipton, baritone. Dr. Brandau, now in his 6th season with Princeton Pro Musica, says this about the upcoming concert: "Johannes Brahms's Requiem offers us a profound response to loss. The collage of texts is Brahms's own, drawn not from the Latin Requiem but from Brahms's deep knowledge of poetic scripture. Brahms "A German Requiem," which he almost titled "A Human Requiem," begins "blessed are they carry sorrow, for they shall be comforted." This perspective on those who remain and the essential theme of comfort, pervade the work. Brahms's music beautifully illuminates the imagery of the text, conveying sadness, joy, frustration, and transcendence. It speaks to all who have faced loss, who grieve, who yearn for comfort."

Dr. Ellis is a distinguished soloist with a broad vocal repertoire. She has performed with ensembles including New York City Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and Chamber Opera of Chicago, plus international appearances with the National Opera of China in Beijing, the Prague (Czech Republic) Autumn Music Festival, and in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. She premiered jazz composer Dave Brubeck's Hold Fast to Dreams, based on poetry by Langston Hughes.

Mr. Tipton is a Boston-based soloist who graduated from the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music. He is building a strong career in opera, oratorio, and early music, performing nationally at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Oregon Bach Festival and with ensembles including the American Boy Choir and Back Bay Chorale in Boston. He was recently featured on a recording of the Brahms's Requiem with Seraphic Fire and Patrick Dupré Quigley in Miami; the album was Grammy-nominated in 2012 for Best Choral Performance.

A pre-concert lecture will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Auditorium, led by Westminster Choir College Professor and radio host Marjorie Herman. Dr. Herman recently retired from her weekly syndicated program Sounds Choral on WWFM, the Classical Network, and is currently teaching a course on Choral Literature to graduate students at Westminster Choir College.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased online at www.princetonpromusica.org, or by calling the office at (609) 683-5122.

Princeton Pro Musica exists to perform choral masterworks and other works of the choral literature with energy, passion, and uncompromising artistic excellence. We believe in the power of choral music to uplift and transform our current and future audiences, performers, and communities. Programs are made possible in part by funds from The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and The New Jersey Cultural Trust.