Twin-Boro News from Bergenfield, New Jersey on January 25, 2006 · A44
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44 . Entertainment All Seasons Chamber Players will return to the Art Center of Northern New Jersey on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. with a program entitled “Chamber Music With Harpsichord through the Ages.” The program will feature the ensemble’s beautiful two-manual Flemish harpsichord in combina- tion with flute and strings. Robert Lawrence, violinist and co-director of the ensemble will provide intro- ductions to the music. The concert will include a wide range of works, ranging from solo selections in the Fitzwilliams Vir- ginal Book dating back to the 1500s and performed by guest artist Ron Levy to a more contem- porary use of the harpsichord in Bohuslav Martinu’s fanciful and delightful “Promenades for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord,” written in 1939. Works by traditional baroque composers such as Corel- li, Telemann, J.S. Bach, Breval and Rameau will constitute the main part of the program. All Seasons performers are pro- fessional musicians who also play with major area orchestras, Broad- way shows and summer music fes- tivals. They include flutist Brenda Sakofsky of New City, N.Y.; violin- ist Robert Lawrence of New York City; cellist E. Zoe Hassman of New York City; harpsichordist Jean Strickholm of Demarest, and guest artist Ron Levy of Teaneck. Located at 250 Center St. in New Milford, the Art Center can be easily reached from River Road. There is a suggested donation of $10 or $8 for students and seniors. Advance reservations (not required) may be made by calling the Art Center at (201) 599-2992. The audience is invited to stay after the concert to meet the artists and enjoy a coffee and homemade cake reception. This concert is one of the ensemble’s Community Concerts for 2005-2006 supported by Bank of America; additional funding is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Divi- sion of Cultural and Historic Affairs; the Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Verizon Foundation; Datascope; Target, Lillian P. Schenck Fund, Columbia Bank and Friends of All Seasons. All Seasons Chamber Players return to Art Center BY STEVE KELMAN Staff Writer The Mardi Gras party started early this year as New Orleans’ ambassadors of groove, The Neville Brothers, brought their unique blend of Crescent City- based soul, funk, jazz and pop to the stage of the Bergen Performing Arts Center. The group’s trance-inducing rhythms on “Meet De Boys on the Battlefield” brought forth Mardi Gras memories as the tune trans- ported me, in a manner of speak- ing, back to the Big Easy. The tune brings to mind one of the most out- rageously wonderful parades I have ever seen in my life, the Zulu Parade. This parade takes place very early on the morning of Fat Tues- day, the last day of Mardi Gras, when the Mardi Gras Indians, referred to in the song, adorned in very colorful tribal attire, parade through the streets of New Orleans in what can only be called joyous chaos. Aaron Neville’s voice is by itself worth the price of admission. It has been said that he has the “voice of an angel and the tattoos of a lifer.” His vocals shined through on Sam Cook’s “A Change is Going to Come,” for which he received a standing ovation, and the 1970s Skylark hit, “Wildflower.” Neville’s rendition of his 1966 monster hit, “Tell it Like it Is,” also came pretty close to bringing the house down. Charles Neville’s hypnotic saxo- phone playing served up another show highlight with his rendition of the Nat King Cole classic, “Nature Boy.” The group then got together and raised the temperature once again with “Can’t stop the Funk,” then ended the night with an appeal to “Carry the Torch” of love. For the encore, Aaron Neville sang a spine-tingling version of “Amazing Grace” that brought tears to the eyes, followed by the Bob Marley classic, “One Love.” The Nevilles have been ending their shows with this tune for many years — at least since the first time I caught them at Tipitinas’s, a leg- endary nightclub in New Orleans, back in 1990 — and what a night that was too. Neville Brothers bring Crescent-City funk to BergenPAC PHOTO COURTESY OF ST. JOSEPH’S REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL Among the members of the cast of Miss Saigon, left to right, are Dan Kuhn (who plays Chris), Kathryn Feeney (Kim), Dan Roe (The Engineer), Brian Walters (John), Eliza Boggia (Ellen) and Alex Rivera (Tam). Editor’s Note: This story was submitted by John Asselta, director of the show. The Saint Joseph Regional High School musical theatre program will present the first-ever high school production of the legendary Broadway hit, “Miss Saigon,” this week and next week. The long-running Broadway show has never been performed on the high school stage, but director John Asselta and musical director Neil Berg have embraced the chal- lenge of bringing this contempo- rary musical to the more intimate confines of the high school stage. “I was looking for something that hadn’t been done,” John Asselta admits. “I just wasn’t inter- ested in doing the kinds of shows that are revived over and over again for high schools. I wanted to do something that wasn’t being done elsewhere.” That same desire for originality lay behind 1996’s American pre- miere of “Fame” on the St. Joe’s stage. “The show was being done in London,” Asselta says, “but had never been done in the U.S. We were the first, and, in fact, it was several years before “Fame” was performed nationwide.” So exactly how does one end up directing an American high school premiere? “It started with Neil Berg,” Asselta says. “Neil had collaborat- ed with a very talented man named Dave Weinstein on the score for a movie called ‘Looking for Bobby D.’ “Dave works for Music Theatre International, the agency that licenses many Broadway shows, and actually filled in for Neil at our school’s annual summer theatre camp. He was impressed by the level of talent here at St. Joe’s, and was willing to bring SJR to the attention of his colleagues at MTI.” But even then, nothing was guaranteed. “There was an interview process, as they wanted to be cer- tain SJR was the school to pilot this project,” says Asselta, “but the rep- St. Joseph Regional to stage ‘Miss Saigon’ SEE SAIGON, PAGE 45

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