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2017-2018 S E A S O N


A MESSAGE from the President

Welcome to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College. We are delighted to offer another engaging season of first-class artistic and cultural experiences at The Grunin Center. The Center not only helps to promote the arts in Ocean County, it also makes Ocean County College a magnet for fine and performing arts patrons far and wide.

We are truly grateful for the generous donation from The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, which will benefit the Ocean County community for many years to come. We also appreciate wonderful patrons like you who inspire us to offer the best in fine and performing arts. I invite you to become a subscriber, and I encourage you to take advantage of our dinner show packages; some of the best restaurants in Ocean County will be providing pre-show dinners for an eventful “night out.” Enjoy the show! – J on H. Larson, Ph.D. President, Ocean County College

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A MESSAGE from the Grunins

Linda and I have been residents of Ocean County since 1969. We built our reputation as lawyers who worked hard, related to our clients’ needs and always sought to act with the highest integrity. Since 2013, we have devoted more and more of our attention to our philanthropic endeavors through the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation.

Part of our Foundation’s mission is to engage the Ocean and Monmouth County region with all forms of the Arts, covering a wide range of visual and performing endeavors. The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts is aligned with that mission. From global artists to local arts students, including the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival, the Center has elevated our community and brought people together from across the nation to celebrate performing and visual arts. Linda and I are happy to be partnering with OCC in connection with the Grunin Center and we are excited to build upon this momentum to bring even more arts and culture to the Jersey Shore. – Jay and Linda Grunin Staff__________________________________________________________ Mark Fitzgerald Wilson...................... Jessica Zawerczuk.............................. Jaclyn Wood........................................ Judi Madigan....................................... Stephan Caldwell...............................

Director of Cultural Affairs Marketing and Sales Manager Community Engagement Coordinator Technical Director and Lighting Designer Production Stage Manager

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2017-2018 SEASON August 2017

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20 Brundibar 23 Geoff Gallante

September 2017

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The British Invasion Years Champian Fulton Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway

October 2017

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1 Storm Large 4-6 Résonances boréales - Northern Vibes 11 At the “Jass” Band Ball with Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jass Band 13 Ailey II 14 Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan 19-29 OCC Repertory Theatre Company Presents: PROOF 21 Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets 23 Blavault Lecture Series: Jon Meacham 25 Tony Danza: Standards and Stories 27 The Everly Brothers Experience 29 Vietnam… through my lens

November 2017

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2 The Church Sisters 4 Candid Camera’s 8 Decades of Smiles! with Peter Funt 7 Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama & The Preservation Legacy Quintet 9 Arlo Guthrie 10-19 Telling: Jersey Shore 25 Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone 30 OCC Repertory Theatre Company Presents: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 2017

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1-10 OCC Repertory Theatre Company Presents: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 2 A Christmas Carol 2 OCC Concert Band: The Magic of the Season 8 Ana Gasteyer: Holiday Tipple 9 The Nutcracker 13 Peter and Will Anderson present: Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” 14 Vienna Boys Choir 15 Westminster Concert Bell Choir 16 Frozen Sing Along 21 A Garfield Christmas

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January 2018

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New York Voices Janet’s Planet (Schools ‘n Stage) John Gorka with Amilia K. Spicer The Midiri Brothers Salute Benny Goodman Black String Las Cafeteras

February 2018

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2 Songbook: Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble 3 Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny 3 Sierra Hull 7 Pirate School (Schools ‘n Stage) 10 Bollywood Boulevard 14 The Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe 17 Michael Lynche

March 2018

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The World Goes Round 19 Kuniko Yamamoto (Schools ‘n Stage) 21 Celtic Nights – Oceans of Hope 23 The Young Dubliners 24 Artrageous 28 Dennis Lichtman’s Queensboro Five

April 2018

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7 Cinderella 7 TUSK 11 Glenn Crytzer’s Salute to Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang 12 Blavault Lecture Series: Erin Brockovich 13 The HillBenders present The Who’s TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry 19-29 OCC Repertory Theatre Company presents: Shakespeare Show 21 Tom Chapin with the Chapin Sisters

May 2018

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June 2018

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OCC Concert Band: A Salute to Broadway, Part II Peter Yarrow Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi Hotel California The Jazz Lobsters Big Band

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The British Invasion Years

Saturday, September 16, 2017 TRIBUTE More than just The Beatles, The British Invasion Years is three shows in one! First, you’ll hear classic songs by iconic Sixties British groups. The Beatles took the first step by swinging the door open and turning the music world on its ear. As a result, American fans began to thirst for more British music. England answered the call by sending their very best – all of whom were eager to fill the Fab Four’s shoes. Then, the American musical “response” followed, with memorable hits by celebrated artists. Groups like The Beach Boys made you long to surf the waves, The Monkees made believers out of us and their TV show antics made us all laugh, and The Doors hypnotized fans with their unmistakable organ sound. This incredible musical trip back in time comes to a show stopping climax with music from the four lads who started it all: The Beatles! Experience this amazing nostalgic journey through the Sixties and celebrate the groovy generation with The British Invasion Years! 8:00pm  Main Stage $25 - $20

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Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway Friday, September 22, 2017 MUSICAL THEATRE 101 Years of Broadway is a sprawling revue of American musical treasures from Irving Berlin to Andrew Lloyd Webber, including dazzling tributes to Rodgers & Hart, Kander & Ebb, Lerner & Lowe, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, and Oscar Hammerstein. “101 Years of Broadway” recreates the biggest moments from the finest Broadway shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserablés, Evita, Wonderful Town, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Fiddler on the Roof. These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as fantastic numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows. “101 Years of Broadway” is an unforgettable evening of music that “will keep Broadway buffs in a state of bliss for weeks to come.” 8:00pm  Main Stage $45 - $39 Dinner Add-On Available: $25 Dinner in the Black Box Theatre catered by Prime 13

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Storm Large

Sunday, October 1, 2017 POP/ROCK/R&B (NOTE: Show contains explicit lyrics. No admittance for children under 12.) Storm Large shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show “Rock Star: Supernova,” where she built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day. Large made her debut with the band Pink Martini in 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In fall 2014, Storm released Le Bonheur, a record designed to capture her sublime and subversive interpretations of the American Songbook. Entitled simply Le Bonheur, the recording is a collection of tortured and titillating love songs: beautiful, familiar, yet twisted… much like the lady herself. 7:30pm  Main Stage $35

Résonances boréales – Northern Vibes October 4-6, 2017

CLASSICAL/MULTIMEDIA/PLANETARIUM

With an upright piano anchored to the rock of the Canadian Shield, Roman Zavada created new piano compositions inspired by the aurora borealis of the Northwest Territories. Zavada then returned to the scene of his creation to capture with his video team the northern lights in 360 degrees and in real time. Acclaimed by critics and the public for its beauty and originality, this outstanding 360 degree piano performance immerses the audience above the 60th parallel deep into the heart of the northern spirit. Novins Planetarium  School Performances  $5 Wednesday, October 4 at 10:00am Thursday, October 5 at 10:00am and 12:30pm Friday, October 6 at 10:00am Novins Planetarium  Public Performances  $20-5 Wednesday, October 4 at 2:00pm Friday, October 6 at 7:30pm 8

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Ailey II

Friday, October 13, 2017 DANCE

The talented dancers of Ailey II are renowned for captivating audiences and translating their strength and agility into powerful performances. Under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, this critically-acclaimed company presents vibrant performances and innovative community programs across the country and internationally. The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertory that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by today’s outstanding emerging choreographers. 8:00pm  Main Stage $45 - $39

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Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan

Saturday, October 14, 2017 SINGER-SONGWRITER Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation – both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionallyevocative songwriter. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award® nominee, the soulful vocalist is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest artist who has performed alongside many notables, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and Mavis Staples, to name a few. Her two residencies at Cafe Carlyle at The Carlyle Hotel in New York City (2016-2017), titled “Joan Osborne Sings The Songs of Bob Dylan” and “Joan Osborne Sings The Songs of Bob Dylan II,” received critical acclaim from outlets such as The New York Times, “At every point in the evening, you had a sense of Ms. Osborne as an artist who knew exactly what she was doing.” Osborne felt this would be a great chance to work out an idea she had of doing a “Songbook Series” of albums – the way Ella Fitzgerald did in recording the songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, and others – but with the songs of more recent writers. Dylan was an obvious choice. Osborne’s new album, The Songs of Bob Dylan, Vol. 1, was released July 2017. 8:00pm  Main Stage $35

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Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets

FAMILY

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Tim Kubart’s concerts are an indie pop dance party for all ages. Joined on stage by his band, the Space Cadets (and a tap-dancing sidekick!), Kubart performs songs celebrating real life kid and family moments and milestones. Tim Kubart & the Space Cadets is a highly interactive, musically rich show, and always speaks to kids at the top of their intelligence. 2:00pm  Main Stage $15 Adult, $10 Child

Families Appreciating Stage and Theater

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Tony Danza: Standards and Stories

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 MUSICAL THEATRE Combining timeless music with wit, charm, storytelling, and a dash of soft shoe and ukulele performances, Tony Danza is accompanied by his talented four-piece band for Standards and Stories. Danza performs a selection of his favorite standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as selections from the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas (which he also starred in), while interweaving stories about his life and personal connection to the music. The New York Times raved “Tony’s a live wire who tap-dances, plays the ukulele, tells stories, and radiates irresistible charm… He exudes the kind of charisma that can’t be taught!” 7:30pm  Main Stage $54 - $49

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The Everly Brothers Experience Friday, October 27, 2017 TRIBUTE The Zmed Brothers bring a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers Experience to the stage. Zachary and Dylan celebrate the genetic intimacy so ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil. When the guitar became electric, The Everly Brothers bridged the gap between country and R&B, creating Rock ‘n’ Roll that had never been heard before. With countless hits and classics, The Everly Brothers inspired artists like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, The Kinks, and many groups that utilize the blend of two part harmony. Their career spanned three decades and they continue to influence artists around the world. 8:00pm  Main Stage $25

Vietnam… through my lens Sunday, October 29, 2017

HISTORY/MULTIMEDIA

This is a soldier’s story. Stu Richel proudly served in the U.S. Army and, through much of 1969, was a combat photographer/writer with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam; it is that service, which provides the impetus for this solo performance. No blood and guts. No political statements. Lots of humor … and pathos. Just one guy’s intensely personal perspective. Richel shares memories, photos, reflections, all related directly or indirectly to his service in Vietnam … the odd path by which he got there, what he did there, how that service has affected his life. His journey, if you will. His words are made even more vivid with video projections, some from his Vietnam Tour. Whatever your political persuasion, his stories will touch your heart … and bring on a smile. 3:00pm  Main Stage $25

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The Church Sisters

Thursday, November 2, 2017

BLUEGRASS Originally from the coal mining district of Dickinson County, VA and

then Danville, VA, The Church Sisters’ mesmerizing music chronicles their childhood with a haunting sound and Bluegrass twist. Their roots extend through Bluegrass and Gospel, performing alongside legendary acts from a young age. The duo is featured on Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, which was co-produced by Grammy® Award-winner and mentor, Carl Jackson. The Church Sisters delivered with “Where We’ll Never Grow Old,” one of the tracks on the two-disc project that also features legendary artists Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. They recently released a moving cover of Lukas Graham’s megahit “7 Years.” 7:30pm  Main Stage $20

Candid Camera’s 8 Decades of Smiles! With Peter Funt

Saturday, November 4, 2017 COMEDY

Candid Camera’s 8 Decades of Smiles! With Peter Funt has pleased audiences nationwide. Funt’s hilarious stage comedy is blended with clips, quips, and behindthe-scenes tales from the show’s funniest moments. The stage show incorporates the best “Candid Camera” clips in a fastpaced, laugh-filled romp through the decades. Funt’s topical humor is blended with audience participation and special surprises to make the show a great night of fun. “Candid Camera” holds a unique place in entertainment history as the only show to have produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades – from father Allen Funt’s debut in 1948 through son Peter’s recent run on TV Land. Funt joined his dad as co-host in the 1980s and took over as host in the ’90s. Over his own four decades, Funt has hosted more than 200 network episodes. He also appeared on numerous talk shows, authored Cautiously Optimistic, and writes a nationally-syndicated newspaper column. 8:00pm  Main Stage $25 14 Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts • 2017-2018


Preservation Hall and Columbia Artists Present: Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and The Preservation Legacy Quintet Tuesday, November 7, 2017 JAZZ

If the French Quarter is the musical heart of New Orleans, then Preservation Hall is its heartbeat. Take a group of long-time performers from the venerable concert hall, The Preservation Legacy Quintet, combine them with the Crescent City’s “Soul Queen” Irma Thomas, throw in the spiritual authority of The Blind Boys of Alabama, and you get a very special evening of music that showcases “The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans.” Touring together for the first time, this unique trip will treat audiences to a special evening filled with musical collaborations and traditional standards. As part of New Orleans’ musical royalty, Irma Thomas is a Grammy Award®winning singer with her own rich musical history. Her soul-drenched voice can be heard on the Allen Toussaint-produced track “It’s Raining,” which was featured in the Jim Jarmusch’s cult classic, Down By Law; in 2007, she was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame; and in 2008, she was featured on the poster of the world-famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. Since the original members first sang together as kids in the late 1930s (including Jimmy Carter, who leads the group today), the band has persevered through seven decades to become one of the most recognized and decorated roots music groups in the world. In 2005, they released Down in New Orleans, a Grammy Award®-winner for “Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.” The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet represents a tradition that started in 1961 when Preservation Hall first opened in the French Quarter. As the world-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues its exciting exploration of the boundaries of New Orleans jazz, the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet has formed, with the help of the non-profit Preservation Hall Foundation, to help maintain a connection with the traditional aspects of the Hall’s musical legacy. 7:30pm  Main Stage $49 - $45

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Arlo Guthrie Re:Generation Tour Thursday, November 9, 2017 SINGER-SONGWRITER The father of the American protest song, Woody Guthrie hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band to travel the country and sing songs to the people. The Re:Generation Tour realizes Woody’s dream through the inspiring work of Arlo Guthrie and his children Sarah Lee Guthrie and Abe Guthrie. Woody built a legacy of activism that the Guthrie family continues to preserve with their leading voices in the current revolution against oppression and injustice. The Re:Generation Tour gives voice to the common folk with their characteristic honesty and humor through the power of community and song. Arlo and family aspire to represent hope for working families across this great nation. In 1967 at the age of 19, Arlo took up the torch from his father Woody when his antiwar classic “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” became an international hit. He’s been on the road ever since, with his son Abe joining his band in the ‘80s as the musical director and keyboardist. Sarah Lee, a singer-songwriter with a lauded career in her own right, has been releasing celebrated original music for two decades. 7:30pm  Main Stage $59 - $50

Dinner Add-On Available: $30 Dinner in the Grunin Center Gallery catered by Prime 13

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Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone Saturday, November 25, 2017 POP/ROCK/R&B At the age of fifteen, Peter Noone achieved international fame as “Herman,” lead singer of the legendary pop band Herman’s Hermits. His classic hits include: “I’m into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” “A Must to Avoid,” “Listen People,” “No Milk Today,” “The End of the World,” “Leaning on a Lamp Post,” and “Dandy.” Ultimately, Herman’s Hermits sold over 52 million recordings. In all, 14 singles and seven albums went gold. Accompanied by his band, Herman’s Hermits, Noone currently performs over 200 concerts a year. There is no doubt that Noone’s extraordinary talent, disarming wit, handsome features, and compelling stage presence will continue to delight fans of all ages, for a long, long time to come. 2:00pm & 8:00pm  Main Stage $43 - $39

Lunch/Dinner Add-On Available: $25 Dinner at P.J. Sweeney's

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Yates Musical Theatre presents: A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 2, 2017 FAMILY An Ocean County College tradition, this musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol is the timeless tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who hates Christmas. Shocked into action by visits from three ghosts that take him on a journey to the past, present, and the future, Scrooge discovers the true meaning of Christmas. The music and dancing of A Christmas Carol will help put everyone in the holiday spirit! 1:00pm  Main Stage $12 Adult, $10 Child Families Appreciating Stage and Theater

Ballet for Young Audiences presents: The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 9, 2017 FAMILY This delightful ballet is a dream story brought to life through music and dance. The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a young girl whose magical journey begins with a Nutcracker doll and ends with the Land of Sweets. Along the way, you’ll meet the Mouse King, Flowers, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and a cast of enchanting characters. This ballet is narrated for your added enjoyment. 1:00pm  Main Stage $12 Adult, $10 Child Families Appreciating Stage and Theater

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Ana Gasteyer – Holiday Tipple Friday, December 8, 2017 HOLIDAY With her joyful sass and pizzazz, singer, actress, and comedienne Ana Gasteyer hosts a good old-fashioned holiday party, as a follow up to her hugely popular cabaret show “I’m Hip!” Best known for her incomparable work on “Saturday Night Live,” Gasteyer can currently be seen starring in Netflix’s critically-acclaimed comedy series, “Lady Dynamite,” the TBS show “People of Earth,” as well as the ABC hit series “The Goldbergs.” On Broadway, she starred in the hit show Wicked as “Elphaba,” as well as the acclaimed Encores! Off-Center productions of A New Brain, Three Penny Opera, and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Her jazzy ensemble will fete the season with swingin’ holiday favorites, belty baubles, and novelty Yuletide tunes of yore. Join Ms. Gasteyer for an evening of mulled-spice melodies and toe-tappin’ holiday tipples! 8:00pm  Main Stage $39 - $35 Dinner Add-On Available: $25 Dinner at Caneda's White Rooster

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Vienna Boys Choir

Thursday, December 14, 2017 CLASSICAL Renowned as one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world for over five centuries, the Vienna Boys Choir is a frequent visitor to North America, performing throughout the country in everything from houses of worship to great concert venues like New York’s Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Hall. This illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm, and popular repertoire. “Christmas in Vienna” showcases these gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs, and, of course, holiday favorites. 7:30pm  Main Stage $49 - $40

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Westminster Concert Bell Choir Friday, December 15, 2017 CLASSICAL

A new Grunin Center tradition, the Westminster Concert Bell Choir returns to the Grunin Center stage! The group is composed of undergraduate and graduate students of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, conducted by Kathleen Ebling Shaw. Celebrating the 39th year of the hand bell curriculum, Westminster Choir College was the first institution in the world to develop such a program. The Choir has performed twice at Carnegie Hall during the Christmas season and was featured on New Jersey Network’s “State of the Arts” program. 8:00pm  Main Stage $20

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Frozen Sing Along Saturday, December 16, 2017 FAMILY Join us and sing along with your favorite songs as you watch the animated film that shattered box office records! The timeless tale of a young woman who must break a curse that has plunged her kingdom into eternal winter is made even better when the audience sings along to the words on the screen. With the help and love of her sister, along with a mountaineer, a reindeer, and a snowman, you don’t want to miss this magical – and musical – adventure! 10:00am & 2:00pm  Main Stage $5

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A Garfield Christmas

Thursday, December 21, 2017 FAMILY It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially if you’re the world’s best-loved and funniest cat: Garfield! Coming to you with arms wide open in anticipation of all the Christmas presents he’s expecting, Garfield will light up your holiday this year with his wit, wise cracks, and wisdom. Everyone’s favorite feline is a few gifts short of true Christmas spirit. But with the help of Jon, Odie, the audience, and his new holiday friends, Garfield gets an “enlightening” lesson. This lively holiday musical features timeless Christmas favorites such as “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Deck the Halls,” and many more. Sing along as Garfield’s new friends including Nutcracker, Rag Doll, Teddy Bear, and even Angel from the top of the Christmas tree all work together to bring light to Garfield’s Christmas. Join the fun as the coffee-guzzling, nap-taking, lasagna-loving fat cat Garfield decks the halls with boughs of folly! 7:30pm  Main Stage $20 Adult, $18 Child Families Appreciating Stage and Theater

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New York Voices Friday, January 12, 2018 VOCAL JAZZ This critically acclaimed vocal group has refined their musical story to a high art. They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral/big band to the intimate trio lineup. NYV has traveled the globe with their elegant music, amazing audiences the world over with their impeccable voices and stunning arrangements. “Live, they’re just as impressive to witness,” says Mathew Lurrie of Time Out Chicago. “We dare say there may be no better way to understand the wit and wink of jazz harmony than via these Voices.” 8:00pm  Main Stage $35

John Gorka with special guest Amilia K. Spicer Saturday, January 20, 2018

SINGER-SONGWRITER Rising from a milieu of lovelorn singer-songwriters, John Gorka illuminates instead with his trademark wordplay, twisting and trying words and phrases, in a way a balloon artist creates complex creatures from simple balloons. Few contemporary songwriters coax language a deftly as Gorka. For over two decades, Gorka’s keen ear has picked up the stories of those along his path, folding them into poetry and song. As the lyric from her song “Shotgun” implies, singer-songwriter Amilia K. Spicer has a thing for wide-open spaces and mystical places. Even her record label name, Free Range Records, reflects her vagabond spirit, which has carried her from the green hills of her native Pennsylvania, through the hill country of central Texas, to the mountain monasteries of Tibet. Based in Los Angeles and Austin, she might tell you she feels most rooted when she’s heading toward a distant horizon. 8:00pm  Main Stage $25

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Black String

Thursday, January 25, 2018 WORLD MUSIC Based on traditional Korean and improvisational music, Black String aims to seek a new sound that can internalize a variety of musical expressions in traditional music and jazz, as well as harmonize with other expressions in world music. Black String attempts to create a unique language through Asian intuition and musical idiom. The group was founded in 2011 as part of “UK Connection,” a governmentsponsored Korea-United Kingdom cultural exchange program. School Performance: 11:00am Public Performance: 7:30pm  Main Stage $20

Las Cafeteras

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 WORLD MUSIC Born and raised east of the Los Angeles River, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East L.A. sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create “a world where many worlds fit.” School Performances: 10:00am and 11:30am Public Performance: 7:30pm  Main Stage $20

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SONGBOOK: Steven Page and The Art of Time Ensemble Friday, February 2, 2018 POP/ROCK/R&B A brand new kind of Songbook. Steven Page, a founder and former-lead of the iconic band Barenaked Ladies, joins Toronto’s highly inventive Art of Time Ensemble in an evening of seminal songs by Randy Newman, Radiohead, Elvis Costello, Barenaked Ladies, Leonard Cohen, Page himself, and others. These gems are reimagined and reinvented by some of the greatest minds in classical, pop, and jazz, and delivered by a defining voice in contemporary rock. Songbook is chamber music for the modern era. 8:00pm  Main Stage $45 - $35

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Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny Saturday, February 3, 2018 FAMILY On tour since 2008, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s acclaimed show continues to attract new and returning fans! Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s 60-year-old classic, Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar night-time rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre. The hour-long staged adaptation brings a fresh appreciation of the stories and images that have delighted several generations. 11:00am  Main Stage $15 Adult, $10 Child Families Appreciating Stage and Theater

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Sierra Hull

Saturday, February 3, 2018 BLUEGRASS Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin player, astonishing audiences and fellowmusicians alike. Her album Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Hull’s career, but in the world of Folk-Pop, Bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin. The Country and Bluegrass album earned Hull a 2016 Grammy Award® nomination for “Best Folk Album.” 8:00pm  Main Stage $25

Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema Saturday, February 10, 2018 WORLD MUSIC & DANCE Bollywood Boulevard – a harmonious fusion of live music, dance, and film – leads you from the birth of Hindi cinema to present day. Experience the spirit, artistry, and history of India’s famous film industry from the classics of the black and white era and the timeless songs of Bollywood’s Golden Era, to the foottapping blockbusters of today. Lose yourself in a film phenomenon that has captured the hearts of billions across the world over the generations. Bollywood Boulevard will have you falling in love with the vibrance, emotions, and heart-pounding beat that inspires the world’s largest entertainment industry. 8:00pm  Main Stage $39 - $35

 inner Add-On Available: $25 D Dinner at Caneda's White Rooster

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The Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe – The Art of Jazz Wednesday, February 14, 2018 JAZZ

Featuring the finest musicians in New York, The Birdland All-Stars have been thrilling audiences at “The Jazz Corner of the World” for the last 10 years. Returning to the road for the first time in five years, The Birdland All-Stars have created new arrangements featuring the music of David Bowie, The Police, and Steely Dan, as well as fresh treatments of iconic compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock. Tommy Igoe is one of the world’s most prominent drummers, bandleaders, and music education authors. He has been featured on multiple Grammy award-winning recordings and recently won the coveted “2014 Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll” award for “Best Jazz Drummer.” Igoe also created the drumset book for Disney’s Broadway production of The Lion King where he also served as the production’s associate conductor from its inception. 7:30pm  Main Stage $45 - $43

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D  inner Add-On Available: $25 Dinner in the Grunin Center Gallery catered by Prime 13


Michael Lynch – R&B Legends Saturday, February 17, 2018 POP/ROCK/R&B “American Idol” finalist Michael Lynche is a new breed of Soul singer with completely classic influences. Traces of Donny Hathaway, Al Green, Luther Vandross, Sam Cooke, and James Brown all seem to flash in this uniquely talented performer. Undeniable charisma, well-crafted song arrangements, and a voice soaked in Soul give the “big man” class all his own. Through it all “Big Mike” has always had one singular goal: to spread a message of love wherever he goes. This extraordinary vocal talent seamlessly fuses classic R&B, thoroughly modern urban grooves, and swoon-worthy vintage Soul into a fresh, unique sound. Big, yes – and beautiful, too – Michael Lynche makes music that’s unforgettable. 8:00pm  Main Stage $25

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Celtic Nights – Oceans of Hope

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 WORLD MUSIC & DANCE This new production of Celtic Nights – Oceans of Hope captures the very essence of who we are, where we came from, the dreams of a better place, liberty, freedom, and above all … family. It’s the story of America, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It’s the story of people moving across Oceans from all the nations to free themselves from hunger, war, persecution, and famine to find a better place. This is their story told through Irish eyes. Celtic Nights – Oceans of Hope will tell this epic story through song, music, dance, and narration. 7:30pm  Main Stage $43 - $33

Dinner Add-On Available: $25 Dinner at P.J. Sweeney's

The Young Dubliners

Friday, March 23, 2018 POP/ROCK/R&B Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called “Celtic Rock,” that label, as labels can often be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it’s not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind! 8:00pm  Main Stage $25

Dinner Add-On Available: $25 Dinner at P.J. Sweeney's

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Artrageous

Saturday, March 24, 2018 ART & MUSIC Imagine an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography, and exciting audience interaction, Artrageous takes you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity, and fun! The Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers, and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons, and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulously finished paintings. The result? A one of a kind crossover experience! The signature of Artrageous is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be a part of the show! 8:00pm  Main Stage $39 - $35

 inner Add-On Available: D $25 Dinner at Caneda's White Rooster

Ballet for Young Audiences presents: Cinderella Saturday, April 7, 2018 FAMILY

This production of Cinderella follows a young woman and her cat through the classic fairy tale. It combines all the romance of the Masked Ball with all the slapstick comedy of Cinderella’s bungling stepsisters. This ballet is narrated for your added enjoyment. 11:00am  Main Stage $12 Adult, $10 Child Families Appreciating Stage and Theater

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The HillBenders present The Who’s TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry Friday, April 13, 2018 BLUEGRASS “Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball.” Maybe not your standard bluegrass lyric, but a line known by all the world from the biggest rock opera of all time, The Who’s Tommy. Forty-five years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full-length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy, while paying total respect to its creators. The live performance is a full 75-minute show covering the original album from start to finish with audience participation. 8:00pm  Main Stage $35 Dinner Add-On Available: $25 Dinner in the Grunin Center Gallery catered by Prime 13

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Tom Chapin & Chapin Sisters

Saturday, April 21, 2018 SINGER-SONGWRITER In the long rich history of Family Groups in American Roots Music, the Chapin Family has a special place. When these singers, songwriters and extraordinary live performers come together, magic happens. Join Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters (Tom’s daughters Abigail and Lily) for an evening full of warmth, song, beautiful harmony, and transcendent music. Tom Chapin and The Chapin Sisters are powerful musical artists who have active careers and multiple recordings, who just happen to be related, and who love making music together. This concert will feature each group performing original and traditional songs, as well as a few songs by the late, great Harry Chapin. 8:00pm  Main Stage $35 - $30

Peter Yarrow

Friday, May 11, 2018 SINGER-SONGWRITER Legendary musician Peter Yarrow weaves a narrative of his life in music and politics, punctuating the major events with renditions of the iconic songs we all know and love. From his life in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, his connections to Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, and his career as part of the trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Yarrow shares a part of American history influenced heavily by music. Yarrow creates community within his audiences through his reflections in both words and music. 8:00pm  Main Stage $35 - $30

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Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles Friday, May 18, 2018 TRIBUTE For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy Award winning sounds of the Eagles. See how a spirited blend of originality and the pursuit of excellence have taken the group to a level of international recognition normally reserved only for gold and platinum recording artists. Each concert presents an exciting showcase of The Eagles megahits such as “Take it Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” and of course “Hotel California,” as well as selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh. 8:00pm  Main Stage $39 - $35  inner Add-On Available: D $25 Dinner in the Black Box Theatre catered by Prime 13

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SPECIAL COLLABORATION In Association with the Count Basie Theater and Sponsored by OceanFirst Bank

Brundibár Children’s Opera Sunday, August 20, 2017 OPERA Los Angeles opera director Eli Villanueva takes residence at the Jersey Shore this summer for a two-week intensive study and performance of the children’s opera Brundibár, by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krista. Originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia, the opera tells the story of a brother and sister who join forces with a sparrow, a cat, and a dog to outwit the evilDY organW grinder, STU ITH Brundibár. This is a culminating performance following a two-week intensive children’s Losthat Angeles Opera opera summer camp. With music embodies innocence andDirector hope, this production promises to be a rewarding and enriching experience for both the Eli Villanueva children participating in the camp and the audience.

Attention All Vocalists

2:00pm  Main Stage $25

Vocalists of all levels are encouraged to audition

AUDITIONS

Los Angeles opera director Eli Villanueva takes residence at the Jersey Shore this summer for a two-week intensive study and performance of the children’s opera Brundibár, by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krista. Originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp CALL in occupied Czechoslovakia, the opera tells the story of a brother and sister who join forces with a sparrow, a DY cat, and a dog to outwit the evil organ grinder, Brundibár. Villanueva will be joined STU W ITH TO RESERVE AN AUDITION TIME by musical director Jason Tramm (Seton Hall University Assistant Professor / Director of Choral LosActivities), Angeles Opera Director with performances on the Asbury Park Press Stage at the Count Basie Theatre and the SESSION DATES Eli Villanueva Jay and Linda Grunin Center at Ocean County College.

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Vocalists of all levels are encouraged to audition

Los Angeles opera director Eli Villanueva takes residence at the Jersey Shore this summer for a two-week intensive study and performance of the children’s opera Brundibár, by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krista. Originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia, the opera tells the story of a brother and sister who join forces with a sparrow, a cat, and a dog to outwit the evil organ grinder, Brundibár. Villanueva will be joined by musical director Jason Tramm (Seton Hall University Assistant Professor / Director of Choral Activities), with performances on the Asbury Park Press Stage at the Count Basie Theatre and the Jay and Linda Grunin Center at Ocean County College.

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OCC FOUNDATION BENEFIT

TUSK

Saturday, April 7, 2018 TRIBUTE TUSK covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising TUSK have been making music together in various combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over twenty-five years. It seemed only fitting that they should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members’ formative years. Authentic-sounding and always respectful, TUSK leaves no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world’s best-loved, top-selling bands. The Ocean County College Foundation and The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts are partnering to host a benefit concert to support the students of OCC. For one night only, enjoy an evening of incredible music and food as you support the mission of the OCC Foundation. Despite the College’s best efforts to contain costs and maintain an affordable education, many students still have a tremendous need for financial assistance. Scholarships make the difference. Your support of this event can turn the dream of a college education into a reality for many Ocean County students! In addition to supporting the OCC Foundation, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the OCC Repertory Theatre Company. For more information on scholarships, please visit go.ocean.edu/scholarships. 6:30pm  Black Box VIP Reception & Concert (includes wine, beer, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres): $100 8:00pm  Main Stage Orchestra & Mezzanine (concert only): $45 36 Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts • 2017-2018


The Ocean County College Foundation is proud to present the 1st Annual Blauvelt Lecture Series.

BLAUVELT LECTURE SERIES

Jon Meacham

Erin Brockovich

Presented by  Barbara and Harvey York  Causeway Family of Dealerships

Say the name Erin Brockovich and you think, strong, tough, stubborn, and sexy. Brockovich is all that and definitely more. She is a modern-day “David” who loves a good brawl with today’s “Goliaths.” She thrives on being the voice for those who don’t know how to yell. She is a rebel. She is a fighter. She is a mother. She is a woman. She is you and me. It’s been 17 years since Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning tour de force Erin Brockovich. The film turned an unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. Since then, Brockovich hasn’t been resting on her laurels … she continues to fight hard and win big! As President of Brockovich Research & Consulting, she is involved in numerous environmental projects worldwide. She has requests for her help in ground water contamination complaints in every state of the U.S., Australia, and other international hot spots. She is currently working on cases in California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. A regular guest on “Morning Joe,” he is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs. He understands how issues and events impact our lives and why historical context matters. Meacham will explore what 21st-century leaders in different fields of endeavor can learn from the greatest moments of our common past in his lecture, The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency. This presentation – non-partisan in content and tone – ranges from Jefferson’s pragmatism and JFK’s capacity to recover from his own mistakes to the management of conflicting egos as shown by Reagan and FDR and how George H.W. Bush dealt with the end of his Presidency. Meacham discusses how history can inform the decisions all of us make every day in positions that demand creative and innovative solutions. 5:30pm  Grunin Center Gallery VIP Meet and Greet & Lecture Includes wine, beer, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres (limited to 50 Guests): $75 7:00pm  Main Stage Orchestra & Mezzanine (lecture only): $40

Thursday, April 12, 2018

5:30pm  Grunin Center Gallery VIP Meet and Greet & Lecture Includes wine, beer, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres (limited to 50 Guests): $75 7:00pm  Main Stage Orchestra & Mezzanine (lecture only): $40

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MIDWEEK JAZZ Geoff Gallante

Original Dixieland ‘Jass’ Band,” and they played an exciting, fiery kind of music Wednesday, August 23, 2017 that was unlike anything else on record at The 15-year-old jazz trumpet prodigy that time, and which the New York pub– who has practically grown up on the lic hadn’t heard before. On that historic Grunin Center stage day, the ODJB made – returns to his nawhat would become ALL SHOWS  MAIN STAGE tive Toms River to the first “jazz” phoWednesdays  8:00pm show off the incrednograph record. On Adult $24, Senior $20 ible playing that October 11, one hunhas turned him into dred years later, Dan a worldwide senLevinson’s Roof sation at such a young age. He will Garden Jass Band will take you back be performing a special duo conto that historic moment in time and cert with Joe Holt on piano, playing delight your senses with those very scintillating interpretations of some same sounds that exalted a war-weaof the best loved classic jazz tunes from ry nation and propelled it into a wild, hypthe 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. Gallante is also notic frenzy. the MidWeek Jazz record holder for most 8:00pm  Main Stage tickets sold, so get your seats in advance! 8:00pm  Main Stage Peter and Will Anderson

Champian Fulton

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Internationally-renowned vocalist and pianist Champian Fulton makes her Grunin Center debut, performing songs off of her critically-acclaimed albums After Dark (a tribute to Dinah Washington) and her latest, Speechless. Her quartet will feature Stephen Fulton on fluegelhorn, Dor Samoha on bass and Fuku Tainaka on drums. Come hear why jazz writer Mark Stryker has called her, “The most gifted pure jazz singer of her generation.” 8:00pm  Main Stage

At The “Jass” Band Ball

A Centennial Celebration of Recorded Jazz with Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jass Band Wednesday, October 11, 2017 On the morning of February 26, 1917, while America simmered on the brink of war, the Victor Talking Machine Company brought a band of five musical revolutionaries from New Orleans into their new recording studio at 46 West 38th Street in Manhattan. They called themselves “The

Present: George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 “Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times) identical twins Peter and Will Anderson have re-conceived Gershwin’s masterpiece with their sextet, including a vocalist. Songs will include “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “I Loves You, Porgy,” “My Man’s Gone Now,” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now.” 8:00pm  Main Stage

The Midiri Brothers Salute the 80th Anniversary of Benny Goodman’s Legendary Carnegie Hall Concert

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 In January 1938, Benny Goodman performed a concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall that became known as one of the most exciting – and important – evenings of music in the history of jazz. For the 80th anniversary, Grunin Center favorites the Midiri Brothers will perform an unforgettable tribute to the night Carnegie Hall learned to swing! 8:00pm  Main Stage

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Bucky Pizzarelli

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 There aren’t many legends left quite like guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli! Having played with everyone from Ray Charles to Frank Sinatra and everyone in between, he will return to Ocean County College shortly after his 91st birthday, along with guitarist and vocalist Ed Laub. Do not miss the opportunity to be in the presence of a true jazz legend, still playing wonderfully after all these years! 8:00pm  Gateway Building Lecture Hall

Dennis Lichtman’s Queensboro Five

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Though cities like Harlem and Chicago are often most associated with “The Golden Age of Jazz,” it was Queens, New York that was home to more jazz musicians per square mile than anywhere else in the United States. Clarinetist Dennis Lichtman, leader of the fabled Mona’s jam session in New York City, will be bringing an all-star quintet to pay tribute to past denizens of Queens such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke, and many more! 8:00pm  Main Stage

Glenn Crytzer’s Salute to Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 One of the great partnerships of early jazz was that of violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang, who teamed up to make dozens of classic records before Lang’s untimely death at the age of 31. For this special concert, guitarist Glenn Crytzer has organized a star-studded quartet with violinist Andy Stein, pianist Conal Fowkes, and bass saxophonist Jay Rattman to make the music of Venuti & Lang come alive again. 8:00pm  Main Stage

Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi: Four Hands, One Piano!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi are without a doubt, two of the greatest exponents of classic jazz piano specializing in the exciting sounds of ragtime, stride, swing, and boogie-woogie. For this special concert, the husband and wife team will join forces to play a series of intricate “four-hand” duets on a single piano. “I love to hear Stephanie and Paolo together,” says pianist and NEA Jazz Master Dick Hyman. “They are an inspiration. Such sympatico! Such back-and-forth! Individually they are marvelous musicians – we’ve known that, but together they play four-handed stride as it’s never been done. Brava, bravo!” 8:00pm  Main Stage

The Jazz Lobsters Big Band

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 The 2017-18 MidWeek Jazz season ends with another scintillating performance by the ever-popular Jazz Lobsters Big Band, made up of some of the finest musicians in the tri-state area. From the swinging sounds of Benny Goodman to the modern arrangements of Quincy Jones, The Jazz Lobsters will demonstrate the timeless appeal of a big band firing on all cylinders. 8:00pm  Main Stage

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SCHOOL PROGRAMMING

Educational Programming, Workshops, and Master Classes

These performances support classroom curriculum and the invaluable skills that arts education gives children. Through the performances here at the Grunin Center and the related teacher curriculum for you to use in your classroom, we aim to encourage students to read, develop critical and creative thinking, and be curious about the world around them. For pricing and to book your group, contact Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu. 2017-2018 School Programming at the Grunin Center is sponsored in part by:

These programs are made possible in part by a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, in conjunction with the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Janet’s Planet

Thursday, January 18, 2018 BLAST OFF with JANET’S PLANET! “A Tour Through the Solar System” travels at the “speed of thought,” introducing the wonders of the galaxy to families and young audiences throughout the country. Janet’s Planet is shown on 144 public television stations nationwide, and fans are in for a real treat as they are given a virtual tour around the solar system from Janet’s futuristic Mission Control. 9:30am & 11:00am  Main Stage

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Pirate School Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pirate School excites and motivates students in grades K-5 with piratical fun while introducing simple concepts outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards. Historically, seafarers have pushed science and technology forward – and who better to captivate and expand children’s horizons than the swaggering staff of Pirate School?! 9:30am & 11:00am  Main Stage

Kuniko Yamamoto Monday, March 19, 2018

Kuniko Yamamoto tells Japanese stories and folk tales using music, masks, and mime in a program that explores themes of diversity and global awareness. Charming folktales are combined with traditional musical instruments, magical masks, origami (the art of paper folding), and mime to create storytelling that will have the audience spellbound. 10:00am & 11:30am  Main Stage

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OCC PERFORMING ARTS

Smokey Joe's Cafe cast photo, 2017

OCC Rep Theatre Company presents

OCC Rep Theatre Company presents

PROOF

Telling: Jersey Shore

by David Auburn October 19 – 22 and 27-29 On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draws Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit? Thu., Oct. 19, 2017 at 7:30pm Fri., Oct. 20 & 27, 2017 at 7:30pm Sat., Oct. 21 & 28, 2017 at 8:00pm Sun., Oct. 22 & 29, 2017 at 2:00pm Black Box Theatre Adult/Senior $15, OCC Students $5, HS Student Free with purchase of an Adult Ticket

November 10-12 and 16-19

The Telling Project is a national performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Telling: Jersey Shore will feature the stories of local veterans, shared in July 2017 and adapted to a stage performance. Don’t miss this dramatic performance by and about veterans on the Jersey Shore and the riveting personal stories of life and the military in Telling: Jersey Shore.

These programs are made possible in part by a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, in conjunction with the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thu., Nov. 16, 2017 at 7:30pm Fri., Nov. 10 & 17, 2017 at 7:30pm Sat., Nov. 11 & 18, 2017 at 8:00pm Sun., Nov. 12 & 19, 2017 at 2:00pm Black Box Theatre Adult/Senior $15, OCC Students $5, HS Student Free with purchase of an Adult Ticket

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OCC Rep Theatre Company presents

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson Nov 30, Dec 1-3 and 8-10

A unique and entertaining spin on an age-old tale. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has an edge – but the edge is funny, irreverent, and irresistible. Author Barbara Robinson’s prose is fast, clever, and very funny. Though it’s all in fun, it offers a subtle but important lesson: Just because you’re bad doesn’t mean you’re hopeless. Thu., Nov 30, 2017 at 7:30pm Fri., Dec. 1 & 8, 2017 at 7:30pm Sat., Dec. 2 & 9, 2017 at 8:00pm Sun., Dec. 3 & 10, 2017 at 2:00pm Black Box Theatre Adult/Senior $15, OCC Students $5, HS Student Free w/purchase of Adult Ticket OCC Rep Theatre Company presents

The World Goes Round March 9-11 and 15-18

Enter the world of distinguished and celebrated writing team, Kander and Ebb. The World Goes ‘Round is a stunning revue of the songbook from the multi-Tony award-winning team, with the original production winning three Drama Desk Awards. Five individuals find themselves careen-

ing through the world of love, babies, and coffee. From Cabaret to Chicago, the nonstop hit parade features unforgettable gems, including “Mr. Cellophane,” “Maybe This Time,” “Cabaret” and “New York, New York,” interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre. Thu., March 8 & 15, 2018 at 7:30pm Fri., March 9 & 16, 2018 at 7:30pm Sat., March 10, 2018 at 2:00pm Sat., March 10 & 17, 2018 at 8:00pm Sun., March 11, 2018 at 2:00pm Main Stage Adult $25, Senior $20, Students $10, HS Student Free w/purchase of Adult Ticket OCC Rep Theatre Company presents

Shakespeare Project April 19-22 and 27-29

Stay tuned for an exciting Shakespeare production from the OCC Repertory Theatre Company! Show details are still being planned, so check back in with grunincenter.org or the Box Office for new details. Thu., April 19, 2018 at 7:30pm Fri., April 20 & 27, 2018 at 7:30pm Sat., April 21 & 28, 2018 at 8:00pm Sun., April 22 & 29, 2018 at 2:00pm Black Box Theatre Adult/Senior $15, OCC Students $5, HS Student Free w/purchase of Adult Ticket

• OCC Concert Band presents • Directed by Anthony Tafrow •

The Magic of the Season

Sat., December 2, 2017 Join the OCC Concert Band for a magical holiday concert you won’t soon forget! We have nothing up our sleeves and we’re not pulling anything out of our hat, expect a magic-filled evening nonetheless! The OCC Concert Band will make a magical holiday mood appear by performing your favorite holiday tunes with a fresh twist!

A Salute to Broadway, Part II Sat., May 5, 2018

There is nothing better than a Broadway Show, except for Part II of the OCC Concert Band’s Salute to Broadway! As a follow up to last year’s hugely successful spring concert, the OCC Concert Band has taken a cue from their fans and will present A Salute to Broadway, Part II. Featuring selections from My Fair Lady, Cats, Porgy and Bess, and many, many more!

7:00pm  Main Stage Adult $20, Seniors $18, Children under twelve $12, OCC Students $10

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PERFORMING PARTNERS Anthony LaGruth

Artistic Director & Conductor

The Orchestra-in-Residence at Ocean County College Anthony LaGruth Artistic Director & Conductor

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Programs & Events at The Jay And Linda Grunin Center For The Arts

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Greetings from the Jersey Shore

1940s Radio Show

Sat., April 28, 2018 • 7:00 pm

The GSP will open its Exploring American Genius season by featuring the multimedia work of a local composer, William Vollinger (Portraits of the Jersey Shore) as well as other American favorites; John Philip Sousa and George Gershwin.

Tune in to W-GSP as we bring back the days when radio was KING and music filled the airwaves. When Benny Goodman serenaded us under the moonlight and Arturo Toscanini brought the Symphony of the Air to millions across the country. A Pops Concert for the whole family!

Captured in Time

Season Finale

Sat., Oct. 28, 2017 • 7:00 pm

Sun., Nov. 19, 2017 • 3:00 pm Time is a mysterious and relentless creature that has control over us all. Witness the way in which Stravinsky (Pulcinella Suite), Paulus (Voices from the Gallery), and Haydn (Symphony 101 “Clock”) wrestle with the beast named Time.

Sat., May 19, 2018 • 7:00 pm From the streets of New York City to the city squares of New Orleans, the GSP will take you on a journey of native American music and how it came to be. Works include: Gilbert (Dance in Place Congo), Joel (Street-life Serenader Suite), and Dvorak (Symphony No. 7).

TICKETS: Orchestra Section: Adults $50  Seniors (60+) $44  Students (w/ID) $20 Balcony Section: Adults $44  Seniors (60+) $40  Students (w/ID) $14 A per order service and handling fee will be applied at the time of purchase. Groups of 10 or more receive special discounts. Buy all four Series events as a subscription package and save 10-15% off single tickets. 44 Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts • 2017-2018


________ SPECIAL NON-SERIES CONCERT EVENT ________

Rutter's Mass of the Children – Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Sun., March 25, 2018 • 3:00 pm

A celebration of life and sound! Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, known for its celebratory and dance-like spirit will give way to Rutter’s Mass of the Children. Interwoven texts, music and voices bring Rutter’s Mass of the Children to life. The Philharmonic is thrilled to be joined on stage by the GSP Chorus and the GSP Youth Chorus for this inter-generational sacred work. ORCHESTRA: Adults $35  Seniors (60+) $30  Students (w/ID) $15 BALCONY: Adults $30  Seniors (60+) $25  Students (w/ID) - $10

________ EDUCATION & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS ________

The Garden State Philharmonic Youth Orchestras Program (GSPYO)

The GSPYO provides young musicians with the opportunity to play in an orchestra and receive training to develop and enhance individual musicianship. The three ensembles work together as feeder programs allowing students to build on their knowledge and advance. The members come from various schools throughout the Jersey Shore. The three youth orchestras typically perform two large concerts, one in late winter and one in June, as well as performing throughout the year at a variety of venues in the area.

______________ GENERAL INFORMATION ______________ Visit gardenstatephilharmonic.org for program information, to purchase tickets, or make donations to the nonprofit. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (732) 255-0460, or through the Grunin Center Box Office by telephone or in person.

@gardenstatephilharmonic @thegardenstatephilharmonic @gsp_music

Tickets may be purchased online, by calling the GSP Office, or through the Grunin Center Box Office by telephone or in person.

**Program dates and information subject to change.

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SPONSORS and SUPPORTERS

Sponsors

The Grunin Center wishes to thank the following businesses for donating services to support the visiting artists and performers.

The Bentley Inn Bed & Breakfast 694 Main Avenue, Bay Head, NJ 08742. 732-8929589. The Official B&B of the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

Caneda’s White Rooster

781 Fischer Blvd Toms River, NJ 08753 732-929-CUBA

Prime 13

710 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742. 732-202-6483

P.J. Sweeney’s Restaurant and Irish Pub

447 Brick Boulevard, Brick, NJ 08723. 732-202-6414

Music & Arts

1258 NJ-166, Toms River, NJ 08753

Supporters

The Grunin Center wishes to thank the following organizations for their support.

These engagements are funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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These programs are made possible in part by a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, in conjunction with the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Address and Contact Info

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For a complete listing of Policies, Accessibility Information, and Discounts, please visit grunincenter.org

TICKET INFORMATION

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are available online at grunincenter.org or by phone at 732.255.0500. Grunin Center Box Office Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am to 5 pm. Prices, dates, times, performers, and performances are subject to change at any time. Such changes do not dictate a refund or exchange unless authorized by the producer, promoter, or Grunin Center for the Arts. Ticket Convenience Fees apply to all orders. Fees subject to change. All sales are final.

Accessibility

The Grunin Center for the Arts strives to make every accommodation possible available to patrons needing accessible seating. Seating is limited and we encourage guests to make arrangements in advance. For large print or braille programs please make request four weeks in advance. For listening devices please make request two weeks in advance.

Contact the Box Office two weeks prior to any show to arrange for disability and accessibility services.

Discounts and Subscriptions

Full details and eligibility are available at grunincenter.org

GROUP RATES Group Rates are available for most shows. Contact Jaclyn Wood, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 to book your group. BUY MORE, SAVE MORE! Grunin Presents Subscription Become a Grunin Presents Subscriber and save! Eligible shows denoted with the "Saver" logo. BUY 3 eligible Grunin Presents Shows in 1 purchase - Save 10% BUY 5 eligible Grunin Presents Shows in 1 purchase - Save 15% BUY 7 eligible Grunin Presents Shows in 1 purchase - Save 20%! JAZZ CLUB Buy in advance and save! BUY 5 MidWeek Jazz Shows in 1 purchase, Get 50% off one ticket to either Preservation Hall or Birdland All Stars BUY 10 MidWeek Jazz Shows in 1 purchase, Get 1 complementary ticket to either Preservation Hall or Birdland All Stars

FAST Pack (Families Appreciating Stage & Theater) Subscription BUY 2 or more eligible shows in one purchase and receive 15% off the ticket price! Eligible shows denoted with the "FAST" Logo.

Families Appreciating Stage and Theater

OCC Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni Discount Various discounts available for eligible shows. Call or visit the Box Office for details. Tickets must be purchased with valid ID. Limit of two tickets per eligible performance. Active Military and Veterans Discount Active United States Military and Eligible Veterans receive 25% off tickets of select shows. Tickets must be purchased at the Box Office and a valid Common Access Card or Uniformed Services Privilege Identification Card must be shown.

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