Imagine yourself in an intimate place, absorbing the glorious sound of
music or laughing to the
comedian’s antics while surrounded by the inspiring colors and forms of works of art!
The Heinz W. Otto Gallery has 12-foot ceilings, superb acoustics, and a seating capacity of 100.
Family Improv: Saturday, April 25, 8 p.m.
Adult Improv: Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m.
The Improvables have been providing the Center’s audiences with zany, raucous one-of-a-kind and never-to-be-repeated humor since 2002. Each show features a series of games in which the performers act out various scenes, based on audience suggestions, without advanced knowledge of the topics. Come ready to laugh at the antics of this wonderful improvisational troupe of actors including Randy Schweriner, David Kritz, Michele Kerekes, and Brandon Lericos of Bridgewater, Phil Hochman of Plainfield, Roberta Maher of Mt. Arlington and Mike Griffin of Hillsborough.
Family-friendly shows are suitable for children 10 and older, while adult shows are “R” rated.
Saturday, May 30, 8 p.m
Sophia Agranovich is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, recording artist and educator. Her passionate and mesmerizing concerts and recordings have received many outstanding reviews, and have captivated audiences worldwide. "Sophia Agranovich’s alchemy of mind-bending technical prowess and heart-melting emotional expressivity add up to one of the most glorious piano recitals this side of Elysium. Urgently recommended." (Fanfare). “Magnificent shading and superior musicianship…” (American Record Guide).
A Steinway Artist, a First Prize winner of All-Ukrainian Young Artists and Bergen Philharmonic competitions, Ms. Agranovich earned Bachelor and Master Degrees at the Juilliard School where she held a full scholarship and teaching Fellowship, and did post-graduate studies at Columbia University. Her major professors were legendary Sascha Gorodnitzki and Nadia Reisenberg. Sophia has collaborated with world-renowned musicians and members of major orchestras. Among her venues are Avery Fisher Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium and Paul Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, and Bargemusic, all in New York City. She has also performed internationally at Salle Cortot in Paris, Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv, Kiev Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music and Lvov State Conservatory in Ukraine.
Sophia Agranovich is an esteemed educator, lecturer, clinician, adjudicator, and is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence. Her students are consistently winning top awards in national and international competitions. She is a Program Chair of MEA, Artistic Director of the “Classicals at the Circle” series at the Watchung Arts Center, and is listed in Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.
"Spring Is Here"
Marty Eigen's Beacon Hill Jazz Band
Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m
Spring is in the air as the “Jazz in the Gallery” series proudly presents Marty Eigen’s Beacon Hill Jazz Band celebrating songs of spring and love.
The band for the concert will consist of vocalist Nancy Nelson, Marty Eigen on tenor sax and clarinet, Fred Fischer on piano and vocals, trombonist Bill Ash, guitarist Flip Peters, bassist Ron Naspo, and Gordon Lane on drums.
This is an opportunity to experience this outstanding band up close and personal. Following the concert, there will be a “Meet the Musician’s” Reception.
Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub
Saturday, May 2, 8 p.m.
The Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub Duo have been performing for the past 13 years after a lifetime association as teacher and student. As a duo they perform for audiences all over the US and Canada in clubs, concert halls and jazz festivals.
Bucky Pizzarelli was born in Paterson, NJ in 1926. Piz is a world-renowned jazz guitarist. His career spans over 70 years from the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, to the Johnny Carson Tonight Show. Hundreds of jazz concerts worldwide, including White House performances with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Claude “Fiddler” Williams, with Presidents Reagan and Clinton add to the list.
His numerous worldwide tours also included performances with practically every jazz legend, such as Stephane Grapelli, Slam Stewart, Tal Farlow, Rosemary Clooney, Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Michael Feinstein and Charlie Byrd, to name a few. He has hundreds of jazz recordings with every major jazz great, including his own solo albums and work with his two sons, John and Martin Pizzarelli. He is on the soundtrack of Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown and appeared on PBS with Les Paul and Tal Farlow, The New Jersey Jazz Guitars [Filmed at Rutgers University]. Last year, Bucky became one of the very first musicians in New Jersey to have two of his guitars, along with a recorded history of his lifetime in music, inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2011 Bucky was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame and in 2012 recorded with Paul McCartney on his latest Grammy Winning Album, “Kisses On The Bottom.”
Ed Laub is a locally renowned guitarist and vocalist whose style has been compared to a blend of Kenny Rankin, Chet Baker and James Taylor all being accompanied by Bucky Pizzarelli. Ed says, “That’s not bad company to be associated with. They were amongst the artists to whom I listened to and was most influenced by. I guess I would say I am honored with that comparison.” Because of Ed’s talent as an accompanist and the fact that he is one of the more accomplished 7 String guitarists, he is sought after by many of the top guitarists in the NYC metropolitan area to back them up and adds a pianistic style that makes a duo sound more like a trio. Focusing mostly on the American Songbook genre Ed also loves to perform the great Brazilian classics using a nylon 7-string guitar.
Thirteen years ago Ed became the steady partner to his teacher, hero and close friend, Bucky Pizzarelli. They now travel all over the metropolitan area and major cities in the US, playing in clubs, concert venues and jazz festivals. All About Jazz Magazine said, “Pizzarelli is the complete jazz musician and Laub complements him perfectly!” Besides being the consummate rhythm guitarist and accompanist Ed is in demand as a vocalist and performs with such great artists as Gene Bertoncini, John Pizzarelli, Paul Meyers, Martin Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jay Leonhart, Russ Kassoff, Russell Malone, Jack Wilkins and special guest appearances with the late Kenny Rankin.
All seats for this performance are priced at $25. They are expected to sell out quickly so be sure to purchase your ticket in advance at Eventbrite. For more information, please call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.
Enjoy videos of some of the past season's performances at the WAC
The Three Jazz DivasLauren Hooker sings "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Saturday, Feb 1
Saturday, May 31.