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 Upper Gallery has 12-foot ceilings, superb acoustics, and a seating capacity of 100.
Autumn Serenade featuring
Marty Eigen's Beacon Hill Jazz Band,
with opening act, pianist Bob Aquino
Saturday, October 25, 8 p.m.
Marty Eigen's Beacon Hill Jazz Band will begin its 11th season at the Watchung Arts Center with jazz pianist, composer and arranger Bob Aquino opening the show on solo piano.
Bob is former chairman of Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus jazz studies program. Among his credits are the score to the Cannes Film Festival prize-winning short film Ursula, first-prize winner of the Abraham Frost competition for his composition Three Dances for Seven Woodwinds. He has performed the theme music for the sitcom Strangers, as well as several commercials . He now focuses on solo piano with two recent concerts at Steinway Hall in New York City. This will be his premier performance in New Jersey.
Featuring some of the best musicians in the area, the Beacon Hill Jazz Band has been a perennial Watchung Arts Center favorite, appearing to rave reviews and always with a musical surprise in store. Catch them on stage and off as you mingle with this energetic group during the “Meet-the-Musicians” reception following the performance.
Saturday, November 8, 8 p.m.
3Stones is a trio that plays the music they love. Inspired by many genres such as bluegrass, folk, jazz, blues, and country, 3Stones perform great original songs and a variety of covers that may take you by surprise. The music of this eclectic group ranges from Bill Monroe to Emerson, Lake and Palmer, along with plenty of good stuff in between, all done in their own way with sweet harmonies, heart, soul and fun!
Come enjoy the musicianship of Peter Becker on mandolin and guitar, Bruce Jepson on guitar and mandola, and Sandy Joren on acoustic and electric bass, and the unique harmonic blend of their three voices.
Saturday, January 24, 8 p.m.
RAVE ON! is a band that features the music of Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, playing hits like “That’ll Be The Day,”, “Not Fade Away,” “Peggy Sue,” “Pretty Woman,” “Crying,” and “Only The Lonely,” along with other classic, early rock-n-roll songs.
This is the music that paved the way for rock-n-roll and influenced The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and countless other artists.
RAVE ON! is living proof that Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and the music of early rock-n-roll is timeless and continues to appeal to people of all ages.
RAVE ON!’s show is always a crowd pleaser.
Chris Roselle - Guitar & Lead Vocals
Pete Farley - Bass Guitar & Background Vocals
Don Guinta - Drums & Background Vocals
ImpresaRIO Series: Rio Clemente
Friday,November 21, 8 p.m.
Rio Clemente draws the audience up in a musical embrace and then takes them on an extraordinary journey of fanciful melodies and scintillating rhythms. As a master pianist, educator, composer, arranger and recording artist, Clemente mixes a strong classical background with a rich knowledge of jazz history, and then adds an amazing sense of creativity and interpretation. The result is a smorgasbord of music that is different from others, and nearly always produces a standing ovation and cries for “more.” With his passionate musicality, impressive technique and nimble facility at the keyboard, Rio brings something very special and decidedly unequalled to his audience.
Rio was a child prodigy who received a BMI scholarship for musical theatre and then continued his education at the Julliard School of Music. He went from Julliard to Nashville, where he spent two years as a performer and composer, making appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. After several television appearances, Rio advanced professionally to playing at several distinguished concert halls and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Manhattan’s famous Birdland and the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, as well as the Newport and JVC Jazz Festivals, and a memorable appearance at the White House. He regularly appears with groups such as The Morris Choral Society and Orchestra and at jazz venues from Manhattan to Cape Cod and from Florida to California. He has composed three masses and three musicals of which his “Dobdinob” has been published and performed around the country. He has recorded for well-known labels and has published eight CDs under his own label, Etnemelc Music Productions.
A native of Morristown, NJ, Clemente is New Jersey’s own jewel of the jazz world. He is a member of the Morristown Hall of Fame, was named by the NJ Council of the Arts as an Outstanding Professional of the Year, and recognized as one of the “Top 40 New Jerseyans” by the New Jersey Monthly.
He is a proud member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary at Lake Hopatcong, NJ.
Please note: the date for the February Improvables performance has changed.
Family Improv: Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m.
Adult Improv: Saturday, January 10, 8 p.m.
Family Improv: Saturday, February 7, 8 p.m.
Adult Improv: Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m.
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.
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.