Artist's Panel Discussion on the exhibit, "What is a Painting?"
Sunday 2-4 PM

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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.

Special Performance

Alexis Morrast

Saturday, October 21, 8 p.m.

Alexis Morrast

In the future, you might expect to pay ticket prices of $100 or more to hear 2017 “Showtime at the Apollo” winner, Alexis Morrast. The 16-year-old Plainfield resident, a student at the Plainfield Academy of the Arts & Advanced Studies, will appear on October 21, 2017 at the Watchung Arts Center at a ticket price more pleasing to the purse. The opening act for the evening will be “Amani”: Marty Eigen on saxophone, Fred Fischer on keyboards, vocalist Stephen Fuller and Flip Peters on guitar, in addition to bassist Ben Reubens and drummer Nick Scheuble. . The concert begins at 8:00 PM, and will be followed by a dessert reception and an opportunity to meet Ms. Morrast.

Alexis began singing in church at the age of three, performing her first solo in the adult choir by age seven. Since that time Alexis has performed on several stages: the U.S. Open in 2013; the 2015 Central Jersey Jazz Festival in New Brunswick, NJ, featuring trumpet player Sean Jones; NJPAC with Christian McBride; the world-renowned Apollo Theatre, where she emerged as two-time Amateur Night winner and later returned as their Special Guest. In February 2017, she was named the winner of “Showtime at the Apollo”, nationally televised on FOXTV and hosted by Steve Harvey. Alexis’ resounding tone was heard on the Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with jazz legend Barry Harris, and most recently abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.

Despite her young age, Alexis has had the opportunity to “sit in” or work with greats such as Ray Chew, Amina Figorova, Alvester Garnett and the incredible Bertha Hope. She studied under Conrad Herwig, taking part in several jazz events and venues. She has felt “blessed, honored [and] humbled” to have been able to meet-and-greet countless musicians and performers including Dionne Warwick, Lalah Hathaway, Twinkie Clark, Danny Mixon and Randy Weston.

Alexis’ first artistic influences were her mom, dad and her aunt Vernell, a recording artist in the group Koffee Brown. She counts Stevie Wonder, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Lalah Hathaway among the many artists whose instrumental genius, raw vocal talents or a combination of the two have influenced her own musical style.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 ($20 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information, please call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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'50's Rock

RAVE ON!

Saturday, January 20, 8 p.m.

RaveOn

“All the flat top cats and dungaree dolls” are headed to the Watchung Arts Center for an evening of 1950’s rock-n-roll

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.
RAVE ON!
RaveOn
Chris Roselle - Guitar & Lead Vocals
Pete Farley - Bass Guitar & Background Vocals
Don Guinta - Drums & Background Vocals
Visit www.RaveOnBand.com

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 ($20 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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'50's/'60's Rock & Roll

The Everly Set: Sean Altman & Jack Skuller Approximate the Everly Brothers

Saturday, October 28, 8 p.m.

Rio Clemente

In 1957, teens Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of Rock’n’Roll with the sparkling harmonies that influenced The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, and the Bee Gees. Now, the Watchung Arts Center is pleased to present “The Everly Set: Sean Altman and Jack Skuller Approximate the Everly Brothers”.

Altman and Skuller will perform Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have To Do Is Dream, When Will I Be Loved and dozens of other Everly hits and rarities. The performance will be followed by a dessert reception, providing the audience with an opportunity to meet Sean and Jack.

NYC singer-songwriters Sean Altman, known as the founder of Rockapella and co-composer of the Carmen Sandiego theme song, and Jack Skuller, winner of The Songwriters’ Hall of Fame’s Holly Prize in song-writing, met on stage at the famed NYC tribute series "The Loser’s Lounge” in 2011 when Jack was just 14. Both devotees of the Everly Brothers, they formed The Everly Set in 2015 to recreate the tight-knit harmonies of that famous duo.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 ($20 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information, please call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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"Music in the Gallery"

14th Annual Holiday Concert: Amani

Saturday, December 9, 8 p.m.

Amani

What better way to celebrate the season of “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men” than with the music of “Amani”, whose name mean “peace” in Swahili”? 

The group was formed to share the concept of peace through music, performing for people of all ages, races, and religious affiliations.

Amani

Nick Scheuble

The core group includes veteran musicians: Marty Eigen on sax and flute; Fred Fischer on keyboards; vocalist Stephen Fuller; guitarist Flip Peters; and Nick Sheuble on drums.

Amani performs hits from a variety of genres including The Great American Songbook, Gospel, R&B, jazz, Bossa nova, and Broadway.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 ($20 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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Improv

The Improvables

Family Improv: Saturday, February 3, 8 p.m.

The Improvables

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.

The Improvables

Family-friendly shows are suitable for children 10 and older, while adult shows are “R” rated.

Tickets are $10. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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Our 2016-17 Season has ended. Watch for information about our upcoming season.

In the meantime, please enjoy videos of some past performances at the WAC

Please enjoy videos of some past performances at the WAC