Season & Tickets

music : 2013-2014 season

Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey Music Forum

Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m.

$25 Standard; $5 Student / Enlow Recital Hall

Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey Music Forum will bring three distinguished guest composers to Kean University's Enlow Recital Hall on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. An arts initiative which showcases the works of prominent New Jersey composers, Ars Vitalis provides a concert forum for the presentation of new works. Under the artistic direction of Dr. Matthew Halper, Ars Vitalis introduces audiences to the allure, the drama and the impact of the living art of contemporary music composition.

The concert will include works by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Melinda Wagner and other notables. All composers will be in attendance and will meet and greet audience members at a post-concert reception.

"For 16 years Kean has been hosting some of the finest New Jersey area composers, this year continues that trend," said Halper, a professor in Kean's Department of Music. "Kean audiences get to meet the composers behind the music, and get to hear our exceptional Concert Artist faculty in our beautiful Enlow Hall."

Featured performers include: Margaret Swinchoski, flute; Donald Mokrynski, clarinet; Ron Levy, piano; Jorge Caballero, guitar; Max Lifchitz, piano; Lisa Hansen, flute; Molly Morkoski, piano

Tommy Tune "Steps In Time"

Sunday, April 27 at 3pm

$45 - $55 Single Tickets / Enlow Recital Hall

Broadway's legendary song and dance man, Tommy Tune, hits the stage high-stepping through a celebration of his 50 years on the Great White Way. He sings, dances, and laughs his way through those glorious musical moments that made him a theater legend. Backed by the multi-talented Manhattan Rhythm Kings, this unique and masterful evening will leave you standing, cheering, and dancing in the aisles.

Sutton Foster

Saturday, September 27 at 7:30pm (RESCHEDULED)

$55 - $75 Single Tickets / Enlow Recital Hall

Two time Tony Award® winner Sutton Foster performs an unforgettable evening of Broadway showstoppers and cabaret-style ballads that showcase her powerful soprano, fantastic footwork, and dazzling stage presence.

Actress, singer, and dancer Sutton Foster has earned critical acclaim for her Tony Award® winning roles on Broadway as evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes and her breakout performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has appeared in Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, and Shrek the Musical, and is the star of the new ABC Family television series, Bunheads. Don't miss this incredible vocal powerhouse that has taken the musical theater world by storm!

Past concerts

with Herbie Hancock

Saturday, October 5 at 7:30pm

$45 - $75 Single Tickets / Enlow Recital Hall

Join us for an unforgettable Opening Night with a true icon of modern music - legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock. An integral part of every jazz movement since the 1960's, Hancock has received an Academy Award® for his Round Midnight film score along with 14 Grammy® Awards, including Album Of The Year for "River: The Joni Letters" and two 2011 Grammy® Awards for his globally collaborative CD, "The Imagine Project."

Dr. Ralph Stanley & Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

Saturday, October 12 at 7:30pm

$30 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Childs / Wilkins Theatre

Now 86 and still in superb voice, the revered country and bluegrass singer will include a performance at Wilkins on his farewell tour. The multiple Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry star will sing the mountain music that he's made famous. Opening for Dr. Stanley will be the YouTube sensation, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys with their up-tempo acoustic string music inspired by Flatt & Scruggs and The Stanley Brothers.

The Lone Bellow

Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm

$25 - $35 Single Tickets / Enlow Recital Hall

The up-and-coming, suspender-snapping, indie-folk trio The Lone Bellow debuted their self-titled album January 22, 2013 and has been called "one of the best albums of the year" by People Magazine. The band has garnered raves from everyone from USA Today, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Paste, Forbes and Filter. NPR's Bob Boilen simply stated, "The world of acoustic music is about to get a new household name. The music of The Lone Bellow is born from tragedy and told with heart and simplicity."

The Accordion Pops Orchestra

Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m.

$30 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child / Wilkins Theatre

Under the direction of Al Terzo, the orchestra will perform a repertoire of light classical, Broadway, big band and popular music using full symphonic orchestra scores. You won't believe your ears!

Arco Ensemble conducted by Stewart Robertson

Sunday, October 27 at 3pm

$25 Single Tickets / Enlow Recital Hall

New Jersey's virtuoso string chamber orchestra, Arco Ensemble, performs under the baton of Stewart Robertson in a program of works entitled "Maestros and Music from the British Isles".

Don't miss the first of the two-part "Concerts & Café" series of fall and spring Sunday concerts followed by coffee & tea with the musicians of Arco Ensemble.

World Blues: Taj Mahal, Vusi Mahlasela, Deva Mahal with Fredericks Brown

Sunday, November 10 at 3pm

$35 - $55 Single Tickets / Enlow Recital Hall

Known as one of the most prominent and influential figures in blues and roots music, Taj Mahal has marked his four decade long career with 30 albums, two Grammy® wins and a Blues Hall of Fame induction.

"World Blues" is a celebration of American blues music's global influence, as seen from three very diverse points of view and three international points of origin. Anchored by iconic folk-blues legend Taj Mahal, the performance will also feature the soulful South African blues of guitarist/vocalist Vusi Mahlasela and the more modern rock and roll perspective of Fredericks Brown, a band featuring Taj's daughter, Deva Mahal, who hails from New Zealand.

Anoushka Shankar

Sunday, November 17 at 3pm

$35 - $45 Single Tickets / Enlow Recital Hall

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is one of the leading figures in World Music today. She is deeply rooted in Indian classical music, having studied exclusively with her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar, since the age of 9. Twice-nominated for a Grammy ® Award, Anoushka was the first Indian musician to perform at the Grammy® Awards in 2006 when she was nominated for Rise, soon after becoming the youngest-ever nominee and the first woman nominated in the World Music category, for her album Live at Carnegie Hall in 2002.

Anoushka has made guest appearances on recordings by diverse artists, among them Herbie Hancock, Joshua Bell, Lenny Kravitz, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Thievery Corporation.

Wilson Phillips "Christmas In Harmony"

Saturday, December 14 at 7:30pm

$35 - $55 Single Tickets / Enlow Recital Hall

Get in the holiday spirit when "Christmas In Harmony" reunites multi-platinum pop-trio Wilson Phillips to perform hits for their first ever Christmas album. Sisters Carnie and Wendy Wilson are the daughters of The Beach Boys' genius Brian Wilson, while Chynna Phillips is the daughter of The Mamas & The Papas' John and Michelle Phillips. The group regained a lot of attention and new fans in 2011, when they appeared in the blockbuster hit film Bridesmaids in which they performed their stellar hit Hold On.

Sung in their signature harmony-rich sound, Wilson Phillips performs your favorite new and classic Christmas songs including "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday", "Little Drummer Boy", "Silver Bells" and many more.

Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

Sunday, February 2 at 4 p.m.

$30 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child / Wilkins Theatre

Under the baton of Principal Guest Conductor Boguslaw Dawidow, renowned for his clear conducting style, passionate energy, and immense musical knowledge, this orchestra (now in its seventh decade) is a centerpiece of Israeli cultural and musical life. The stirring program will include Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, Carl Maria von Weber's Overture to Euryanthe and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat minor, Op. 23 featuring the young, award-winning Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich.

Blind Boys of Alabama

Sunday, February 9 at 3pm

$35 - $45 Single Tickets / Enlow Recital Hall

Come hear Blind Boys of Alabama for a roof- raising musical event! The Blind Boys are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The Grammys and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, sung for two presidents in the White House and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing.

Longevity and major awards aside, The Blind Boys have earned praise for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by acclaimed songwriters such as Curtis Mayfield, Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits.

Avery Sharpe Jazz Sextet

Saturday, February 22 at 7:30pm

$25 - $35 Single Tickets / Enlow Recital Hall

Through this moving performance, bassist-composer Avery Sharpe is excited about making the public aware of the struggle and contributions of African American abolitionist and woman's rights activist Sojourner Truth. "Aint' I A Woman" is a not-to-be-missed concert based on Truth's life and her famous speech for woman suffrage in 1851.

The Jazz Sextet features: Duane Eubanks - Trumpet / Jeri Brown - Vocals / Jimmy Greene - Saxophone / Onaje Allan Gumbs - Piano / Yoron Israel - Drums / Avery Sharpe - Bass

Emanuel Ax

Sunday, March 2 at 3pm

$55 - $75 Single Tickets / Enlow Recital Hall

Virtuoso pianist and multiple Grammy® Award winner, Emanuel Ax performs a thrilling recital of works by Brahms and new works inspired by Brahms including Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24; Piano Sonata No.2 in F-sharp minor, Op.2; Clavierstücke, Op. 118; Variations from Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18 and new works for solo piano by composers Missy Mazzoli and Brett Dean. (Program is subject to change).

An Afternoon with Betty Buckley

Sunday March 9 at 3 p.m.

$30 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child / Wilkins Theatre

Theater Hall of Fame honoree, Tony Award winner and legendary Broadway star Betty Buckley is bringing her critically acclaimed new show to the Wilkins Theatre. Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote, "the show is rich in musical theater lore and spicy autobiographical tidbit. . . a master class in how a singer arrives at the right balance of self, the personality of a song and the character who sings it."

Arco Ensemble

Sunday, March 23 at 3pm

$25 Single Tickets / Enlow Recital Hall

New Jersey's virtuoso string chamber orchestra, Arco Ensemble, returns for their spring season performance of the "Concerts & Cafe" Sunday series under the baton of Joseph Rescigno. Join us for an exciting afternoon of music followed by coffee & tea with the musicians of Arco Ensemble.

4 Girls 4

Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m.

$30 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child / Wilkins Theatre

A fabulously flirty, funny frolic featuring four famous females! Andrea McArdle • Maureen McGovern • Donna McKechine • Faith Prince The dynamic, award winning musical stars from Broadway, film, TV and recordings will delight you performing the biggest hits from their Tony Award winning shows.