NJPAC’s 2014-15 season is packed with new, NJPAC-created, season-long series’, collaborations with renowned artists and companies, an expansion of diverse programming, further integration of NJPAC’s arts education programs within mainstage performances, and a continuation of the Arts Center’s 17-year tradition of presenting world-class artists.
With over 100 performances and special events announced for the acoustically superb 2,800-seat Prudential Hall, intimate 514-seat Victoria Theater, 250-seat Chase Room, and outdoors in Theater Square, by artists ranging from Patti LaBelle to The Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars; from Chris Botti to Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience; from Golda’s Balcony with Tovah Feldshuh to the Brick City Jazz Orchestra; from Bela Fleck to Lula Washington Dance Theatre; from Beres Hammond to Audra McDonald; and from The Second City to Dinosaur Train Live!, NJPAC’s new season has something for everyone.
Season Highlights Include:
Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars, a recital series piloted with the Met
The Great American Songbook with two, unique new series and live concerts for later broadcast: Jonathan’s Choice, a taped series to air on WNYC and The Jonathan Channel, hosted by legendary radio broadcaster Jonathan Schwartz;
Co-presentations with iconic cabaret club 54 Below featuring stars from cabaret and Broadway, and the music of Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Jerry Herman;
The second season of the public television series “American Songbook at NJPAC,” taped before a live audience and airing on WNET, NJTV and WLIW
A jazz season filled with the next generation of stars and current luminaries, including the third annual, week-long TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival featuring first-time collaborations between Christian McBride and Béla Fleck in one concert and Fantasia, and Philip Bailey with the Christian McBride Big Band in another; GRAMMY-winning trumpeter/composer Chris Botti; the Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette trio; NJPAC’s own Brick City Jazz Orchestra; the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Dorthaan’s Place brunch series and much more
Conversations and the Spoken Word: NJPAC Stage Exchange, a new series featuring the work of New Jersey playwrights about issues such as immigration, radical Islamism and racial integration; Trending with Scott Simon presented by U.S. Trust, a new three-part moderated series led by the NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host with the country’s leading thinkers; a three-program extension of the biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival; and The New Jersey Speakers Series featuring lectures by Madeleine K. Albright, Steve Wozniak, David Gergen, Dan Rather, Alan Alda, Olympia Snowe and David McCullough
A summer full of stand-out free events, including the hallmark Newark Summer Series, Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City featuring artists such as Living Colour, Third World, Eddie Palmieri, the Funky Meters and more, and the second annual Family Fair at Theater Square