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  • WBGO & GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: The Firey String Sistas on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 12pm

    February 11, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO and the Gateway Center invite you to its FREE concert series occurring once a month during lunch time. In March, we celebrate Women's History Month with The Firey String Sistas! They perform on Wednesday, March 5 at Gateway Center Plaza 2, Newark, NJ at 12pm..

    1) Firey String Sistas! Version 2 (October 5)

    This band of female string players is dedicated to promoting the work of female composers in jazz, world music, and beyond. Nioka Workman is the founder, frontwoman and cellist of this spirited group. The core members are Charisa Dowe Rouse (violin), Jennifer Axelson (violin, viola), Riza Printup (harp), and Melissa Slocum (bass). These artists all maintain exciting performance schedules as ‘band’ leaders all year around.

    As Firey String Sistas!, the group successfully mixes jazz, world, folk and new music presenting dynamic and educational performances. The group expands from duo to a 10 piece ensemble for events and the festival throughout the year. They just released their first cd, a lively jazz, blues and new music experience for the entire family.

    We can think of no better way for us at WBGO & Gateway to celebrate and recognize the contributions of women then to have this masterful group perform. So grab a friend or two, bring your lunch, and enjoy live music at 2 Gateway.

  • WBGO's Playdate: Preview Of Show Two, 2/11/14

    February 10, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.

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    Playdate is a new series hosted by drummer Matt Wilson with highlights from the WBGO archive of live recordings. Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., we'll broadcast a new show on WBGO-FM. You can also hear the show on demand, hear extra tracks and read web extras for each episode at WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, so check back all week for more surprises.

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    Tomorrow night, we’ll debut Show #2. Tune in to hear saxophonist Clifford Jordan (1931-93) at The Village Vanguard, the bandleader and arranger Chico O’Farrill (1921-2001) at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing, bassist Bill Lee and the Natural Spiritual Orchestra celebrating a New Year's Eve at the WBGO performance studio, pianist Stanley Cowell in both Jordan's and Lee's groups and solo, and - from the Paul Robeson Center at Rutgers-Newark - the Vibration Society playing and singing a piece by Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

    As a sneak preview on WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, we're streaming “Armando’s Rhumba” by Chick Corea, with by Corea on piano and Gary Burton on vibes, at Buffalo State College in 1985. The full tune can be streamed here.

    Missed Show #1? Never fear, you can hear it in its entirety right here.

    From Show #1, we’ve also posted web extras on Wayne ShorterThe Mel Lewis Jazz OrchestraRuth Brown, and a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the Playdate theme.

    Thank you for joining us on Playdate With Matt Wilson!

  • “Meredith Willson's The Music Man” In Concert

    February 5, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    Join WBGO Travel & Events for a matinee performance of Meredith Willson’s beloved Broadway musical, The Music Man in concert on Saturday, March 15, 3pm at Two River Theater Company, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. A special private pre-show reception for WBGO guests is at 2pm. MUSICMAN TITLE

    Isaiah Johnson will play Harold Hill and Stephanie Umoh will play Marian Paroo. Johnson has appeared on Broadway in Peter and the Starcatcher and The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino. Umoh played Sarah in the 2009 Broadway revival of Ragtime. The show is directed by NAACP and Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara with music direction by Kenny Seymour (Broadway's Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis) and is a collaboration between New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Two River Theater Company.

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    The Broadway classic (winner of Best Musical at the 1957 Tony Awards) is re-imagined with an African-American cast and tells the story of con man Harold Hill, who falls for piano teacher in the summer of 1912 as he bamboozles the townsfolk of River City, Iowa into financing a marching band. It is based on historical accounts of black communities established by former slaves after the Civil War and features a live six-piece on-stage band.

    Enjoy this "behind-the-scenes" trailer with the cast leads Isiah Johnson and Stephanie Umoh. )

    Prior to the 3pm performance, WBGO hosts a private reception for our guests in the theater's brand new Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library, a space that is normally reserved exclusively for theater members. Enjoy a special peek behind-the-scenes at the reception, along with music, and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Cheese Cave and Siam Garden.

    John Dias, Artistic Director of Two River Theater, says "Robert O'Hara brings to life the too-often-untold stories of African Americans in ways that are dynamic and highly theatrical. We are excited to see this great American classic through his inimitable lens."

    Come and enjoy this special musical performance at one of the best regional theaters in New Jersey and in the country. Two River Theater Company is wheelchair accessible.

    Tickets are $75 for WBGO members and $95 for non-members. Participation is limited so purchase your tickets today. For more information, call 973-624-8880 extension. 283 or email at events@wbgo.org

    Book your Tickets:

    WBGO Member price per person: $75
    Non-Member price per person: $95
    All tickets will be picked up at the theater.


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    For questions or reservations call 973-624-8880 x283 or email events@wbgo.org