WBGO Blog
  • “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

  • Newark, NJ: An "Organ Town" for Over 50 Years

    April 7, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Dr. Lonnie Smith plays in the studio tomorrow at 3 p.m.
    Dr. Lonnie Smith plays in the studio on Saturday at 3 p.m.

    Recently, WBGO has had the good fortune of acquiring an excellent Hammond C-3 organ (pictured below) that now sits in our studio. On Saturday, the acclaimed organist Dr. Lonnie Smith will make an appearance with his organ trio (featuring drummer Jamire Williams and guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg) to give it a whirl -- and as it turns out, this performance will be part of a long history of the jazz organ entertaining Newark audiences. Read more

  • WBGO Celebrates Jazz Apprecitation Month

    April 1, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    April is Jazz Appreciation Month and here at WBGO we are also appreciating our members in several ways.

    April 8-10 is Member Appreciation Weekend with special thank you gifts for new and renewing members. There is also a very special live broadcast from the WBGO performance studio in Newark on April 9 @ 3pm with Dr. Lonnie Smith!

    Dr. Lonnie Smith
    Dr. Lonnie Smith

    You can also join us on the following Saturdays at 12:30pm for a free WBGO Kids Jazz Concert :

    April 9 - Michael Carvin Quartet @ Burgdorff Cultural Center
    April 16 - Helen Sung @ Montclair Art Museum
    April 30 - Tia Fuller @ Newark Museum
    May 7 - Jon Faddis @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Victoria Theater

    We celebrate on air with an incredible lineup of student ensembles during the Jazz Appreciation Month Student Broadcast Festival live weekdays at 2pm. Hosted by Michael Bourne with series is produced with support from Berklee College of Music Summer Programs:

    April 1 – NYU, Wayne Shorter Ensemble
    April 4 – Queens College
    April 6 – William Paterson
    April 8 – New School – The New School Jazz JAM Ensemble, directed by Richard Boukas
    April 11 – Manhattan School of Music
    April 12 – Juilliard
    April 18 – SUNY Purchase – Purchase Jazz Endeavor (Jazz Combo)
    April 20 – NJCU – NJCU Jazz Ensemble directed by Ed Joffe
    April 22 – Rutgers – Rutgers New Brunswick Jazz Ensemble
    April 26 – Berklee College of Music
    April 28 – LaGuardia High School

    There are other special broadcasts during this appreciation month, including:

    April 7, 3pm - Live in studio performance by Marcia Ball
    April 13, 9pm - Josh Jackson hosts Live at the Village Vanguard featuring Martial Solal
    April 14, 8pm - Newark Today with Mayor Cory Booker
    April 22, 8pm - The Mingus Orchestra recorded live at St. Bart’s in Manhattan