Stanton Davis and the New Orleans Sound, New Jersey Ballet and More Come to Centenary Stage for 2014-15 Season
The Centenary Stage Company (CSC) is once again bringing in a variety of concerts and special events to round out their theatre season at The Lackland Center in Hackettstown. With the annual January Jazz Fest and Dance Fest celebrations, audiences can also expect an array of children's entertainment and unique musical experiences. For affordable entertainment all year long in Northwest New Jersey, CSC is the place to be.
January Jazz Fest swings back to the Sitnik stage with three different concerts. Back by popular demand is the Benny Goodman Tribute: by the Stan Rubin Orchestra on January 10th at 8 pm. Benny Goodman is known for his talents as a band leader, conductor, and clarinetist. Celebrating the life and music of Goodman, whose career spanned over 50 years, Stan Rubin is committed to preserving and performing the music as it sounded in its heyday. On January 17th at 8 pm, Stanton Davis and the New Orleans Sound bring the rhythms of Dixieland to our stage. Stanton Davis Jr. is an American jazz trumpeter who was born and raised in the rich musical traditions of New Orleans. He has played with the biggest names in jazz and has even been heard in the orchestra pits on Broadway. Finishing up the festival is Féte Manouche on January 24th at 8 pm. The lord and master of Gypsy Jazz, or Jazz Manouche, was the legendary Django Reinhardt. Clarinetist Dan Levinson discovered Jazz Manouche while living in Paris in the early 1990s and was mesmerized. In 2004 he assembled Féte Manouche and since then has been keeping the Django legacy alive in the New York area, captivating audiences both young and young at heart.
On February 7th at 8 pm, one of the last black string bands in the United States, comes to the Sitnik stage. The Ebony Hillbillies keep an important legacy alive with a rootsy, homegrown style that was a key element in the genesis of All American Music-Jazz, Rock and Roll, Blues, Bluegrass, and Country. They have maintained their grassroots credibility with inspiring heartstring tugs and toe-taps in fans of all types of music with a musical repertoire that pays homage to the traditional while still looking toward the future.
On March 14th at 8 pm, with ageless songs and fine musicianship, the audience will be transported to another time and place with Colcannon. Authentic, joyous Irish music with a touch of chamber music, Colcannon plays with panache, warmth, and wit. They have developed a distinctive, inventive, and contemporary musical style while still keeping in firm touch with the heart and essence of traditional Irish music. Colcannon's concerts are renowned for their energy, for frontman Mick Bolger's irrepressible sense of humor and sly wit, and, of course, for the music.
The New Jersey Ballet returns to the Sitnik stage this year with two different performances. Set to the music of Sondheim, Cole Porter, and the duo of Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul, Ballet on Broadway presents some of Broadway's most memorable dance sequences from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers to Kiss Me Kate on November 8th at 8 pm. On November 9th at 2 pm, the New Jersey Ballet presents a delightful double feature showing the power of courage and kindness. Peter and the Wolf/Beauty and the Beast feature original "storyteller" narration. Clever Peter and his friends dance to Prokofiev's famous score, while Beauty's gentle ways turn the Beast into a handsome Prince.