Tickets to bergenPAC's Holiday Offerings On Sale Today
It's Holiday Cheer in July at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey who is presenting some of the greatest Christmas shows this year... Brian Setzer returns to bergenPAC with Christmas Rocks on Wednesday, December 3rd and then it's the annual New Jersey Ballet Nutcracker performances taking place on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th with show times at 1PM and 5PM. This holiday season the legendary Neil Sedaka, one of the greatest songwriters and vocalists of our time will perform all of his hits Friday, December 12th and then its extraordinary violinist, Chee Yun, who will perform with her flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. Get ready for a night of yuletide fun with Rich Little's, A Little Christmas on Friday, December 19th. See Rich Little's impressions of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Dean Martin and so many others that will have you laughing your stockings off! Don't miss bergenPAC's annual family event, A Christmas Carol performance taking place Sunday, December 21st at 4PM --Tickets for these holiday shows go on sale today, July 11th at 11AM. Be sure to reserve your tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC's Box Office at 201.227.1030.
The Brian Setzer Orchestra fronted by three-time Grammy Award-winner Brian Setzer, brings their Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza to bergenPAC, with a career spanning more than 30 years, Setzer has smash hits as founder/leader of The Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra and as a solo artist. His November concert will include Setzer's legendary guitar magic on hits such as "Rock This Town," "(She's) Sexy +17," "Stray Cat Strut," and "Jump, Jive and Wail" and lots more, as well as his re-imagined and acclaimed Holiday classics.
Brian Setzer is credited with consistently taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles and single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the '80s and swing in the '90s). He recorded several albums with The Stray Cats and scored countless chart-topping hits around the world.
The legendary artist formed his rockin' big band, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, in 1992 and set the stage for the '90s swing movement with his blistering performances. He has won three Grammy Awards including two in 1998 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Setzer has also found tremendous success in redefining Christmas music and has released three best-selling holiday albums- "Boogie Woogie Christmas," "Dig That Crazy Christmas" and "Christmas Rocks! The Best of Collection."
For more than 40 years, New Jersey Ballet's Nutcracker has been cherished holiday tradition with three generations of families from Bergen to Cape May. The first-rate traditional production never fails to enchant youngsters and grownups alike with splendid dancing, colorful costumes and scenery, eye-popping special effects, and a touch of holiday magic that inspires critics to applaud "a spectacle that never seems to age...magic that should go on and on," and "One of the best...as good as it gets.
For over fifty years, Neil has written, performed, produced, and inspired countless songs, and his canon of compositions will continue to stand the test of time.
With a career spanning six decades, a rare feat in the entertainment world, Sedaka never ceases to amaze. He shows no signs of slowing down. Neil has appeared on FOX's hit Television show American Idol, as a guest judge - in which Clay Aiken would perform Neil's Solitaire, which saw an inevitable release, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 Singles chart, and was one of the Top Selling Singles of 2004. On June 10 2004, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Popular Music / Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization's 35th annual induction and awards ceremony in New York. Named for the former President of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, this award is given to individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievements in furthering the successes of songwriters.
Violinist Chee-Yun's flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. Charming, charismatic and deeply passionate about her art, Chee-Yun continues to carve a unique place for herself in the ever-evolving world of classical music.
Winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chee-Yun performs regularly with the world's foremost orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Houston, Seattle, Pittsburgh and National symphony orchestras. Additionally, she has appeared with the Atlanta Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with such distinguished conductors as Hans Graf, James DePriest, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Neeme Järvi, Pinchas Zukerman, Manfred Honeck and Giancarlo Guerrero. Internationally, Chee-Yun has toured with the Haifa Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Germany's Braunschweig Orchestra and the MDR Radio Leipzig and performed with the St. Petersburg Camerata, the Bamberg Philharmonic, the Bilbao Symphony, the London Festival Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra. Her orchestral highlights include a concert with the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung-Whun Chung that was broadcast on national network television, a benefit for UNESCO with the Orchestra of St. Lukes at Avery Fisher Hall, and her tours of the United States with the San Francisco Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas conducting), and Japan with the NHK Symphony. Recent and upcoming engagements include return subscription weeks in Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, as well as the Colorado and Austin symphony orchestras and the National Philharmonic.
A master mimic of more than 200 voices. Get ready for a night of yuletide fun with Little's impressions of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Dean Martin and so many others that will have you laughing your stockings off!
Named "Comedy Star of the Year," Rich Little is best known for his appearances with Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Glen Campbell and Dean Martin as well as sharing the spotlight on series such as Laugh-In, The John Davidson Show and The Julie Andrews Show. Little also had his own variety show in the 70's and was TV's star of KopyKats. He has guest hosted The Tonight Show more than12 times and quickly became a household name with his performances on The Hollywood Squares, his comedy albums and three HBO comedy specials!
A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of selfless giving. Performed by TheatreworksUSA
In this musical interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic, we first meet the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve, as he is complaining about having to give his clerk, Bob Cratchit, the next day's holiday off. Maintaining that Christmas is merely "humbug," Scrooge refuses to contribute to the local charity's fund for the poor. He even refuses the invitation of his nephew, Fred, to join his family for a holiday celebration.
It is only later that night when he is visited by a succession of spirits - the ghost of his deceased partner, Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come - that Ebenezer considers the consequences of his past and present actions and reconsiders his outlook on life. Grateful for a "second chance," Scrooge vows to help his fellow man - including Bob Cratchit and his frail little son, Tiny Tim - and is reunited with his family. Though it may have only been a dream, Ebenezer Scrooge is a changed man.
A Christmas Carol captures both the humorous and touching moments of the classic story with witty dialogue and fresh new songs, conveying Dickens' original message that the holiday season should be a "kind, forgiving, charitable time," a sentiment which still rings true today.(approximately one-hour in length).