New Jersey Stage

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


(UNION, NJ) -– Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University (Enlow Hall) announces its second concert season with a line-up of 15 performances featuring world-renowned musicians in classical, jazz, pop and world music, highlighted by a special one-evening concert by Grammy(R) Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend.  The 2011 – 2012 Season also features performances by Jane Krakowski, The Creole Choir of Cuba, John Legend, Holland Wind Players, Sweet Honey In The Rock, The 5 Browns, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Arco Ensemble, Holiday Brass, Les Violons du Roy, Christine Brewer, Ravi Coltrane and Kathy Mattea.

Located on Kean University's East Campus (215 North Avenue in Hillside, NJ), Enlow Hall opened its doors last year for its Inaugural Season.  Artists and audiences alike have been awed by the stunning and acoustically pristine concert hall.  The 300-seat setting provides an intimate performance atmosphere to hear today's leading musicians and performers.
A special event concert, An Evening with John Legend (Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.) offers a rare "up close" opportunity to hear the nine-time Grammy(R) Award-winning recording artist. The evening features performances and storytelling with invited interaction from the audience.  Legend is a multi-platinum recording artist and philanthropist, and is listed among Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People."

Enlow Hall's 2011-12 Season gets underway on Opening Night (October 1 at 7:30 p.m.) with Tony(R) Award-winner and two-time Emmy(R) nominated singer/actress Jane Krakowski performing an unforgettable evening of show-stopping hits.  Krakowski has triumphed on the stage and screen, earning a Tony for her stunning portrayal in the Broadway hit Nine and accolades for her award-winning roles on 30 Rock and Ally McBeal.  She recently released her solo debut album, The Laziest Gal in Town.  Opening Night Event tickets may be purchased for $75 and include a reception and performance.

The fall season continues with The Creole Choir of Cuba (October 9 at 3 p.m.), a remarkable 10-member ensemble performing a capella melodies with rich harmonies and vibrant dancing to musical treasures originating in Haiti, Dominica and Cuba; Holland Wind Players (October 16 at 3 p.m.), a world-renowned ensemble invited as special guests to The World Music Conference and acclaimed for their innovative programming of music for winds; Sweet Honey In The Rock (November 6 at 3 p.m.), the  American Grammy(R) Award-winning and internationally celebrated ambassadors of a capella music capturing blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies and jazz improvisation; The 5 Browns (November 19 at 7:30 p.m.), who have excited audiences around the world performing onstage individually and together in various combinations from duo to complex five piano arrangements.  The first family of five siblings ever accepted into The Juilliard School simultaneously, The 5 Browns have released 3 CDs that each soared to #1 on Billboard Magazine's Classical Album Chart; and Branford Marsalis Quartet (December 9 at 7:30 p.m.), lead by three-time Grammy(R) Award-winning saxophonist Brandon Marsalis, of the world's most distinguished musical families, who is known for his innovative spirit and broad musical scope. The quartet performs an evening of jazz.

Enlow Hall celebrates the holidays with two special performances: Arco Ensemble: An Arco Holiday (December 10 at 7:30 p.m.), New Jersey's virtuoso string chamber ensemble that will showcase music of the season led by world-renowned guest conductor, Bruce Hangen; and Holiday Brass (December 18 at 3 p.m.), the perfect way to celebrate the yuletide season with sonorous arrangements of music for brass and percussion.

The spring season opens with Les Violons du Roy (February 3 at 7:30 p.m.), the ensemble widely acclaimed for their exceptional energy, brilliance and vitality of their performances specializing in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era; George Winston (March 4 at 3 p.m.), who is known for his personal style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano including his most recent album Love Will Come – The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2, featuring compositions by the late jazz pianist including favorites from the Peanuts(R) TV specials;  Christine Brewer (March 24 at 7:30 p.m.), the international vocalist who has wowed audiences in the world's greatest opera houses. Brewer's range, golden tone, boundless power, and control make her a favorite of the stage as well as a sought-after recording artist; Arco Ensemble (March 31 at 7:30 p.m.), which celebrates Iberian heritage with their program lead by guest conductor Gisele Ben-Dor and featuring clarinestist Alexander Fiterstein;  Ravi Coltrane (April 14 at 7:30 p.m.), the critically acclaimed Grammy(R) nominated saxophonist, bandleader, composer and founder of the prominent independent record label, RKM; and Kathy Mattea (April 29 at 3 p.m.), beloved Grammy(R) Award-winning singer of such classics as 18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses, Where've You Been and many other hits as well as her recently released new album COAL.

A 2011-12 season subscription is available for all fourteen concerts (the John Legend special event is not included).  Season subscribers receive exclusive VIP benefits to enhance their Enlow Hall experience including priority seating, special invitations to elegant receptions, recognition in Enlow Hall concert programs, reserved VIP parking, personal assistance on the subscriber phone line and more. As an added benefit, season subscribers may request two complimentary tickets to a performance of their choice (subject to availability).  A 2011-12 season subscription is $400, representing a total savings of $150 off single ticket prices.

Enlow Hall offers a variety of ticket packages to provide savings opportunities on single ticket prices to specifically designed performance series.  "The Classical Package" features five concerts: The 5 Browns (November 19), Arco Ensemble: An Arco Holiday (December 10), Les Violons du Roy (February 3), Grammy(R) Award-winning American soprano and opera diva Christine Brewer (March 24) and Arco Ensemble (March 31).  The Classical Package is $165, a $30 savings.

"The Popular Package" is comprised of five performances including Opening Night with Jane Krakowski (October 1), Branford Marsalis Quartet (December 9), George Winston (March 4) Ravi Coltrane (April 14), Kathy Mattea (April 29).  The Popular Package is $200, a $25 savings.

"The Matinee Package" includes four Sunday afternoon concerts in Enlow Hall. The Creole Choir of Cuba (October 9), Holland Wind Players (October 16), Sweet Honey In The Rock (November 6), Holiday Brass (December 18). The Matinee Package is $100, a $30 savings.

The Concert Series in Enlow Hall presents musical performances by renowned artists, established local musicians and Kean University music faculty members. American String Teachers Association Chamber Music Institute (ASTA/NJ) will perform its seventh annual professional concert series at Enlow Hall.  The "Summer String Series" features Concert Artist Ensemble of Kean University (Sunday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.); Voxare String Quartet (Thursday, August 4 at 8 p.m.); The Dalí Quartet (Sunday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m.) and JACK Quartet (Thursday, August 11 at 8 p.m.).  Single tickets are $25. "The Summer String Series Package" is $75 and includes all four concerts, a $25 savings.

Kean University Music Faculty Concerts include four performances as part of the Concert Artist Series at Kean University and one performance by pianist Martha Marchena.  The performances in Enlow Hall include The Late Romantics (Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.) featuring chamber works by Raff, Draeseke and Brahms; The Music of João Guilherme Ripper (Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.) showcases new compositions by Kean University's Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence including the World Premiere of String Quartet No.1; Holy Károly: The Music of K. Goldmark (Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.) features chamber music for piano and strings; A Tribute to Cuban Composers: The Musical Legacy of Cuba from the 19th Century to the Present Day (Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.) performed by pianist Martha Marchena; Ars Longa (Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.) is comprised of new works in chamber music by today's leading composers including the World Premiere of Piano Quintet No. 1 by João Guilherme Ripper.  Single tickets are $25.  "The Music Faculty Concert Package" is $100 and includes all five performances, a $25 savings.

Tickets to Enlow Hall's 2011-12 Season and An Evening with John Legend Special Event Concert as well as Concert Series in Enlow Hall go on sale Wednesday, June 1. Tickets can be purchased by calling Kean Stage Box Office at 908.737.SHOW (7469), online at, or in person at Kean University's Wilkins Theater Box Office.

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