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Jazz, Love & Sweet Whiskey
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Featuring Jazz Singer Maggie Worsdale
Saturday, February 13 • 8pm
Premium: $36 (Adults), $33 (Seniors), $27 (Students)
Regular: $29 (Adults), $26 (Seniors), $20 (Students)
Groups of 12 or more: $25 (Adults/Seniors), $20 (Students)
Sponsored By:
Judi and Stephan Leone

Take five of the top musicians from the greater New York area and create a sound that blends a healthy serving of traditional jazz, a touch of blues and rock, a dash of international flair, combined with a steady mix of standards and new material; and you begin to have a sense of the tasty cocktail that Sweet Whiskey will be serving up for Valentine's Weekend at Algonquin Arts Theatre.

One of NY's greatest jazz pianists, cofounder of Sweet Whiskey, John Colianni (Johnny Chops) has been a force on the music scene since first working with famed bandleader and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton for three years, at the tender age of 19, as Hampton's band pianist. Add five years and six albums as Mel Torme's personal accompanist and then being chosen by guitar legend Les Paul to become a part of the Les Paul Quartet and you have an idea of what John brings to the table with musical chops - and that just happens to be his nickname "Johnny Chops." In the words of Mel Torme, "he's the best you'll ever hear."

Sweet Whiskey's other cofounder, vocalist Maggie Worsdale has performed nationally and internationally, as well as on the Algonquin stage where she appeared as Bloody Mary in South Pacific.

While in California in the early 1990s, she had the pleasure of working with Bob Hope and George Burns, as well as guest singing with Les Brown and his Band of Renown. Maggie has recorded four albums of her own and was chosen as one of the top ten vocalists in the NY/NJ area and honored to perform at the 2009 and 2010 Sinatra Birthday Bash at the Count Basie Theater. According to Bob Hope, "there's one word for this gal - wonderful."

Runtime: Approximately 2 Hours
Intermission: Yes

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Henry & Mudge
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a TheatreWorksUSA production
Tuesday, February 16 • 10:00am
Grades K-3 - 60 minutes
$9 - Education Groups of 12 or more
$12 - Individual Sales

Adapting Cynthia Rylant's bestselling book series, comes this exciting musical about a boy named Henry and his dog Mudge. Henry discovers a great deal about both the joys and responsibilities of owning a dog, but the biggest lesson comes when Henry thinks Mudge loves his cousin Annie more than him.

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Steppin' Out with the Lost Generation
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Dan Levinson's
Featuring David Langlois & Molly Ryan
Sunday, February 21 • 3pm
Premium: $36 (Adults), $33 (Seniors), $27 (Students)
Regular: $29 (Adults), $26 (Seniors), $20 (Students)
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Sponsored By:
Raymond & Pamela Brunt
Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center

Music from the Wild Parisian Jazz Parties of the 1920s

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There's nowhere that the 1920s roared quite like Paris. As prohibition settled in at home, many of America's top writers, composers and artists flocked to France to mingle with Europe's creative minds as its capital entered its Jazz Age. This concert recreates the sounds when that inspired a who's who from the Lost Generation including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter, Pablo Picasso and many more.

Dazzling washboard player David Langlois from France appears alongside some stellar New York musicians including Dan Levinson on clarinet & saxophone, Mike Davis on trumpet and Molly Ryan on guitar and vocals.

Please note: This concert replaces 'Palomar Quartet' in the 2015-16 Jazz Series. The change was necessitated by a change in availability of a key musician in the quartet. Please contact the Box Office at 732-528-9211 if you have further questions.

Runtime: 2 hours
Intermission: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes

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A Moon for the Misbegotten
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Eugene O'Neill's
Produced by Walnut Street Theatre
February 26 - February 27 • Two Performances!
Premium: $36 (Adults), $33 (Seniors), $27 (Students)
Regular: $29 (Adults), $26 (Seniors), $20 (Students)
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In this poetic play, two lost souls catch a glimmer of happiness together under a lovers' moon. But when dawn breaks, will their desire be strong enough to withstand a lifetime of regret and disappointment? Set at a Connecticut tenant farm in 1923, this great American classic follows Josie Hogan, a boisterous Irish woman with a quick tongue, a tarnished reputation and a tender heart; and Jim Tyrone, a tortured alcoholic haunted by past indiscretions. One of America's master storytellers at the height of his prowess, Pulitzer Prize-winner and Nobel laureate Eugene O'Neill creates a mythic tale of old sins and the redemptive power of love.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes
Intermission: Yes
Kid Friendly: Recommended for ages 13 & up.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
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A Shakespeare LIVE! Production (of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey)
Thursday, March 3 • 10:00am
Grades 4 and up - 75 minutes
$9.00 * Price for School Groups
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Experience the passion and magic in this captivating live adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies.

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10 Hairy Legs
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Professional Dance Company
Friday, March 11 • 8pm
Reserved: $23 (Adult), $20 (Senior), $15 (Student)
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10 Hairy Legs performs many of this generation's most exceptional and highly regarded choreographers' work to showcase the extensive artistic range and versatility of the company. On this program are works by David Parker, Randy James, Heidi Latsky, Stephen Petronio, Doug Elkins and more! Pianist Dorian Wallace, playing a commissioned score by Michael Wall, will accompany James' work.

Runtime: Approximately 2 Hours
Intermission: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes

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World's Best Short Films
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Asbury Shorts New York
Saturday, March 12 • 8pm
General Admission: $13
Sponsored By:
Linda P. Hejduk & Peter A. Flihan Jr.

Asbury Shorts New York is New York City's longest running exhibition of award-winning short films and producer Doug LeClaire brings the World's Best Short Films back to Algonquin Arts Theatre. Produced as a fast-paced event in a "Short Film Concert" format, the program features the best in comedy, drama and animation by combining classic shorts with new international festival winners. A rare opportunity to see world-class films on the big screen in a theatrical setting, each of the titles ranges from two to 25 minutes long and is presented back to back much like a musician's set list. Come this year to see what great films are in this year’s edition!

Intermission: Yes
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Are You My Mother?
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an ArtsPower production
Monday, March 14 • 10:00am & 11:45am
Grades K-3 - 60 minutes
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Neither Dog nor Cat nor Hen is Baby Bird's mother, but all three will become her family until she can find Mother Bird at last.

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Seminar 1: Rogers and Hammerstein's The King & I Explored
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Music with Maestro
Two Seminars with Father Alphonse Stephenson | Spring 2016
Wednesday, March 16 • 1-3 p.m.
$15

Celebrate the lives and works of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Learn about these two icons of the American musical repertoire, experience their great productions such as Carousel, State Fair, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Cinderella, and The Kind & I. Listen to Rodgers and Hammerstein's music that elevated the world of musical theatre and engage in conversation over their desire to craft musical art that revealed the basic goodness of people.

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Dervish
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Traditional Music Direct from Ireland
Saturday, March 19 • 8pm
Premium: $41 (Adults), $38 (Seniors), $32 (Students)
Regular: $34 (Adults), $31 (Seniors), $25 (Students)
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Built upon two sturdy pillars - the hauntingly charismatic vocals of Cathy Jordan and the dazzling virtuosity of award-winning instrumentalists like Tom Morrow on fiddle, Liam Kelly on flute, and Shane Mitchell on accordion, Dervish is a solid structure of a band, its foundation in legendary pub sessions, its shape the result of years of international touring.

The solid rhythm playing of Brian McDonagh and Michael Holmes drives the band, whose concert performances are a myriad of tones and moods ranging from high energy tunes, played with fluidity and intuitiveness, to beautifully measured songs, from charming lyrics of life and love, to inspiring melodies that lift audiences from their seats. All the elements are drawn together by Jordan's masterful stage presence. Her stories to the songs and her interaction with the audience draws people into the music in a way very few performers can achieve.

The Sligo Borough Council's decision to award Dervish the Freedom of the Borough of Sligo cemented the group's position as preeminent band in Ireland's Wild West. It raised them into the exalted company of poet W.B. Yeats, who was the first person to be awarded the freedom of Sligo.

Runtime: Approximately 2 Hours
Intermission: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes (Appropriate for ages 8 & up)

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The King and I
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Rodgers & Hammerstein's
An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production
April 1 - April 10 • Eight Performances!
Premium: $36 (Adults), $33 (Seniors), $27 (Students)
Regular: $29 (Adults), $26 (Seniors), $20 (Students)
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Sponsored By:
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East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna's assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. Along with the dazzling score, the incomparable Jerome Robbins ballet, "The Small House of Uncle Thomas," is one of the all-time marvels of the musical stage.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes
Intermission: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes

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Chicken Dance
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an ArtsPower production
Tuesday, April 12 • 10:00am & 11:45am
Grades K-3 - 60 minutes
$9 - Education Groups of 12 or more
$12 - Individual Sales

Introducing a new musical that portrays the colorful story of Marge and Lola, two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks who seem to have the contest locked up. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest?

LIFE - HLTH - VPA - LAL - MUS

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Sponsored by PNC Foundation & The Horizon Foundation of NJ

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Page Turner's Adventures: The Big Test Success
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a TheatreWorksUSA production
Thursday, April 14 • 10:00am & 11:45am
Grades 1 and up - 60 minutes
$9 - Education Groups of 12 or more
$12 - Individual Sales

Page Turner's Adventures features Riley Roam as the "World Famous Storyologist," Page Turner, and former Ringling Bros. clown Kenny Mikey, as her slapstick sidekick. The BIG TEST SUCCESS presents practical, stress-busting techniques, test-taking strategies, and confidence boosting exercises that help kids reduce test-anxiety, develop positive attitudes, and feel prepared for exams that test common core standards. This side-splitting show motivates kids to do their best, then gives them the specific tools they need to succeed.

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Divas In A Man's World
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Produced and Presented by Steven Andrade
Saturday, April 16 • 3pm and 8pm
Premium: $45 - Regular: $40

Steven Andrade proudly presents the critically acclaimed show, Divas In A Man's World®, featuring some of the world's best celebrity and female impersonators. A native of suburban Philadelphia, PA, producer and artistic director Steven Andrade created Divas In A Man’s World in early 2009. It was his realization of redefining the traditional celebrity impersonation show and creating an entirely new way of thrilling audiences. Divas In A Man's World combines mini concerts, multiple costume changes, spectacular staging effects along recreations of the Divas most memorable career highlights that continues to earn it rave reviews from the press and fans alike.

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Seminar 2: Pondering Puccini
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Music with Maestro
Two Seminars with Father Alphonse Stephenson | Spring 2016
Wednesday, April 20 • 1-3 p.m.
$15

Pondering Puccini is a class that explores the man behind such great operas as Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Boheme and other great works. From his time at Milan Conservatory in the late 1800s through his premiers at Teatro Regio and La Scala, learn more about Giacomo Puccini, who is considered one of the greatest composers of Italian opera.

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The Laramie Project
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Algonquin Youth Ensemble
April 22 - April 23 • Two Performances!
Reserved: $20 (Adult), $17 (Senior), $14 (Student)
Discounts for Groups of 12 or more.

In October 1998 Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard, a University of Wyoming student, was targeted in this attack because he was gay. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder.

The Algonquin Youth Ensemble stars in one of the most performed plays in America today.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes
Intermission: Yes
Kid Friendly: Recommended for ages 14 & up.

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Freedom Train
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a TheatreWorksUSA production
Friday, April 22 • 10:00am
Grades 3 and up - 60 minutes
$9.00 - Education Groups of 12 or more
$12.00 - Individual Sales

*Notice: This title has been rescheduled from Thursday, January 26, 2016. Canceled to due weather.

A thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people. In this fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes, the show uses dance, dialogue, and music of the period. This is a story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit - a universal story for all.

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*Note: References to historical language is presented.

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An Afternoon of Puccini
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Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea
Conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson
Sunday, April 24 • 3pm
Premium: $51 (Adults), $48 (Seniors), $41 (Students)
Regular: $43 (Adults), $40 (Seniors), $33 (Students)
Groups of 12 or more: $35 (Adults/Seniors), $25 (Students)
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Orchestra Series Sponsor: THE FONTENELLI FAMILY
Concert Sponsor: Janice Blanton in Memory of her Father

Father Alphonse Stephenson has conducted the works of countless composers in a wide variety of genres, but it will be a special treat for both the maestro and the audience has he celebrates the works of his favorite composer, Giacomo Puccini. Come celebrate arias from such great operas as La Boheme, Tosca, Madame Butterfly and as well as a few selections from Puccini's contemporaries.

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The Little Red Hen
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a Theatre IV production
Tuesday, April 26 • 10:00am & 11:45am
Grades K-4 - 60 minutes
$9 - Education Groups of 12 or more
$12 - Individual Sales

The Little Red Hen is a well-known and beautiful story about friendship, helpfulness and perseverance. Have you ever worked hard on a project and found that no one would help you along the way - but when the project is a success, suddenly everyone wants to claim the credit, and enjoy the results? Welcome to the world of the Little Red Hen and her friends!

LIFE - HLTH - VPA - LAL - MUS

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Sponsored by PNC Foundation & The Horizon Foundation of NJ

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Swing! Swing! Swing!
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James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band in
Featuring Dan Levinson (clarinet), Molly Ryan (vocals) & Gimme Four (vocal quartet)
Sunday, May 1 • 3pm
Premium: $36 (Adults), $33 (Seniors), $27 (Students)
Regular: $29 (Adults), $26 (Seniors), $20 (Students)
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Sponsored By:
Raymond & Pamela Brunt
Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center

SWING, SWING, SWING! The Greatest Hits of the Big Band Era

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James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band features the cream of New York City's jazz musicians, faithfully re-creating the captivating sounds of the Swing Era, including the music played by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Chick Webb, and other bands. Before moving from London to New York in 2002, British-born bandleader James Langton led the internationally acclaimed Pasadena Roof Orchestra and the Solid Senders Orchestra, and spent many years painstakingly assembling his now massive library of arrangements, many of which come from the archives of the original bands. Soloist Dan Levinson is New York's preeminent swing clarinetist and the one of foremost interpreters of Goodman and Shaw in the world. Vocalist/guitarist Molly Ryan brings her attractive, elegant vocal style to songs originally recorded by singers such as Peggy Lee, Helen Ward, Martha Tilton, and Helen Forrest. Gimme Four, one of the top vocal quartets in the country, join the band to replicate the four part harmonies as did the Modernaires with Glenn Miller and the Pied Pipers with Tommy Dorsey.

Runtime: 2 hours
Intermission: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
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An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production
May 13 - May 22 • Six Performances!
Premium: $36 (Adults), $33 (Seniors), $27 (Students)
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Sponsored By:
C. Keith Henderson and Associates

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Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn't everything.

Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Runtime: Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes
Intermission: No
Kid Friendly: Recommended for ages 10 & up

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Miss. Nelson is Missing
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an TheatreWorksUSA production
Thursday, May 26 • 10:00am & 11:45am
Grades 1 to 8 - 60 minutes
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The students in Room 207 were the worst-behaved class in the whole school. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling; paper airplanes whizzing through the air - even though they had the sweetest teacher of all, Miss Nelson. When Miss Nelson unexpectedly does not come to school one day, the class gets the strictest substitute they have ever met: Miss Viola Swamp! The search is on for Miss Nelson. Hopefully the students of Room 207 will find her before its too late.

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By The Sea
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A Cecelia Foundation Benefit
Sunday, May 29 • 3pm
Premium: $51 (Adults), $48 (Seniors), $41 (Students)
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Groups of 12 or more: $35 (Adults/Seniors), $25 (Students)

Father Alphonse Stephenson conducts the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea in a sea-themed concert in a benefit for his Cecelia Foundation. 'By the Sea' will feature Washington, D.C., artist Stephan Silipigni's paintings of water scenes as part of the multi-media show. The Orchestra will play great arrangements of 'water music' such as 'Under the Sea,' 'Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay,' and 'By the Sleepy Lagoon' in addition to Handel's 'Water Music,' Strauss' 'Blue Danube' and Smetana's 'Moldau.' Select students will be chosen to play with the orchestra. This concert is a benefit for Father Alphonse's Cecelia Foundation, which gives scholarships and professional instruments to deserving music students throughout New Jersey.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours
Intermission: Yes

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