FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2004
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
December Brings Several Senior Night Out
Offerings at Kean University
UNION, N.J. –Kean University proudly announces
the second year of its popular Senior Night Out program. In an initiative
led by University President Dawood Farahi, free tickets to several of
the stellar performing-arts events held at the University’s theatres
are available to seniors through local senior-citizens centers.
“Senior citizens are very important to our communities,”
said Farahi. “As a leader in education, it is imperative that Kean
University uses its resources to include them in the wonderful cultural
offerings on this campus.” He added that, while planning this new
program, Kean polled seniors living locally to find out what kinds of
outings they would enjoy. The overwhelming response was for performing
arts. “We have great programming that we can share with our seniors.
I know this plan will be especially beneficial for those living on a fixed
income, who might otherwise not be able to see events of this caliber
as much as they would like,” said Farahi.
To request Senior Night Out tickets, please contact your local senior-citizens
center. For more information, call Marge Devanney of Kean University at
Upcoming Senior Night Out shows include:
Wednesday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.
The Chanukkah Story featuring The Western Wind and narrator Annabelle
The Western Wind is a vocal sextet that has devoted itself to the special
beauty and variety of a cappella music. The company, along with
guest narrator Annabelle Gurwitch, noted film and television actress,
writer and NPR commentator, and host of TBS's Dinner & a Movie,
who explores Chanukkah’s orgins, spiritual significance and the
rituals and customs that have evolved to celebrate it. The Chanukkah
Story is comprised of 25 songs that weave together ancient Ladino
songs of the Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern
Israeli and Mexican tunes along with insightful and informed commentary.
The piece won The New York Times Critics’ Choice award
for favorite holiday recording.
Friday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.
Voice of the Dragon
Composer Fred Ho’s newest action blockbuster is a groundbreaking
multicultural cross-genre performance epic in a never-before-seen explosive
fusion of music and theatre with pyrotechnical martial arts, set during
the early Ching dynasty in China. The show features a cast of elite champion
martial artists and Fred Ho’s Afro Asian Music Ensemble.
Saturday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.
Noche Buena 2004
Come celebrate La Navidad with a Latin flair. This bilingual annual event
is a wonderful holiday program full of the traditional music and dances
from throughout Latin America in celebration of the Christmas spirit,
offering audience participation and surprises that will make this an evening
that is both educational and memorable.
Friday, December 17, 7 p.m.
Babes in Toyland
This new, updated version of Victor Herbert’s classic holiday-season
operetta will delight the whole family as fantasy and reality are interwoven
in a land where toys walk, talk and sing.
Saturday, December 18, 7:30 p.m.
Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas features fiery fiddles,
uileeann pipes, Celtic guitar and Irish dance in a loving recreation of
the joy and innocence of a Christmas night in a rural farmhouse in the
west of Ireland.