January 24, 2011
Contact: Paul Whelihan
Gene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall Inaugural Season Continues;
Spring Schedule Features Grammy Award-winning Musicians
The Gene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall, Kean University’s masterful performance facility specifically designed for acoustic music continues its 2010-2011 inaugural season with performances by classical crossover/bluegrass ensemble Mark O’Connor Quartet, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, China Traditional Orchestra Anhui, Pedro Javier González, Arco Ensemble and Jim Brickman.
The spring season begins with Grammy Award-winning Mark O’Connor Quartet (Sunday, February 20) These virtuosi musicians perform an unforgettable concert of explorations in new musical territory. The performance will feature works from O’Connor’s String Quartet No. 2 Bluegrass which draw on O’Connor’s own well-documented and uniquely American musical history.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Sunday, February 27) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning South African a cappella vocal ensemble performing with the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway. Their most recent album, Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu, received two 2009 Grammy nominations. The group first rose to fame through their landmark collaboration with Paul Simon, provided the soundtrack for Disney’s The Lion King and performed with artists as diverse as Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.
China Traditional Orchestra Anhui (Saturday, March 5) will feature folk selections of the Anhui Province performed on traditional instruments including the pipa, bamboo flute, erhu, jinghu and guqin.
Pedro Javier González (Sunday, March 6) will be presented in association with Teatro Sí for his United States debut tour. González will be performing flamenco guitar in its purest essence in the modern day fusion style.
Arco Ensemble string orchestra, led by Stewart Robertson, the dynamic conductor of opera and contemporary music, returns to Enlow Hall (Saturday, April 9) to premiere Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra led by Matthew Halper, professor in Kean’s Conservatory of Music, and featuring soloist Christopher Kenniff.
Jim Brickman (Saturday, April 16) has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations. His romantic piano sounds have made him the best selling solo piano artist of our time. Brickman will perform works from his upcoming CD Home. It includes the featured single, Thank You.
Kean University’s Concert Artists Series, in its 12th season, brings world-renowned performing musicians to Kean University’s faculty. The upcoming spring season performances at Enlow Hall include Verdi’s Rigoletto concert performance (March 24), Celebrating Heitor Villa Lobos for piano (April 20), and Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey New Music Forum (April 28).
Equipped with its own state-of-the-art recording studio, and home to the only Fazioli 10 foot grand piano in the New York metropolitan area, Enlow Recital Hall is a stunning performance space that is alluring and dramatic for audiences and performers alike. Highlights of last fall’s presentations included classical crossover-chamber ensemble Ahn Trio, Grammy-nominated pop singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton and multiple Grammy Award winner classical guitarist Sharon Isbin.
Ticket prices for performances vary and range from $25 to $40. Call the Kean Stage box office at 908.737.7469 or order on-line at enlowhall.kean.edu. The Gene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall is located on Kean University’s east campus at 215 North Avenue, Hillside. For further information, visit the university website at www.kean.edu.