NJPAC Announces 2012-2013 Season: Includes More Curtains, New Festivals, Community Partnerships, NJPAC Debuts and Year-Round Programming

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Newark, NJ (PRWEB) May 03, 2012

Celebrating 15 seasons of bringing the worlds premier artists to its three Newark stages, and the first full season under the programming leadership of John Schreiber, President and CEO, and David Rodriguez, Executive Producer/VP Programming, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) today announced an exciting and engaging 2012-13 Season filled with new festivals, curatorial and artistic collaborations, and community partnerships, programs and artist outreach that will take place within and beyond its stages. Throughout the season, NJPAC will continue to add performances, making the Centers programming truly year-round.

"Our 2012-13 season will be filled with the sounds of surprise" said John Schreiber, NJPAC's President and CEO. "We've consciously scheduled more curtains and added significantly to the artistic mix. In addition to what audiences have come to love and expect from the Arts Center, we're introducing new programs that will be unique to the region. If you already love NJPAC, there's plenty on the roster for you. And if you haven't yet been to the theater or visited in a long time, we think our expanded schedule will offer something to engage everybody."

"It is a thrill and honor to be able to program for the State's most prestigious venue," said David Rodriguez, who came aboard as Executive Producer/Vice President in January and is creating his first full NJPAC season. "Our orchestra and international variety series have always been second to none. We've had the chance to really listen to our audiences and a diversity of choice is what they want. Our new season reflects that. You'll see expanded family programs, a little more soul, some funk, great interpreters of the American Songbook, along with festivals, film, intimate afternoons with legends and many performances only available at NJPAC."

Single tickets are now onsale and may be purchased by calling 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), in person at the NJPAC box office located at One Center Street in downtown Newark, or online at http://www.njpac.org.

Summer 2012

Summer at NJPAC is going to be the largest and busiest yet, kicking off with the previously announced hit NBC alternative series "America's Got Talent" broadcasting live, two nights a week, beginning in July. American radio personality, television host and author Howard Stern joins the show as a judge, along with Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne. Nick Cannon returns as host.

Sounds of the City, NJPACs free, outdoor concert series, has been expanded and reimagined as a community event that gives attendees a taste of what they can expect to see on the mainstage in the upcoming season. With reggae, Latin music, hip hop, soul and R&B on the bill, Thursday evenings (5-10pm) at NJPAC between July 5 and August 30, 2012 will showcase some of the hottest artists in the various genres each week in Theater Square. Jumpstarting Newarks favorite festival on July 5 from 5-10pm will be the return of the always-popular Rhythm Review Dance Party with Felix Hernandez, complete with a dance floor and all the grooves to which listeners to Hernandez popular weekly radio show are accustomed. The Wailers, the legendary reggae band that backed Bob Marley, headlines an evening of Jamaican sounds along with Brooklyn-based Judah Tribe. Both Latin and Caribbean music are in the forefront all summer long, with performances by Ray Mantilla, Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band featuring Luisito Rosario, Alfredo de le Fe and Emo Luciano with special guests Bobby Sanabria and others, as well as two Sounds of the City nights co-sponsored with TEMPO Networks, the Pan-Caribbean media and entertainment company. Also on the bill for the series are two nights of hip hop, headlined by industry pioneers Big Daddy Kane and Rakim (and DJ Tony Touch). The R&B/neo-soul husband and wife group Kindred the Family Soul brings its smooth songs and celebration of family and love to the Theater Square stage on R&B Night. Each Sounds of the City concert features one or more performing artists and an extended DJ set from 8-10pm to keep the party going.

NJPACs Friday Night Live, a new series of four Friday night concerts (July 6, July 20, Aug. 3 and Aug. 17), features funk royalty The Family Stone with Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson, and the greatest horn band ever, Blood, Sweat & Tears, as well as two nights of TEMPO Caribbean programming. Through Friday Night Live, NJPAC is able to offer an additional four free concerts to thousands in the community and the surrounding metro-area, further activating the Downtown Arts District on nights that in summers past might have been dark.

Womens Association of NJPAC Spotlight Gala 2012

Each year, the Womens Association of NJPAC raises funds and friends for Arts Center operations and education activities through its annual Spotlight Gala. This years very special event features A Night in Motown with guest artists Brian McKnight, Darlene Love, Valerie Simpson and American Idols musical director Ray Chew with special guests still to be added.

Only-At-NJPAC Festivals & Special Events

This season, NJPAC is offering more choices and more performances through a greater number of festivals and special events that span art forms from jazz to poetry to funk and hip hop.

On December 8, NJPAC gets funkified when George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic take the stage with special guests Morris Day & The Time in NJPACs inaugural Funk Fest. Clinton, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a pioneer of the genre, brings his classic funk, soul and rock collective and is joined by Morris Day and bestselling group The Time (Jungle Love and What Time is It?), known also for their work on Princes Purple Rain. During the season, Clinton will lead discussion on funk with high school students from around the State. Additional performances will be added to the Funk Fest throughout the season.

In Jamaica at 50, an NJPAC November 30 exclusive celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence, one of the longest reigning reggae superstar groups of all time, Third World, Grammy-nominated British superstar Maxi Priest, and the next branch of Marley lineage, Ky-Mani Marley (Bobs son), celebrate the islands independence from Great Britain by sharing the sounds of struggle and protest through reggae genius.

The James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival is a weeklong celebration of jazz and the musical legacy of longtime Newarker and beloved jazz musician James Moody. The Festival is highlighted by two star-studded concerts: For Love of Moody: A Jazz Celebration (Oct. 19)featuring jazz icons George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, David Sanborn, Kenny Barron, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Paquito DRivera and others, and Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Still Ahead (Oct. 20), an all-star recreation of the landmark original Gil Evans arrangements of the classic Miles Davis recordings of Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain, and Miles Ahead featuring trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Peter Erskine, Howard Johnson, Sean Jones, Jimmy Cobb and others. Premiering on Oct. 20 at NJPAC will be Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans, a jazz musical based on bestselling author Mary Pope Osbornes A Good Night for Ghosts (book number 42 in her 100-million-plus selling series of childrens books). The work will also be performed, at no cost, for 4,300 Newark fourth graders. Created by Osborne and her playwright-husband Will, in collaboration with Broadway-veteran Murray Horwitz and legendary New Orleans composer Allen Toussaint, the musical transports the audience to 1915 New Orleans where the main characters help a young Louis Armstrong on the path to becoming the king of jazz. The festival will also feature the culminating performance of The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, with winners and finalists performing on the Victoria Theater stage on Oct. 21. G

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