The Piano Guys became an internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos which have garnered over 1.6 billion YouTube views. It’s the Guys’ highly original blend of classical music with pop that has made them an internet phenomenon. They’ve made over 65 videos since joining forces in early 2011, including their biggest hit, an innovative 10-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” “Code Name Vivaldi” blends The Bourne Identity soundtrack riff with a similarly intense Vivaldi cello concerto in a breathless video culminating with Schmidt and Nelson performing on a flatcar on a high-speed train. “Titanium/Pavane” is a mash-up of French classical composer Gabriel Fauré’s “Pavane” with David Guetta’s “Titanium.” The Piano Guys are Jon Schmidt (pianist, songwriter), Steven Sharp Nelson (cellist, songwriter), Paul Anderson (producer, videographer), and Al van der Beek (music producer, songwriter). The Piano Guys have released five studio albums, two Christmas releases, and a fan-favorite live album, earning...
Back by popular demand! Damn The Torpedoes- A Tribute to the music of Tom Petty returns to Darress Theatre Concert Series on Friday October 11th.
Ring of Fire- Johnny Cash Tribute
Wooden Ships- The Music of Crosby, Stills & Nash
Hailing from Asbury Park, New Jersey, The E Street Shuffle is a Bruce Springsteen tribute band that built itself from the ground up on the principals of being as musically authentic as humanly possible, while embodying the spirit, power and camaraderie of Springsteen & The E Street Bands legendary live concerts. Since its inception in 2006, The E Street Shuffle has attained a sizeable following and earned a reputation as a band that lays it all on the line all night, every night. The 7-piece outfit performs at casinos, theaters, colleges, professional and collegiate sporting events, charity benefits, fairs and special events in addition to corporate functions, weddings, parties and an array of the top clubs and bars. No other healthsavy.com tribute band can boast to having vocals as close to Springsteens or a stage show that is as energetic and dynamic, and this is what sets The E Street Shuffle apart from the competition.
Relive the classic music of the 1960s with four incredible acts! Headling this Rock and Rock Spectacular is the legendary Chubby Checker. The only artist to have five albums in the Top 12 at the same time, Checker will remind us what its like to Twist Again! Featuring Chubby Checker & The Wildcats ("The Twist," "Let's Twist Again," "Pony Time," "The Limbo Rock," "The Fly") The Duprees (“You Belong to Me,” “My Own True Love,” “Why Don’t you Believe Me”) Jay Siegel’s Tokens (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Tonight I Fell in Love,” "Portrait of My Love”) The Capris (“There’s a Moon Out Tonight,” “Morse Code of Love”)
Slow Hands Band - Songs from Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos and Claptons illustrious solo career.... and songs like Crossroads, Sunshine of your Love, White Room, Bell Bottom Blues, Wonderful Tonight, I shot the Sheriff, Layla and much more. In January 2018, the Ramblin Dawgs, an original blues rock band out of New Jersey with over 30 years experience playing live, added two members and created Slow Hands, The Eric Clapton Tribute Band. The goal was to create a band that captures the energy and passion of the music of Eric Clapton played live. After almost a year of perfecting the sound and playing some warm up gigs, that goal was reached and the band is ready to perform at top venue halls in the New York/ New Jersey/ Pennsylvania area. Darress Theatre welcomes Slow Hands for their first time performing at our Concert Series.
Recreating and performing the music of the bewitching rock icon, legendary singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac front woman, Stevie Nicks. Our sets include songs from the enchantresss catalog which spans four decades of chart topping hits.; from Stevie's early beginnings with Fleetwood Mac to her latest release. Sabrina Staats, as The Gypsy, will take you on a magical, musical journey through time and she will leave you believing you are actually in the presence of Stevie herself, making your encounter "A True Stevie Nicks Experience". The Band: The Gypsy Sabrina Staats Musical Director & Lead Guitar - Rob Staats Guitar - Brad Heisler Bass - Joe Orost Drums - Brian Abate Backing Vocalist - Bonnie Filipak Keyboards - Ralph Gradilone
Sir Paul- The Music of Paul McCartney SIR PAUL returns to the Darress Theatre Concert Series on Saturday Nov 16th.
The Royal Scam returns to Darress Theatre on Saturday Nov 23rd. Since it's inception in 1992, the Royal Scam has been performing for packed houses and cheering crowds who appreciate the classic rock music of Steely Dan. Touted by NJ Monthly as one of the Top 10 tribute bands to experience, the band's stellar musicianship and attention to detail for every song has garnered them a large and loyal following. Featured on the cover of Steppin' Out Magazine, the Scam has played to rave reviews at such respected venues as the China Club, Shell Theater at Trump Marina, McCloone's Supper Club, Club Bené, The Rock and Roll Cafe, Berks Jazz Fest, Scranton Jazz Fest, Bethlehem Musikfest, Trumpets Jazz Club, just to name a few. The Royal Scam radiates a spirit of vitality, authenticity, and intimacy that breathes new life and emotional energy into the music they perform. The ensemble creates an inspiring, engaging musical experience that is consistently first rate and professional. Come see the glory of the Royal Scam!
XIAN ZHANG conductor GEORGE LI piano Three works of deeply felt emotion, and the NJSO return of astonishing young American pianist George Li. This program has it all: melodies that linger in the heart, rich harmonies and dance-like rhythms. ANNA CLYNE Within Her Arms (NJSO Premiere) A defining work in this Brooklyn-based composer’s career. Written for strings alone, this tender piece is the song of loss and memory for her mother. RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3 Rachmaninoff wrote this concerto to showcase his exceptional talent and blindingly fast technique. It starts with a deceptively simple melody that every beginner can play, but it quickly becomes the Everest of all piano concertos—one that few soloists attempt to conquer. DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8 Dvořák’s Eighth poured out of him while he was surrounded by the cherished Bohemian countryside that was his inspiration. Close your eyes and you’ll see the colors of autumn, awash in sunlight.
Final show for our 2019 season! JIMI HENDRIX : A musical icon, electrifying performer, hit song-writer and prolific artist. He is largely considered the greatest guitarist of all-time! Jimi Hendrix carved an immortal memory into modern music. He surely deserves a truly authentic tribute to his legacy. THIS IS IT... KISS THE SKY! - WORLD'S GREATEST JIMI HENDRIX TRIBUTE Through meticulous detailed re-productions in every aspect of look and sound in re-creating Jimi Hendrixs most classic concerts & landmark stage show performances, KISS THE SKY is boldly presenting the worlds most historically accurate Jimi Hendrix tribute show EVER! KTS is fronted by virtuoso guitarist and former Columbia recording artist, Jimy Bleu, and backed by a cast of world-class touring musicians from the NYC metro area whose combined resumes are astonishing; recording and performing with major music stars such as: Pearl Jam, Aretha Franklin, LL Cool J, Teddy Pendergrass, James Cotton, John Mayall, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga and more. KTS musicians are so 'EXPERIENCED' that all 3 of Jimi's remaining former bandmates...
Don Giovanni is a one-of-a-kind mix of comedy, tragedy and the supernatural, and it’s on the shortlist of every opera fan’s favorites. Enjoy highlights from Mozart’s masterpiece, preceded by music composed for the church and the concert hall. XIAN ZHANG conductor ERIC WYRICK violin Singers from the METROPOLITAN OPERA’S LINDEMANN YOUNG ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Don Giovanni is a one-of-a-kind mix of comedy, tragedy and the supernatural, and it’s on the shortlist of every opera fan’s favorites. Enjoy highlights from Mozart’s masterpiece, preceded by music composed for the church and the concert hall. MOZART Exsultate, jubilate One of Mozart’s most famous works—with good reason. This church solo from Mozart’s teenage years rivals his secular arias for sheer brilliance. MOZART Violin Concerto No. 4 NJSO Concertmaster Eric Wyrick performs a Mozart concerto into which the composer crafted too much virtuosity to perform himself MOZART Scenes from Don Giovanni Xian Zhang’s selection of magnificent arias and scenes creates a masterful abridged version of Mozart’s dramatic bad-boy opera.
If you like your music larger than life, this is your concert. You’ll hear Simon Trpčeski’s towering talent in Liszt, and the strength of a massive orchestra in selections from Wagner’s epic opera cycle. XIAN ZHANG conductor SIMON TRPČESKI piano If you like your music larger than life, this is your concert. You’ll hear Simon Trpčeski’s towering talent in Liszt, and the strength of a massive orchestra in selections from Wagner’s epic opera cycle. WAGNER Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin Ten minutes of utter serenity: Wagner has painted the most delicate sound, with soft strings evoking the tenderness of silver moonlight. LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2 NJSO audiences demanded Trpčeski’s return. Don’t miss him in this dazzler by the composer-pianist genius Franz Liszt. WAGNER/arr. Maazel The Ring Without Words (NJSO Premiere) Wagner’s four-night epic of Ring operas is full of heaven-storming music. The American conductor Lorin Maazel, who mentored Xian early in her career, arranged it into this amazing 60-minute suite.
CHRISTOPH KÖNIG conductor SIMONE PORTER violin Audiences and NJSO musicians agree: Christoph König is a favorite guest conductor. His November 2018 concerts were a triumph, and we couldn’t wait to bring him back for Bruckner’s magnificent Sixth Symphony. Bonus: the NJSO debut of a young American violinist who’s taking the world by storm. MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto This is the diamond in the crown of violin concertos, with sparkling melodies and quicksilver beauty in every bar. Simone Porter, only in her early 20s, has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times for playing that is “lovingly lyrical, occasionally frisky. She is clearly on the cusp of a major career.” BRUCKNER Symphony No. 6 Bruckner was a church organist by day, but when he took up his composing pen at night, he opened a whole new world of orchestral splendor. His Sixth Symphony begins with violins playing so softly you may miss them; then, a mysterious horn call sounds, and suddenly the whole orchestra sweeps you away. MOZART Overture to The Magic Flute Hear the majesty and magic of Mozart’s final opera—a fantastical tale...
Celebrate the composer’s 250th birthday with a Beethoven Bash! An audacious NJSO debut: one of the most acclaimed pianists today, artist-in-residence Louis Lortie, performs all five Beethoven piano concertos across two programs in a can’t-miss weekend. Hear Lortie on March 22 at State Theatre New Jersey, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concertos 2, 3 & 4. XIAN ZHANG conductor LOUIS LORTIE piano BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 When Beethoven moved from his small-town home to the big city of Vienna, he used this music to impress the Viennese with his once-in-a-lifetime virtuosity at the piano. BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 You know Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. His Third Piano Concerto has the same drama and impact, and it is a thrill to witness as it unfolds through a great pianist’s hands. BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 The opening is Beethoven magic: a hushed piano solo brings you to the edge of your seat for what becomes his most joyous concerto.
HENRIK NÁNÁSI conductor After making a splash in his superb Metropolitan Opera debut last season, Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási makes his first NJSO appearance with a masterpiece from his homeland and a favorite Romantic symphony. BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta A daring 20th-century masterpiece! Revel in the sounds of the NJSO strings, accentuated by keyboard and percussion—writing so evocative that Stanley Kubrick famously used it in The Shining. TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 Critics of Tchaikovsky’s day crushed this new symphony (“a horde of demons struggling in a torrent of brandy,” wrote one), and even the composer said, “It is a failure.” But its hypnotic melodies and triumphant mood turned the Fifth into an audience favorite.
NICHOLAS MCGEGAN conductor RUBÉN RENGEL violin EDUARDO RIOS violin ADRIANA ROSIN violin NA-YOUNG BAEK cello A beloved guest conductor returns to the NJSO’s podium and harpsichord bench, as astonishing rising stars from the Sphinx Organization and virtuosos from our own ranks take center stage. BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn Brahms reimagined an old German hymn tune in eight different ways, then wove these variations together into one breathtaking showpiece. VIVALDI Concerto for Two Violins in B-flat Major, RV 529 With Nicholas McGegan at the harpsichord, NJSO Assistant Concertmaster Adriana Rosin pairs up with 2018 Sphinx Competition winner Rubén Rengel for dazzling Vivaldi. VIVALDI Concerto for Violin and Cello in B-flat Major, RV 547 2015 Sphinx Competition winner Eduardo Rios partners with newly named NJSO Assistant Principal Cello Na-Young Baek for Baroque fireworks in this virtuosic showpiece. VIVALDI Concerto for Three Violins in F Major, RV 551 Both Sphinx winners and Rosin perform together in the give and take of Vivaldi’s brilliant melodies as if in sparkling...
ANDREY BOREYKO conductor AKIKO SUWANAI violin Two NJSO debuts we’re eager to share with you: Russia’s Andrey Boreyko in treasured masterpieces from his homeland, and Japan’s Akiko Suwanai in an iconic violin classic. MASON BATES Attack Decay Sustain Release (NJSO Premiere) A four-minute joyride, with the strings and brass tumbling over each other, and a touch of groove inspired by Mason Bates’ love of electronic dance music. TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto Famous for blending elegance with fireworks, Suwanai performs one of the most beloved of all violin concertos. SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10 For decades early in his career, Shostakovich was hounded and harassed by Soviet leader Josef Stalin. Shostakovich’s 10th was written just after Stalin’s death; it is a towering testament to resilience over tyranny