Kean Stage Announces 2010-2011 Performing Arts Season

UNION – Kean Stage’s 2010-2011 performing arts season boasts an impressive lineup including Jim Brickman, Vanessa Carlton, Sharon Isbin, the Mark O’Connor Quartet, the Moscow Festival Ballet, more dance and a host of family and school programs.

Performances take place at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre and Kean Hall located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union. and in the new Enlow Recital Hall located on the Nathan Weiss Graduate School campus at 250 North Avenue in Hillside.


Tickets are available at the Wilkins Theatre Box Office on campus, by calling 908-737-SHOW (7469), and online at

The lineup is as follows:


Ahn Trio – Classical Crossover – Chamber Music

September 25, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Enlow Hall

From Dvorak to The Doors, these Juilliard-trained sisters have taken the classical music world by storm.” “They redefine the art and architecture of chamber music.

Vanessa Carlton – Rock/Pop – Multiple GRAMMY Nominee

October 9, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Enlow Hall

“One of the strongest melodic gifts among today’s female singer songwriters.” – USA Today

New Jersey Symphony Chamber Players

October 10, 2010 at 2 p.m.

Enlow Hall

A benefit performance for the Kean University Scholarship Fund featuring Naomi Youngstein, violin and Michael Stewart, viola performing works by Bach and Mozart; and Bart Feller, flute; Karl Herman, clarinet; Robert Ingliss, oboe; Erika Nickrenz, piano; and Robert Wagner, bassoon performing works by Caplet and Saint-Saëns.

Arco Ensemble – Chamber Music

Music from Across the Pond

November 12, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Enlow Hall

The virtuoso string orchestra Arco Ensemble returns to Enlow Hall with internationally renowned guest conductor David Angus, performing music by England’s greatest composers. Works will include Serenade for Strings by Edward Elgar and Les Illuminations by Benjamin Britten, featuring soprano Katherine Harris.

State Symphony Capella of Russia – 50 member vocal ensemble

November 13, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Enlow Hall

A performing style that highlights warmth, a flexibility of phrasing, a nobility of expression and skillfully balanced choral sections.

Sharon Isbin – Classical Guitar – Multiple GRAMMY® Winner

December 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Enlow Hall

Isbin has over 25 recordings, and has been acclaimed for expanding the guitar repertoire with some of the finest new works of the century. She is a two-time GRAMMY® Award winner for “Best Instrumental Soloist,” which made her the first classical guitarist in 28 years to win a GRAMMY®. Her world premiere recording of concerti written for her by Academy Award winner Tan Dun and Pulitzer Prize winner Christopher Rouse also won a GRAMMY®.

The Best of Broadway – Holiday on Broadway

December 12, 2010 at 3 p.m.

Enlow Hall

Music from around the world in a celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa including hits from Broadway and film.

Baltimore Consort – Folk Music

December 18, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Enlow Hall

Holiday carols and dance tunes from the British Isles, France and Appalachia sung and performed on lute, flute and viols.

O’Connor Quartet – Classical Crossover – Bluegrass – GRAMMY® Winner

February 20, 2011 at 3 p.m.

Enlow Hall

Mark O’Connor and Kelly Hall-Tompkins on violins, Gillian Gallagher on viola and Patrice Jackson on cello provide “one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music.” – The New York Times

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South African Vocal Ensemble – Multiple GRAMMY® Winner

February 27, 2011 at 3 p.m.

Enlow Hall

With the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway, the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo are the undisputed kings of mbube, South African a cappella singing. The group first rose to fame through their landmark collaboration with Paul Simon on his Graceland album, and have performed with artists as diverse as Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.

China Traditional Orchestra Anhui – 50 piece ensemble

March 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Enlow Hall

Folk selections of the Anhui Province performed on traditional instruments including the pipa, bamboo flute, erhu, jinghu and guqin.

Presented in association with TEATRO Sí

Pedro Javier Gonzalez

March 6, 2011 at 3 p.m.

Enlow Hall

The “Spanish Guitar Master” in his U.S. Debut Tour performing flamenco in its purest essence in the modern day fusion style.

Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra—50 piece ensemble

April 3, 2011 at 3 p.m.

Wilkins Theatre

Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European folk music.

Arco Ensemble

All American

April 9, 2011 at 8 p.m.

Enlow Hall

The Arco Ensemble returns, led by Stewart Robertson, the dynamic conductor of opera and contemporary music, to premiere Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra by Matthew Halper, featuring soloist Christopher Keniff. Come delight in this, the exciting Rounds for String Orchestra by David Diamond, and other inspiring American works.

Jim Brickman – New Age Piano – Two-Time GRAMMY® Nominee

April 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star studded vocal collaborations. His romantic piano sound has made him the best selling solo piano artist of our time. Enjoy an evening of dazzling solo piano, vibrant vocals plus warmth and humor.


En France

October 14, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Enlow Hall

Exquisite works by French composers including Claude Debussy’s Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp, Francis Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata, songs by Henri Duparc, and a neglected masterpiece, Quintet for Strings in G minor, op. 51 by George Onslow.

Brennan Sweet and Victoria Stewart, violins; Brett Deubner, viola; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass; Katherine Harris, soprano; Romie de Guise-Langois, clarinet; Lisa Hansen, flute; Robbin Gordon-Cartier, harp; and Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano

Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia: Piano 4 Hands

October 24, 2010 at 3 p.m.

Kean Hall

Solo repertoire and works by Mendelssohn and Schubert for piano 4 hands.

Happy Birthday Frédéric

November 4, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Kean Hall

Celebrate Chopin’s 200th anniversary year in with performances of his works including piano pieces, the Cello Sonata and the Piano Trio.

Gabriela Martinez, piano; Joanna Frankel, violin; and Carrie Stinson, cello

The Music of Samuel Zyman – A Concert Artist Program

November 18, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Enlow Hall

The melodic and rhythmic music of Kean’s 2010-2011 Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence Samuel Zyman including Music for Five; Search for Piano Trio; Variations on an Original Theme for Solo Piano; and the world premiere of his first String Quintet, written especially for the Concert Artists.

Brennan Sweet, Victoria Stewart, and Elissa Cassini, violins; Maurycy Banaszek, viola; Susannah Chapman and Caroline Stinson, cellos; Anthony Scelba, double bass; Lisa Hansen, flute; Romie de Guise-Langois, clarinet; Allison Brewster Franzetti and Gabriela Martinez, piano

Latin American Mosaic

December 9, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Enlow Hall

Engaging and lively Latin American Music from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Cuba performed by Martha Marchena, piano and Lisa Hansen, flute.

Holiday Brass

December 12, 2010 at 3 p.m.

Kean Hall

An annual tradition of sonorous arrangements of music for brass and percussion as the Concert Artist Program’s holiday gift to you.

The Kean Brass Quintet: Charles Bumcrot & Jerry Bryant, trumpets; Lisa Pike, horn; Anthony Mazzocchi, trombone; Andy Bove, tuba; with James Musto, percussion


February 27, 2011 at 3 p.m.

Kean Hall

The strength and hope inspired by spirituals – the music of mourning, comfort, and the celebration of the African Diaspora – presented in Kean Hall as a tribute to Black History Month.

Richard Hobson, baritone; Robbin Gordon-Cartier, harp; and Allison Brewster Franzetti piano

Duos for Violin and Cello

March 3, 2011 at 8 p.m.

Kean Hall

Two stunning virtuosos return to Kean from their international performances to perform celebrated repertoire for violin and cello including the remarkable duos by Kodály and Handel-Halveson.

Sharon Roffman, violin, and Julie Albers, cello

The Jazz Club

March 10, 2011 at 8 p.m.

University Center Little Theatre

Jazz performed by a renowned Quintet starring alto saxophonist Andy Fusco and featuring drummer James Musto in a jazz club setting.


March 24, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

Enlow Hall

A concert performance of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece, Rigoletto, by an all-star cast.

Katherine Harris, soprano; Joy Hermalyn, mezzo soprano; Jin Hwan Byun, tenor; Richard Hobson, baritone; Bae Joon Lee, bass; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano; Anthony Scelba, double bass

From Behind the Iron Curtain

April 7, 2011 at 8 p.m.

Kean Hall

Sonatas and chamber music from Soviet composers: including music by Shostakovich and Prokofiev—two titans of Russian music—and Weinberg, a lesser-known but equally brilliant composer who fled to the Soviet Union to escape Nazism.

Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano; Brennan Sweet, violin; Romie de Guise-Langois, clarinet; and Susannah Chapman, cello

Duo Cantiga

April 17, 2011 at 3 p.m.

Kean Hall

Inspiringly beautiful works for soprano and guitar performed by the renowned Duo Cantiga

Katherine Harris, soprano; Christopher Kenniff, guitar.

Celebrating Heitor Villa Lobos: Martha Marchena in Recital

April 20, 2011 at 8 p.m.

Enlow Hall

Music by Brazil’s greatest composer.

Ars Vitalis –

April 28, 2011 at 8 p.m.

Enlow Hall

Come hear the music including several premieres and meet the people behind the best of contemporary chamber music with works by Amanda Harberg, Ting Ho, Eric Sessler and Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence Samuel Zyman.

Brennan Sweet, Joanna Frankel and Victoria Stewart, violins; Brett Deubner, viola; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass; Christopher Kenniff, guitar; Gabriela Martinez, piano, Katherine Harris, soprano


Mano-a-Mano International Relief Organization presents

Kinding Sindaw’s Pandibulan: Bathing by Moonlight

November 6, 2010 at 3 p.m.

Wilkins Theatre

A benefit performance featuring dances, music and folktales of the Yakan people from Southern Philippines.

Juan Calderon’s Cultural Explosion Hollywood Goes Latin

November 20, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Wilkins Theatre

Choreographer, Juan Calderon heats up some of Hollywood’s most memorable dance moments with a hot Latin twist including salsa, tango, merengue, mambo, cha-cha and more.

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s The Nutcracker

December 4, 2010 at 2 and 7 p.m.

December 5, 2010 at 2 p.m.

Wilkins Theatre

Your holiday spirits will soar when you experience NJDTE’s family classic The Nutcracker. Artistic Director, Nancy Turano gathers a cast of 50 ensemble dancers and a roster of renowned guest artists for this colorful and captivating production for all ages. See why the Courier News calls NJDTE our state’s “best kept cultural secret.”

New Jersey Ballet Swan Lake (Act Two) and More

February 26, 2011 at 8 p.m.

Wilkins Theatre

Sunday Matinee for Kids and Families


February 27, 2011 at 2 p.m.

Wilkins theatre

Moscow Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

March 19, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Wilkins Theatre

Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 by legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko. The company which incorporates classical elements of the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies will tell the classic story of a beautiful girl condemned to die, but saved by a century-long sleep, who wakes to find love with a dashing prince.

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble

April 17, 2011 at 3 p.m.

Wilkins Theatre

Join this fast-paced contemporary dance ensemble and see some of New Jersey’s most thrilling artists perform world-class works. One show only!


Magik Theatre’s Alice & Wonderland: A Rock Opera

November 14, 2010 at 3 p.m.

Wilkins Theatre

Experience an unforgettable rock and roll musical journey through Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland presented in the style of the Who’s Tommy.

For ages 6 to 10

Maximum Entertainment’s Strega Nona: The Musical

January 23, 2011 at 3 p.m.

Wilkins Theatre

Based on the beloved children’s books by Tomie dePaola, Strega Nona the Musical is the tale of a friendly, magical witch who strives to cure the everyday ills of the tiny Italian town of Calabria. This enchanting production illustrates the importance of the adage “be careful what you wish for, lest it come true.”

For ages 4 to 9

New Shanghai Circus

March 4, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Wilkins Theatre

Fearless performers with boundless energy bring you more than two thousand years of Chinese circus traditions.

For all ages.

The Griffin Theatre Company presents Andrew Clements’ Frindl

April 10, 2011 at 3 p.m.

Wilkins Theatre

A heartwarming story of a resourceful and gutsy 5th grader who decides to put what he learns in school to the test.

For ages 7 to 11

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