LeAnn Rimes, Ben Vereen Highlight Enlow Recital Hall’s 2012-13 Season

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Ben Vereen performs at Enlow Hall in November

Ben Vereen performs at Enlow Hall in November

HILLSIDE — The Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University today announced its third concert season with a line-up of 12 performances featuring today’s leading musicians and legends of classical, jazz, pop and world music.

Enlow Recital Hall opens the 2012-13 season on Sept. 22. The line-up includes Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Arco Ensemble, LeAnn Rimes, Joshua Bell, Ben Vereen, African Children’s Choir, Holiday Brass, Nai Ni Chen & Ahn Trio, Elaine Paige, 2 CELLOS and Marvin Hamlisch.

Located on Kean University’s East Campus, Enlow Hall is renowned for its superb acoustics and elegant design. The newly renovated 300 – seat hall has been praised by noted performers and patrons for its intimate ambiance and close proximity between musicians and audience members.

A Season Three Opening Night celebration features Chick Corea & Gary Burton (Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.) followed by a champagne and dessert reception. Renowned pianist-composer Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton have forty years of performing together and have garnered 23 Grammy Awards together. They’ll perform material from their new album Hot House which explores their unique take on “standards” by composers from Kurt Weill and Antonio Carlos Jobim to Thelonius Monk and Lennon & McCartney.

New Jersey’s virtuoso string chamber orchestra Arco Ensemble (Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.), American country/pop singer and two time Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes (Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.), classical music superstar violinist Joshua Bell (Nov.4 at 3 p.m.) and Tony Award winner Ben Vereen (Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.) are highlighted throughout the season.

Enlow Hall celebrates the holidays with two special performances: African Children’s Choir (Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.) featuring world-renowned performers from Uganda serving as ambassadors for Africa’s most vulnerable children and Holiday Brass (Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.) playing the most vibrant music of the season.

The season continues with Nai Ni Chen & Ahn Trio (Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.) in an exciting new collaboration integrating poetry with new music by contemporary composers and original dance. The Arco Ensemble (March 3 at 3 p.m.) performs a concert of music composed by and for women, followed by Elaine Paige (March 10 at 3:00 p.m.), “The First Lady of Musical Theater” and 2 CELLOS (April 6 at 7:30 p.m.) classically trained cellists performing unique convergent cello versions of today’s pop and rock music. The season concludes with Marvin Hamlisch: Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe award-winning composer of more than forty motion picture scores as well as groundbreaking Broadway musicals. (May 5 at 3 p.m.).

A 2012-13 Season Subscription guarantees tickets to all 12 Enlow Hall concerts. Benefits include priority seating, invitations to receptions, recognition in Enlow Hall concert programs, reserved VIP parking and more. Season Subscribers may request two complimentary tickets to a performance of their choice, subject to availability.

Tickets to Enlow Hall can be purchased by calling Kean Stage Box Office at 1-908-737-7469, online at enlowhall.kean.edu, or in person at Kean University’s Wilkins Theater Box Office. Audiences have the opportunity to save with advanced tickets sales. Tickets buyers receive $5 off all tickets purchased by Sept. 14. Enlow Recital Hall is located at 215 North Avenue, Hillside.

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