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News & Press January ’15

The 2014-15 Winter-Spring Brochure has arrived!

Our latest brochure featuring artists such as Madeleine Peyroux, Keb’ Mo’, Jorma Kaukonen, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bruce Cockburn and many more brilliant artists has been published!

Vote now and choose SOPAC as your Favorite Small Performing Arts Center in New Jersey!

2015 people's choice awards
It takes a village, vote today and support SOPAC! Voting has begun for the 7th Annual People’s Choice Awards and SOPAC has been nominated to the newly-created category for small performing arts centers. After a strong showing in last year's "Favorite Performing Arts Center" category, we know we can win this, but we need your help!

Please take a few minutes to show that SOPAC is your favorite and be sure to enlist in your friends, family, and neighbors to vote too! We appreciate your support.

Click here to visit and vote now!

Playin' Around South Orange


Playin’ Around South Orange is a fun way for both residents and visitors to enjoy visual art and live music al fresco!

Everyone has artistic ability. You may not know how to play the piano, but most people can hum or sing or just clap along. And everyone can listen and appreciate someone playing or performing. We hope you will also appreciate the beauty of the exquisite painted pianos, transformed into works of art themselves by five extraordinary painters as well as students and staff at Seton Hall University for painting the piano located on campus.

The pianos located throughout South Orange during August and September of 2014 are here for your enjoyment. We hope that the keys to these pianos are “tickled” every day and that they cause you to smile, have a moment’s respite from your daily routine, give you an uplifting feeling, and ultimately move you in some positive way.

Click here for a MAP of the PIANO LOCATIONS.

Tell us what you think about the 2014 Playin' Around South Orange

Take our survey to provide us with important feedback about this project.

The 2014 Piano Auction is open for bidding!
Support SOPAC Education Programs and own an original art work that has been part of this year's beloved public art project. Bidding closes October 7. 
Visit www.BiddingForGood to place your bid!

Bill Billec
painted the piano located at the Sloan Street Gazebo.
Lawrence Ciarallo painted the piano located at The Gateway.
Maeva Fouche painted the piano located at Irvington & Fairview Avenues.
“Mac” McPeters painted the piano located at Spiotta Park.
Sarah Walters painted the piano located at Meadowland Park (Cameron Park).
Seton Hall University Students and Staff painted the piano located at the Bishop Dougherty University Center on campus.

Questions about Playin' Around South Orange Presented by PNC Bank can be directed to Linda Beard at or (973) 382-1035.

The 2014 Playin' Around South Orange presented by PNC Bank is brought to you by the South Orange Performing Arts Center, the Village of South Orange, the South Orange Village Center Alliance, The Baird, and Seton Hall University.

Thank you to our valued contributors Colors to Go in Freehold, The Home Depot in Vauxhall, Ito Designs in Somerville, Move it Piano Services in Montclair, The Right Fix Handyman Kevin Macvaugh,  Lap of Luxury Land Cruises in Montclair, Towne Realty Group in Short Hills, U-Haul Moving & Storage of Orange.

Special thanks to all participating visual and performing artists, Barry Lewis, Adam Loehner, Cassandra McKoy, Marguerite Nixon, Peter M. Reader, South Orange Division of Public Works, Michael S. Zavada, Ph.D.

PNC bank

"Sumptuous" Sound Design at SOPAC

Rolling stone music
When country music star Hunter Hayes rocked out at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, Rolling Stone Magazine had something to say about the incredible acoustics in our intimate music hall:

"... the South Orange Performing Arts Center's spectacular sound design rendered the material nearly sumptuous."

Click here to read the full Rolling Stone article.