SouthNEXT 2019

Saturday, October 19 at 12pm

Join us for New Jersey's annual premier art, ideas and music festival focused on the creative collisions between technology and mindfulness, productivity and purpose.

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Rumpelstiltskin

Saturday, November 16 at 2PM

A young girl is said to spin straw into gold, but a greedy king hears of her talent and desires untold riches for himself. The strange Rumpelstiltskin appears and promises to spin the straw into gold, but at what price?

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Harold Mabern was one of the greatest Jazz pianists in the world. He performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Adderley and George Benson to name a few. As critic Gary Giddins has written, “With the wind at his back, he can sound like an ocean roar.” Join us as other Jazz greats come to perform and honor one of their own in an unforgettable evening of music.

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The MidAtlantic Symphony Orchestra, Soloists and Seton Hall University Chamber Choir perform together under the direction of Jason Tramm in this concert version of Puccini’s dramatic masterpiece, La bohème. This event is co-sponsored by the Seton Hall Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute and Classical Concert Series.

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With “just the right balance of masculinity and vulnerability,” Yazbeck creates a “spellbinding” one-man show, inviting audiences to join him on an honest, emotional journey along life’s ups and downs as told through the lyrics of classic show tunes, new standards and dazzling tap dancing.

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Jazz and Blues go together like cold beer and a hot, hot night. And a hot night of great music is what you’ll experience with these four acts that will have you wishing it would never end! Mike Griot presents Blues People brings the soulful Funk of classic Blues, Jazz singer Frank Noviello swings with the great classics, Radam Schwartz owns the Jazz keyboards and Dean Shot’s Tribute to Howlin’ Wolf brings to life one of the greatest Bluesmen to ever live.

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Martin Sexton

Friday, December 13 at 8PM

Critically-acclaimed Martin Sexton is a musician’s musician and prolific recording artist. His songs are intricate and spirited covering the American musical landscape distilling Soul, Gospel, R&B, Country and Blues.

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The Afro-Cuban All Stars is a unique big band devoted to promoting the story of Cuba’s rich musical history and the spectrum of Latin dance music, including mambo, cha cha, salsa, rumba, son montuno, timba, guajira, danzón, abakuá and bolero. Led by ex-Sierra Maestra drummer Juan De Marcos Gonzalez, the multi-generational Afro-Cuban All Stars have been essential to the growing worldwide popularity of Afro-Cuban music.

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Tammy Pescatelli

Friday, January 17 at 8PM

Tammy Pescatelli brings brassy sexiness with a bold female voice of witty sarcasm to her audiences, holding her own on the topics of sports, television, dating and family life using tongue-in-cheek humor. She is relatable to every audience member, male or female. After seeing her perform, nearly everyone wishes she was their best friend or sister!

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Carrie Jackson is considered one of the most consistently interesting singers in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area and is one of the top Jazz artists around today providing for classical performances in Jazz favorites, soulful sultry Pop, Blues and poignant mellow Gospel.

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Two celebrated singer-songwriters return together to the SOPAC stage. Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer…full of enchanting songs” (The New York Times). Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be.

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In this inspiring multimedia performance and motivational journey, Shaun Boothe discusses strength, character, media and the role of women. The inspiring life stories of cultural icons Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Malala Yousafzai and Oprah Winfrey are told through music and rhyme. Shaun repackages history in a way that connects with students and reinforces the importance of living a meaningful life. It is a celebration of greatness made not just to inform and entertain but to inspire and awaken the greatness within us all.

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Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with an evening of sonatas performed by world-renowned pianist and Beethoven interpreter, Jonathan Biss. Program to feature Sonatas Op. 10, No. 1, Op. 14, Nos. 1 and 2 and the great Hammerklavier. 

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One of the most innovative and creative musicians in the world today, David Broza brings together audiences of all cultures, bridging barriers of language and genre through his music. He is joined by Cuban “Trio Havana” with Jorge Bringas, Manuel Alejandro Carro and Yuniel Jiminez as well as special guest and flute virtuoso Itai Kriss. Together they bring a unique interpretation to the full spectrum of Broza’s rich repertoire of hits.

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Max Darwin earned the moniker "The Amazing Max" for his extraordinary skill as a magician as well as for his ability to entertain adult audiences while keeping the little ones spellbound. This high-energy, interactive and all-around silly show will delight the young, the old and everyone in-between!

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Bullied by her two mean stepsisters, Cinderella’s future looks bleak until her Fairy Godmother casts a spell and sends her to the Prince’s ball.  A magical evening ends with a lost slipper and a young girl whose life is transformed.

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Cinderella

Saturday, April 4 at 2PM

Bullied by her two mean stepsisters, Cinders’ future looks bleak until her Fairy Godmother casts a spell and sends her to the Prince’s ball. A magical evening ends with a lost slipper and a young girl whose life is transformed.

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