Showing posts with label BERGEN PAC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BERGEN PAC. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

DIONNE WARWICK JOINS BERGEN PAC TRUSTEES

Dionne Warwick




Englewood, New Jersey - The Board of Trustees at Bergen Performing Arts Center, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, are proud to welcome legendary singer Dionne Warwick as a new member.



The North Jersey native earned five Grammy Awards during a career spanning five decades that included hits like “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Walk on By” and “That’s What Friends are For.”



As a member of the Board of Trustees, Warwick will help coordinate a major fundraising event for bergenPAC, while also utilizing her stature in the industry to attract A-list performers to Englewood throughout the year.



“I’m so appreciative that bergenPAC would ask me to be involved with the great work they do here and look forward to helping them in any way that I can,” Warwick said.



In addition to her music and acting, Warwick has been a passionate goodwill ambassador and recently released a series of public service announcements aimed at raising awareness for the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on older adults and women over the age of 50, especially African American women.



“We are humbled to have such an iconic singer – and person – join us in our mission to bring live performances and arts education to the community,” said Chris Yegen, chairman of the Board of Trustees.


About bergenPAC



Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school shows, and main theater presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.



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Friday, February 17, 2017

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL @ JERSEY BERGEN PAC

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL



Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Menopause The Musical-Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8PM.



Menopause The Musical®



GFour Productions, winners of 54 Drama Desk and 44 Tony Awards bring back the international hit show Menopause The Musical® to bergenPAC. Menopause The Musical® is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.”



Now celebrating 14 years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical® has evolved as a "grassroots" movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead.



Set in a department store, four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing similarities among one another, the cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.”



Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical® was created as a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “The Change.” The laughter-filled 90-minute production gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies from classic pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.



The hilarious musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries.


bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030



 Photo Courtesy of: Bergen PAC


Thursday, February 16, 2017

THE BEACH BOYS @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS

The Beach Boys



Englewood, New Jersey - Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents The Beach Boys-Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:30PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at (201) 227-1030.



The Beach Boys


You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt.



Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sun drenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events worldwide. In 1974 Mike Love’s concept album Endless Summer ignited a second generation of Beach Boys fans and stirred a tempest that rocked the music world.



Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston joined The Beach Boys in 1965. Highly regarded as a singer-songwriter, Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists.



Had this remarkable band been less committed to its art and its fans, it could have retired from the field with honor at dozens of points along the way, confident that it had made a lasting contribution to world culture. The Beach Boys continue to have fun, fun, fun, with no end in sight.



Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. “Surfin’,” The Beach Boys’ first hit came from his pen. With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy nominated “Good Vibrations.” Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible and chart-topping “Kokomo.”



In addition to founding Beach Boy Mike Love (lead vocals) and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston (vocals/keyboards)—Jeffrey Foskett (guitar/vocals), Brian Eichenburger (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill of The Cowsills (percussion /vocals) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals) round out the band.



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bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030






About bergenPAC



Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school shows, and main theater presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.


Photo Courtesy Of: Bergen PAC

Sunday, February 05, 2017

THE IRISH TENORS @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS

The Irish Tenors




Englewood, New Jersey -- Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents The Irish Tenors with members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra-Friday, March 10, 2017 at 8PM.



The Irish Tenors powerful vocal line-up of Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan are unquestionably the leading brand of this genre. All classically trained singers, each having performed in leading concert halls across the world, together they combine to produce a sound and concert experience which touches hearts and stirs the emotions. Happy songs of celebration and humor, mixed with touching melodies and songs that warm the heart.



The Irish Tenors have been touring together since 1998, with sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and major concert halls throughout the world. Their faces and voices are familiar to PBS audiences through several specials, including the Ellis Island recordings that sold a million CDs and DVDs. The dazzling technique and depth of feeling that defines this musical genre, amplified to the third power, is the hallmark of The Irish Tenors.



Since they first joined voices in 1998, The Irish Tenors have made countless traditional treasures breathe with new life. Moreover, they’ve proven themselves gifted interpreters of a wide range of material, with such songs as “My Heart Will Go On” (from Titanic), “Fairytale Of New York” (previously recorded by Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues) and even Jimmy Kennedy’s “South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way).” These songs live comfortably in their repertoire alongside “Danny Boy,” “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Fields Of Athenry.” Among their best-selling albums, Heritage ranks as one of the finest with classic recordings of many of the most beautiful Irish songs. We Three Kings is their best-selling Christmas album and includes superb Christmas gems.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

MASTERS OF ILLUSION @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS

Masters Of Illusion



Englewood, New Jersey - Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Masters of Illusion-Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at 201.227.1030.



Masters of Illusion


Believe the impossible! The hit television series, Masters of Illusion, breaks out of the box and into bergenPAC. Whether in Las Vegas or on television, magic has never been hotter. Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. Audience members will marvel at the huge production values and be drawn in by the immediacy of a live performance. It's the time honored art of the master illusionist combined with the speed and modern design of the 21st century.



You'll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers...everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible - all rolled up into a live show.



And it's all LIVE! No camera tricks, no computer graphics-just amazing illusions in real time in front of a live audience. It's a world-class live event coming to bergenPAC!



bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030


Photo Courtesy Of: Bergen PAC


Thursday, December 15, 2016

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES CONCERT

Southside Johnny




Englewood, New Jersey -  Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes-Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at 201.227.1030.



Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes



For Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes ‘comfortable’ has never been a word associated with their brand of raucous, roots-tinged rock and bluesy reverie. The Jukes have more than 30 albums on their resume, thousands of acclaimed live performances across the globe, and a vibrant legacy of classic songs that have become "hits" to their large and famously-dedicated fan base.



“With the Jukes, you’re out there every night leading this great rock n’ roll circus, giving it everything you’ve got,” says Southside Johnny Lyon.



The iconic Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes recently released Soultime!, their first new studio CD of all original material in over five years, on Leroy Records. Soultime! celebrates the transformative power of ‘70s soul music and represents a return to, as Southside sings, “just letting the music take us away.” This new release encapsulates everything that fans cherish about Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. The pattern of horns plus rhythm - each song painted with catchy choruses, top-notch string arrangements and gospel charged vocals - keeps on coming. The new CD was recorded in the Jukes’ hometown of Asbury Park, NJ.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

THE LAURIE BERKNER BAND: A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

The Laurie Berkner Band



Englewood, New Jersey- Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents The Laurie Berkner Band: A Holiday Celebration Concert presented by Metropolitan Entertainment and Westfield Garden State Plaza, Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2PM; Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at 201.227.1030.



The Laurie Berkner Band: A Holiday Celebration Concert 


Best-selling children’s recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner invites families to share the spirit of the season with The Laurie Berkner Band at a festive holiday concert. Her holiday shows have become a beloved seasonal tradition for many families.



Says Laurie, "One of my fondest memories of the winter holidays is singing together with my family every Christmas Eve. It's one of my favorite ways to celebrate this time of year, and I feel really lucky to sing some of those same songs now at my holiday concerts with families who enjoy my music!"



The Laurie Berkner Band's concert will celebrate the season with such traditional, secular songs as "Jingle Bells" and "Frosty the Snowman," along with holiday originals from Laurie's well-loved album, A Laurie Berkner Christmas, like "Santa's Coming to My House Tonight." Laurie and the band will pay tribute to Hanukkah with "Candle Chase" and "The Dreidel Song," and they'll also perform an array of Laurie's greatest hits, such as "We Are The Dinosaurs," "Victor Vito," and "Pig On Her Head." Kids should plan to bring their dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for their heads), and Laurie hopes everyone will join in the holiday spirit and sing along!


bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030


Photo Courtesy Of: Bergen PAC


Monday, October 10, 2016

BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS LINDA EDER

Linda Eder



Englewood, New Jersey – Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Linda Eder-Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8PM. Call the Box Office at 201.227.1030.



Showcasing one of the greatest voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, Standards, Pop, Country, and Jazz. When she performs “live” in concert, it is amazing to experience the ease with which she moves back and forth from one genre to another as if she were gifted with the vocal ability to perform each genre as well as all the others. Eder’s appearance on the 1987 season of “Star Search,” during which she won for an unprecedented 12 straight weeks, which attracted the attention of audiences and record companies alike, propelled her to stardom.



Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and soon established a vital niche as America’s most popular and acclaimed new interpreter of Pop, Standard and Theatrical genres. She released two more solo albums before starring in the Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde beginning on April 28, 1997. As the tragic character “Lucy” in this new musical, Eder blew the roof off New York City’s Plymouth Theatre eight times a week as she belted out her signature songs “Someone Like You” and “A New Life.” Her Broadway debut, for which she was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination, sent her already rapidly rising star blazing across the sky securing her a spot as one of America’s most beloved singers and dynamic “live” performers.



After leaving Broadway, Eder’s recording career continued “full steam ahead” with her discography to date being comprised of 16 solo recordings and numerous musical recordings. She focused on mostly Broadway, Standard and Pop music for many years, which highlighted her abundant vocal gifts as well as her skill for delivering dramatic, emotionally resonant interpretations of mostly familiar songs while making them her own. Her highly successful first Christmas album, Christmas Stays the Same, is a perfect example of the way she is able to transform and interpret best loved Christmas music and make it her own without compromising the original.



In 2008, Eder stepped outside the box and her familiar “wheelhouse” to record The Other Side of Me, a Country Pop blend of contemporary music, which included a song written by Linda herself. And, in June, 2010, she and Clay Aiken covered Roy Orbison’s “Crying” as a duet on Aiken’s album, Tried & True.

In 2013, Linda established her own record company under the name Tressamail, Inc., and in that same year she released her first recording on that newly established label, the highly acclaimed Christmas Where You Are. Eder has released two additional recordings on her own record label. In 2014, she released her first ever “live” CD, LindaLIVE, which was recorded in Saratoga, New York before a wildly enthusiastic crowd. Most recently in November, 2015, she released Retro Volume 1. This latest CD features 14 tracks written by Frank Wildhorn, Jack Murphy, Jason Howland, Leslie Bricusse, Nan Knighton, Baird Jarman, and Maury Yeston. This CD is filled with the kind of lush, sweeping Broadway-esque melodies that first introduced Linda’s voice to her many fans.



She has appeared on television numerous times. TrailMIX, her prime time Animal Planet special about singers with a passion for horses, was a natural extension of her love for animals. She has been featured on numerous PBS television concert specials including Clay Aiken’s Tried & True, Hallelujah Broadway, Linda Eder: The PBS Concert, Best of Broadway: Broadway The Leading Ladies, Best of Broadway: The Love Songs, Jim Brickman Plays The Disney Songbook, and more.



The concert stage remains the mainstay of Eder’s career. She has performed for sold-out crowds in venues across the country and throughout Europe. She has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, The Palace Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, Wolftrap, New York City’s Town Hall, Davies Hall, among many others. Always touring in great company, her collaborators have included the late Oscar-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch, Emmy and Grammy winner Michael Feinstein, and conductor of the Boston Pops Keith Lockhart. Eder is happiest on stage singing for her audiences and spreading the joy she exudes.



bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030


 Photo Courtesy of: Bergen PAC

Thursday, September 22, 2016

JOSH TURNER & DREW BALDRIDGE @ BERGEN PAC

Josh Turner



Englewood, New Jersey – Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Josh Turner with Special Guest Drew Baldridge-Friday November 4, 2016 at 8PM.



Josh Turner


Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.



Turner has also added author to his list of accomplishments. His first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood was released in 2014. The Hannah, S.C. native has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music. As a high school student, Turner had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts education in schools.



Drew Baldridge


A contemporary country artist whose polished, upbeat music embraces elements of pop and R&B as well as more traditional flavors, Drew Baldridge was a fan of both country and pop, enjoying Brooks & Dunn and Eric Church as well as Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys, and he quickly became a fixture at talent shows in and around his small hometown. After seeing Josh Turner when he was 18, Baldridge made the decision to make a career out of country music. Turning down an athletic scholarship to college, Baldridge moved to Nashville and honed his skills as a performer and songwriter.



Dirt on Us In 2013, Baldridge signed recording and publishing deals with THiS Music, releasing his first single, "B.Y.O.B.," in late 2013. Two more singles followed, "All Good" in November 2013 and "She's Taken" in April 2014, before he released his first EP, the four-song Crossing Country Lines, in December 2014. A second EP, Crossing Country Lines, Vol. 2, came out in April 2015, and featured two songs that soon became fan favorites, "Dance with Ya" and "God's Front Porch." "Dance with Ya" developed enough traction that the track was issued as a single in May 2015; in November 2015 Baldridge signed a new record deal with Cold River Records, and his first release for the label was the Dance with Ya EP, which featured the title song along with four new numbers. In June 2016, Baldridge released his first full-length album through Cold River Records, Dirt on Us. The album once again included "Dance with Ya" as well as 12 other tracks, including a duet with Emily Weisband ("Rebound") and a gospel number sung with his brothers Mike Baldridge and Doug Baldridge.





bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030



 Photo Courtesy Of: Bergen PAC

Saturday, August 13, 2016

JOHNNY MATHIS TO PLAY BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS

Johnny Mathis




Englewood, New Jersey – Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Johnny Mathis: The 60th Anniversary Tour, a part of the Benzel-Busch Motor Car Corp Concert Series-Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030. 


“There are a number of good singers, a smaller handful of truly great singers, and then there’s Johnny Mathis.” - Letter from Barbra Streisand



Born in 1935, the fourth of seven children, Johnny Mathis sang in the church choir, school functions, community events, for visitors in their home as well as amateur shows in the San Francisco area. He was also a successful track & field athlete, and was offered a chance to compete in the Olympic Trials. In the same week Columbia Records called, so he chose to go to New York to record his first album in March of 1956.



Best-known for his supremely popular hits like “Chances Are," "It's Not For Me To Say," and "Misty,” Johnny has recorded more than 80 albums, 6 Christmas albums, and has sold millions of records worldwide. During his extensive career he has had 3 songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, achieved 50 Hits on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart, and ranks as the all-time #6 album artist in the history of Billboard’s pop album charts. He has received 5 Grammy Nominations, and in 2003 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He continues to be Columbia Records longest signed recording artist.



In spite of a very busy tour schedule & many charity events, Johnny still finds time to enjoy a little free time. He was an avid tennis player until the late 1960s, when a good friend turned him on to his now life-long love of golf. He plays golf almost every day when he's not traveling and has also sung at many golf banquets such as the Ryder Cup. 2016 marks his 60th anniversary as a recording artist, so what’s next for Johnny? “I don’t think about retiring. I think about how I can keep singing for the rest of my life. I just have to pace myself.”


bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631

(201) 227-1030




 Photo Courtesy Of: Bergen PAC

Monday, July 25, 2016

TONI BRAXTON @ BERGEN PAC FOR AMERICAN TOUR

Toni Braxton




Seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Toni Braxton stops at bergenPAC on her North American tour. Most recently, Braxton released “Love, Marriage & Divorce,” a duets album with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. The album took off behind “Hurt You,” the Urban AC #1 duet hit co-written by Toni Braxton & Babyface (with Daryl Simmons and Antonio Dixon), and produced by Babyface. The two also shared the win for Best R&B Album at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards.



Today, with over 67 million in sales worldwide and seven GRAMMY Awards, Braxton is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of this generation. Her distinctive sultry vocal blend of R&B, pop, jazz and gospel became an instantaneous international sensation when she came forth with her first solo recording in 1992. Braxton stormed the charts in the 90’s with the releases of “Toni Braxton” and “Secrets,” which spawned the hit singles and instant classics; “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “You’re Makin’ Me High,” and “Unbreak My Heart.” Today, Braxton balances the demands of her career with the high priorities of family, health and public service as she raises her two sons Denim and Diezel. This year Toni was the Executive Producer of the highly-rated Lifetime movie “Unbreak My Heart” which was based on her memoir and she is the star of the WEtv hit reality series Braxton Family Values in its fifth season.



bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631

(201) 227-1030


 Photo Courtesy Of: Bergen PAC


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TRUTH OR DARE: EXHIBITION BY KIM SCHMITT THOMAS

Kim Schmitt Thomas The Race



Englewood, New Jersey – Bergen Performing Arts Center Intermezzo Art Gallery located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey hosts Truth or Dare, an exhibition by NJ-based artist Kim Schmitt Thomas. The art exhibit is in residence at The Intermezzo Gallery on the 2nd floor of the bergenPAC from August 1-31, 2016. The gallery is open to the general public during box office hours Mon-Fri 11AM – 4PM and Saturday 12PM to 4PM and available to patrons of scheduled performances. There is a free reception open to the public on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 6-8PM.


bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631

(201) 227-1030

www.bergenpac.org




Truth or Dare: Confessions and controversies are revealed in the spirited solo exhibition of mixed media paintings by Kim Schmitt Thomas, a NJ-based artist whose work is inspired by graffiti and urban art.



While stylistically influenced by graffiti and urban art, Kim Schmitt Thomas chooses subject matters that range from personal to controversial, painful to provocative, ironic to bizarre. Much of what she paints are stories taken from people’s everyday lives, including her own, or statements about common, yet questionable, societal behaviors that have become generally accepted as the norm. Because the “everyday” is something that often gets overlooked or seen with indifference, Schmitt Thomas fills her paintings with commotion, perplexity, exaggeration and over-simplification in order to grab the viewer’s attention and cause them to really observe, decipher, and hopefully see these everyday happenings from a new perspective.



With the use of acrylics, newspaper, magazines, joint compound, spray paint, artist crayons, pencils, etc., she overlaps and intertwine figures, text and objects, which she simplifies down to what is only necessary and relevant to the story, while omitting meaningless details. Her work is filled with action and chaos, while still maintaining a certain balance and control, much like life itself.



Kim Schmitt Thomas was born in 1970 in NYC and raised in Bergen County, NJ, where she currently works and resides with her husband and 3 year old twins. After attending the University of Bridgeport in the late 80s where she majored in illustration, Kim transferred into the Fine Arts program at Montclair State University, while she freelanced as an illustrator designing program covers and logos for small NYC theatre companies, as well as creating animated logos for the TV/film production company, Bert Stratford Productions.



For many years, Kim also worked as an interior artist/muralist with Of The Essence Designs, with whom she painted on-site works in various businesses and private homes in NY and NJ. She also worked in clay, selling her pieces in galleries and boutiques in Ridgewood, NJ, Newport, RI, and Nyack, NY. However, in 2003, Kim decided to concentrate solely on painting, her main passion, and continues to exhibit and sell her work through local art exhibitions and commissions. She also has a background in acting and dance, which she feels has influenced the way she adds movement and drama to all of her figures.



Photo Courtesy Of / Richard Rex Thomas / Bergen PAC

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

KENNY ROGERS CHRISTMAS SHOW @ BERGEN PAC

Kenny Rogers



Since the release of Kenny Rogers’ first-ever Christmas album back in 1981 titled Christmas, Rogers has embarked on an annual Christmas & Hits Tour where he performs holiday favorites and a large selection of hits at concerts across North America.



Rogers announced late last year on NBC’s Today show that the world tour he is currently on would be his final time performing around the globe. So this year’s 35th edition of his annual Christmas & Hits tour, with special guest Linda Davis, will indeed be his last. After more than five decades of touring and entertaining the world, Rogers’ farewell tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal,” is underway and expected to run into 2017 due to popular demand.



“Christmas has always been a special time of year to me,” Rogers said. “The feeling I get performing on the Christmas tour is one of the things I’ll really miss about not being on the road. We will be sure to take extra time to cherish some moments on this last go around, and I hope as many people as possible will be able to join us in creating a new set of holiday memories.”



“The Gambler’s Last Deal” concerts feature an all-new show, including a reflec-tive look back through Rogers’ storied 50-plus-year career. Enhanced with per-sonal stories, vintage photos and video clips—including never-before-seen foot-age—the music-filled retrospective will touch on every part of Rogers’ career. Along with his long list of hits, Rogers is singing songs in concert that he hasn’t performed in years.



Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. He has charted a record within each of the last seven decades. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers achieved pop superstardom as well — his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10's rank him fourth-best of all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers has recorded 24 No. 1 hits, 12 No. 1 albums, 25 Top 10 country albums and is the RIAA’s eighth best-selling male solo artist of all time. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has received three GRAMMY® Awards, 11 People's Choice Awards, 19 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and six Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, among many other accolades.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2016 – 8PM

bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631

(201) 227-1030

www.bergenpac.org

www.ticketmaster.com


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Monday, April 11, 2016

HARRY CHAPIN: A CELEBRATION OF SONG @ BERGEN PAC

Chapin Family Concert



Englewood, New Jersey – Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Harry Chapin: A Celebration of Song-Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030.



In the long rich history of Family Groups in American Roots Music, The Chapin Family has a special place. When these singers, songwriters and extraordinary live performers come together, magic happens. Tom, Steve, Jen, Abigail and Lily Chapin are all powerful musical artists who have active careers and multiple recordings, who just happen to be related, and who love making music together.



Harry Chapin (1942 - 1981) was one of our most passionate, political, prolific and inspiring songwriters. Author and singer of classic songs like “Taxi,” “Mr. Tanner,” “Mail Order Annie” and “W•O•L•D.” A devastating auto accident in 1981 cut Harry’s life short, yet he left behind a body of work that his fans continue to treasure decades after his death. He is also remembered as a great humanitarian: public advocate and educator, fund-raiser, musician, writer, filmmaker, Harry believed in believing. Because of his extraordinary contributions, Harry Chapin was posthumously awarded the Special Congressional Gold Medal in 1987.



The Chapin Family has been working to fight hunger since Harry Chapin founded WhyHunger in 1975.



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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

DARLENE LOVE @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Darlene Love



Englewood, New Jersey – Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Darlene Love – Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030.



She’s back for Valentine’s Weekend! Through the years, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances. Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ hit factory, this great lady has done it all…from major motion pictures like the highly successful Lethal Weapon series to Broadway hits like Hairspray and Grease.



Darlene’s background vocals as a lead member of The Blossoms for Tom Jones, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley (to name but a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right.



Love’s Billboard hits include: “He’s A Rebel,” “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and the #1 holiday classic “Christmas Baby Please Come Home.” In 2011, Darlene Love received her industry’s highest award when Better Midler, a great fan of her work, inducted her into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the celebration, the two ladies enjoyed performing “He’s A Rebel” together. As part of the festivities, Darlene also sang “He’s A Fine, Fine Boy" backed by another distinguished fan, Bruce Springsteen.


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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

JOAN BAEZ @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Joan Baez



New shows on sale this week at bergenPAC: Joan Baez, Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 8PM and Piff The Magic Dragon, Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 8PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 4, 2015 at 11AM by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at 201.227.1030.



Joan Baez


Joan Baez has been as busy as ever in the years since she celebrated the landmark years of 2008-2009, the 50th anniversaries of her legendary residency in 1958 at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge, and her subsequent debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.



In addition to multiple tours of the US and abroad, the recent past has included the induction of Joan’s 1960 debut Vanguard LP by the National Recording Academy into the Grammy® Hall Of Fame and its selection in 2015 by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. In May 2015, she received Amnesty International’s highest honor, its "Ambassador of Conscience Award,” in recognition of her exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights. It follows the presentation to her of the inaugural "Joan Baez Award" for Outstanding Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights at Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary gathering in 2012.



She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable – marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty International tour and more recently, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park. She shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war. Her earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, beginning a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues to this day.



Amongst the many honors bestowed upon her, she is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the greatest honor that the Recording Academy can bestow (2007). Day After Tomorrow, her 2008 album was praised by critics and nominated for a Grammy. Its release was followed by the PBS American Masters premier of her life story, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound.



Piff The Magic Dragon


Piff The Magic Dragon




The stand out star of season 10 of NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ was without question Piff the Magic Dragon. When it comes to Piff, think Larry David in a dragon suit (with a trademark Chihuahua named Mr. Piffles) who performs jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track.



With over 12 million YouTube hits to his name, Piff has performed to hundreds of thousands of fans in iconic venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, the O2, London and Sydney Opera house.



His one-man show has had five record breaking runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, two sell-out seasons at SoHo Theatre in London’s West End, a national tour of the UK and Australia.



Previously, he was the opening act for Mumford & Sons on their 17 date UK tour and has just completed a six month residency at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in their flagship show Vegas Nocturne.



Piff is conquering TV too. Piff stole the show on ‘Penn and Teller: Fool Us’ and in 2015 became the breakout star of the 10th season of NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Howard Stern and Howie Mandel were huge fans and singled Piff out as one of the funniest and most unique acts in the history of the show. America agreed and voted Piff into the finals.





Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office (201) 227-1030



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Sunday, October 11, 2015

BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS 'MEAT LOAF'

Meat Loaf



Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Meat Loaf, Thursday November 19, 2015 at 8PM. Purchase tickets to see the one-of-a-kind rock icon at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030.



Some people think big. Some people think huge. And then there's Meat Loaf. For the past 40 years, he has been a towering monument on the musical landscape. His legendary 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell transformed this former stage actor into one of the great American rock 'n' roll icons. That record, with its staggering operatic sound and impassioned vocals, has sold more than 44 million albums worldwide and remains one of the best-selling albums in the world to date.



There is of course, a lot more to Meat Loaf than ‘Bat Out of Hell’. Three multi-platinum albums followed the sophomore album, including 1993’s Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell (which sold 5 million in the U.S., 15 million worldwide), producing the hit, Grammy-winning single, “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” a #1 single in 28 countries, earning the honor for Best Rock Vocal Performance Solo. Welcome to the Neighborhood went double-platinum in 1995, while 2003’s Couldn’t Have Said It Better earned platinum in 2003 and 2006’s Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, the third in the best-selling trilogy, nabbed platinum in 2006.



To date, Meats’ also appeared in over 60 films and television shows ranging from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Crazy in Alabama, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, Focus written by Arthur Miller with William Macy, Formula 1 with Sam Jackson , Fight Club with Brad Pitt to House, M.D., Masters of Horror, Hallmark's Citizen Jane, Monk, and Glee.



Meat Loaf remains a larger-than-life rock icon, whose over-the-top shows are one-of-a-kind. 


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Monday, July 27, 2015

BERGEN PAC & JERSEY NATIVE ANTHONY CROUCHELLI

Anthony Crouchelli



The star of bergenPAC Performing Arts School’s AIDA is none other than New Milford native Anthony Crouchelli, playing Radames. His first role was Tony Vega in FAME right here at bergenPAC in 2011. This local triple threat performer excelling in voice, acting and dance has since become a professional. He boasts a resume that includes Collegiate, National Touring, Regional, and Off-Broadway productions. This past year he was the musical director at New Milford High School. He is now back to his roots at bergenPAC to give back to the community in which he started.



Dancing has captured a special place in his heart and now Anthony is a board member for M.O.V.E. for Autism, a non-profit organization run by dancer and CEO Nicole Johnson.



Aside from performing Anthony is also a rising producer in the Broadway community. His recent "Putting the Pieces Together" concert series have sold out at 54 Below and The Triad Theater in NYC.


Some of the Broadway talent is his concerts include two time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesus (In the Heights, La Cage Aux Folles), Marla Mindelle (Cinderella, Sister Act), Jessica Hendy (Aida, Cats), Heather Parcells (Soul Doctor, A Chorus Line), Teal Wicks (Wicked, Jekyll and Hyde), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture), Dana Costello (Jekyll and Hyde), Blake Daniels (Spring Awakening), Paul Pilcz (Bye Bye Birdie), Mj Rodriguez (RENT), and Will Ray (Little House on The Prarie)




Each year The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC presents their annual summer musical featuring an all-student cast, technical crew and orchestra. Working alongside bergenPAC staff, students gain greater self-confidence and teamwork skills, and receive professional level experience that they can use in their future endeavors. Past musicals include: FAME, Children of Eden, 42nd Street, and CATS. The musical is for performers ages 13-25.



This year’s show, Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA, is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). It will be located on the bergenPAC main stage at 30 N Van Brunt St in Englewood, NJ. Performance dates are Friday July 31, 2015 at 8PM, Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 8PM, and Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 3PM. Tickets are $36 and $26. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030.



AIDA



The triumphant love story between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends warring nations and brings a country together.



Winner of four 2000 TONY Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DEEP PURPLE @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Deep Purple




Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Deep Purple, part of the Benzel-Busch Concert Series, Wednesday July 22, 2015 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030.



With an ever-increasing fan base, picking up new listeners around the world thanks to their drive to tour familiar and less-travelled places, it’s no wonder Deep Purple operates on fresh cycles of adrenaline. No resting on yesteryear. Deep Purple has released 4 studio albums since 1996, but that total is augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from all 5 band members.



Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey, Mark VIII of the band, continue to travel the scope of hard rock — the textures and nuances of recent works are anything but thudding retreads. If you set a random play setting for the band’s entire catalogue, the result is one of the finest musical outputs to grace rock music.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

BIG APPLE CIRCUS @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Big Apple Circus



Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Big Apple Circus, Sunday, June 11th, 2015 at 1:00PM and 4:00PM. Purchase tickets to see the all new stage show at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030.



Come one, come all! on a wonderstruck journey to the circus! Big Apple Circus is proud to present an All-New stage show. In this amazing spectacular you will witness jugglers flipping fancies with abandon, clowns dishing out laughter and ear–to–ear smiles. Aerialists and acrobats serve gasps of astonishment with swirling, soaring style, and an awesome hand–balancer, perches and poses with precision and pizazz! Your unrivaled guide, the peerless Ringmaster, presents acts unimaginable even in your wildest dreams…



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30 North Van Brunt Street

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