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Tue 06
Sat 10

Eileen Ivers “A Joyful Christmas”- SOLD OUT

December 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Feb 18

Annual Les Paul Concert featuring Zoë Keating

February 18, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Feb 25

Rediscovering Community

February 25, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mar 01


March 1, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Feb. 18
08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Zoë is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, to create lush, beautiful and other worldly music. Increasingly considered a role model for DIY artists, Zoë’s self-released albums have sold over 35,000 copies and she has amassed an incredible 1.3 million twitter followers. 

Keating also composes for TV, theater, film and dance. She co-composed, along with Jeff Russo, the score for the HBO movie “Oslo”, which earned them an Emmy Nomination in 2021 for Outstanding Music for a Television Movie. In addition to her recordings, Keating performs to rapt audiences around the world. Each performance is unique as she spontaneously improvises around her works, demonstrates how she makes them and tells the stories behind each piece.

Stay for a post-performance conversation with the artist!

Adults:  $35/32/25   Children under 17: $18   RCNJ Faculty/Staff/Retirees: $20*  RCNJ Students: $ 8*

*Ticket limits apply. In order to receive the RCNJ Faculty/Staff/Retiree or RCNJ Student Discount, you MUST come to the Box Office to purchase your ticket. 

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Feb. 25
08:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Rediscovering Community is the theme for this season’s call for artists featuring new works-in-progress.  Join us for this evening of multi-disciplinary work based on how the arts are helping us to rediscover and come together as a community. Featured artists this year are Joseph Bertolozzi, Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, Jane Rigler, and Tessa Brinckman.

Adults: $ 20 Children under 17: $ 10     RCNJ Faculty/Staff/Retirees: $ 10* RCNJ Students: $ 5*

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About the Artists

Joseph Bertolozzi – “…An eye illumined by another sun…”

This work is part of an intended larger suite probing the unexpected profiles of the solo gong. Over a decade ago my solo percussion project The Bronze Collection explored expressive and unexpected nuances within gongs and cymbals utilizing the whole range of musical expression, from dynamic contrast (barely audible to roaring cadences) and coloristic shading (muting, playing on their edges, & various surfaces with unusual mallets), to extended techniques (playing a gong or cymbal with a cello bow, etc.). Writing and performing multi-movement works opened up a window not only in my mind but for my audiences. Those techniques and insights later informed my larger public works on New York’s Mid-Hudson Bridge and Eiffel Tower in Paris.

But with two lost years to Covid of necessity I turned from those gigantically public utterances back to gongs once again, and reduced things further to an even more intimate expression of music: the solo gong. At first this was for myself; of course, I couldn’t play anywhere anyway! But in reassessing a strongly limited sonic palette, I found new expressions that could draw audiences into a new sphere of awareness. Not the sonorities of a new age “gong bath,” this isn’t that; but of an articulate, eloquent engine of ideas and musical exchange. The expectation of a gong being a loud one-trick pony is upended in this atmospheric, introspective opus. As we convene once again for public art, this serves as a rediscovery of what we thought we knew.


Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno – City Symphony Films in 3D

Even before the pandemic, the Bongiornos used the medium of film to create environments that expanded audiences’ views of our communities. In 2009, they were commissioned by the Newark Museum to produce an immersive video installation in 3D that celebrated what’s endured in their home city of Newark, NJ, for over a hundred years. That led them to do the same for Brooklyn (Jerome’s birth city) and Staten Island (Jerome’s prior home) for exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York and the new Staten Island Museum, respectively. These 3D films, in the style of global city symphony films of the ’20s and ’30s, allowed viewers to step into new cities and experience their rich diversity while standing or sitting in a museum gallery, an airport, train station, cafe, or classroom, sometimes thousands of miles away.

During Covid lockdown, the Bongiornos experimented with transforming paintings into 3D video images, to dispel the feeling of isolation and to break the wall of 2D art. Compositions were inspired by what had been their regular visits to museums, playing jazz guitar in soup kitchens and other volunteerism. This way, viewers can become part of the spaces and be part of the greater community.


Tessa Brinckman & Jane Rigler – Your Coat, Turning – a telematic community

“Your Coat, Turning” is a telematic invitation to create multiple futures through sound, video, text and play – a game of recreations of self and community. The climate crisis means that the coat of the earth is changing — and we must be able to deal with injury with creativity, beyond survival to renewal. Joy and imagination are necessary birthrights, and communal, political acts. Our concept of “community” offers an experience of building reliable and meaningful work, that people can belong to, and build their own futurism. We are interested in how to transform our individual and collective metaphorical coats (i.e. identity) to form other inevitable and necessary coats, through the experience of sounding and imagining.

“Your Coat, Turning” is both a film and sound performance with the audience as co-creators (no prior skills necessary). The piece draws from mixed media, sound, movement, and contemplative practices. Text and video prompt the audience to discover ways to interact with (provided) mystery objects that create a communal music experience.