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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 19, 2002

Second City, Phoebe Snow, Eileen Ivers, The American Boychoir, Fusion Tango and Studs Terkel’s American Dreams Are Featured

(Mahwah) – A north Bergen County alternative to the dinner/performance options in Manhattan will be presented by the Ramapo College Foundation’s upcoming Performing Arts and Dinner series. The series is unique in its variety, featuring dance, theater, comedy and music in performances by Fusion Tango, The Second City, The Acting Company in Studs Terkel’s American Dreams: Lost and Found, Phoebe Snow, The American Boychoir and Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers. Those subscribing will be treated to a pre-show dinner reception and post-performance dessert with the artist after selected performances.

Another benefit for subscribers is preferred seating for all specially chosen, usually sold-out performances in the Sharp Theater in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts. Those subscribing at the benefactor level will be listed in each evening’s program. Subscribers can design their own series by choosing four, five or all six of the performances. All proceeds from this performing arts series benefit student scholarships, faculty development opportunities and critical college projects

Fusion Tango, appearing Saturday, October 5 at 8 p.m., brings to the stage the next generation of Argentinean dancers and musicians in an innovative show that combines traditional tango, the new tango, the milonga, the bolero and the live music of young Argentine composers Oscar Feldman and Fernando Otero.

The Second City’s alumni reads like a Who’s Who of American comedy/improvisation: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Alan Alda, Mike Myers, Martin Short and Gilda Radner – to name a few. Scheduled Saturday, November 23 at 8 p.m., the current troupe will combine sketch, song, improvisation and theatrical satire.

The Acting Company will present Studs Terkel’s American Dreams: Lost and Found Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m. The play is the quintessential example of Terkel’s ability to capture voices from all walks of life. American Dreams: Lost and Found continues the Acting Company’s highly successful American Century Series that commissions, develops and produces new plays based on great American literature.

Grammy-nominated artist Phoebe Snow, appearing Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. first topped the charts in the 1970s with Poetry Man.” With one of the most distinctive voices in popular music today, Snow sings jazz, pop, rock, soul and gospel and has performed with Billy Joel, Dave Mason, Jewel, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt among many others.

The American Boychoir, appearing with the Newark Boys Chorus School in a holiday concert on Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m., has dazzled audiences worldwide for more than 60 years. The Choir has recorded and performed with world-class artists, including the New York Philharmonic and Wynton Marsalis. The Newark Boys Chorus School, a magnet for the best and brightest voices in northern New Jersey, has toured extensively in the United States and abroad.

Eileen Ivers, scheduled Saturday, February 8 at 8 p.m., has toured the world to great acclaim with Riverdance and Cherish the Ladies, of which she was a founding member. Now she brings her trademark blue violin and her band to the Berrie Center, crossing over from traditional Irish music to a sound that incorporates African, hip-hop and Spanish Flamenco, as well as Celtic, into a riveting music flow.

For more information on the Ramapo College Foundation’s Performing Arts and Dinner series, please call Kathleen Austin, (201) 684-6834.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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