Masterwork Chorus: Rejoice in the Lamb

The Masterwork Chorus presents Rejoice in the Lamb at 8pm on Saturday, May 17 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Ave., Summit. This performance marks the kickoff of the Chorus’ concert tour of Germany where they will share the stage with Frankfurt-based host choir, Caecilien Chor. Conducted by Music Director Andrew Megill and Associate Director Sun Min Lee with award-winning organist Daniel Stipe, featured works include Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Vierne’s Messe Solennelle, Foss’ Behold! I Build An House and variety of spirituals. Solos will be performed by lead singers from the Chorus; Jocelyn Lieberfarb (soprano), Mary Pat Finucane (alto), Eric Schaefer (tenor) and PEter Tamburro, III (Bass).

Wheelchair accessible

Parking is available across the street from the Church.

Tickets are available online at and at the door.

Opera at Florham’s Vocal Competition, April 27th

Opera at Florham presents its 26th annual Vocal Competition established by Violetta DuPont to benefit singers, 21-35 years of age, who are pursuing a career in opera. This event honors our devoted, generous and dedicated benefactor, Violetta DuPont. enjoy a delicious lunch followed by music from a former Vocal Competition winner!

Luncheon at 12:30 pm in the Hartmann Lounge (the Mansion)
Vocal Competition 3pm – Lenfell Hall (the Mansion)
Fancy desserts at intermission

For tickets, send a check to
Opera at Florham
PO box 343
Convent Station, NJ 07961


Purchase tickets online at

Phone: (973) 443-8620
In resience at Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Ave., Madison, NJ 07940

Cook Like a Soldier

Join food historian Carolina Capehart as she digs into a soldier’s diet during the Revolutionary Was.  Learn about the typical daily rations, what soldiers received and ate, how it was cooked and how it has changed over time.  Exhibit reception to follow.  FREE admission.  Space is limited; pre-registration is recommended call

973-377-2982 x 14.

Wheelchair Accessible

Swingin’ Tern Contra Dances

Band Dance Wiz and caller Don Flaherty promise a lively evening!  No partner necessary.  Beginners workshop at 7:30 pm.  Just listening to the band is worth the admission, and listeners are welcome.

The Laramie Project:10 Years Later at FDU

In 1998, gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard left the Fireside Bar with Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. The following day he was discovered tied to a fence, brutally beaten and close to death. Six days later he died. Later that year, ten members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town and these texts became the basis for the play, The Laramie Project. Ten years later, five members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder.  They found a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history. In addition to revisiting the folks whose words riveted us in the original play, this time around the company also spoke with the two murderers, McKinney and Henderson, as well as Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later is a bold new work by Moises Kauffman which asks the question, “How does society write its own history?”


Performance dates: May 7-10 at 8pm and Sunday, May 11 at 2:30pm
High School Matinee: Friday, May 9, at 11am.


Contact  Stephen Hollis, Theatre Program Director, FDU at (973) 443-8467.

Shakespeare Theatre Reading Series: The Physicists

The second play in the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ’s reading series, Lend Us Your Ears, features Friedrich Durrenmatt’s The Physicists, exploring the notion that the quest for new discoveries and the knowledge often comes at a dear cost, with high stake responsibilities and consequences.

The play’s assertion of “what was once thought can never be unthought,” provokes reflection on the social responsibility of science and technology.

Morris Arts’ Gallery at 14 Maple to open new exhibit, CAPTURING NATURE

What better way to celebrate the coming of Spring than to attend a free opening reception for Morris Arts’ exciting new exhibit, , on April 3, 2014 from 6-8pm?  This will be the Gallery’s 11th exhibit and second invitational show, featuring works by textile artist Natalia Margulis (Livingston) and Joseph Losavio (Sandyston), selected specifically for the high quality of their work and for their distinctive and imaginative interpretation of nature by the exhibition committee of Morris Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Internationally exhibited fiber artist Natalia Margulis, born in Russia, has worked as a full-time artist in the USA since 1993, consistently gaining recognition and winning top awards for her works.  She describes her approach to textile art as follows: “Inspired by nature’s sublime beauty, I use a needle as a versatile instrument to recreate our natural environment as an embroidered textile. With my stitchery, I investigate and express the endless transformation of nature through the seasons, from new life to decay. The fluid and supple qualities of fiber allow me to reconstruct the natural forms and textures which fascinate me… I am especially interested in creating the illusions of movement, delicacy, light and shadow.”

Commenting on her medium, she adds, “Embroidered pictures, by means of their softness and vulnerability, awaken a deep sense of belonging to the organic world: through visual perception we experience physical tactility. The fragility of fiber is used to indicate the fragility of the world and reflects my passionate desire to help save and protect it. Trying to expand the possibilities to express myself, I include all kinds of hand and machine stitches and often some elements of other fiber techniques such as dyeing, fusing, gilding, beading, heat distressing and embossing. These are my tools to achieve my art.”

Above: Natalia Margulis’ textile, Blue Reflections.

Left: Joseph Losavio’s The Music That Transcends All Coming In And Going Forth”, oil on canvas.

Joseph Losavio’s works utilize a variety of media including oil, collage, and handmade papers and reflect his complex, nuanced and intellectually layered life view. Although inspired by a number of Eastern and Western masters, Losavio’s work is nevertheless strikingly fresh, with bold shapes, colors and images that he describes as capturing “earthly desire and spiritual transcendence, realism and abstraction.” Often combining multiple landscapes within one work, Losavio creates scenes which have a mystical, haunting and highly poetic quality and which draw the viewer into his lush and intricate world.

Citing the timelessness and astonishing power of 25,000-40,000 year old cave paintings in Spain and Curator Dick Eger comments, “But, it is the very act of an artist interrupting, then rendering an image directly from nature – capturing nature – that is at the heart of this exhibit.” Eger likens Margulis’ works – which can take form two months to three years to complete – to the perfection found in the radiant illuminated manuscripts of the early Renaissance. Instead of liturgical verse, however, Margulis’ subject matter is the natural world which she captures with uncompromising skill and detail.

Of Losavio’s work, Eger states Losavio’s canvases “are not merely scenes conjured in Joe’s mind but rather each, a record of this visionary’s journey – a painterly travelogue.”  Eger notes that Losavio blends multiple streams of thoughts and ideas into a cohesive philosophy and then presents it “in front of us so that we too can enjoy his world. His rich palette and exotic treatment of his subject is often suffused in the mysticisim that so fascinates him and that he has embraced in his life.”

Morris Arts thanks our corporate partner,, for their generous support of the upcoming exhibit.

The exhibit is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm and by appointment, and will remain on display until August 27, 2014.  Visit or call (973) 285-5115 for additional information, including the exhibit catalogue which contains details and sale prices for all works.