With funding from the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Morris Arts provides artistic programming for a monthly concert series held at the county’s Morris View Healthcare Center. Programming is varied and brings everything from choral groups and jazz musicians to classical chamber groups, dancers, magicians and folk singers to Morris View, providing entertainment and stimulation for the residents, staff and visitors on the third Saturday of each month, 12 months a year.
THIRD SATURDAYS AT MORRIS VIEW 2016 opened with
Tsu Fil Duvids is a klezmer ensemble based in central NJ comprised of Piano Dave Schlossberg, Clarinet Dave Goldfarb, Bass Dave Schiff, Rob (Dave) Lowe on violin, Asher (Dave) Siebert on trumpet, Bill (Dave) Selden on accordion, Richard (Dave) Buchbinder on melodica/keyboard, and Beverly (Davida) Novick on poyk. The ensemble plays traditional, contemporary, and original klezmer music from Eastern Europe, Greece, Bulgaria,Turkey, Macedonia, Latin America and American sources. The irresistible syncopated rhythms and haunting tunes will have you clapping hands and tapping feet in no time. The group has been heard at LimmudNY, LimmudPhilly learningfest, Smokey Joe’s (Teaneck, NJ), Highland Park’s Street Festivals, the Rejoice Festival of Jewish Music (South Brunswick, NJ), at Morris View and many points in between.
Web: sites.google.com/site/tfdklezmer. E-mail Tsu Fil Duvids. Tsu Fil Duvids is available for gigs throughout New Jersey. For information contact: djgoldfarb or muddyschiff – both at gmail.com
You can see/hear excerpts from a typical klezmer tune HERE followed by samplings from the syncopated, intriguing “Funky Freylach” and soulful “Josie’s Waltz” composed by trumpeter Asher Siebert. Their music even inspired one of the aides who was leaving the room to do so dancing!
February brought Valentine’s Day serenades, barbershop style, from the Morris Music Men...
Residents of Morris View Healthcare facility enjoyed a belated Valentine’s Day serenade – on February 21st – when the Morris Music Men’s barbershop chorus and local quartet, The Four Old Parts, brought their a cappella harmonies to the Morris View atrium. The concert is part of a monthly performance series programmed by Morris Arts in collaboration with the County of Morris. The Morris Music Men – a group dedicated to the preservation and promotion of barbershop singing – are also among the local arts organizations receiving grants from Morris Arts– with funding made possible through the New Jersey State Council on the arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
while March brought a St. Patrick’s Day special, dancers from The Marie Moore School of Irish Dance.
March 19, 2016: Marie Moore School of Irish Dance
Morris View celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in style with dancers from The Marie Moore School of Irish Dancing. Begun in 1990 in Scotch Plains, NJ, the school expanded to Manhattan and Queens, NYC. The school currently has locations Scotch Plans, Pennington and Millington, NJ. One of the most competitive and successful Irish Dance Schools in the area, producing many champion dancers, the school trains students for both solo and team competitions. Many dancers compete at Regional, National and International level and have appeared on National TV as well as performed at Radio City, Carnegie Hall, and on Broadway. Many have also been part of professional shows like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Year round, the students perform at nursing homes, hospitals as well as weddings, parties etc. They also march in parades such as those on St. Patrick’s Day and Memorial Day.
April 2016 brought the excellent and high energy bluegrass trio, The Feinberg Brothers Trio (Rourke on fiddle, Patrick on mandolin and their dad, Ron, on guitar), sharing their toe-tapping lively sounds.
April 16: The Feinberg Brothers Trio: Classic Bluegrass
Featuring brothers Rourke (fiddle, lead vocal), Patrick (Mandolin, Tenor), and their father Ronnie (guitar, vocals), the band marries classical training to bluegrass tradition, delighting audiences with tight, soulful harmonies, and masterful techniques on fiddle, mandolin and guitar. They have performed widely at bluegrass festivals, radio broadcasts and country music shows (including the fabled Wheeling Jamboree) and just released their first CD in June 2015. http://feinbergbrothers.com/; Video: https://goo.gl/4U5mUe (Wheeling Jamboree)
The Feinberg Brothers demonstrate their instrumental skills HERE and HERE while their vocal skill are evident with their rendition of “I’m knockin’ on your door” HERE and “Kentucky is only a Dream” HERE. At the end of the program, the audience requested “God Bless America” which the trio graciously provided – to the impromptu accompaniment of an audience singalong.
On May 21, a duo from Claremont Strings and Ensembles will perform a program of music spanning three centuries from Bach and Vivaldi to Fauré, Tchaikowsky and Weil. The Ensemble, a NYC based professional collaboration of top-rate instrumentalists specializing in concerts and events, includes core members who are graduates of major conservatories and universities: Juilliard , Mannes MSM ,Yale , Columbia , Harvard , Peabody, Curtis Institute, and Moscow Conservatory just to name a few. Collectively they have performed in venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, Weil Hall, Zankel Hall, the new Rose Center in NYC and others. The ensemble has also collaborated with opera and jazz singers and several members have appeared in movies under SAG auspices. Founder and cellist Vivian Penham attended Juilliard and Columbia and was a Goethe Institute Fellow at the University of Freiburg. She freelances with the New England Symphonic Ensemble and Scandia Symphony, Teatro Lirico Europa. She was solo cellist on tour with Phantom of The Opera in Asia and South America.
June 18: The Richard Reiter Swing Trio
This band, for over twenty years New Jersey’s most popular swing combo, performs familiar standards from the swing era, highlighting America’s greatest composers, including Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, Ellington, etc. The group features Reiter on saxophone, clarinet and flute, plus vocalist Tricia Slafta, accompanied by Mitch Schechter on keyboard. Repertoire includes: “Our Love is Here to Stay,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “As Time Goes By,” “Sing Sing Sing,” and “Jump Jive an’ Wail.”
Richard Reiter, an Emmy Award winning composer, has performed as guest jazz saxophone soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, featured artist on PBS television, on-stage clarinet soloist in Bob Fosse’s Broadway musical “Dancin’,” and backup for such notables as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Nancy Wilson.
Of Reiter’s group, Gil Perlroth wrote in the Westport (Connecticut) News: “Focused around Richard Reiter’s soaring sax and Tricia Slafta’s beautiful voice, the RICHARD REITER SWING BAND has a great feel for this music…the audience cheered and gave them a standing ovation.” Reiter’s web site is www.RichardReiter.com.
July 16, 2016: Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre
Through dances, drama and music, Alborada Spanish Dance Theater’s passionate artistry reveals the many diverse and historical threads that comprise the multicultural fabric of Spanish culture. Both entertaining and educational, the variety of its repertoire runs the artistic gamut from Spanish Gypsy Flamenco and traditional dances to Hispanic, Celtic and Moorish cultural influences and beyond. Founded in 1965, it presents a broad perspective of Spanish culture and traditions, and distinguishes itself from other Spanish dance companies by bringing to the stage such dance dramas as El Amor Brujo, dramatizations of the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, as well as regional and traditional dances from all parts of Spain. Incorporated as a nonprofit in 1995, the company has performed at NYC’s Symphony Space, MPAC, Crossroads Theatre, the George Street Playhouse, local colleges and universities as well as at venues in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Miami and San Francisco. It has also appeared on NJN TV, at NJPAC’s Festival of Dance and received grants from multiple sources, including from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Visit www.Alboradadance.org for more information.
August 20, 2016: Spook Handy: Remembering Pete Seeger
A well-beloved folk singer and crowd favorite, Spook Handy returns this year to Morris View showcasing his special tribute to Pete Seeger. With over 50 performances alongside Peter Seeger, Spook learned Pete’s songs and the stories firsthand and is now on a three year “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour, sharing Pete’s musical legacy in all 50 U.S states, all 13 Canadian provinces and territories, all NJ counties as well as internationally. Spook’s new CD, Pete, Woody and Me – Volume I, is due out by year’s end, and he was named “Best Folk Artist” by Upstage Magazine, Gannett New Jersey, The Courier News, The Home News and About.com. www.spookhandy.com/wp/pete; Videos: http://spookhandy.com/wp/videos/
September 17, 2016: Greg Giannascoli: Mallet Master
The blinding speed and precision of this marimba/percussion artist have won him top honors at numerous, prestigious international competitions. Giannascoli performed at Carnegie Hall, internationally and on CBC, NPR radio and PBS TV. On the Juilliard faculty, he leads master classes at top conservatories and has recorded five acclaimed solo CDs. Splendid Music Magazine wrote, “Giannascoli’s performance…was nothing less than astonishing, both in terms of artistry and virtuosity… a startling display of clarity and precision,” while Classical New Jersey stated, “Here is music played so well it would capture and hold anybody’s attention indefinitely.” Giannascoli is truly the mallet master. www.greggiannascoli.com;
October15, 2016: Harmonium Choral Society
Winner of the prestigious Chorus America’s 2009 Education Outreach Award, this premier vocal ensemble is renowned for its richly diverse programming and high artistic level. Celebrating its 36th anniversary season, Harmonium presents a highly diverse program ranging from the Renaissance to 21st century as well as international works, from Nigerian to Cuban. Under the inspired direction of Dr. Anne Matlack, members of Harmonium include many music educators and singers from teens to retired folks, performing a capella as well as with percussion and handbells.
For more information, visit: www.harmonium.org
November 19, 2016: Melanie Mitrano sings Portuguese Fado and Brazilian music
This musical presentation will include two distinct examples of Portuguese-language music: Brazilian music and Fado, the traditional folk music of Portugal. Award-winning ASCAP composer and singer Melanie Mitrano, who is fluent in Portuguese, pens and performs her own Portuguese-language music, which she will present alongside well-known Brazilian and Portuguese compositions. She will be joined by two talented guitarists, Dave Rimelis and José Luis Iglesias, who will play a variety of different instruments, including acoustic guitar, Portuguese guitar, mandolin and violin.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, the first woman to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston’s New England Conservatory, Melanie has worked with many top classical composers, sung with numerous ensembles and recorded several film soundracks. For more information, visit www.melaniemitrano.com.
Here are some PHOTOS from her performance:
December 17, 2016: Light Stream Orchestra, classically oriented meditative music and multimedia presentation
The Light Stream Orchestra plays original compositions that are soothing to the soul and provide a meditative and transformative atmosphere. The music will be accompanied by a specially focused multimedia show that brings extra depth to their performance and the listening experience. The Light Stream Orchestra music has been used for healing and inspiration in a variety of venues including religious services, healing services, metaphysical fairs and gallery openings. The program combines classically oriented melodies arranged for flute, piano and guitar and scenes of nature’s beauty.
The group was founded in January of 2015 with members Patricia Lazzara (flutist), Bobby Becker (guitar) and Bob Victor (keyboards). The “mission” of the Light Stream Orchestra is to express peace, joy, and harmony through music. For more information, visit https://www.reverbnation.com/lightsreamorchestra
THIRD SATURDAYS AT MORRIS VIEW 2015
To read a little about the offerings of 2015, click HERE.
Some of the 2015 performers at Morris View included the following: Grover Kemble as Jimmy Durante; The Marie Moore School of Irish Dance; Virago (folk/alternative rock – like Indigo Girls); jazz pianist Rio Clemente; Peter Fletcher (classical guitarist); DREAMS Dance Studio (Colombian salsa and Latin dance); Shubanjali (Indian classical and folk dance); Ballet Enchanté (ballet); Harmonium Choral Society; and The Dolce Trio (classical and crossover, violin, flute and cello).
Led by Daniel Herrera, founder of DREAMS Dance Studio, the young Latin dancers shared their skills and love of movement, to the enthusiasm and sheer joy on the faces of the Morris View residents. HERE you can see Daniel Herrera and Daniela Ocampo (age 12) doing their exceptional routine. Oscar Calderon and Dayanna Patino (age 15) demonstrate their skills HERE. And click HERE to see the irresistible performance by the youngest masters of Latin dance, Jean Paul Medina (age 6) and his partner Allyson Ramirez (age 7)
THIRD SATURDAYS AT MORRIS VIEW 2014
To read a little about the offerings of 2014, click here:
3rd Saturdays at Morris View publicity, 2014.
Some of the 2014 performers at Morris View:
The Latin Saxophone Quartet; Tap dancer Hillary Marie Michael; Hot jazz group, Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics; The Claremont Strings Duo (Classical); Peter Smith School of Irish Dance; Marimba master Greg Giannascoli; Anthony Almonte of ALMONTE, salsa and Latin band; Afrika meets India, the Kevin Hylton Duo; and Harmonium Choral Society.
To hear a little of a performance by The Ben Trio, click HERE, Tsu Fil Duvids klezmer band, click HERE or to see a little of Balinese dancing, click HERE
The 2013 schedule featured performances by the Ed Alstrom Duo (jazz), the Morris Music Men, The Conroy Warren Duo (Caribbean music), Masterwork Chorus (classical), Grover Kemble and Friends (jazz, R&B), Harmonium Choral Society, The Ben Trio (jazz), Tsu Fil Duvids (Klezmer), Ballet Enchante (ballet), Mariachi Citlalli (Mexican mariachi music), Spook Handy (Americana/folk).
L-R: The Ben Trio (jazz trio); Tsu Fil Duvids (Klezmer band)
L-R: Ed Alstrom ensemble; Mariachi Citlalli; Harmonium Choral Society
BALI comes to Morris View in October, 2012:
One of the most unusual and exciting programs to date occurred on October 20, 2012 when eight members of the BALAM Dance Theatre brought dances (and costumes) from Bali, the French Baroque, Japan, Spain, classical ballet and Broadway to Morris View. A record audience of resident seniors attended, along with family members and staff who didn’t want to miss the day’s unique performance.
It was exhilarating and inspiring to see the joy and wonder on the faces of the residents. It was a reminder, once again, of how deeply the arts touch even the most frail among us.
L-R: Inma Heredia with Carlos Fittante; entranced audiences at Morris View; Dancers waiting in the “wings” to perform.
As BALAM describes the performance on its blog , “A room full of seniors, most of whom were in wheel chairs, smiled, clapped and sang along throughout the whole show. It was remarkable how the dancers’ physicality beckoned the the frailest seniors back into the their bodies and into a more awakened state. Dance was truly healing in this context!”
Here are a few videos from the event:
Balinese dancer Nani Devi begins the performance of Oleg Tambulilingan, a depicting the courtship of bees.
BALAM’s Artistic Director, Carlos Fittante, dancing the role of the male bee, joins Nani Devi in the performance.
And, together, they portray a more lengthy, intricate flirtation before finally coming together at the end of the dance.
French Baroque Dance
Inspired by the court dances of Louis XIV, the “Sun King,” this dance, Entree d’Apollon (Entry of Apollo) was created by Feuillet in 1701 and showcases the elaborate footwork and costuming featured at the French royal court.
Spanish Dance and Song:
Castanets click as Carlos Fittante performs intricate love dance, La Madrilena, a Spanish Escuela Bolera with guest artist Barbara Romera of Danzas Espanolas.
Billed as “the world’s only Flamenco stand-up comedian,” Inma Heredia sings a passionate song about bulls and bullfighting.
Improvisation, Broadway style
Olsi Gjeci dances this wonderful improvisation to Stevie Wonder’s well-known song, “You Can Feel It All Over.”
L-R: Richard Reiter’s Swing Trio; Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre; Conroy Warren and Music of the Caribbean; Morris View residents enjoying klezmer band, Tsu Fil Duvids.