Music Program Celebrates Spring with Series of Free, Public Concerts

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By Tom McLaughlin

The Rutgers University–Camden music program will ring in the spring season with a diverse selection of free, public concerts. Four different performances will be presented throughout April and May, featuring music ranging from classical to contemporary. In addition to the collaborative Spring Serenade Concert, each of the music program’s premier ensembles will perform a concert of its own.

All concerts, which are free of charge and open to the general public, will be held in the Walter K. Gordon Theater or the Black Box Studio, located in the Fine Arts Complex.

The Spring Choir Extravaganza will be held at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Walter K. Gordon Theater. This collaborative, choir performance will feature the Rutgers University Singers, under the direction of Julia Zavadsky, a part-time lecturer of music at Rutgers–Camden, performing a wide variety of music, including a choral edition of the popular song “All About that Bass.” Several other guest choirs will also join the Rutgers University Singers, including the Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy Choir.

The Spring Serenade Concert will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in the Walter K. Gordon Theater. This flagship concert will feature the Rutgers–Camden Jazz Ensemble, Rutgers–Camden Performance Ensemble, Rutgers University Singers, and several soloists. All will perform a variety of different tunes guaranteed to get guests into the spirit of the spring season.

The Rutgers–Camden Jazz Ensemble will host a concert at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Black Box Studio. Under the direction of Eric Polack, a part-time lecturer of music at Rutgers–Camden, this swinging band will demonstrate its versatility in a program that spans several genres. Among the selections will be a mambo jazz arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie’s bebop classic, “A Night in Tunisia,” a smoky rendition of the Rodgers and Hart ballad, “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered,” the second line, New Orleans funk of the Meters’ “Hey Pocky Way,” Sonny Rollins’ hard bop blues “Tenor Madness,” and “One Note Samba” by the Brazilian bossa nova master Antonio Carlos Jobim.

The Rutgers–Camden Performance Ensemble will conclude the concert season with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, in the Walter K. Gordon Theater. The ensemble will take audiences on a ride of epic proportions with a performance of The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” album, as well as some other favorites, such as “Eleanor Rigby.” The Rutgers–Camden Performance Ensemble, under the direction of Stefán Örn Arnarson, theater programs director at Rutgers–Camden, features 20 students playing a variety of orchestral instruments.

For more information, visit finearts.camden.rutgers.edu or contact Jake Hufner at (856) 225-2870 or jhufner@camden.rutgers.edu, or Maria Buckley at (856) 225-6176 or maria.buckley@camden.rutgers.edu.

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