Palisades Park Public Library 100th Anniversary Celebration

2017-05-17_13-53-10An afternoon of family fun on Saturday June 17, 2017 as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Palisades Park Public Library (est. 1917) by Lena Harvey Tracy. Mrs. Tracy founded the library with just 50 books in her collection; she volunteered to serve as the first librarian and fought for funding of the library and the betterment of the community.

Activities for the day include:
Art Contests
Face Painting
Kids’ Crafts
Edible Book Contest
Prizes & Giveaways and more!

The first 100 guests will receive a very cool Palisades Park Public Library tote bag!

We hope to see you at this very special celebration.

An Evening of “Suite” Music with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

bpo_-_maestro_choBergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s 81st concert series continues with an Evening of “Suite” Music conducted by  Maestro Yoon Sang Timothy Cho in a tour of European traditional and innovative music. The landscape will be filled with music by Bizet, Dvorak, Faure, and Grieg, Saturday, May 20th at 8:00pm. Ben Franklin Middle School, 1315 Taft Road, Teaneck, NJ   Tickets: Adults: $25, Seniors: $20, Students: $10, under 11 free.  Come meet your neighborhood musicians who live throughout Bergen County and beyond. All ages are welcome. Venue is handicap accessible. For more information please call: (201) 578-4169: or visit website   email:

BALAM Dance Theatre Presents Poetry Moves

Carlos Fittante from BALAM Dance Theatre as Garuda_Photo number_1951 by Julie Lemberger

Carlos Fittante in Rhythm Bird, a Balinese/modern dance fusion piece.  Photo Credit: Julie Lemberger Photography

BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM), a non-profit professional dance theatre company, returns to New Jersey to premiere its new Out & About series program, Poetry Moves, created in honor of National Poetry Month to spotlight various modalities of poetic communication.  This entertaining, family friendly program will be presented in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the Fort Lee Public Library, located at 320 Main Street, on Sunday, April 30 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  The event is FREE and open to the public.

The library is wheelchair accessible.  Parking is available on the street and in the lot behind the library building on Hoym Street.  For directions and further information, contact the Fort Lee Public Library at 201-592-3615.   Continue reading

Sarah Chang comes to Bergen PAC

untitledSaturday, April 8th at 8:00 PM


Recognized as one of the foremost violinists of our time, Sarah Chang has performed with the most esteemed orchestras, conductors, and accompanists in an international career spanning more than two decades. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Ms. Chang has continued to impress audiences with her technical virtuosity and refined emotional depth.

In 2006, Ms. Chang was listed in the 20 Top Women in Newsweek Magazine’s “Women and Leadership,” and in 2008, Ms. Chang was named a Young Global Leader for 2008 by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

In 2012, Sarah Chang received the Harvard University Leadership Award, and in 2005, Yale University dedicated a chair in Sprague Hall in her name. In 2004, Ms. Chang carried the Olympic Torch in New York for the Olympic games, became the youngest person ever to receive the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame award, and was awarded Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize in Sienna, Italy.

Other previous distinctions include the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Gramophone’s “Young Artist of the Year” award, Germany’s “Echo” Schallplattenpreis, “Newcomer of the Year” honors at the International Classical Music Awards in London, and Korea’s “Nan Pa” award.  In 2011, Ms. Chang was named an official Artistic Ambassador by the United States Department of State.

Leonia Chamber Musicians Society Presents ‘By Popular Request’ Concert


April 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm All Saints Episcopal Church, Leonia

The concert features the frequently requested Franz Schubert Trout Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass. Other pieces to performed are: Judith Shatin’s “Love Song” for Flute and English horn, Monte Morganstern’s “Duako” for Flute and Bassoon, and Luigi Gatti’s Sextet in Eb Major by for English Horn, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass. Featured Guest Artists: Pianist Steve Masi and bassonist Atsuko Sato

Tickets: Available for purchase at the door. $30 adults, $25 seniors, and students under age 18 are FREE.

Checks may be made payable to the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 473, Leonia, New Jersey 07605. To be on the mailing list and receive subscription forms for the new season, contact Daryl Goldberg at 201-947-3923 or
After the concert, meet the musicians and enjoy refreshments.
The building is handicapped accessible.

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s Bring the Family to the Opera Begins in March


New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera presents AIDA on April 23, 2017 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), resumes in March the Bring the Family to the Opera initiative. This well-received program introduces children and the extended family to live, fully staged performances of grand opera as the composer intended. On March 9, 10, and 11, the program’s first special ticket rate goes on sale to see Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless work AIDA on April 23, 2017. The opera performs at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

“Verismo Opera provides once again the highly successful Bring the Family to the Opera. This program gives parents an opportunity to introduce their children to live opera and classical music presented on the stage with the complete cast in period costumes. We want children and their families to enjoy and experience high quality, affordable operatic performances,” said opera legend Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.

The Bring the Family to the Opera program seeks to instill children and their extended families, friends, and neighbors with an appreciation of opera and classical music. The company’s new production, AIDA, replete with full sets, will entertain the audience with live singing performed by professional principal vocalists accompanied by the Verismo Opera Orchestra under the baton of Principal Conductor and Music Director Lucy Arner. Michael Wittenburg returns to the company this year to direct the Verismo Opera Chorus. General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif directs the fully staged opera. The principals and the Verismo Opera Chorus perform in Italian with English supertitles provided. Continue reading



Sunday, February 12th at 1PM & 4 PM at the Bergen Performing Arts Center

Sing along with the Disney movie Frozen and join Elsa and Anna who will lead the audience in the sing-a-long movie. The show entails a full screening of the movie with lyrics on screen. Remember to dress up as your favorite character and be a snow queen, Sven the reindeer or Olaf, the coolest snowman ever and take pictures with Elsa and Anna before or after the show!


The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society to Present Spirited ‘Spanish Flavor’

2017-01-11_12-49-36Concert to Feature Guest Performers Violist Cynthia Phelps from the New York Philharmonic and Dancer Carlos Fittante from Boston Early Music Festival

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. will perform the second of a three concert series on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, located at 150 Park Avenue in Leonia, New Jersey.  The riveting concert, ‘Spanish Flavor’, will showcase music by Spanish composer Joaquín Turina, as well as Italian composers Luigi Boccherini and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Continue reading