Leonia Chamber Musicians Society Announces 2016-2017 Season


Leonia Chamber Musicians Society Inc. members (left to right) Patricia Dougherty, bass; Daryl Goldberg, cello; Edward Brewer, harpsichord; Marsha Heller, oboe; Theresa Norris, flute; and William J. Scribner, bassoon. Photo credit: Rob Mathewson

New Season Launches November 6

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, launches the 2016-2017 season performing three special concerts from November 6, 2016 to April 23, 2017 in Leonia, New Jersey. The 2016-2017 series presents these concerts:

November 6, 2016. 7:30 p.m. Leonia United Methodist Church, 396 Broad Avenue, Leonia, New Jersey. In honor of the elections, an American themed program will be performed, featuring Antonín Dvořák’s American String Quartet and including music by American composer Samuel Barber. Continue reading


Local Artist Marsha Heller Selected to Exhibit at Ceres Gallery


Leonia artist Marsha Heller has been selected to show her work in the Ceres Gallery’s exhibition ‘Summer Serenade’. Ceres Gallery, the first gallery in New York City devoted to showcasing and promoting the work of women artists, will present Heller’s paintings in the annual group show of member artists from June 22 to July 15, 2016.

 The pubic is invited to attend an art reception on Thursday, June 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Ceres Gallery, located at 547 W. 27th Street, 2nd floor in New York City.

Afterward, Heller’s work may be viewed during the gallery’s normal hours Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.

“I am excited to participate in this show at Ceres Gallery, where I recently become a member. It is gratifying to have my work recognized by this illustrious group of women painters, and I am proud to have been chosen to join them,” said Heller.

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To Go or Not to Go? That is the Question

Duo_outdoor_shotThe answer is GO and celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th birthday with music for lute, harp, and soprano!

GO and hear Duo Marchand‘s Andy Rutherford, lute and Marcia Young, voice and harp as they present “Sounds and Sweet Airs”—Songs from the Shakespeare plays in settings from the Bard’s time in honor of his 400th birthday, as well as music from later 17th-century productions with incidental music by such composers as Purcell and Blow.

The concert will take place on Sunday, April 17th beginning at 5:00 PM at St. Paul’s Church in Englewood. This is an amazing concert space and the beauty of the grand interior is both beautiful and inspiring.  Suggested donation is $20, $10 students and seniors. Everyone is welcome! 

The  Community Blood Drive will also be taking place on Sunday, April 17th from 9am – 1:30pm on the Bloodmobile.  Please help spread the word.

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Leonia Chamber Musicians Society to Present Warm Music on a Winter Afternoon

2016-02-03_13-54-46The Franz Schubert Bb Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello will be featured in the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society’s concert.

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. will present Warm Music on a Winter Afternoon, the first of two concerts of its 2015-2016 season on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. The performance will be presented at the Leonia United Methodist Church, located at 396 Broad Avenue in Leonia, New Jersey. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $30 adults, $25 seniors, and students under age 18 will be admitted free.

A special feature of the program will be the Franz Schubert Bb Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, one of the great pieces in the chamber music repertoire. “It has been said about this richly melodic music ‘the troubles of our human existence disappear and all the world is fresh and bright again’,” said Daryl Goldberg, President, Leonia Chamber Musicians Society.

The program will also present the classically beautiful Concerto da Camera for flute, English horn and piano by innovative French composer Arthur Honegger. A string quintet written for two violins, viola, cello and double bass by George Onslow, a mid 19th century composer whose music was admired by both Beethoven and Schubert, will complete the program.

The Society’s professional musicians, all of whom reside in Leonia, perform in the major concert halls of New York City and worldwide. Musicians scheduled to perform in this concert are Theresa Norris, flute; Marsha Heller, English horn; Steven Masi, piano; Roy Lewis and Douglas Chung, violins; Maggie Speier, viola; Daryl Goldberg, cello; and Patricia Dougherty, bass. After the concert, the audience is invited to meet the musicians, make new friends, and enjoy refreshments.                     – By Luhrs and Associates

We Shall Shine!

2016-01-27_11-31-05On Sunday, January 31st, The Teaneck Community Chorus is presenting “We Shall Shine”, a Concert for Women of the World with the Teaneck High School Concert Choir at Teaneck High School. The program will begin at 3 pm.

$500 of the concert proceeds will be donated to The Center for Food Action’s Emergency Services Program.

Special guest: Kayla Harvey (2015 Teaneck Teen Idol).  Steven Bell is the Artistic Director.

Tickets can be purchased online: www.teaneckcommunitychorus.org.  Please call 201.836.2934.  Advance tickets: $18 / $20 at the door. Seniors $12 / $15. Students $5.


The Teaneck Community Chorus was founded in 1999 to help bring the community together in celebration of diversity. Choir members learn to sing together, listen to one another and respect differences. For its efforts, the Chorus received Teaneck’s highest honor for community relations: The 2013 Matthew Feldman Award.


The Center for Food Action (CFA), founded in 1976, is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization that provides emergency services to northern New Jersey’s poorest and most vulnerable residents. CFA provides food, housing, utility and heating assistance and offers counseling and advocacy services to low-income individuals and families. CFA is headquartered in Englewood and has sites in Fairview, Hackensack, Mahwah, Ridgefield, Ringwood, and Saddle Brook. In 2014, at the request of Bergen Community College, CFA opened a site on BCC’s Paramus campus in order to serve low-income students and their families.

Mad About You and Discounted Too!

Alan Rich from Variety says, “No opera company should be asked to survive without an occasional dip into the life-giving force of “Lucia di Lammermoor.” It is, in many ways, the prototypical opera: the one in which all the jokes about opera ring the most true, the one in which the heroine hits the high E and dies, the one with the most tunes to have made it to the barrel-organ repertoire.”.


The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing  Arts Center (bergenPAC), will conclude its 26th season with Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.   The tragic, dramatic work in the bel canto style will be performed on Sunday, October 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the theatre, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey.  The company is once again offering discount ticket rates through its Bring the Family to the Opera initiative.

Under Artistic Director Lucine Amara, the grand opera company will bring this dark, romantic tale of family honor, betrayal and madness set in the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland in the 17th century to bergenPAC’s stage for the second time in a decade. Stage Director and Canadian soprano Evelyn La Quaif will direct the fully staged production with the cast singing in Italian.

This tour-de-force of Italian Romantic opera will be presented in three acts with the libretto by Salvadore Cammarano loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel, The Bride of Lammermoor. English supertitles will be projected for the audience to follow.

Maestro Anthony Morss will conduct the Verismo Opera Orchestra for the last time. Morss, the company’s Principal Conductor and Music Director for two decades, will step down at the end of the current season. Chorus Director Mara Waldman will direct the Verismo Opera Chorus comprised of singers from the region. Continue reading

Mummenschantz Celebrates 40th Anniversary


Friday, January 30th at Bergen Performing Arts Center

Since its three year run on Broadway, the Swiss theater troupe Mummenschanz has pioneered a new form of visual theater that has since spawned multiple new genres reclaiming their legacy. Formed by founding members Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, MUMMENSCHANZ has since inspired generations of show-goers across five continents over four decades. The ‘stories’ told are unique in that they have no sound or music; the language of Mummenschanz is universal.

In the wordless universe of MUMMENSCHANZ, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when common materials, everyday objects (like toilet paper) and colorful abstract shapes and forms like the famous “Clay Masks,” “Slinky Man” and “Giant Hands” spring to life.

By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, MUMMENSCHANZ offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.