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NJ Association of Verismo Opera Offers Time-Limited 25% Discount Tickets for Tosca

 

  TOSCA.  Photo: Marilyn Monsanto.

 

Don’t miss the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s (Verismo Opera) grand performance of Tosca on October 16, 3:00 p.m., at the BergenPAC located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood.  Canadian soprano Evelyn La Quaif, known for her four-octave range, will perform the lead role of Floria Tosca.

 

SPECIAL DISCOUNT TICKET RATE

The company is offering a time-limited special ticket offer only for the performance of TOSCA.  A 25% discount is available only on $55, $45, and $35 tickets from Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8 using the code TOSCA3.  Discount tickets are not available online and may be purchased only through the BergenPAC box office located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW

 

For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809.

 

Canadian Soprano Evelyn La Quaif Directs & Performs Title Role of Tosca in Verismo Opera's Production at BergenPAC



 


 

           The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces Canadian soprano Evelyn La Quaif, known for her four-octave range, will direct and perform the lead role of Tosca in Giacomo Puccini’s grand opera on October 16, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.

            The company, under Metropolitan Opera star and Artistic Director Lucine Amara, kicks off the 2011-2012 performing season of Love, Tragedy, and Suicide with one of Giacomo Puccini’s most popular, suspenseful operas, Tosca, on October 16, 3:00 p.m., at the BergenPAC located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey. 

            Canadian soprano Evelyn La Quaif will perform the lead role of fiery Floria Tosca, a celebrated opera star, and directs the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s new production.   La Quaif, who holds a four-octave range, switched from a highly successful career as a rock ‘n roll and nightclub singer to perform in grand opera. 

            Her vast repertoire covers more than 30 roles, including La Boheme, Tosca, Isabeau, Madama Butterfly, I Pagliacci, La Traviata, Faust and Lucia di Lammermoor.  She has appeared at various concert halls, such as Weill Recital, Carnegie, and Alice Tully in New York, as well as Vienna and Palermo and most major Canadian houses.

            A full orchestra under Principal Conductor/Music Director Anthony Morss plays Puccini’s powerful, beautiful music.  Chorus Director Mara Waldman directs the Verismo Opera Chorus.

 

Tickets

            Tickets may be purchased at the BergenPAC box office, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.  Ticket purchases may be made online at http://www.bergenpac.org/shows-and-events/tickets/.

            A special 25% discount on $55, $45, and $35 tickets will be available ONLY from Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8 using the code TOSCA3.  Discount tickets may be ordered only through the box office and are not be available online.  For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809.

 

Funding

            Tosca is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grand funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.  Other supporters include The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc., Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund, Paul Weiss Matching Fund, Robert J. Campbell, MD, KSJ and Cesare L. Santeramo, KCSJ.

 

About New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera

              The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera has been a part of the New Jersey music scene since 1989.  The opera company, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, is the only professional grand opera company in Bergen County and northern New Jersey.  The organization provides performing opportunities for young musicians and artists and sponsors an annual vocal competition held in November with finals conducted in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, drawing artists from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe.  The company also organizes opera workshops and offers affordable, highly professional operatic productions in the Bergen County, New Jersey community.

            The company is recognized for providing up and coming performing artists with the training to attain a successful operatic career.  Several singers, notably Richard Hobson, Frank Poretta, Emmanuel di Villarosa, James Valenti and Irina Rindzuner of the Metropolitan Opera, started their road to success by performing in Verismo Opera productions.

               For more information about the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, visit its web site, www.njavo.org, view its Facebook page at http://bit.ly/9JXTP8, or call (201) 886-0561.

 

Met Opera Singer, Ryan Allen of Edgewater, to Appear in Verismo Opera’s Tosca

 

 

            The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera) announces that Metropolitan Opera singer Ryan Allen of Edgewater, New Jersey returns this season to perform the role of Sacristan in the company’s upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini’s grand opera, Tosca.  Verismo Opera kicks off the 2011-2012 performing season of Love, Tragedy, and Suicide with Tosca, one of Puccini’s most popular, suspenseful operas, on October 16 at 3 p.m. at the BergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt St. in Englewood, New Jersey. 

           

Ryan Allen’s Work

            Allen, a bass, performed the King of Egypt in Verismo Opera’s triumphant spring 2011 production of Aida.   He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Hans Foltz in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg in 1993.  Among his previous engagements is Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Indianapolis Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Memphis, New Jersey State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Guild and several others. 

            He has appeared as Candy in Of Mice and Men with the Florentine Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Grand Rapids and Edmonton Opera; and Don Magnifico in La cenerentola with the Utah Opera, Connecticut Opera and Utah Festival Opera.  Originally from Texas, he debuted at Carnegie Hall as the bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem for the Manhattan Philharmonic in 1989.  He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Ticket Information

            Tickets may be purchased at the BergenPAC box office, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.  Ticket purchases may be made online at http://www.bergenpac.org/shows-and-events/tickets/.

            A special 25% discount on $55, $45, and $35 tickets will be available ONLY from Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8 using the code TOSCA3.  Discount tickets may be ordered only through the box office and are not be available online.  For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809.

 

            For more information about the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, visit its web site, www.njavo.org, view its Facebook page at http://bit.ly/9JXTP8, or call (201) 886-0561.

 

NJ Association of Verismo Opera Announces Charles Schneider to Appear in Tosca at BergenPAC

 

         The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera) announces that baritone Charles Schneider will appear as Scarpia in the company’s upcoming performance of Tosca on October 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the BergenPAC located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey.  He replaces Patrick Blackwell, who was originally scheduled to appear in the role.

            Schneider, a resident of Highland Park, New Jersey, has performed over 30 roles in more than 15 opera houses, such as The Des Moines Metro Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, The Princeton Festival, Opera New York, The OK Mozart Festival, Concert Operetta of Philadelphia, among others.  In 2009, he performed the role of Scarpia with the Lyric Orchestra in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Other notable roles include Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Michele (Il Tabarro), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), and Hal in the world premiere of Grammy award-winning composer Libby Larsen’s, Picnic.

            In New Jersey, he currently serves as an adjunct professor of voice at Rider University’s Westminster School of the Arts and the Lawrenceville School.  He specializes in the vocal pedagogies of the 18th and 19th centuries.

            Under Artistic Director Lucine Amara, one of the Metropolitan Opera’s finest performers of Tosca, Verismo Opera, the only professional, grand opera company in North Jersey, brings this dark, dramatic love triangle of jealousy, treachery, and death set in Rome.  Singers from Canada, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania appear in full costume presenting intense, three-dimensional characters and perform on traditional staging.  Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the nonprofit company presents Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa’s libretto in four acts based upon Victorien Sardou’s drama, La Tosca.

            A full orchestra under Principal Conductor/Music Director Anthony Morss plays Puccini’s powerful, beautiful music.  Chorus Director Mara Waldman directs the Verismo Opera Chorus.

 

Tickets

            Tickets may be purchased at the BergenPAC box office, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.  Ticket purchases may be made online at http://www.bergenpac.org/shows-and-events/tickets/.

            A special 25% discount on $55, $45, and $35 tickets will be available ONLY from Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8 using the code TOSCA3.  Discount tickets may be ordered only through the box office and are not be available online.  For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809.

 

Funding

            Tosca is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grand funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.  Other supporters include The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc., Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund, Paul Weiss Matching Fund, Robert J. Campbell, MD, KSJ and Cesare L. Santeramo, KCSJ.

 

            For more information about the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, visit its web site, www.njavo.org, view its Facebook page at http://bit.ly/9JXTP8, or call (201) 886-0561.

 

 

One Day Only! Final Yard Sale for the Year - Chance at Life Cat Rescue

It's our final sale for the year, so we hope it's a good one.  Funds are needed to care for our animals.

Date:   10/02/11
Time:  9:00am-4:00pm
Place:  917 Commonwealth Drive, Teaneck NJ

Toys - Games - Clothes - Household Items - Electronics - Holiday Items - Home Decor
Come on out and show your support! 
Visit our website to view our kitties up for adoption: www.chanceatlifecatrescue.com


NJ Association of Verismo Opera Offers Special 30% Discount for TOSCA at BergenPAC

 

 

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Announces Time-Limited Special 30% Discount on Tickets for TOSCA at BergenPAC

 


Bergen County's New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera kicks off the 2011-2012 performing season of Love, Tragedy, and Suicide with one of Giacomo Puccini’s most popular, suspenseful operas, Tosca, on October 16, 3:00 p.m., at the BergenPAC located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey. 


Known to its fans as Verismo Opera, the company is offering a time-limited special 30% discount on $55, $45, $35 tickets on September 23 and 24 only for the performance of TOSCA using the code TOSCA1.  For tickets, go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/Verismo-Opera-Presents-tosca-tickets/artist/1611528 or call the BergenPAC box office at (201) 227-1030.  For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809.

 

BLOOMING HEARTS TREASURE SHOP CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF UNIQUE BOUTIQUE IN WESTWOOD

WESTWOOD, N.J., September 23, 2011 – Blooming Hearts Treasure Shop, the unique boutique that celebrates all things hearts and flowers, celebrated its grand opening on September 17, 2011 with a day of artist demonstrations and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor John Birkner (center right) and members of the Westwood Chamber of Commerce. Proprietor Holly Young (center left) welcomed shoppers to the store with refreshments, including the signature miniature cupcakes adorned with sugar flowers that she serves during store hours. Gwynn Galvin from Sweet Indulgences in Dumont, who makes the cakes, demonstrated how to make fondant hearts and flowers for baking; Westwood artist Maud Guilfoyle showed patrons how to paint watercolor flowers, using the shop’s colorful window display as the subject; and a reception with some of the artists who create the handmade items sold in Blooming Hearts wrapped up the festivities. Shoppers browsed the selections which include jewelry and women’s accessories, bath and body products, home décor, and baby gifts.

Blooming Hearts is located at 175 Center Avenue, across from the movie theatre, and is open Wednesday through Sunday. For more information call Holly Young at (201) 497-8787.

LEONIA’S DR. MARION PINSDORF DESCRIBES WAYS TO COPE WITH TOXIC BOSSES


Surviving Toxic Bosses: Seagulls, Peacocks and Sharks Provides the Antidote

 

“Leadership cannot be taught, but it can surely be learned – and wisely learned from this crowd and its wise observer, Marion Pinsdorf.  A serious – still amusing romp through illuminating portals to wisdom.”

--Sidney Harman, Founding Chairman, Harman International

 

            Staying afloat in today’s volatile economy and workplace frequently requires dealing with obnoxious co-workers and out of control, toxic bosses.  Leonia resident Dr. Marion K. Pinsdorf, Ph.D. describes them as destroyers of institutions, ideas and most of all, employees.

            In her new book Surviving Toxic Bosses. Seagulls, Peacocks and Sharks, journalist, corporate officer/director, and professor Dr. Pinsdorf explores toxic bosses with humor and satire from many points of view – military, economic, executive, and her own police reporting experiences to spot and cope with destructive bosses.  Using animal behaviors of grasshoppers, seagulls, peacocks, dolphins, black swans, skunks, and sharks to describe management styles and citing historical parallels, she presents and analyzes her real world experiences as a print journalist and in public relations with corporate management and offers pragmatic strategies and tactics essential for employees and even bosses to succeed and survive. 

            “Corporate crises and ego-driven strategies are reality checks of practices, policies and personalities,” said Dr. Pinsdorf, a leading expert of crisis management who worked with local officials after 9/11.

            Among her case studies presented in this book are the Civil War battles of Manassas, Virginia, British naval Captain Robert F. Scott and Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen at the South Pole, and American and German entrepreneurs in Brazil.  Dr. Pinsdorf, who has managed, analyzed and written extensively on these subjects, taught for more than ten years Brazilian entrepreneurial history at Brown University’s Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, and crisis management at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business.

            She has counseled senior corporate executives internationally and analyzed leadership displayed at the highest levels.  A trailblazer, Dr. Pinsdorf became the first woman vice-president at Hill and Knowlton, Textron, Inc., and INA (now Cigna).           

            “All of us have had bosses or clients from hell.  Pinsdorf’s literate look at the many types of monsters and how to wait them out is both prescriptive and lots of fun to read at the same time,” said Paul A. Argenti, Professor of Corporate Communications, The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

 

About Marion K. Pinsdorf

            Dr. Pinsdorf earned a BA with honors in history from Drew University, an MA and a Ph.D. in economic history from New York University.  Starting as a newspaper and magazine editor, she became the first woman vice president successively at Hill and Knowlton (then the world’s largest public relations firm), Textron, Inc., and INA (now Cigna). 

            She served also on the board of directors of the $2.2 billion Amfac, headquartered in Honolulu, several start-up companies in the Philadelphia area, and her alma mater.  In addition, she has lectured on corporate issues at the University of Florida, Drew University, the Business School at St. Gallen, Switzerland, and to industry groups.

            Dr. Pinsdorf has authored numerous articles and three books – Communicating When Your Company is Under Siege, German-Speaking Entrepreneurs: Builders of Business in Brazil, and All Crises Are Global: Managing to Avoid Chaos.  She is completing two new books Cautionary Foibles of Companies and Couples, a series of cautionary tales, and Dreams of Blue Collar Daughters, one from the coal mines of West Virginia and the other from the sugar fields of Hawaii.  Her television credits include interviews on CNN and CNBC. 

 

 

SURVIVING TOXIC BOSSES:

Seagulls, Peacocks and Sharks                                        

By Dr. Marion K. Pinsdorf, Ph.D.                                                    

Publishing Date: 2011

Book page: www.xlibris.com/SurvivingToxicBosses.html

 

VERISMO OPERA RECEIVES “BRAVOS” IN LEONIA

 

 

--Operas of Yesterday and Today Performed at Leonia Public Library--

 


           Fort Lee’s New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera received resounding applause from an audience drawn throughout Bergen County.  Cries of “bravo” were heard in response to the program, Operas of Yesterday and Today, presented at the Leonia Public Library on September 10. 

            Metropolitan Opera star Lucine Amara sang O del mio amato ben by Stefano Donaudy and Ernesto de Curtis’ famous folk song Non ti scordar di meShe joined Canadian soprano Evelyn La Quaif, known for her four-octave range, singing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s humorous Sull'aria from the Nozze di Figaro.  La Quaif also sang Giacomo Puccini’s Quando m'en vo from La Boheme and Vissi d'arte from Tosca, which she will perform again in the company’s upcoming production of this opera on October 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the BergenPAC in Englewood. 

            Mezzo-soprano Galina Ivannikova from the Ukraine performed Giuseppe Verdi’s Stride la vampa from Il Trovatore and Francesco Cilèa’s Accerba volutta from Adriana Lecouvreur.  The company will present Il Trovatore on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the BergenPAC.

            Rising opera stars Allegra Durante and Jasmine Thomas also performed a range of excerpts.  Durante, a coloratura soprano, delighted the audience with Puccini’s Shepherd's aria from Tosca, which she will sing again at the company’s performance of Tosca at the Bergen PAC.  Durante also performed Chancon le sait from Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera, La Fille du Regiment.  Soprano Jasmine Thomas, who appeared with the company for the first time as the Priestess in the company’s very successful performance of Aida at the BergenPAC, sang O mio babbino caro from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. 

            Renowned conductor Anthony Morss introduced the program and each piece.  Mara Waldman, Verismo Opera Chorus Director, accompanied the singers on the piano.


Funding


            Support for Verismo Opera’s programs is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grand funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.  Other supporters include The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc., Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund, Paul Weiss Matching Fund, Robert J. Campbell, MD, KSJ and Cesare L. Santeramo, KCSJ.
  
            For more information about the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, visit its web site, www.njavo.org, view its Facebook page at http://bit.ly/9JXTP8, or call (201) 886-0561.

MAYWOOD TEMPLE OFFERS FREE HIGH HOLIDAY SEATS FOR FIRST-TIMERS

MAYWOOD, N.J., September 18, 2011 – Reconstructionist Temple Beth Israel (RTBI) of Bergen County, located at 34 West Magnolia Avenue in Maywood, will once again offer free seats for the Jewish High Holidays for first-time ever attendees. The seats are available to adults and teens on a limited basis; reservations may be made by calling (201) 845-7550, ext. 1 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Others who wish to attend services on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur at RTBI may do so with a contribution of $150 for adults and $50 for teens ages 13-18. Full-time college students with a valid student i.d. may attend free of charge. A free interactive family service for families with children ages 10 and younger will be held on the first day of Rosh Hashana and on Yom Kippur, starting at 9:00 a.m. before the regular service.

 

RTBI’s High Holiday service schedule is as follows:

·         Wed., Sept. 28 -- Erev Rosh Hashana at 8:00 p.m.

·         Thurs., Sept. 29, Rosh Hashana day 1 – Free family service featuring drumming, song and storytelling, led by Rabbi Jarah Greenfield and musician Richard Reiter at 9:00 a.m.; Rosh Hashana service at 10:00 a.m. in main sanctuary, tashlich to follow

·         Fri., Sept. 30 -- Rosh Hashana service with alternative torah discussion 10:00 a.m.

·         Fri., Oct. 7 -- Kol Nidre at 6:30 p.m.

·         Sat., Oct. 8 -- Free family service featuring drumming, song and storytelling, led by Rabbi Jarah Greenfield and musician Richard Reiter at 9:00 a.m.; Yom Kippur service at 10:00 a.m., includes yizkor

·         An interactive study session will be held on Yom Kippur at 5:00 pm about the Book of Jonah

·         Ne’ilah service to conclude Yom Kippur at 6:45 p.m., havdallah follows to mark the end of the Sabbath

 

Reconstructionist Temple Beth Israel, located at 34 West Magnolia in Maywood (right off Maywood Avenue), is Bergen County’s only Reconstructionist synagogue. The intimate community offers a contemporary look at tradition through its participatory services, engaging adult education programs, and Sunday-session Hebrew school, which is still accepting enrollment for the school year. As a Reconstructionist congregation, RTBI embraces inclusivity and diversity. For more information about the community, its clergy, its services, or its programs, visit www.rtbi-online.org.

 

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