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Thrill to Raconteur Radio’s War of the Worlds at Monmouth County Library!

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wellesCome hear the radio play about alien invaders that gripped a nation back in 1938!

Arts Horizons, New Jersey's leading non-profit arts-in-education provider, will sponsor a free performance of The War of the Worlds: A Stated Radio Play, presented by Raconteur Radio, at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters on Wednesday, November 5, at 7 p.m.

Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726.

Set in Grover Mills, NJ, the play is a loose adaptation of the classic H. G. Wells' novel, and begins as a musical performance intermittently interrupted by news flashes about strange
explosions on Mars and the landing of a hostile alien spacecraft on Earth.

Originally narrated by broadcast bad boy Orson Welles, (pictured above) this provocative program first unsettled radio listeners on Oct. 30 1938, when the simulated bulletins suggested to many contemporaneous listeners that an actual alien invasion was currently in progress.

The performance will feature period costumes, theatrical lighting, vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment and hundreds of sound effects. The production stars Michael Jarmus, Thom Boyer, Laurence Mintz, and Alex Dawson from Raconteur Radio, a Metuchen-based theatre company dedicated to reviving and animating communities through cultural programming.

This intergenerational program for children, adults, and seniors of all ages is part of Arts Horizon's Creative Spirits program which provides older adults with participatory, hands-on social and creative engagement in the performing, literary and visual arts in senior centers, assisted and independent living facilities and nursing homes throughout the tri-state area.

This program is generously funded by the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement.

For more information on this program, please call the Library at 732-431-7220 x7222. 

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More great performances at the Library in November!

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Enjoy these free concerts at Monmouth County Library branches this November! Whether it's classical music, jazz or some old-fashioned rock 'n' roll, there's a concert for everyone.

Classical Piano Concert with Teresa Ngo
Saturday, November 1 at 2 PM
Howell Township Library, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell 07731
732-938-2300
Teresa Ngo, a 16 year-old high school junior at Biotechnology High School, has been playing the piano since she was eight years old. In her first piano competition in 2010, Teresa placed 2nd out of 100 students. She has played at Carnegie Hall in NYC for the past four years.

dewittA Violin Concert
Saturday, November 1 at 2 PM
Ocean Township Library, 701 Deal Road, Ocean Township 07712
732-531-5092
Classical violinist Joel DeWitt will perform three violin solos, each representing a different musical era: Bach's Violin Partita in D minor, Ysaye's Sonata No. 6 in E major, and Bartok's Sonata for Solo Violin. The concert will take place in the Terner Gallery. DeWitt has performed as a freelance musician in New York and as a member of the Columbus Symphony, Virginia Opera Association, New Jersey New Philharmonic and the Metro Lyric Opera. 

 

 

The Darla Rich Jazz Quartetdarlarich
Saturday, November 8 at 2 PM
Wall Township Library, 2700 Allaire Road, Wall Township 07719
732-449-8877
Back by Popular Demand! Darla Isaacs Tarpinian and Rich Tarpinian have been on their musical journey together since 1995 .They have performed in a variety of settings and their music has been appreciated by audiences of all ages across a variety of venues throughout New Jersey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          reockandrollReock and Roll Revue: Classic Rock Concert
Sunday, November 9 at 2 PM
Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726
732-431-7220
The Reock & Roll Revue will feature highlights from previous Classic Album performances which began back in 2008 with The Beatles' White Album. Since that time they have performed The Who's Quadrophenia, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Déjà vu, The Allman Brothers Band's Eat a Peach, The Band's Music From Big Pink and Eric Clapton's Journeyman.

This multi-media performance will showcase selections from each of these shows,including a short history lesson and video on the origins of these Classic Albums. The Reock & Roll Revue is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, Tom Reock.

 

November is Jazz Month!

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rolfeCelebrate more than 40 years of Jazz at the Monmouth County Library in November!

Library Commission Chair Renee Swartz invites all of Monmouth County, young and old, to celebrate this eclectic art form through the contrasting styles of the featured musical groups, during November is Jazz Month. These free concerts are held at Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726. 

Three concerts will be offered this month:

The Nick Rolfe Quartet
2 PM Sunday, November 2
Nick Rolfe, New York Soul Pianist, is a highly versatile musician, currently playing with various R&B, jazz, gospel, and funk groups in and around NYC.  He has received critical acclaim for performances in support of his albums The Remedy, The Mind Of An Evolutionary and A History of Things To Come, as well as his work as a highly sought-after pianoplayer/keyboardist for other artists. The Nick Rolfe Quartet will feature vocalist Zaia Rolfe.

Houston Person Quartet
2 PM Sunday, November 23
The Father of Acid Jazz turns 80 this month! Celebrate Houston Person's birthday with him...Live!  Grooving a growling tenor sax, Houston is truly a stylemaker.
A veteran of more than 75 albums as a player, bandleader and longtime partner of Etta James, he continues to teach and reach - through Jazz - into every musical genre.

Claudio Roditi Brazilian Jazz Quartet
2 PM Sunday, November 30
This Grammy-nominated, Rio-born trumpet and flugelhorn player has been on the US jazz scene since 1970, and has played with everyone from Mario Bauza and Herbie Mann to Tito Puente and McCoy Tyner. Today, Roditi will share his original warm and lyrical compositions with us, some found on his recent release, Simpatico.

For more information please call 732-431-7220 X7222. 

Library Commission Chair Renee B. Swartz honored at Archives and History Day

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Renee Swartz at Archives DayThroughout the last four decades, Renee B. Swartz has been a true library champion and advocate – as she unceasingly guided the development of the Monmouth County Library, founded the New Jersey Center for the Book, and served both the New Jersey State Library and the School of Communications, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University.

Monmouth County officials gathered at Monmouth County Archives and History Day on October 11 to pay tribute to Swartz's remarkable public service career. Freeholder Director and Library Liaison Lillian G. Burry presented Swartz with a special proclamation from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders honoring her years of dedicated service and declaring October 11 as "Renee Becker Swartz Day." Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. and Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French, also in attendance, congratulated Swartz on her accomplishments.

The tribute was highlighted by the screening of a special video on the history of the Monmouth County Library, and by the singing of the National Anthem by Eliana Swartz, Renee Swartz's granddaughter who is a student at the Red Bank Regional High School's Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Library Commissioners Grace Abramov, Don Burden and James Gray joined in the celebration.

The video Four Score and Twelve: A Historical Retrospective of the Monmouth County Library, 1922-2014, followed the development of the Monmouth County Library from the
time of traveling bookmobiles and lending stations to the current Library which boasts 13 branches, 14 member libraries and more than a quarter million cardholders. Swartz, who narrated the video, was also its executive producer.

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Red Poppies in Flanders Fields: A WWI discussion

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flandersIn Flanders fields, the poppies blow,
between the crosses, row on row...

As part of the Monmouth County Library's continuing programs to mark the centennial of World War I, Dr.Judith L. Johnston will present a lecture on the early days of the war and its effect on the homefront in Britain.

Entitled Red Poppies in Flanders Fields:Understanding British Enthusiasm for War in 1914, the discussion will be held on Monday, October 27 at 7 PM at Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726. The lecture takes its name from an iconic WWI poem written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian Army doctor during the Ypres campaign.

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