Chinese Dance, Solid Brass, and Guitar Gods: First Night in Morristown from Marie Pfeifer
Posted by Morristown Green Contributor on January 1, 2012
By Marie Pfeifer
First Night Morris 2012 featured something for everyone. Here is what caught my eye (and ears).
Photos by Marie Pfeifer.Please click icon below for captions.
The Gods of Jazz
The duo of Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo jazzed it up with special guest Bucky Pizzarelli for a rendition of Stairway to Heaven at the Morristown United Methodist Church
for First Night Morris, to the delight of a packed house that bestowed a standing ovation upon the trio. The show was even more amazing after the announcement that Pizzarelli will celebrate his 86th birthday on Jan. 9. The years have not hurt his performance in the least!
Premier Brass Group – Solid Brass Lite
Solid Brass Lite welcomed the New Year with its one-of-a-kind, critically acclaimed brass ensemble that performed music spanning six centuries, from the Medieval to the Beach Boys (and everything in between). This performance did not disappoint the audiences at the Presbyterian Church on the Green. Solid Brass has recorded, toured internationally, appeared on PBS-TV and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Nai Ni Chen Dance Company – Fusion of Chinese and American Dance
Nai Ni Chen Dance Company is a study in energy and motion. Its creative dance fuses American dance with the fluidity, grace and color of Asian art. The beauty and rich color of their performance mesmerized audiences who welcomed the New Year at the auditorium of
Morristown High School. The internationally renowned company has received 12 distinctive awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous awards from the NJ State Council on the Arts for its outstanding blending of the discipline of Chinese classical movement with the freedom of American modern dance.