NJSO presents Mary Poppins in Concert
Apr 12 at Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank
Apr 13 at NJPAC in Newark
Apr 14 at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick
- Orchestra to screen the Academy Award®-winning film with Sherman brothers’ award-winning score performed live
- Spring into Music Gala is Apr 13 at NJPAC in Newark
NEWARK, NJ—The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents Mary Poppins in Concert, April 12–14 in Red Bank, Newark and New Brunswick. The family-friendly symphonic cinema event features the five-time Oscar®-winning Disney film unfolding on the big screen with the NJSO performing the Sherman brothers’ award-winning musical score live.
Performances take place on April 12 at 8 pm at the Count Basie Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, April 13 at 8 pm at NJPAC in Newark and April 14 at 3 pm at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick. State Theatre New Jersey co-presents the April 14 performance.
Released in 1964, Mary Poppins garnered 13 Academy Award nominations and won five Oscars, two of which the Sherman brothers received for “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and the film’s original musical score.
In this classic Disney film, a magical English nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Banks, facing the park at No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London, to the delight of their young children, Jane and Michael. The proper English father is too preoccupied with his responsibility at the bank; the mother, an ardent suffragette, is not really aware that their two children, left in the care of one nanny after another, are unhappy and unable to communicate with the parents they truly love. Mary Poppins has come to change all this. She settles into the house, and soon has everyone wrapped around her little finger. Mary, along with her friend Bert and a host of chimney sweeps, teaches the children how to have fun, and in so doing makes the Banks household a happier place. By the time she opens her umbrella and flies off on a beautiful spring evening, the family is united together in the park, flying a kite.
The film’s original motion picture soundtrack featured 14 original songs by now-legendary Disney songwriters and composers Richard and Robert Sherman. In 1965, the soundtrack was the number-one album on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart for 14 consecutive weeks, maintaining the top position that year longer than the Beatles (Beatles’ 65, Beatles VI and the Help! soundtrack), Elvis Presley (Roustabout soundtrack), the Rolling Stones (Out of Our Heads) and The Sound of Music soundtrack. The soundtrack won two Grammy Awards (Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show and Best Recording for Children).
Tickets start at $20 and are available from the NJSO online at njsymphony.org, by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or in person at the NJSO Patron Services office. Tickets for the April 14 performance are also available from State Theatre New Jersey online at STNJ.org, by phone at 732.246.SHOW (7469) or in person at the State Theatre Guest Services office.
Free NJSO Accent events include singalongs one hour before the April 12 and April 14 performances.
For more information, visit njsymphony.org/marypoppins.
The NJSO’s annual Spring into Music Gala at NJPAC includes the April 13 performance, plus pre-concert cocktails, dinner and a silent auction. For more information, visit njsymphony.org/springintomusic.
Mary Poppins in Concert with the NJSO
Fri, Apr 12 at 8 pm | Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank
Sat, Apr 13 at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark
Sun, Apr 14 at 3 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Step in time, it’s one heart-tugging, toe-tapping song after another in the beloved film Mary Poppins! This family-friendly, symphonic cinema event features the five-time Oscar-winning Disney film unfolding on the big screen with the NJSO performing the charming and delightful musical score. Don’t miss this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious wonder live with the NJSO!
NJSO Accents: Singalong Fun – Fri, Apr 12, at 7 pm and Sun, Apr 14, at 2 pm
Come early and sing along to an entertaining selection of song favorites.
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts © Disney All rights reserved.
Apr 14 performance presented in collaboration with State Theatre New Jersey.
Disney Concerts is the concert production and licensing division of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and presenters on a worldwide basis. Disney Concerts’ concert packages include a variety of formats, such as “live to picture” film concerts and themed instrumental and vocal compilation concerts; they range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring live vocalists and choir. Current titles include the Star Wars Film Concert Series (Episodes IV–VII), Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice In Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (Episodes I–IV) and Silly Symphonies, which last year collectively accounted for more than 400 performances in many of the world’s top concert venues, including Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum and the Hollywood Bowl. Numerous new concert packages and touring productions from Disney’s portfolio of studios, including Disney’s feature animation and live action studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel, are currently in development.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.
Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence” The New York Times has praised for her “technical abilities, musicianship and maturity”—continues her acclaimed leadership of the NJSO. The Orchestra presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.
In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include school-time Concerts for Young People; NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles, led by José Luis Domínguez; and El Sistema-inspired NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project). NJSO musicians annually perform original chamber music programs at community events in a variety of settings statewide through the NJSO Community Partners program.
Tickets are available online at njsymphony.org, by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or in person. The NJSO Patron Services office is located at 60 Park Place, Suite 900, in Newark; hours are Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm, and concert Saturdays, 11 am–5 pm.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations and individual donors.
State Theatre New Jersey
State Theatre New Jersey—creating extraordinary experiences through the power of live performance. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible in part by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations and individuals.
The State Theatre New Jersey Guest Services office is located at 15 Livingston Ave in New Brunswick. Hours are Monday—Friday, 10 am–6 pm, and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified.
For more information, visit STNJ.org.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra:
Victoria McCabe, NJSO Senior Manager of Public Relations & Communications | 973.735.1715 | [email protected]
State Theatre New Jersey:
Kelly Blithe, State Theatre New Jersey Director of Communications | 732.247.7200, ext. 542 | [email protected]
2018–19 Pops Movie Series
Step in time, it’s one heart-tugging, toe-tapping song after another in the beloved film Mary Poppins! This family-friendly, symphonic cinema event features the five-time Oscar-winning classic Disney film unfolding on the big screen with the NJSO performing the charming and delightful musical score. Don’t miss this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious wonder live with the NJSO!
STUART CHAFETZ conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA