2017 Spring Gala

Join Con Vivo Music on April 8 for our Spring Gala as we celebrate 10 years of chamber music in Jersey City and launch our 2017 Season!

This year’s Gala features classical pianist Yukiko Tanaka, whose 2005 debut concert at Carnegie Hall was hailed by the New York Concert Review as “a model performance.” Mrs. Tanaka will perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14, popularly known as the “Moonlight Sonata”, alongside works by Rachmaninov and Chopin. Plus, CVM will give a short preview of our upcoming 2017 concerts.

Come celebrate with Con Vivo as we continue to bring world-class chamber music to Jersey City!

2017 Spring Gala
April 8, 7-10pm
7:00pm door, 7:30pm performance
Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
$35 general seating
$75 VIP – reserved seating plus champagne and bowling on Barrow Mansion’s lanes from the early 1900’s
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Complimentary drinks and light food, silent auction, and performance

About Yukiko Tanaka:
“In short, a model performance” said New York Concert Review, about Yukiko’s solo debut recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall held in December 2005. Her concert was totally sold out and passionately acclaimed by the audience. A native of Tokyo, Japan, she has been active as a piano recitalist, soloist with orchestras, and a chamber musician and has performed in the United States, Canada, Spain, Hungary and Japan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Utah State University, where she was honored as Student of the Year 1998, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Albion College, where she won many honors, scholarships, and the College Concerto Competition. After her graduation, she was honored a distinguished Alumni Award “Top 10 in 10” in year 2010. Yukiko continued her studies with Maestro German Diez after completing her Master’s degree in piano performance at the City University of New York Brooklyn College, where she was a scholarship student. In 2012, she completed Diploma in Spanish Piano at Academia Marshall-Granados in Barcelona, Spain. Yukiko is a pianist of Redeemer Hoboken. More at http://www.snowinthefield.com

Thank you to our 2017 Spring Gala sponsors: SILVERMAN, The Barrow Mansion Development Corporation, Jersey Wine and Spirits, Van Hook Cheese & Grocery, and Downtown Medspa.

Con Vivo Music’s 2017 Concert Season is possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

If individual assistance or assistive technology is needed to attend please contact us prior to event.

Happy Holidays and Spring Gala on April 8

2016 Was a Blast for Con Vivo

Over the past 12 months, we performed 11 free concerts across Jersey City, bringing the highest quality chamber music to our vibrant communities. Here are a few highlights:

  • Kids Show about improvisation with Toomai String Quintet
  • a celebration of American art songs for the 4th of July
  • the first grand piano performance at Groove on Grove
  • portrait concert of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu
  • special JC Fridays performance in the Heights with The Statuary
  • performance at the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour Kickoff Party alongside major Jersey City performing organizations
  • April 8, 2017: Save the Date for Our Spring Gala

    CVM is moving our annual fundraiser to the spring! Join us on April 8 at Barrow Mansion to kick off and help support our 2017 concert season. We will celebrate our mission of bringing the communal spirit of chamber music to Jersey City through free concerts!

    Support Con Vivo Music

    CVM is fortunate to be able to provide free chamber music concerts to hundreds of Jersey City residents each year. This is possible only through the generous support of people like you. As we come to the close of 2016, we ask that you consider making a year-end donation to help CVM continue our mission. Because Con Vivo Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

    Support CVM With a Year-End Donation

    Your Con Vivo

    What do love about Con Vivo? How did you join our family? We’re working to expand our programming and impact next year, and your stories can help propel us forward. Send us an email and tell us your Con Vivo story.

    From everyone at CVM, happy holidays to you and your family! We look forward to creating wonderful music for you in 2017!

    -Zach Herchen (artistic director) and Benjamin Litman (board president)

    #Giving Tuesday!

    CVM 2016 Events

    Today is #GivingTuesday! Here at CVM we hope that you will join in the spirit and celebrate our 2016 concerts with a donation today. Your annual support helps Con Vivo continue our mission to provide world-class chamber music in Jersey City through free concerts open to all.

    This past year we performed 12 free concerts and reached over 700 listeners in Jersey City. Our 2016 events included a celebration of American art song, a production of Handel’s Messiah, a kids show about improvisation, a portrait concert of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, plus concerts on JC Fridays, the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour, Groove on Grove, and the Annual Cultural Diversity Festival.

    CVM relies on the generous support of our community to produce these concerts and we hope that you will make a donation today! Con Vivo Music is a federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means that your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

    Make a Donation Today

    Securely donate using the button above or mail a donation check (payable to Con Vivo Music) to:
    Con Vivo Music
    221 Montgomery Street Apt 1
    Jersey City, NJ 07302

    Con Vivo Quartets at JCAST

    String Quartet

    A homecoming of sorts: four of Con Vivo Music’s most well-known artists, including 3 founding Artistic Board members, come together to play quartets that were foundational in their development as musicians. From Antonin Dvorak’s beloved “American” Quartet to CVM violinist Mazz Swift’s first work for string quartet, “Fast Stone,” with a stop across the Hudson for Philip Glass’ Quartet #2, “Company,” the program will be an autumnal feast for the senses. Held at JCity Realty Gallery, this event is a collaboration with Drawing Rooms as part of the 2016 Jersey City Art & Studio Tour.

    Con Vivo Quartets
    Sunday, October 9 @ 3:00-4:00pm
    JCity Realty Gallery – 109 Christopher Columbus Dr, Jersey City, NJ
    FREE, all ages welcome
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    CVM is pleased to present this concert in collaboration with Drawing Rooms and JCity Realty as part of JCAST. Our performance will be in JCity Reality’s gallery space among artwork curated by Drawing Rooms.

    Music by Dvorak, Glass, and Swift.
    Performed by Mazz Swift (violin), Carmel Raz (violin), Amelia Hollander Ames (viola), Julia Biber (cello).

    This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

    Image: Mathew Bajoras on Flickr

    The Statuary at the Historic Holland St


    CVM joins The Statuary for a special JC Fridays event at the Historic Holland Street! Our string quartet will perform works by Mozart, Haydn, and Joao MacDowell. Come join us for a wonderful FREE evening of music, art, dance and lights.

    The Statuary Moves to the Historic Holland Street – FREE
    Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 7:00pm-10:00pm
    Historic Holland Street – corner of Bowers St and Palisades Ave, Jersey City, NJ
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    Schedule – subject to change:
    7:30pm Con Vivo String Quartet
    8:00pm International Brazilian Opera Company presents Plastic Flowers (Act 2)
    8:30pm Con Vivo String Quartet
    9:00pm Performance by modern dancer Jordan Marinov to music written and performed by Walter Parks and additional performances w/ special guests Larry Heinemann, Vivian Sessoms and Jagoda

    Visual art & lighting by Jeankarlos Cruz

    Sponsored by JC Fridays/Art House Productions, Riverview Neighborhood Assocation, Jersey City Independent, Farms in the Heights, Palisade Liquors, and Jennifer & Laurent Lisimachio.

    VVPA Summer Sendoff


    CVM had a wonderful time at the Van Vorst Park Association’s Summer Sendoff event! Local jazz musicians Nabuki Takamen and Eldad Tarmu provided the perfect music for the evening. Thanks VVPA for inviting us to be involved!

    A Musical Garden: Takemitsu Portrait Concert

    Toru Takemitsu

    “My music is like a garden, and I am the gardener. Listening to my music can be compared with walking through a garden and experiencing the changes in light, pattern and texture.”
    -Toru Takemitsu, from The Guardian’s A guide to Toru Takemitsu’s music

    Con Vivo Music is pleased to present a portrait concert of the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. Largely self-taught, Takemitsu is know for incorporating philosophy and musical representations of nature is his compositions. Our performance will be framed as a musical garden, with unique staging, lighting, and arrangements of both performer and audience.

    An acclaimed composer and theorist, Takemitsu was influenced by a broad range of music from jazz to Debussy and Schoenberg. Takemitsu was a founding member of the Japanese group “Experimental Workshop”, a varied group of avant-garde artists. He was a professor of composition at Yale University and received a range of awards for his music including the Prix Italia, Glenn Gould Prize, membership of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Takemitsu is also known for his music for films such as Woman in the Dunes and Ran.

    FREE, all ages welcome
    Friday, August 5, 2016 @ 7pm
    The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ
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    Toru Takemitsu: And Then I Knew t’was Wind
    Toru Takemitsu: Distance
    Toru Takemitsu: All in Twilight
    Toru Takemitsu: Towards the Sea
    Toru Takemitsu: Itinerant

    Performed by Dan Lippel (guitar), Laura Cocks (flute), Kallie Ciechomski (viola), and Zach Herchen (saxophone).

    This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

    Groove on Grove + grand pianos!

    Groove on Grove

    CVM returns to Groove on Grove for a special grand piano event! We’ve invited the talented pianist Danica Borisavljevic to perform a program of works by composer giants Béla Bartók, Philipp Glass, George Crumb, and more!

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ 6-9pm (CVM at 8pm)
    Grove PATH Plaza – 324 Grove Street, Jersey City
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    Groove on Grove set list:
    6pm – Yukiko Tanaka
    7pm – Caberet Sauvignon
    8pm – CVM, Danica Borisavljevic
    Béla Bartók – Romanian dances
    Dejan Despić – Nocturno
    Philipp Glass: Hours
    George Crumb: Makrokosmos 1 (selections)

    2016 Cultural Diversity Festival

    2016 Cutlural Diversity Festival

    We are proud to join JC Families’ 3rd Annual Cultural Diversity Festival! The festival is a day of celebrating the diversity in our community. There will be an array of fun and culture-related activities planned for the whole family, arts & crafts, musical acts, dancers, an art show and — of course — lots of delicious food representing the diversity in Jersey City.

    Swing by our table and say hi, plus catch CVM director Zach Herchen performing tangos on solo saxophone at 12pm.

    Saturday, July 16 @ 10-2pm
    Hamilton Park – 25 West Hamilton Place, Jersey City, NJ
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