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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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American Art Song

160709 American Art Song

Explore the art song through American composers in a program featuring vocalists Sarah Nelson Craft and Barry L Robinson. The concert will span America’s rich heritage of musical styles including classical, jazz, musical theater, and spirituals from composers Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Margaret Bonds, Henry Thacker Burleigh, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and CVM’s own Mazz Swift.

American Art Song
FREE, all ages welcome
Saturday, July 9 @ 1pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ
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Aaron Copland: Selections from Old American Songs I & II
Charles Ives: Songs My Mother Taught Me, The Circus Band, The Things Our Fathers Loved, and The New River
Cole Porter: So In Love
George Gershwin: Embraceable You
Margaret Bonds: The Negro Speaks of Rivers (lyrics by Langston Hughes)
John W. Work This Little Light O’ Mine
Spiritual: Deep River
Henry Thacker Burleigh: Southland Sketches for violin and piano
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue *abridged, arr. by Christopher Cooley
Mazz Swift: Compassion Through LovingKindness Meditation for violin and voice

Performed by Sarah Nelson Craft (mezzo-soprano), Barry L Robinson (baritone), Mazz Swift (violin), and Christopher Cooley (piano).

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.

Kids Show w/ Toomai String Quintet

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Join us on Mother’s Day for an interactive kids show with The Toomai String Quintet! Toomai will lead an exploration of how improvisation manifests itself in music of different styles, featuring works by Duke Ellington, Cachao, Perapeskaro, and J.S. Bach.

Kids Show with The Toomai String Quintet
Sunday, May 8 @ 2pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ

Toomai has performed in many capacities throughout the United States, with appearances at Lincoln Center, the 92nd St. Y, Philadelphia Arts Alliance, and for the Miami Civic Music Association, among others. The quintet was a pilot ensemble for Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Connections” program, and they continue to perform regularly in schools, hospitals, and alternative care facilities throughout New York City. In addition, the Toomai String Quintet has brought its array of educational programs to students in California, Florida, and across the Northeast, and has presented interactive concerts in collaboration with organizations such as California Institute of the Arts, The Juilliard School, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

Sponsored by the Barrow Mansion Development Corp.

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.

CVM Presents: RAHA Duo


CVM founder Amelia Hollander Ames returns for the Jersey City debut of her group RAHA Duo (violist Amelia Hollander Ames and pianist Elaine Rombola Aveni). RAHA will present a wide-ranging program of music by Ginastera, Schumann, and Shostakovich, as well as NYC-based composer Daniel Felsenfeld ​(his “Hooked to the Silver Screen,” based on David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”) ​and Miami-based composer Lansing McLoskey​ (“Wild Bells”)​.

The RAHA Duo is violist Amelia Hollander Ames and pianist Elaine Rombola Aveni. The two met at New England Conservatory, where they collaborated for Amelia’s graduate recital. Flash forward a decade or so: after Amelia returned to Boston, they reunited to play ​a show at Cambridge’s Lilypad Gallery. The show was praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as “definitely a quality offering” filled with “poised and accomplished playing.” Now Elaine and Amelia are delighted to bring their program of 20th and 21st century music (along with Robert Schumann’s romantic and whimsical “Fairy Tale Pictures” as a palate cleanser) to Amelia’s hometown of Jersey City, NJ.

CVM Presents: RAHA Duo
Sunday, April 17 @ 5pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ
Free, $15 suggested donation
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Albert Ginasterao – Suite de Danzas Criolles, Opus 15
Daniel Felsenfeld – Hooked to the Silver Screen
Lansing McLoskey – Wild Bells
Robert Schumann – Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures)
Dmitri Shostakovich – Sonata for Viola and Piano

Amelia Hollander Ames, viola
Elaine Rombola Aveni, piano

Handel’s Messiah

Handel's Messiah

CVM is pleased to partner with St Paul Lutheran Church in a production of Handel’s Messiah. Audiences are treated to the Christmas portions of Messiah every year. The Passion and Easter portions – which happen to be where we find the famous Hallelujah Chorus – not so much. St. Paul’s music director Christopher Greene aims to change that with a performance of these neglected portions of Handel’s majestic work on Sunday, March 20 (Palm Sunday) at 6pm.

A new 16-voice choir, the St. Paul’s Singers, will be accompanied by a nine-piece orchestra from Con Vivo Music. Vocal soloists are Darlene Southard Wyzga, soprano; Allison Gish, contralto; David Kellett, tenor; and James Splond, bass.

Handel’s Messiah
Sunday, March 20 @ 6pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ
$20 tickets, buy online

CVM Presents: A/B Duo and Elspeth Davis

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CVM is proud to sponsor an extraordinary double bill event with the flute/percussion ensemble A/B Duo and vocalist Elspeth Davis. A/B Duo will be performing newly commissioned works by Ken Ueno, Brendon Randall-Myers, Brooks Frederickson, and more. Elspeth Davis will perform music for voice and piano by Benjamin Britten, John Harbison, The Beatles arranged by Louis Andriessen, Gabriel Kahane, and Kurt Weill. Join us for innovative performances by these rising artists!

CVM Presents: A/B Duo and Elspeth Davis
Saturday, March 12, 7:00pm-8:30pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ
Free, $10 suggested donation
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A/B Duo
Known for their unique and imaginative concert programming (varying wildly in style and instrumentation from djembe and contrabass flute to Nintendo Gameboy and drum set), A/B Duo has been delighting their audiences all over the United States since 2013. Their programming has been described as “”one of the most charming concerts imaginable… The music was bouncy, strange, interesting and fun. The A/B Duo is worth seeking out…”. A/B Duo is percussionist Christopher G. Jones and flutist Meerenai Shim.

Elspeth Davis
Mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis begins her 2015-16 season performing the alto solo in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in South Carolina, followed by Janáček’s masterpiece Zapisnik zmizeleho (The diary of one who disappeared) as part of the SOOFSER concert series at the Czech Center of New York. During the winter, she will be returning to Furman University to perform Steve Reich’s classic Drumming with Sandbox Percussion. She also returns to the Concerts on the Slope chamber music series, performing Reena Esmail’s new work Chuti Hui Jagah (The Space Between) for voice and guitar. As a recitalist, she will be seen on tour in New Jersey and Rhode Island, performing works by Andriessen, Britten, and Harbison. She has performed with Sandbox Percussion at Furman University, The New Chamber Ballet of New York and Opera Moderne, Schülterwerke and the Klangforum Wein in Vienna, Le Train Bleu and Opera Moderne at The Czech Center, The Toccoa Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at William and Mary, and was one of seven singers invited to the inaugural season of Liederfest in Suzhou, China.

Sponsored by the Barrow Mansion Development Corp.

Con Vivo’s 2015 Gala

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Join us on October 24 to support CVM’s 2016 concert season and our mission to present free world-class chamber music in Jersey City. Our fundraiser will be a celebration with performances by CVM players including our founder Amelia Hollander Ames, plus cocktails, light food, and a silent auction.

CVM 2015 Gala fundraiser
October 24, 7pm
Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City NJ 07302
Purchase tickets on our event page

Our concert will include music by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw, a world premiere composition by CVM’s own Mazz Swift, Bela Bartok string duets, and Lansing McLoskey’s beautiful Processione di Lacrime for string trio and alto sax. Music will be performed by Amelia Hollander Ames (viola), Mazz Swift (violin), Marika Hughes (cello), and Zach Herchen (saxophone).

We’re looking for celebrating with you and building towards next year!

Sponsored by the Barrow Mansion Development Corp, Downtown MedSpa, Madame Claude Cafe, and Smile Preschool and Nursery.

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Madame Claude Cafe
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Thanks for making Perfect Lives Jersey City great!

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Wow, we had an amazing time performing Perfect Lives Jersey City. Thank you to our supportive audience for coming out in numbers and traveling with us throughout the day. You made it a truly unforgettable event for us!

CVM would like to thank Art House Productions for their huge help co-producing the event, our sponsors Remco Press and Barrow Mansion for their generous support, The Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, The Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, our event manager Amanda Pinto, our designer Helen Yi, and Mimi Johnson.

We also can’t thank enough our venue partners who were incredibly supportive of this event: All About Downtown Street Fair, Provident Bank, Key Food, St Paul Lutheran Church, The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery, Barrow Mansion, and The Brightside Tavern.

At last but certainly not least, thank you to the incredible Varispeed (Brian McCorkle, Paul Pinto, Gelsey Bell, Dave Ruder, Aliza Simons) for arranging Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives, rehearsing, and performing all of the episodes you heard and to our talented instrumentalists who joined us throughout the day: Jen Baker (trombone), Jenny Yum (violin), Sean-David Cunningham (violin), Michael Davis (viola), Meaghan Burke (cello), Esha Datta (voice), Meredyth Morrison (voice), Chris Ellmann (voice), Marcus Jordan (voice), Zach Herchen (saxophone), Mike Sperone (percussion), and Woody Leslie (tabla).

Check out more picture from the day on our Facebook page.