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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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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.

Perfect Lives Jersey City

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Con Vivo Music and Art House Productions present:
Perfect Lives Jersey City

An opera by Robert Ashley
Arranged and performed by Varispeed with Con Vivo Music
Saturday, September 19, 2015
A FREE Day-Long Music Event

In a small Midwest town, two traveling musicians and two local siblings hatch a plan to take all the money from the Bank across state lines to Indiana for one day and then bring it back, thus performing the perfect crime… or a work of art. Originally released in the 1980s as episodes of a music-based BBC television show, Perfect Lives is Robert Ashley’s quirky, energetic, and philosophical modern opera, adapted anew by Varispeed and narrated by the band and guest musicians. Its seven episodes weave the intersecting stories of people in the American Midwest, centered around a mysterious crime, an elopement, and the mischief of two itinerant musicians.

Our performance will take place in seven 30-minute episodes at seven Jersey City venues throughout one day. Before each episode we will recap the story so far and between episodes you are encouraged to visit the All About Downtown Festival and open houses at our partner organizations.

For full details, visit our event page.
Download our PDF program: Perfect Lives Jersey City program and map

Schedule Overview:
11:00am THE PARK – All About Downtown Street Fair stage (242 Bay St)
1:30pm THE BANK – Provident Bank (239 Washington St)
3:00pm THE SUPERMARKET – Key Food (574 Jersey Ave)
4:00pm Art House open house and tours – Art House Productions (136 Magnolia Avenue)
5:00pm THE CHURCH – St Paul Lutheran Church (440 Hoboken Ave)
6:15pm Goat petting and refreshments – The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery (435 Newark Ave)
7:00pm THE BACKYARD – The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery (435 Newark Ave)
8:15pm Barrow Mansion tours – Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne Street)
9:00pm THE LIVING ROOM – Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne Street)
11:00pm THE BAR – Brightside Tavern (141 Bright St)

PLEASE NOTE: There is no seating at the PARK and SUPERMARKET episodes and there is limited seating at the BANK episode. There are a few instances of discrete coarse language in the BANK, SUPERMARKET, CHURCH, and LIVING ROOM episodes.

CVM Perfect Lives Jersey City map
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Sponsored By: Remco Press and The Barrow Mansion Development Corporation
A huge thanks to Helen Yi for designing our program/map!
Photo credit: Courtesy of Mathew Pokoik and Mt. Tremper Arts

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.

Thanks for celebrating JC composers

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We had a blast performing music by Jersey City composers at our Homegrown event last Saturday. Thanks for coming out to support local music! We’d also like to thanks Tommy “Two Scoops” Parisi for inviting us to use The Brightside Tavern. It was a great night!



We are celebrating Jersey City with “Homegrown”, a concert of music written by JC composers! Join us for exciting chamber music by Paul Pinto, Felipe Lara, Mike Sperone, Elliot Cole, and Kevin Clark.

Our performance is just the start as we are curating sets by fantastic local performers to continue through the evening. We invite you to stay for performances by the Lippel/Moretto Latin American guitar duo, the Live Radio cello/piano duo, and more.

Sat, Aug 29, 8:00-10:00pm
The Brightside Tavern – 141 Bright St, Jersey City, NJ
FREE, 2 item minimum

Elliot Cole: Bloom Trio
Kevin Clark: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Mike Sperone: TBA (new work for saxophone and electronics)
Felipe Lara: Quetzalcoàtl
Paul Pinto: 12 Letters from Brown Men

Performed by:
Paul Pinto, vocals
Zach Herchen, saxophone
Nick Gallas, clarinet
Jeffrey Young, violin
Tim Leonard, cello
Dan Lippel, guitar
Martin Moretto, guitar

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.