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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.

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.

Groove on Grove: Wed. July 22

Groove on Grove

CVM is returning to Groove on Grove with music for cello, vibraphone, saxophones, and electronics. Adam Knauss’ White Fog is a stunning dreamscape for cello/sax/vibraphone. Steven Galante’s Saxsounds III, for two saxophones and electronic delay, shows how both beautiful and wild saxophones can be. Paul Leary’s Number Stations transforms coded spy messages into a driving music for electronics and saxophone. We’ll see you there!

CVM plays Groove on Grove
Wed, Jul 22 @ 7:30pm-9:00pm
Grove PATH Plaza – 324 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ
*please note that Groove on Grove will start at 6pm with a jazz ensemble. Con Vivo’s set will begin at 7:30pm.

Gestenstücke by Juan María Solare
Saxsounds III: Diminishing Returns by Steven Galante
White Fog by Adam Knauss
Railways by Juan María Solare
Number Stations by Paul Leary

Tim Leonard (cello), MIke Sperone (vibraphone), Zach Herchen (saxophone), Erin Rogers (saxophone)

Cultural Diversity Festival

2015 Cultural Diversity Festival

We are pleased to be joining JC Families’ second annual Cultural Diversity Festival on June 20. Join us in celebrating Jersey City’s diversity with live performances, food, and fun for the whole family. Stop by our table and say hi!

JC Families’ Cultural Diversity Festival
Saturday, June 20 @ 11-2pm
City Hall Plaza – 280 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ

Con Vivo will perform a sneak peak of Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley at the festival. This modern opera takes place in seven episodes which we’ll perform on Sept 19 at seven venues across Jersey City. More at

6 Years of Bach

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We had a blast at our 6th Annual Bach Concert! Thanks for coming and all the great feedback we heard!

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6th Annual Bach Concert


CVM continues our yearly tradition with the 6th Annual Bach Concert! This year’s event will feature internationally-known soloists oboist Christa Robinson and violinist Amie Weiss. Music of Bach, Falconieri, Vivaldi, Zelenka, and Boston-based composer Balint Karosi.

FREE, all ages welcome
Sunday, May 17 @ 5pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ

Christa Robinson – oboe
Amie Weiss – violin
Carolyn Jeselsohn – cello
Andrew Roitstein – bass
Ben Grow – harpsichord

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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.