RBR SUMMER CAMP PRESENTS LION KING JR.

Lion King RBRStudents of Red Bank Regional’s Visual and Performing Arts Summer Academy audition for the dancing ensemble, as part of the August 10 presentation of THE LION KING JR.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On Wednesday, August 10, the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Academy students of Red Bank Regional High School will present their staging of “The Lion King Jr.” Over 50 students will take part in the 7 p.m. performance, a 60-minute abbreviated version of Disney’s Broadway hit “The Lion King.”

Based on the popular animated film, the show features such Elton John-Tim Rice songs as “Circle of Life,” Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” with the young actors of the VPA program portraying such beloved characters as Simba, Nala and Mufasa.

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LITTLE SILVER: TWO NIGHTS AT THE OPERA

RBROperaPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

The vocal majors of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School are proud to present an operatic double feature on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.

Presented in the auditorium of the RBR building at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver, the program begins at 7 p.m. with Orfeo ed Euridice, by 18th century composer Christoph Willibald von Gluck. Performed in Italian with English subtitles, the opera also features a ballet by RBR VPA dance majors.

The second show, a modern comic adaptation of Seymour Barab’s 1956 opera A Game of Chance, will be presented in English. Both shows will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

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RED BANK: A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR FRANK FANS

PicopoFloydDeanaJersey guys Joe Piscopo and Uncle Floyd Vivino join Dino’s daughter Deana Martin for a special Sunday afternoon Sinatra Centennial Birthday Bash.

In case you haven’t heard, December 12 marks the 100th anniversary of the humble Hoboken debut of Francis Albert Sinatra — the beyond-iconic “Chairman of the Board” whose birthday is the second most celebrated such affair on the twelfth-month calendar page.

It’s an occasion that’s being observed in swinging style from “New York, New York” to “”LA Is My Lady” and every casino cocktail lounge, piano bar and pizzeria in between — with a certain house right here in Red Bank a crucial part of the proceedings.

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LITTLE SILVER: GRAND SLAM FOR SUMMER 2015

tugofwarA Tug of War served to help students develop team-building skills, as Red Bank Regional’s Summer Slam program held a culminating day of activities at Thompson Park in Lincroft.

Press releases from Red Bank Regional High School

Over the past decade, Red Bank Regional High School has experienced remarkable academic success by every measure — with one of the primary reasons for that success taking place during the “summer vacation” month of July.

Known as Summer Slam, the freshman transition program plants the seeds of a new community of high schoolers formed from many different communities — primarily the sending towns of Red Bank, Little Silver and Shrewsbury, as well as other Monmouth County municipalities where K-8 districts offer RBR’s four-year academies as an alternative to their eighth grader’s high school choice.

With over 100 students enrolled in this voluntary program, over a third of the incoming freshman class is represented. Summer Slam is operated by The SOURCE, RBR’s School Based Youth Services Program and staffed by RBR Freshman Academy teachers.

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‘HILLBILLIES’ INVADE RBR SUMMER STAGE

RBRVPAdanceStudents of Red Bank Regional’s Visual and Performing Summer Camp learn steps for the musical HOLLYWOOD HILLBILLIES, premiering August 6 at the school auditorium.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Back to School time may be another month away, but on Thursday, August 6, the students Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camp program at Red Bank Regional High School will be eager to take the school stage, as they present the musical comedy Hollywood Hillbillies. Inspired by the TV classic Beverly Hillbillies, the show (book by Tim Kelly, with music and lyrics by Scott Keys) features a comical collision of simple American mountain folk with Hollywood types, and nefarious oil and gas-seeking interlopers.

Over 70 students will take part in the musical production, and a special preview art exhibit will feature the creative art work of other campers.

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LITTLE SILVER: MR. ZOOK’S OPUS

rbccspringconcertposter2015Red Bank Regional music teacher Kristopher Zook conducts a multi-generational assembly of voices in the world premiere of his original work VOICES OF CHANGE, Thursday at RBR. 

It’s an ambitious work that represents the human journey in song; one that draws from the words of poets, philosophers and public figures from Confucius, Ben Franklin and Winston Churchill, to Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. It’s Voices of Change, an original oratorio composed by Red Bank area music educator Kristopher L. Zook — and it will be heard by a public audience for the first time this Thursday, May 21.

A presentation of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School, the oratorio will be conducted by RBR faculty member Zook during the world premiere concert at the school auditorium. For the 7 pm event, the composer will be joined by a chamber orchestra, an allstar assembly of high school choirs and festival choirs, and special guest soloists from Kean University and NYC’s Metropolitan Opera.

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‘VOICES OF CHANGE’ TO RING OUT AT RBR

zookPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

On Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm, the voices of several generations will join together in song, as the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) hosts the world premiere of Voices of Change, an oratorio composed and conducted by RBR music teacher Kristopher Zook. The event features the voices of numerous high school choirs and area festival choirs as well as the Count Basie Theatre Central Jersey Youth Chorale, with special solo performances by Metropolitan Opera singer Jeremy Galyon and Kean University voice professor Katherine Harris.

A multi-generational choral work with a chamber orchestra, Voices incorporates texts by poets, philosophers, political figures and authors including Confucius, Euripides, Benjamin Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, Chief Seathl, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and more.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR HOSTS ALL-SHORE CONCERT

allshorepressOn February 8,  Red Bank Regional High School was very proud to be the host school for the annual All Shore Concert, with 13 student singers representing RBR in the honor chorus.  Pictured above (left to right) are: (back row) Mackenzie Clark, 18, Shrewsbury; Ricci Bigelow, 16, Lake Como; Shannon O’Donnell, 16, Little Silver; RBR vocal teacher Kristopher Zook; Jaclyn Gisondi, 17, Shrewsbury; Victoria White, 15, Union Beach;  Brian Healey, 16, Union Beach; (front row) Erin Ostrowski, 15, Little Silver; Kalei McCarthy, 17, Little Silver; Danielle Wolf, 15, Shrewsbury; Allison LaRochelle, 17, Middletown; Eliana Swartz, 17, Little Silver; Alexa DeAnna, 16, Keansburg; and Emma Craven, 16, Brielle.

YOUTH CHORALE IS GO, AT COUNT BASIE

CJYC BasieThe Central Jersey Youth Chorale is auditioning young vocalists for a new season of performances in and around the Count Basie Theatre.                    

Press release from the Count Basie Theatre

Back for a second season after its inauguration in 2013, the Central Jersey Youth Chorale invites students in grades 5 through 8 to audition for the CJYC, a free program of the Count Basie Theatre and the Red Bank Borough School District.

Auditions will be held at the Basie building on Monday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 17, beginning at 5 pm. The CJYC program is scheduled to run from October through June 2015, and will again operate under the musical direction of Kristopher Zook, local conductor, composer and vocal music educator from Red Bank Regional High School.

Students should prepare a song that reflects their vocal strengths. Once accepted, weekly rehearsals will be held on Mondays from 5-6 pm and Wednesdays from 5-6:30pm at the Count Basie Theatre. This year’s CJYC will perform at local community events and concerts, and in conjunction with select acts on the main stage at the Count Basie Theatre. The group’s repertoire will reflect a wide variety of styles and genres of choral music.

The number of students accepted into the CJYC is limited, so interested participants are urged to contact (732)224-8778 x125 to reserve an audition time — and read on, for more about the Fall Session of classes at the Basie.

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RBR VOCAL MAJORS MAKE ALL SHORE CHORUS

RBRchorusPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

A total of sixteen students from Red Bank Regional High School made the prestigious All-Shore Chorus, performing with the best voices from Monmouth and Ocean counties in the 51st annual honor chorus concert held recently at Neptune High School.  Pictured above from right to left are: (front row):  Allison LaRochelle, Middletown, Kathryn Robinson, Shrewsbury, Alexa DeAnna, Keansburg, Jazmin Graham, Lake Como, Eliana Swartz, Little Silver; (back row):  Emma Craven, Brielle, Dana Brown, Red Bank, Patrick Martini, Union Beach, Shannon O’Donnell, Little Silver, Amanda Strydio, Keansburg, Dannielle Wolf, Shrewsbury, Lauren O’Brien, Little Silver, Courtney Ravelo, Union Beach, Mackenzie Clark, Shrewsbury and RBR Choral teacher Kristopher Zook.  Missing from the picture were Shurmila Dhar, Little Silver, and Kacey Greico, Keansburg. The Honor Choir was conducted this year by Andre Baldasserini from Matawan-Aberdeen Regional High School.

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RBR SENIORS TAKE TOP VOCAL HONORS

RBR VocalRBR VPA seniors Shurmila Dhar, Little Silver, and Katie Robinson, Shrewsbury, took second and third place, respectively, in the upper level classical voice category at the NJ NATS Doris Lenz Festival of Singing

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On November 2, Red Bank Regional Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) voice majors took top honors at the Doris Lenz Festival of Singing, held at The College of New Jersey and sponsored by the NJ NATS (the New Jersey chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing). Seniors Shurmila Dhar of Little Silver, and Katie Robinson of Shrewsbury, took second and third place respectively, in the upper level classical voice category which includes 15 to 17 year olds.

Over 90 students competed in the festival, which is named in honor of a longtime member of the NJ NATS. Students are invited to perform by their teachers who are members of NJ NATS.  RBR teacher Kristopher Zook recommended and accompanied Shurmila and Katie to the festival.

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RBR STUDENTS NASHVILLE BOUND FOR GALA

National Honors Band 1065RBR students Patrick Martini (Union Beach) and Matthew Rosen (Little Silver) were recently named to the country’s All-National Honors Ensembles, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. Both will perform at a gala concert, October 30 in Nashville, TN.  (Click to enlarge)

By MARIANNE KLIGMAN
RBR Community Information Officer

Red Bank Regional High School is honored to announce that two of its Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) students, Patrick Martini of Union Beach and Matthew Rosen of Little Silver, have reached the pinnacle in their high school music careers with their acceptance to the very prestigious All-National Honors Ensembles sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

The RBR students are among 637 top high school music students in the country to earn this honor. Both will perform, Patrick in the mixed chorus and Matt in the concert band, at a gala concert on October 30, 2013, in Nashville Tennessee.

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BASIE OK’s CHORALE PROGRAM FOR AREA KIDS

basie-marquee-3-090213-500x375The Count Basie Theatre and the Red Bank Borough School District are thrilled to announce a new, free children’s choral program, The Central Jersey Youth Chorale, beginning in the Fall of 2013.This free program, open to all Monmouth County students grades 4-8 as of 2013, is scheduled to run from October through June, and will be under the musical direction of Kristopher Zook, local conductor, composer and vocal music educator from Red Bank Regional High School. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6 pm at the Red Bank Middle School, 101 Harding Road, Red Bank.

Students wishing to audition for the performing ensemble should prepare a song that reflects their vocal strengths for one of the two audition days, Monday, October 7, or Wednesday, October 9 at 5:00 PM in the Red Bank Middle School Auditorium.

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OPERA AND DANCE TO LIGHT UP RBR STAGE

Rehearsing for this week’s Spring Dance Concerts at Red Bank Regional, VPA dance majors include (front row, left to right) Phoenicia Butler, Jessica Adderly, Dillion Jackson, plus (back row, left to right) Kendall Van Winkle, Bella Caputi and  Samantha Lore.  (Click to enlarge)

When the Visual and Performing Arts program at Red Bank Regional High School puts on a show, it’s like the Big Game.

Beginning Thursday night and carrying over into the middle of the coming week, the students of the VPA –majors in dance, music and visual arts from all over the Shore area — will take center stage in a series of showcase events, starting with a pair of Spring Dance Concert performances and continuing with the first fully staged opera production in the school’s history.

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