Rosen Performing Arts Center

Backstage at the Y Concert Series

Enter the Y, One Pike Drive, Wayne, through its Backstage Door, pass the dressing rooms, wander in the wings, say hello to the stagehand, step onto the stage, and finally be seated to become part of an intimate audience treated to wonderful music. The setting alone makes this Series unique, but it is the performing artists who make it special.

hit the roof band

sunday, january 15, 2017
11:45am - 12:45pm  
$15 / ticket

Experience music like never before.  With a taste of some of the twentieth century’s most important musical movements, Hit The Roof Band reinvigorates old songs with a new twist. The duet of keyboardist and drummer start off with a bit of ragtime-stride, and then on (pun intended) into the ear of swing and boogie-woogie. They then embark on rock n ‘ roll frenzy, all the while explaining the history and icons behind the movement. Continuing the performance into the style of New Orleans piano, a style with roots steeped in boogie-woogie, gospel, country, bluegrass, and funk, the band takes a slower approach to the blues.

They possess the unique capability of expressing complex ideas and delivers deep emotional understanding of the musical landscape. They transform the musical experience by giving the listener more ways to relate to and understand the music as well as breaking the barrier between the artists and the audience, making the performance a more personal and interactive experience.

Do you want to have an unforgettable experience? Then join them and become one with the music. This interactive experience should not be missed by all aficionados of good music and a soul!

a tour of world flutes with tereasa payne

sunday, January 22, 2017
11:45am - 1:00pm  
$15 / ticket

Tereasa Payne, flutist, world-flutist, and woodwinds player, from NYC presents a program of 15 flutes from around the world.  She will discuss the histories and cultural significances of each of these instruments, as well as performing on each world flute. Flutes included are from India, Romania, South America,

Africa, Hawaii, Japan, China, Cambodia, and more!  Tereasa is a regular performer with Disney’s “The Lion King” where she performs on 13 of these flutes from around the world.

leonard Bernstein: America's musician

lecture by dr. Robert w. butts

sunday, January 29, 2017
11:45am - 1:00pm  
$15 / ticket

The work of Leonard Bernstein has paved the way for Americans to be part of the larger concert and opera worlds. Bernstein was the first American conductor to lead major orchestras around the world. Bernstein was the first American composer to have his music played everywhere, paving the way for greater acceptance of American conductors and composers in the world. Bernstein’s brilliance enabled him to make his mark in many areas of music. He was a major composer or concert and theater music. He was a major conductor of all forms of music. He was a lecturer and educator, using the medium of radio and especially television to bring the music to people. His recordings remain inspirational to all who listen to or perform music. His compositions such remain standard works of orchestras and theaters throughout the world.

Dr. Robert W. Butts is an award-winning conductor, composer and educator - conductor with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and Eastern Opera New Jersey, professor at Drew University and Montclair State University.

romantic titles: what do they all mean
featuring Carolyn Enger

sunday, February 5, 2017
11:45am - 1:00pm  
$15 / ticket

Preludes that don’t precede, intermezzi that aren’t in the middle, “Songs without words...”

Join us as we explore Romantic notions and moods through the beautiful sounds of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Szymanowski, and Scriabin. Carolyn has experienced considerable success as a performing and recording artist: her album of Ned Rorem’s Piano Album I and Six Friends was selected by the New York Times as one of their “Best In Classical Recordings for 2013,” and she has performed in venues from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Bruno Walter Auditorium to the National Gallery of Art in DC.

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.