New Jersey Performing Arts Center is a sixth largest performing arts center in the U.S. And the fact that it is located 20 minutes from our house is certainly a huge plus. Since opening their doors in 1997, NJPAC has boasted and impressive lineup of performers in every category. Included among the artists appearing on NJPAC stages in its first thirteen seasons are the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Yo-Yo Ma; Bob Dylan; Ballet Nacional de Cuba; Lauryn Hill; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Twyla Tharp Dance; Dance Theatre of Harlem; Israel Philharmonic; the Berlin State Opera Orchestra; the Royal Danish Ballet; Hilary Hahn; Bill T. Jones; Itzhak Perlman; the Vienna Boys Choir; Midori; Sarah Brightman; Sting; Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; Elvis Costello; National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique; Don Henley; the Afro-Cuban All-Stars; Audra McDonald; Buena Vista Social Club; Melissa Etheridge; the Czech Philharmonic; Bette Midler; The Chieftains; Herbie Hancock; Sweet Honey in the Rock; and Diana Krall.
For this reason, we always made it a point to be aware of their schedule and attend select performance, schedule permitting. So, you can imagine my surprise when I got a call from them last September that they will be organizing Artisan Marketplace in the lobby of the Prudential Hall, where a small, curated group of artists, artisans, and crafters will be given an opportunity to showcase their products. They wanted us to be a part of it.
Of course, we jumped at this amazing opportunity, and following many schedule challenges, finally made it there this last Friday, January 21. The Artisan Marketplace was taking place during the performance of the magnificent Swan Lake by the State Theater of Russia. Definitely a must see!
Here is an image of our display:
Look for us again next Friday during the performance of South Pacific.