Chris Pedersen ~ Musical Director/Conductor

August 5, 2018

Liberty Fanfare
The House I Live In (That’s America to Me)*
The Spirit of ‘76
Rio Rita
Washington’s Grand March, 1784
September Song *
Chiclarena Pasodoble

John Williams
L. Allen/E. Robinson: Arr: Paul Nagle
Clare Grundman
Harry Tierney (former resident of Perth Amboy) **
Kurt Weill: Arr: Paul Nagle
Vega, Oropesa Y Carmona

Jefferson’s March, 1805
Chester Overture
This Is The Moment from “Jekyll & Hyde” *
A Colonial Rhapsody
El Gato Montés
The Student Prince *

A. Reinagle
William Schuman
F. Wildhorn/L. Bricusse
Edward Madden
Manuel Heyer
Sigmund Romberg

* Vocalist: Ken Wasser, Baritone
Ken began his musical career as a child, performing on Broadway in The Sound of Music with Mary Martin. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in vocal music, and has been getting rave reviews from audiences ever since. Ken has been an active member of the renowned Monmouth Civic Chorus for over 30 years, and he is a featured soloist on their published CD's. He has also been affiliated with numerous other musical groups: Cabaret for Life, Plays-in-the-Park, Battleground Arts Center, PNC Arts Center, Liberty State Park, Count Basie Theater and The Garden State Symphonic Band. Ken has performed starring roles in both musicals (The Most Happy Fella, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Brigadoon and Kismet) and operettas (The Magic Flute, The Merry Widow and New Moon) plus numerous leads in the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire. In his spare time, Ken provides the entertainment for various organizations with his one-man show, The Three Baritones. Ken won a PERRY award from NJ ACT for outstanding lead actor in a musical for his role as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Also, he completed a series of performances portraying Emile de Beque in South Pacific.

** Harry Tierney (May 21, 1890 — March 22, 1965) born and lived in Perth Amboy, NJ, was a successful American composer of musical theatre, best known for long-running hits such as Irene (1919), Broadway's longest-running show of the era (620 performances), and Rio Rita (1927), one of the first musicals to be turned into a talking picture. He was most active between about 1910 and 1930. His mother was a pianist, his father a trumpeter, and he himself toured as a concert pianist in his early years.

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