Arts & Entertainment

Livingston SYLS to Offer New After-School String Orchestra Program

Credits: provided by Oliver Shapiro

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Department of Senior, Youth & Leisure Services (SYLS) has announced that for the first time ever--they are offering aspiring musicians, from Livingston and other local towns, in grades 8 through 12, an after-school youth orchestra program. The program is open to any string player (violin, viola, cello, or string bass) who has been playing for at least two years and is interested in having fun making music with other musicians. Registration is now open and anyone interested in participating or finding out more information should contact SYLS at 973-535-7925 or Oliver Shapiro at 973-533-1260 or

Beginning in early January, these young musicians will meet on Thurs. afternoons, for a period of 10 weeks, culminating in a public performance of the works they have rehearsed and studied.

The program is being led by Livingston resident Oliver Shapiro, a local music teacher specializing in cello and piano. Shapiro works with private students in his home studio as well as with students at Elefante Music in New Providence, where he also offers instruction in violin and viola. His work at Elefante often involves organizing and preparing student ensembles for performances.

Sign Up for E-News

Shapiro is also a founding member of the performing chamber music group Radiance Chamber Ensemble, and serves as Executive Director and Livingston Arts Council liaison for the Essex County Summer Players Orchestra, and has performed with a number of area orchestras.

Shapiro said, “Livingston is great; it has always been extraordinarily interested in and supportive of all of the arts, including music of course, and this program will give some of our younger musicians a chance to spread their musical wings that much more. It should be amazing fun!”


TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Livingston Bowling's Allen Cai Named Livingston Athlete of the Week

January 15, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School bowling’s walk-on senior Allen Cai is named Dr. Michael Rieber’s Livingston Athlete of the Week for establishing himself as one of the best bowlers in the SEC's Colonial Division.

According to bowling coach Griff Hughes, Cai currently holds a 205 average, which is the third-best average in the division. He has also bowled ...

Essex County Freeholders Honor Retiring Livingston Volleyball Coach Al Partelow

January 24, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — At-Large Essex County Freeholder Patricia Sebold of Livingston recently sponsored a commendation honoring Alanson Partelow on his retirement from Livingston High School after 45 years of “outstanding and dedicated service.” The Partelow family joined the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders at its Jan. 18 meeting, where longtime educator and volleyball coach was ...

Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 19, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address some two of the major themes.

(Q) The election ...

Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills Presents: Murder Mystery Dinner in Livingston

January 21, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH), an organization of women developed as civic and community leaders creating lasting community impact, is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Cedar Hill Country Club, 100 Walnut Street, in Livingston.

Event attire is cocktail and complimentary valet parking will be ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Shayne Apple on Guitar

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight Shayne Apple, a fifth grader at Riker Hill Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Shayne also plays trombone in the school band and participates in the school choir. According to his mother, Sharon, Shayne was inspired to pick up guitar not long after his father decided to learn the same ...

Preparing for the Ski Season

It’s all about physical fitness. It’s what allows elite skiers to compete in the most extreme conditions and at their highest levels.  An obvious way to ensure your enjoyment and performance is with the appropriate level of strength, endurance and conditioning.

A balanced program focusing on aerobic fitness, strength training, core and balance is the way to get the most out of ...

Step Right Up

Let’s make America the Greatest Show on Earth Again.


I was very sad to learn that after 146 years of big-top entertainment the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding its tent and leaving town.


This comes a year after the circus, due to mounting pressures from animal rights activists, got rid of the elephants.


It is not really ...

Chamber Spotlight on Mission Fitness Crossfit

The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to spotlight its member, Mission Fitness Crossfit.  Thank you Mission Fitness for partnering with the LACC and being a part of Livingston’s thriving business community.

This virtual interview was conducted by in partnership with the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and answered by owner Joe Romano.

Mission ...