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Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center in West Orange Announces Independence Day Weekend Lineup

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The New Jersey Arts Incubator at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (NJAI@OSPAC) will be the destination for music this Independence Day weekend.  Part of the Roots + Ribs Music and Food Festival, which will bring world class music to the OSPAC amphitheater in West Orange, NJ all summer, the weekend will include a jazz, classical and world music lineup.

Kicking things off July 4th is the Wallace Roney Orchestra performing the works of Wayne Shorter. “Universe,” an orchestral work written by sax legend Wayne Shorter during his tenure with Miles Davis, has been the most legendary long-lost composition in modern jazz.  After it was discovered buried in a Library of Congress collection it is now in the hands of Roney – another trumpet player with a big vision.

Critically acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa will take the stage on July 5th. Kigawa has earned outstanding international recognition as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber music artist since winning First Prize in the prestigious 1990 Japan Music Foundation Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Diploma Prize at the 1998 Concurs International Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain.  The New York Times praised Taka Kigawa an “extraordinary pianist” and hailed his show at Le Poisson Rouge as one of the best of 2010.

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Wrapping up the holiday weekend will be the Soul of Cuban Pianofeaturing Chuchito Valdes, Grammy nominated Manuel Valera and Arun Ortiz  on July 6th. When three of New York’s dynamic voices from the genre of Cuban solo piano come together sparks fly.

The Roots + Ribs Music and Festival is produced by the Luce Group and co-sponsored New Jersey Arts Incubator and the town of West Orange All shows will begin at 7pm and are rain or shine. Rain days will be covered by an open-air tent.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and food is available for purchase.   Tickets for all shows are  $15 general admission.   For tickets and information visit or call973-669-7385.


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