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Holiday Arts Festival in Madison

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Harmonium Choral Society Carolers will participate in the 7th annual Madison Arts and Culture Alliance Holiday Arts festival on  Friday Nov. 23, 2012. Free performances of classical and contemporary music, dance and art run from noon until the Santa parade (5:30) and after, in intimate venues in and around downtown Madison. Credits: Jabez Van Cleef
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The seventh annual Madison Arts and Cultural Alliance (MACA) Holiday Arts Festival returns to Madison on Friday, November 23, 2012 from noon to 9 pm.  This highly acclaimed Festival draws hundreds of residents, artists, musicians, dancers, singers and more to Madison's central business district for a creative and fun-filled day of live performances, art exhibits, and interactive events in non-traditional spaces such as some of Madison's most popular storefronts, restaurants, galleries and businesses including Drip Coffeehouse, Provident Bank, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and Blue Purl. 

This year's line-up of extraordinary performers and events include the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey; harpist Merynda Adams; jazz pianist Jerry Vezza; Studio Allegro Ballet School, caricaturist Andrew Pungot, singer/songwriter Rachel Marie, and much, much more.

All the exciting activities are planned around the Santa Parade at 5:30, which has been a favorite for years and is a popular Madison tradition. Following the parade and tree-lighting ceremony on festively decorated Waverly Place, the evening will continue with performance at Grace Episcopal Church featuring renowned musicians from Zephyrs Winds and Simply Brass with a world premiere by award-winning Florida composer Stephen P Brown, as well as holiday favorites.  There will also be an opportunity for the public to meet some of the artists and performers at a small reception hosted by Coccia Realty on Main Street at 6:30, serenaded by Harmonium Choral Society carolers.

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This year, MACA has expanded the scope of the event by adding a visual arts component to the day-long festival.  A pop up gallery will be installed at Rose City Framemakers located on the 2nd floor at 20 Waverly Place, and we will be featuring original art work for sale by area artists.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit MACA. Pop up galleries are very popular right now and provide alternative space for artists to showcase their art, and these non-traditional venues are a great way for the public to interact with art in a different way.

The Holiday Arts Festival is presented at no charge to the public by The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance (MACA), a coalition of arts organizations, cultural institutions, historic societies, colleagues and friends, dedicated to encouraging collaborations among the wide ranging cultural offerings in Madison. Our ongoing mission is to help strengthen our community through arts participation, recognizing that Madison, New Jersey is a town with rich and diverse cultural activities.

"This is our most exciting schedule yet," said Artist Coordinator Dr. Anne Matlack of Grace Church, Madison. "We encourage people to spend the whole afternoon in Madison, whether you are young, old, or in between. There are events for kids, classical music lovers, coffee-house type performances and two dance companies. The venues are close together and intimate, such as pianist Paul Zeigler's "house concert" of Liszt, or classical guitarist Darren O'Neill serenading you by the fire in On a Roll, or a Celtic harpist and teen guys a capella in the lovely acoustic of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. You can listen, eat, shop, wander, and be in place for the parade. It is a fantastic way to support your community, both musicians and merchants!”

More information about MACA at www.madisonartsnj.org.

 

SCHEDULED PERFORMANCES (by venue)

Bento Grill

12:00 noon-1:00 pm “Bach’s Lunch”: Musicians from the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey

3:00-3:30 Patty Doyle  3:30-4:30 Christine DeLeon

The Blue Purl

1:30-2:30 Andrew Pungot, caricaturist

2-:00-4:00  Madison Music Association student musicians

Drip Coffeehouse

1:45  Donna Ward  2:30 Val Schusler and Chris Bias

3:30-4:30 Rosewood  4:30-5:15 Kings Rd.

Grace Episcopal Church

3:15-4:00 pm   Merynda Adams and Virginia Schulze Johnson, flute and harp

4:00-4:30 pm John Pivarnik, piano

4:45-5:15 pm Eric Stroud, organ

7:30-9:00 pm (after parade) Zephyrs Winds and Simply Brass

Investors Bank

2:45-3:15 and 3:30-4:00 Story time with Madison Children’s Librarian

James Bldg  3rd Floor  (not handicap accessible)

2:00-2:30 & 3:00-3:30Paul Zeigler & students, piano, intimate All-Liszt house recital (25 people)

3:45-4:30 Dance Innovations  4:30-5:15 Theater Games with Najah Johnson

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

1:30-2:00 The Gargoyles of Grace (teen guy a capella)

2-2:30 & 2:30-3:00Sharlys Dugan harp and whistle  

3:15-3:45 Spoken Word Performance

4:00-4:30 Elise Figa, Carlos Cuestas, soprano and classical guitar

On A Roll

 2:30-3:00 & 3:15-3:45 Darren O’Neill, Classical Guitar

Presbyterian Church

4:45-5 Madison High School Marching Dodgers

The Provident Bank

3:00-6 :00 “warming station” holiday cookies and hot cider.

4:30-5:00 Harmonium Carol Quartet

Rose City Framemakers 2nd floor (not handicap accessible)

12 noon-5:00 Pop-Up gallery and warming station

1:00-1:30 Abi Raymaker and friends  2:15-2:45 Rachel Marie singer/songwriter

Studio Allegro (Elmer St. location)

1:00-2:00 Meet the Nutcracker, ballet demo for kids

Studio Allegro (Waverly Place location 2nd floor not handicap accessible)

4:15-5 Nutcracker mini-performances

Shanghai Jazz

5-6 Jerry Vezza, jazz pianist Happy Hour

Coccia Realty

6:30-7:30 Meet the Artists reception

6:30 Harmonium carolers

all artists and performance venues are subject to change.

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