WESTFIELD, NJ -- Rosena Hill Jackson, the gifted singer, songwriter and recording artist who has performed on Broadway, with the New York Pops and with symphony orchestras around the world will make a special guest appearance at NJ Festival Orchestra’s SWING TIME big band concert on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Hill Jackson will join Maestro Wroe and NJ Festival Orchestra to present SWING TIME a LIVE performance of blistering hits from the big band era and beyond guaranteed to chase the blues away.

“I am thrilled Rosena is able to join us for SWING TIME,” said NJ Festival Orchestra Music Director David Wroe. “She is one of the most versatile and accomplished singers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She will blow us all away next Saturday.”

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Hill Jackson is well known for her appearance in several Broadway productions. She stepped into the role of Nettie Fowler in Carousel, after the departure of Renée Fleming and was chosen by Harold Prince to be a part of the principle cast of Prince Of Broadway, produced by the Manhattan Theater Club. She has also appeared in After Midnight, Come Fly Away, The Color Purple, Monty Python’s Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Oklahoma, River Dance, and Ragtime and has many off Broadway and national Tour credits.

She is also an accomplished classical singer and has performed at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops; Teatro di Massimo Symphony Orchestra in Palermo, Sicily; Teatro di Lirico Symphony Orchestra in Sardinia; Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Florida Sunshine Pops, Sarasota Symphony, Hartford Symphony, and in the cast of Carousel with the New York Philharmonic for PBS “Live at Lincoln Center.”

Rosena has performed internationally for three seasons with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers & Band touring in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Hungary and the Netherlands as a featured soloist. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University holding a BFA in Music.

Ms Hill Jackson and NJ Festival Orchestra will perform upbeat American favorites. “Fly me to the moon,” On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” and more are all on the program.

“With Rosena’s help and talents our show will be infused with an optimism that is going to strike a chord with all lockdown-weary music lovers,” he continued, “So I encourage everyone to grab their lawn chair and come on out and have some fun!”

The outdoor live performance will take place in the spacious gardens at the rear of 241 E. Dudley Ave. in Westfield. Audience members are invited to bring a lawn chair, cushion or blanket.

“The safety of our patrons, musicians and staff is our top concern,” assured NJ Festival Orchestra executive director Zach Blutner. “Safety protocols and social distancing will be strictly observed. Masks will be required for audience members, who will be seated in pods for groups of up to four people. Pods will be spaced at least six feet apart.”

The concert begins at 2:00 p.m. and will last about an hour. The rain date is set for Oct. 18 at the same time.

Tickets ($150 for a pod which accommodates up to 4 people) are available by advance reservation only. Pod tickets can be purchased online at www.njfestivalorchestra.org or by calling (908) 232-9400. Patrons will be seated in their socially distanced pod on arrival on a first come first served basis.

For more information, contact NJ Festival Orchestra by email at patronservices@njfestivalorchestra.org or call (908) 232-9400. For full details on NJ Festival Orchestra concert protocols go to www.njfestivalorchestra.org.