Benefit Tickets Still Available

Benefit Tickets Still Available

“Make the Season Bright” to benefit the Marie F. Rader Memorial Fund for the Arts at Rowan this Friday.


The concert takes place in Pfleeger Concert Hall. General admission tickets are $20 in advance (and $25 at the door). Tickets for non-Rowan students (with school ID) and children under 18 are $10. Rowan students are admitted FREE with ID. For more information, call the box office at 856-256-4545 or purchase online at

Holiday Musical Benefit

Acclaimed performers from the worlds of classical and jazz music gather for a gala evening of holiday cheer, “Make the Season Bright,” on Friday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. on the Rowan University campus. The concert benefits the Marie F. Rader Memorial Fund for the Arts at Rowan.

Renowned Metropolitan Opera star Barbara Dever takes center stage for part of the evening, joining the Rowan University Orchestra, conducted by Salvatore Scarpa, and the Rowan University Concert Choir, under the direction of Christopher B. Thomas. Dever, a New Jersey native born on Christmas Day, has appeared with Pavarotti, Domingo, Mehta and Levine. Here she is featured on a variety of holiday and classical selections, in collaboration with the university’s vocal and instrumental talent.

Things start to swing in the second half as noted jazz performer/recording artist and faculty member Denis DiBlasio leads the Rowan Jazz Band in a series of seasonal favorites. They are joined by pianist-to-the-stars Dean Schneider and others on everything from “Sleigh Ride” to jazz arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker.”

Faculty and guest musicians Douglas Mapp, Robert Rawlins, Ed Vezhino, Jim Ward and Dean Witten are part of the festivities as well.

"The fund was established following one of our opera productions by some wonderful folks we affectionately refer to as the ‘Friends of Marie Rader,’” states John Pastin, Dean of the College of Performing Arts.

Set up in 2008, the fund seeks to bring quality arts programming to the university and the surrounding southern New Jersey communities. Rader, a passionate supporter of the arts in her lifetime, most notably volunteered her time and talents for the Philadelphia Orchestra for more than 20 years, as a member of the NJ Committee for the Orchestra and chairing numerous committees and fundraisers. As an Orchestra docent, she visited schools each season to prepare the children for their first visit to an Orchestra concert.

“Proceeds from events like this will enable us to continue bringing outstanding professionals on campus to interact with our student performers,” Pastin adds.

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