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Ars Vitalis Concert Brings Pulitzer Prize Winner to Kean University

UNION, NJ - Aaron Jay Kernis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer will have his work performed in Kean University’s stunning new venue, The Gene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall  on April 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm.  Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey New Music Forum showcases the works of other prominent Garden State area composers as well, including Lowell Liebermann and John Musto.

“We are very fortunate to have so many important and talented artists in one place at one time,” said Dr. Matthew Halper, a music professor at Kean and Artistic Director. “Ars Vitalis introduces audiences to the allure, the drama and the impact of contemporary music composition.”

Audiences in Enlow Hall will be delighted by: Ballad for cello and piano and 100 Greatest Dance Hits by Aaron Jay Kernis; String Quartet No, 4, Op. 103 by Lowell Liebermann; Piano Trio by John Musto; and Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano by Matthew Halper.

The extraordinary performers in this concert include concert artists Lisa Hansen, flute; Romie de Guise-Langois, clarinet; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano; Christopher Kenniff, guitar; Joanna Frankel, violin; Caroline Stinson, cello; and the guest ensemble: The Tessera String Quartet. The public is invited to attend a post-show reception with the artists.

Ticket prices for Ars Vitalis are $20; Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Seniors: $15; Students: $5; Subscription series and group rate discounts are available. For more information, please visit or contact the Wilkins Theatre Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469).

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. While Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers, it is also a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.