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Classical Season Celebration

State Theatre New Jersey 2018 Classical Season Celebration

On Sunday September 16, State Theatre New Jersey launched a dazzling season of classical music at the 2018 Classical Season Celebration. This year’s Celebration honored Senator Bob Smith and featured the renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman with pianist Rohan De Silva, performing pieces by Leclair, Franck, and Stravinsky.

The 2018 Classical Season Celebration raised over $106,000 to support the State Theatre’s year-round classical music and educational programs. Guests were welcomed by President & CEO Sarah K. Chaplin at a pre-performance champagne reception and post-performance dinner.

Honoree Senator Bob Smith was presented with the Leadership in the Arts award. Classical Season Co-Chairs Wendy Wiebalk and Steve Cahn commented, “Senator Smith’s dedication to State Theatre New Jersey’s nonprofit mission, and to the advancement of the performing arts as a significant driver of cultural and economic vitality, has made him an irreplaceable advocate.”

“The State Theatre hosts more than 200,000 people a year, including 20,000 school children at Performances for Schools, who in many instances would not be normally exposed to cultural and artistic performances,” said Honoree Senator Bob Smith. “And for this reason, the State Theatre is a game changer. It not only provides great events of culture, it really changes our lives and improves the quality of our lives.”

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2018 Classical Season Celebration! Proceeds from this event help classical music thrive in New Brunswick and keeps our world-class mainstage and educationl programming accessible for all, developing the next generation of audiences.

Photos from the 2018 classical season ceLebration

Classical Season Celebration 2018


Wendy L. Wiebalk & Steven D. Cahn

Honorary Committee

Middlesex County Freeholder Kenneth Armwood
Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman & Sue Bateman
Mayor James M. Cahill & Laura Cahill
Robert & Nadine DiLeo
Jonathan & Beth Frieder
Theodore H. Light
Jeff & Judy Milanaik
Jack Morris & Sheryl Weingarten Morris
Tony & Liliane Nader
Derrick Scenna
Sheriff Mildred Scott & Richard Scott
Ellen Smith
Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney
Mayor Brian C. Wahler & Paulette Crabiel Wahler

Celebration Committee

Frankie Busch, Andrea Cunnell, Susan Darien, Alice DeVoe, William Downey,
Mary Ellen Dundon, Christian & Christine Jensen, Jean McDonnell,
Steve Reichman, Robin Suydam, and The Honorable Blanquita B. Valenti

Lead Sponsor

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Contact 732-247-7200, ext. 512 / to learn about the annual Classical Season Celebration.


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