“Amani” Brings Holiday Message of Peace

The holidays are coming to the Watchung Arts Center, and what better way to celebrate the season of “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men” than with the music of “Amani”, whose name mean “peace” in Swahili”. The Center’s Annual Holiday Concert, on December 9, will begin at 8 PM and will be followed by a dessert reception with a opportunity to meet the musicians and enjoy some holiday cheer.
Amani was formed to share the concept of peace through music, performing for people of all ages, races, and religious affiliations. Amani performs hits from a variety of genres including The Great American Songbook, Gospel, R&B, jazz, Bossa nova, and Broadway. This performance, of course, will include a selection of holiday favorites.
The members of the group are veteran musicians: Marty Eigen on sax and flute; Fred Fischer on piano; vocalist Stephen Fuller; guitarist Flip Peters, bassist Ben Rubens and Nick Scheuble on drums. This will be the 14th annual Holiday visit to the WAC by Eigen, who has been a frequent contributor to the center’s “JaZZ in the Gallery” series, with his Beacon Hill Jazz Band as well as with other noted jazz performers.
Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 ($20 WAC members, $10 students) at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at watchungartscenter.eventbrite.com. To obtain more information about upcoming performances, classes and workshops, and monthly art exhibitions, please visit WatchungArts.org or call 908-753-0190.
The Watchung Arts Center, located at 18 Stirling Road in Watchung on the Watchung Circle, and currently celebrating its 40th year, is a multi-disciplinary arts facility serving Watchung, the surrounding communities and the Tri-State Area.

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