The Hopewell Valley Arts Council, presenters of last summer’s public art Stampede of 69 life-sized, decorated oxen, now announces another unique event with a concert titled “Art: The Language of Expression – Colors of Jazz.”  Recognizing that art informs and inspires, Art: The Language of Expression is a format for presenting and mixing creative mediums.  This first concert presents impressive jazz-with a twist.

On Sunday, November 15, the highly acclaimed jazz pianist Steve Rudolph will perform as part of the Steve Rudolph/Hendrik Meurkens Quartet, performing a blend of jazz classics and contemporary works.  As the Quartet plays, Hopewell graphic designer and illustrator, Emily Muschinske, will create three paintings inspired by the music at her easel.

This unique interdisciplinary event begins at 3:00 pm in the beautiful and acoustically excellent Washington Crossing Unitarian Church near Titusville, NJ.  This concert with a twist exemplifies the Council’s mission to “celebrate art in the everyday” and its commitment to doing so with flair.

Steve Rudolph has been making music for over 40 years, beginning notably with an early stint with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.  Steve has travelled the region, country and abroad performing in a wide range of styles, both as a soloist and with a variety of ensembles.  He has played with a litany of jazz greats, released eleven CDs, and been a powerful force in promoting jazz throughout Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region.  Jazz Improv magazine states, “Rudolph is a savvy, swinging, glimmering heavyweight…simply outstanding.”

HVAC_Colors of Jazz FlyerMs. Muschinske, a well-known area designer, graphic artist, and arts educator, brings a deft and whimsical style to her colorful, and in this case impromptu, artworks.

It’s music and art brought together for a bit of improvisational fun, set in the comfortable Unitarian Church located on Washington Crossing–Pennington Road near Titusville, just 2 minutes from Rte. 29.

For tickets and further information on “Art: The Language of Expression – Colors of Jazz” and all the ways the Hopewell Valley Arts Council celebrates art in the everyday, log on to or find them on Facebook.

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a nonprofit cultural organization serving the greater Hopewell Valley region of New Jersey with unique cultural offerings to cultivate the joy of lives and communities filled with art.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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