In 1922, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performed its first concert at the Montclair Art Museum. They weren't called by that name yet, and they only had 19 string players at the time, but it was a show that established the orchestra as an important organ in the artistic community. It also might have been the last time the group was largely unknown. The ensemble quickly swelled in size, talent, and popularity as it racked up one significant achievement after another. In 1968, Henry Lewis joined the company to become the first African-American music director of a major symphony. The orchestra reached new heights under his leadership, taking the stage at Carnegie Hall and at the Garden State Arts Center with Luciano Pavarotti?a guest who joined the musicians again in 1984 to perform the first-ever classical program at the humble speakeasy known as Madison Square Garden. The group's illustrious career continued into the late '80s, as it performed live on PBS and played a concert of Bernstein works that won the admiration of the man himself.
Today, the NJSO continues to confidently play into the 21st century. Under the current leadership of Music Director Jacques Lacombe, the ensemble shares seasons of classical, pops, and family programs, along with outdoor concerts, and educational projects. But the group has never forgotten its humble beginnings, maintaining a commitment to the community that caused The Wall Street Journal to call them ?a vital, artistically significant musical organization."
Grab some friends and head on over to Clash Bar for great pub grub.
For your viewing pleasure, Clash Bar also stocks TVs in the bar area.
Skip long waits and head to Clash Bar with your large group for easy seating.
Put on your dancing shoes! The bar provides plenty of space for those who love to boogie.
The noise level can sometimes reach near deafening levels, so save your conversations for another night.
Interested in eating out over the weekend? Keep in mind that the bar gets swamped on Fridays and Saturdays, and service may take longer than expected.
The dress code is strictly casual at Clash Bar, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
Clash Bar's diners can score a street parking spot just a short walk away.
Clash Bar is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
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British writer, director, and comedian Stephen Merchant, the acclaimed co-creator of The Office and Extras, smuggles his ruthless rapier-pointed wit into American airspace, drawing a deluge of laughs and winces during his very first standup comedy tour. Winner of Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and countless thumb-wrestling matches, Stephen returns to his standup roots in spite of his global success during a tour intentionally titled Stephen Merchant Live: Hello Ladies… Freed of partner Ricky Gervais, the lanky comedian commandeers the stage during a rousing show, exposing fans to his radiating mad genius while narrowly avoiding scraping his scalp on the scaffolds.
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