Ocean County College has announced several shows and receptions planned for this fall, including appearances by Art Garfunkel and Danny Aiello.
The college’s Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts will present its Singer-Songwriter series in October. All events take place on the Grunin Center Main Stage, Ocean County College main campus in Toms River. Tickets are on sale now.
The events include:
- An Evening with Danny Aiello, Saturday, October 3 at 8 p.m.: Legendary actor and critically-acclaimed singer, Danny Aiello, a native of New York City, has a reputation for no-holds-barred stage and screen performances, which are brimming with honest emotion. Aiello has received unanimous acclaim including Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. No stranger to singing, Aiello started singing on the street corners as a kid in the Bronx. Moviegoers may remember that he sang in Once Around, starring alongside Holly Hunter, and in Hudson Hawk, he and co-star Bruce Willis performed “Swinging on a Star.” The New York Times says “Mr. Aiello’s singing has the bounce of his idols Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Prima, and the throaty lyricism of another idol, Tony Bennett.” Concert: Adult $35, Senior $32, and Subscriber $30. Meet & Greet: 6:30 p.m. / $35. (Dinner & Show Package: 6:00 p.m. / $60. Dinner by Villa Amalfi in Grunin Center Gallery.)
- An Evening with Art Garfunkel, Friday, October 9 at 8 p.m.: Blessed with what the New York Times described as a “beautiful countertenor,” singer Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. Originally revered for his Grammy-winning, chart-topping songs and albums with partner and fellow New York City native Paul Simon, the pair’s greatest hits collection, which includes “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair,” “The Sound of Silence,” “The Boxer,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” is one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Garfunkel has enjoyed a successful film career including Carnal Knowledge, Catch 22, and Bad Timing/A Sensual Obsession, and published a book of poetry, Still Water. Garfunkel’s 14 solo albums (the most recent being 2007’s Some Enchanted Evening and 2012’s The Singer) spawned several hits over the past 40 years including “All I Know,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” and “Wonderful World.” Concert: Adult/Senior $49 and Subscriber $44. (Dinner & Show Package: 6:00 p.m. / $75. Dinner by Prime 13 in Grunin Center Gallery.)
- A Tribute to Neil Diamond: Singer Songwriter, Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m.: Neil Diamond continues to endure in the world of pop music as a solo artist. Singer Phil Bruschi will pay tribute to this iconic top charter as he discusses Diamond’s early career to present day while performing such songs as “Sweet Caroline,” “Hello Again,” “Cracklin Rose,” “September Morn,” and many more. This performance focuses on Diamond’s legendary career as a singer and songwriter highlighting more than 45 years of struggles and successes. Diamond has sold over 125 million records worldwide and has performed in front of millions of concertgoers. This Brooklyn Baritone has had ten number one hit singles over the years and is considered the third most successful adult contemporary artist on the Billboard chart. Concert: Adult $20, Senior $18, and Subscriber $15.