CVM 2018 Gala: Look and Listen


Join Con Vivo Music for our 2018 Gala: Look and Listen!

This year’s Gala will be held in the Novado Gallery and we have a fantastic evening planned of music alongside artwork. Masterful solo/duo performances throughout the evening will showcase music hand-picked to compliment the different visual artists on display at Novado. We look forward to a beautiful evening of music, art, food, and drink!

Con Vivo Music’s annual Gala supports our mission to present world-class chamber music concerts free throughout Jersey City. We hope you will join us and bring the gift of music to our community.

CVM 2018 Gala: Look and Listen
June 2, 2018 – 7:00pm door, 7:30pm performance
Novado Gallery – 110 Morgan St, Jersey City, NJ
music performances and silent auction
plus complimentary drinks and light food

Purchase online or at the door
$35 – “Friend” – general seating during performances
$75 – “Patron” – complimentary champagne and reserved seating during performances
Parking in an adjacent lot is available for an additional $8 fee.

Supported by Novado Gallery.

If individual assistance or assistive technology is needed to attend please contact us prior to event.


2017-05-02_9-48-33Celebrate Father’s Day with the grandfather of modern Western music: Johann Sebastian Bach! Con Vivo Music presents its semi-annual Bach Concert on June 18, featuring mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft and oboist Christa Robinson in a concert of Bach’s most intimate chamber music for voice, oboe, string quartet, harpsichord, and organ. The concert will be performed at the gorgeous Cathedral Hall in downtown Jersey City, an acoustically ideal venue for Bach’s masterful compositions.

2017-bach-concert-webJohann Sebastian Bach was primarily known for his skills as an organist, as were his relatives. In fact, there were so many members of the Bach family employed as organists that the name Bach became synonymous with being an organist. J.S. Bach who, by some estimates, wrote approximately twenty minutes of music for every day of his life, is most frequently associated today with his large and magnificent cantatas, the Goldberg Variations written for harpsichord, and for music students, his counterpoint exercises, though his ultimate output was far more prolific. A relatively conservative composer in his lifetime, his experiments in the mathematics of musical tones and chromaticism weren’t truly understood for their brilliance until more than a century after his death. For this year’s Bach Concert, Con Vivo presents a wide panoply of Bach’s style and achievements, from the elegance of his intimate keyboard works, to the athleticism of his oboe and string repertoire.

Event Information:
Con Vivo Music’s 2017 Bach Concert

FREE, all ages welcome
Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 3:00pm
Cathedral Hall – 380 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ

Con Vivo Music Presents a Musical Portrait of Claude Debussy

2017-05-02_9-48-33Event Information:
Debussy Portrait Concert

FREE, all ages welcome
Saturday, May 6, 2017,  2:30-3:30pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ

Con Vivo Music presents a pause to Saturday afternoon with an intimate concert celebrating the work of French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy, featuring music for voice, violin, saxophone, and piano. With a program that represents the wide-ranging voice of an ardent musical innovator, this chamber concert is the second of Con Vivo Music’s 2017 season, and is free and open to the public.

debussy-webDebussy is one of the earliest pioneers of Western music crafted from non-traditional tonalities and World Music influences. From his earliest studies, his urge for musical rebellion became the major theme of his creative output, leading him to develop a unique voice that is both consummately beautiful as well as unceasingly refreshing. His artistic philosophy and aesthetic were indelibly linked to those of the Impressionist and Symbolist artists, through the sense of community they built together as they redefined the boundaries of their respective crafts, including Claude Monet, and the symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé, both of whom were also close friends with Debussy as well as collaborators. While early criticism of the Impressionists was brutally harsh on the whole, their artistic movement led the Western arts profoundly into the 20th century, and supported the environmental conditions that enabled Debussy to thrive in his musical output. Honoring his contribution to the French arts, he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903.


Free Family-Friendly Concert


Con Vivo Music is back with another free, family-friendly concert! This time we’re celebrating independence with an exploration of art song by American composers on July 9. The concert will feature two amazing vocal soloists: Sarah Nelson Craft and Barry L Robinson.

The concert will span America’s rich heritage of musical styles including classical, jazz, musical theater, and spirituals from composers Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Margaret Bonds, Henry Thacker Burleigh, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and CVM’s own Mazz Swift.

Performed by Sarah Nelson Craft (mezzo-soprano), Barry L Robinson (baritone), Mazz Swift (violin), and Christopher Cooley (piano). Continue reading

Not Blake but still Lively. & Free



Join Con Vivo on Mother’s Day, SUnday, May 8th for an interactive kids show with Toomai String Quintet! Toomai will lead an exploration of how improvisation manifests itself in music of different styles, featuring works by Duke Ellington, Cachao, Perapeskaro, and J.S. Bach. It’s for grown-ups too.

The show is from 2:00 PM until 3:30 pm at the Barrow Mansion in downtown Jersey City.

Toomai has performed in many capacities throughout the United States, with appearances at Lincoln Center, the 92nd St. Y, Philadelphia Arts Alliance, and for the Miami Civic Music Association, among others.

The quintet was a pilot ensemble for Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Connections” program, and they continue to perform regularly in schools, hospitals, and alternative care facilities throughout New York City. In addition, the Toomai String Quintet has brought its array of educational programs to students in California, Florida, and across the Northeast, and has presented interactive concerts in collaboration with organizations such as California Institute of the Arts, The Juilliard School, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

Sponsored by the Barrow Mansion Development Corp.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.