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January Jazz Fest
Igor Butman Moscow Jazz Orchestra
Jan. 11, 2014 / 8pm
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center

Centenary Stage Hosts International Jazz Sensation Igor Butman
Guest Vocalist:      Allan Harris

“The Igor Butman Big Band, an outfit of virtuosos, offered a 90-minute
set that displayed … the precision, flair and swing of the Atomic-era
Basie Band on steroids and a ‘We will crush you’ attitude...”

                              - Downbeat Magazine

Igor Butman Moscow Jazz Orchestra
Igor Butman Jazz Orchestra      Photo by: Mikhail Korolev 

Igor Butman
   Igor Butman

Kicking off Centenary Stage Company’s annual January Jazz Fest is the internationally renowned Igor Butman and his Moscow Jazz Orchestra, featuring Allan Harris on Saturday, January 11th at 8 p.m. Igor Butman, now Russia's top jazz personality, is not only the artistic director of the country's best jazz club, he also leads the hottest jazz orchestra in Russia. The band has evolved into Russia's best touring hardcore jazz unit. Butman`s marvelous coalescence of soul, sound and technique drew praise from President Bill Clinton, one time tenor man, at a state dinner hosted by Vladimir Putin at the Moscow Kremlin. Clinton stated, that Igor Butman "may be the greatest living jazz saxophone player, who happens to be a Russian." The Wall Street Journal calls saxophonist Igor Butman “one of the best ‘traditional’ American-style big-band leaders, although he happens to be Russian.”

“This is, without a doubt, one of the most electrifying big bands I have ever seen,” says Centenary Stage general manager Catherine Rust, who with Producing Director Carl Wallnau, discovered Butman and the orchestra at last year’s APAP presenter’s conference in New York City. “We are incredibly fortunate to catch him while he is in the country, and to bring him to our New Jersey audiences!”

A young student of the remarkable musician and brilliant teacher Gennady Goldstein, Igor Butman also took unofficial lessons from nightly broadcasts of jazz from 11: 15 p.m. to midnight on Voice of America. First arriving in America in 1987, Butman majored in Performance and Composition at Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. By the time Igor arrived in the United States, he already had a "fan club" made up of some of America's most respected Jazz artists. While still in the U.S.S.R., Igor was invited to play with touring American musicians, including Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Louis Bellson and Grover Washington Jr., who took Igor "under his wing".

   Featuring Allan Harris, Vocalist     Photo By: Richard Wright

Upon his return to Russia, Butman has become " a jazz bridge between Moscow and New York", bringing to Russia and playing with Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, John Abercrombie, Joe Lock and many other musicians. When Wynton Marsalis performed in Russia in 1998, he invited Butman to be a guest soloist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The next year Marsalis was a featured guest with the Igor Butman Big Band at Le Club. On September 18 & 20, 2003 Jazz at Lincoln Center opened its 2003-04 season with a special collaboration between the renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Igor Butman Big Band. Butman’s big sound and boyish exuberance have earned him standing ovations and many new fans, and his US solo career has moved straight ahead.

Allan Harris, Vocalist
Joining Butman’s leading world-class vocalist Fantine, is guest vocalist Allan Harris. Harris is a world-class singer, guitarist and songwriter who Tony Bennet calls “my favorite singer.” Perhaps best known for his interpretations of jazz standards, Allan’s smooth vocals and guitar-styling easily cross genres, from jazz to rock to blues. A three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist,” Allan is regularly featured at the world’s great music festivals.



Igor Butman Moscow Jazz Orchestra xx
   Igor Butman
Igor Butman - Cathedral Concert


You can have peace of mind while enjoying world-class entertainment with our barrier-free access available at every Centenary Stage Company performance in the Lackland Center.

The new facility includes ample doorways, convenient curb cuts, ramps, and automatic power doors for easy wheelchair and mobility device accessibility. There is convenient parking on a first-come, first-served basis for vehicles with handicapped placards and/or license plates. Accessible restrooms are located on the main lobby level, and there is Elevator service to the upper level of the Lackland Center. CSC offers Wheelchair-accessible and companion seating upon request. Our assistive listening devices allow you to adjust the volume of the performance and enjoy it at your own level. Large print programs are available for all Theater Series performances with a 1-week advance notice.

Sponsored By
Heath Village 

About the David and Carol Lackland Center

Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center
   Sitnik Theater of the
   Lackland Performing Arts Center

The Centenary Stage Company moved to the Carol and David Lackland Center (located at 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown) in August, 2010. With a 22,000-square-foot performance space, the facility is the most sophisticated performing arts venues in northwest New Jersey. The center includes a new state-of-the-art 500-seat theatre (Sitnik Theater), a black box theater (The Edith Bolte Kutz 42 Theater), a dance studio, scene shop, a costume shop, green room and dressing rooms. In addition to housing the theatre, the 68K square foot Lackland Center is home to a variety of cultural activity, and including WNTI, the College's listener-supported public radio station, CCTV, Centenary's Comcast-licensed television studio, and gallery space for visual artists.

Named in honor of Carol Burgess Lackland, A Centenary graduate (Class of 1954), and her husband, David A. Lackland, a Centenary College Trustee, The David and Carol Lackland Center, has been designed to enrich student life and bring new cultural opportunities to northwest New Jersey.             ...more (including photos, progress reports, and 'Tour Lackland with Carl')

Lackland Center Seating

Sitnik Theatre - Lower Level Seating Chart
Sitnik Lower Level Seating
Seats assigned on a best available basis.
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Sitnik Theatre - Balcony Seating Chart Sitnik Balcony

Seats assigned on a best available basis.
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Tickets are available for purchase online using our Secure Online Ticketing, by calling (908)979-0900 or in person at the Lackland Center. See full details on our 'How To Order' page.
Subscription Flex Passes:

  Golden Flex Pass (All 24 CSC Events-Includes Betty Buckley) $276.00
  Pick Ten Flex Pass (Any Ten Events-Excludes Betty Buckley) $200.00
  Pick Seven Flex Pass (Any Seven Events-Excludes Betty Buckley) $147.00
  Pick Three (Any Three Events-Excludes Betty Buckley) $ 66.00
  Dance Fest (All Three Events) $ 37.50

Individual Tickets***

Season Concert/Special Events (in advance):

Concerts and Special Events *

  • Betty Buckley    Orchestra $40.00   Balcony $35.00
    Orchestra plus pre-show reception $60.00
    VIP $100.00 (Includes post-show reception with artist) LIMITED TO 60 PEOPLE. **
  • All Dance Fest Events    
    Adult $20.00     Sr/Stu $17.50   Child under 12  $10.00
  • January Jazz Fest
    Igor Butman Big Band    Adult $30.00     Sr/Stu $30.00   Child under 12  $20.00
    Tizer Quartet / Karen Briggs on Jazz Violin    
         Adult $22.50     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12  $15.00
    Sammy Figueroa    Adult $22.50     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12  $15.00
  • NJ Ballet Events      Adult $25.00     Sr/Stu $25.00   Child under 12  $18.50
  • New Trad Octet    Adult $22.50     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12  $15.00
  • Bishop Townsley      Adult $25.00     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12  $15.00
  • Rio Clemente      $20.00 All Seats
  • LÚNASA     $25.00 All Seats
Season Plays

Theatre Plays *   (Except A Christmas Carol)

  • Matinees/Fridays   Adult $25.00     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12 $17.50
  • Saturday    Adult $27.50     Sr/Stu $25.00   Child under 12 $17.50
  • Thursday (Family Night)    ALL SEATS  $25.00

A Christmas Carol *

  • Matinees/FridaysAdult $27.50     Sr/Stu $25.00   Child under 12  $20.00
  • Saturday         Adult $29.50     Sr/Stu $27.50   Child under 12  $20.00
  • Thursday (Family Night)   ALL SEATS  $27.50
$3.50 Handling Fee on Total Individual Ticket Orders
For details and print order form, please see 'How To Order.'


Young People and Family Events (in advance):

Family Fun Series       
   Adult $20.00      Sr/Stu $20.00      Child under 12  $17.50
   WORKSHOPS***    Adult $18.50      Sr/Stu $18.50      Child under 12  $18.50

Young Audience Series
   Adult $12.50     Sr/Stu $12.50   Child under 12  $10.00

Children under the age of 5 are not permitted into the professional CSC main stage productions. However, they are permitted to CSC’s Young Audience and Family Fun Series productions for age-appropriate performances. Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendation for individual shows.
Limited to 60 people; tickets available only via the Box Office
Limited to 50 people; Contact CSC for Workshop Details
$3.50 Handling Fee on Total Individual Ticket Orders
For details and print order form, please see 'How To Order.'
Note: Senior: age is 65+
Student: anyone who can prove full-time student classification (ID may be required for verification purposes) no matter the institution (whether it's High School or College)

*** NOTE:  Children under the age of 5 are not permitted into the professional CSC main stage productions. However, they are permitted to CSC’s Young Audience and Family Fun Series productions for age-appropriate performances.
Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendation for individual shows.

Secure Online Tickets/Ordering
The 2013-14 season of performing arts events at Centenary Stage Company is made possible (and affordable) through the generous support of the The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and sponsors, including Premier Sponsors Fulton Bank of New Jersey and Heath Village Retirement Community, as well as Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Holiday Inn (Budd Lake-Rockaway Area), Bronze Sponsor, Mama's and Café Baci, in Hackettstown and Centenary Stage Company Members and Sponsors.

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