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CVM presents Chilltown Boogie

October 2, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Con Vivo Music presents Chilltown Boogie, an opera by Alon Nechushtan, telling the history of Jersey City in 5 stories at 5 locations across the city. This epic production spans 150 years of history with an ensemble of singers and chamber orchestra, alongside dancers from Nimbus Dance.

Join us and discover Jersey City’s history spanning the Revolutionary War to the Underground Railroad, Morris Canal, the Hague administration, and the founding of Temple Beth-El.


12:30-1:00pm – THE BOATMAN
J Owen Grundy Pier – Exchange Place, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Music by Alon Nechushtan, Libretto by Tony Asaro
Daniel Chiu, baritone – Willam Billy McKenna
Amy van Roekel, mezzo-soprano – His Wife

THE BOATMAN – ‘the born again christian’ [1878]
A comic discussion between William ‘Billy Black’ McCullough, a former alcoholic turned born-again Christian, and his wife Mary. They discuss the growing city, Christian life, and the working banks of the Morris Canal.

2:00-2:30pm – THE HERO
Paulus Hook Park – 226 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Music by Alon Nechushtan, Libretto by Jenny Cresswell
Colin Levin, baritone – George Washington
Sarah Nelson Craft, mezzo-soprano – Henry Lee

THE HERO – ‘a patriotic conversation’ [1795]
A chance meeting between the hero of the day, a young Major Henry Lee, and the veteran congratulating him, General George Washington. They discuss the Battle of Paulus Hook and the American Revolutionary War, including the condition and spirits of the Continental Army and the surprise on the British forces stationed there.

3:30-4:00pm – THE MAYOR
City Hall Park – 280 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Music by Alon Nechushtan, Libretto by Luke Jerod Kummer
Daniel Klein, baritone – Frank Hague
Maurio Hines, tenor – John V Kenny

THE MAYOR – ‘new blood’ [1949]
Following his defeat, Frank Hague converses with the newly elected mayor, John V. Kenny, on his monumental accomplishment: breaking the “Hague Machine”, winning the election, and bringing change to Jersey City.

5:00-5:30pm – THE HAUNT
Berry Lane Park – 1000 Garfield Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304
Music by Alon Nechushtan, Libretto by Alon Nechushtan
Jonathan R. Green, baritone – Joe
Kimberli Render, mezzo-soprano – Abigail

THE HAUNT – ‘A most peculiar occurrence’ [1840]
Joe, a mysterious young African American, appears in a cemetery before the mystified Abbey, a kind hearted teenager. Could this be a mere random chance encounter between two complete strangers that sparks a spontaneous, riveting convergence, on a spooky Halloween night – or perhaps a wry series of unfortunate events bound by the unpredictable and astounding forces of fate?!

6:30-7:00pm – THE CHOICE
Temple Beth-El – 2419 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07304
Music by Alon Nechushtan, Libretto by Dana Leslie Goldstein
Peter Kendall Clark, baritone – Rabbi Schweizer
Jessica Bowers, soprano – Representative of Elders

THE CHOICE – ‘an ethical dilemma’ [1892]
The rising star of the Jewish progressive movement, Rabbi Schweizer, reveals to a youth group the history of their new congregation, the importance of building a new temple in Jersey City for the growing community of Jewish immigrants, and the decisions he has made.

In the event of rain, we will perform the entire opera indoors in a concert performance.
Jersey City Theater Center – 165 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

CVM works to ensure that our concerts are accessible to all. If you require a special accommodation or have specific questions, please contact us prior to your visit.

CVM’s 2022 Season is supported by The Langworthy Foundation.

This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of County Commissioners.

Supported by public funds from the Jersey City Arts and Cultural Trust Fund.

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October 2, 2022
12:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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