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MOUND CITY BLUE BLOWERS: “Thanks a Million.”
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Sunday, August 28, 2016. A remarkable musical event occurred tonight at the Great Auditorium where Elijah, by Felix Mendelssohn, was performed by the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, the Great Auditorium Choir, Dr. Gordon Turk on the Hope Jones organ, 4 soloists including Monica Ziglar (soprano), Martha Bartz (mezzo soprano), Ronald Naldi (tenor) and Justin Beck (bass-baritone) with Justin Gonzalez (tenor section leader.) The entire ensemble was conducted by Dr. Jason C. Tramm, Director of Music Ministries in Ocean Grove.
The sound of the combined components was spectacular as it all came together resonating off the wooden walls and rafters of the 122 year-old Great Auditorium. Musically it is all very dramatic, and the music soars with beauty and emotion. The oratorio is quite long, but it is considered to be one of the greatest choral musical compositions. It was completed in 1845.
The story of Elijah, of course, is taken from the Old Testament about the life of the prophet as he struggles to deal with the idol worshipping Israelites back in the day. The six page program spelled the composer’s name wrong on the cover and never mentioned his first name. But Mendelssohn, who was born into a prominent German Jewish family and was converted to Christianity at a young age, would probably have been pleased with this remarkable event in Ocean Grove. Unfortunately, he died at age 38; they say he was exhausted from writing this piece.
I was up in the balcony, near the choir, when Jason Tramm began the performance with the bass soloist and the orchestra. After a big opening, things got somewhat quiet, and I was lulled by it. All of a sudden there was a huge roar, and I jumped and then realized that the choir, a sleeping giant, had come to its feet, and its sound was big and dramatic, sufficient to wake up anyone dozing after dinner (the concert began at 7 PM.) All the soloists were wonderful, and none of the participants seemed to need amplification.
After climbing down from the rafters, I wandered outside, trying to figure out the source of a buzzing sound that distracted from the performance.. It quickly became apparent that the loud buzzing was originating in the trees—probably a swarm of insects trying to hum along with the music.
I reentered the GA all the way in the back to try and appreciate the sound of music at that location. The acoustics were successful even there, and quite a few people chose those seats. As Jason Tramm moved the oratorio along (It was divided into two parts) I noticed that there was a nun sitting back there, a local retired music teacher, a few African-Americans, and an infant who would intermittently squawk but not cry. I also noticed that cell phone bright lights, provided by some members of the audience and one choir member, to read the programs, was a source of distraction. But to balance that, Jason Tramm did not allow applause during the performance–only at the end.
By some miracle created by the Camp Meeting, this remarkable event was free. There was an offering requested.
Outside the GA, there were some fans on the lawn seats, and there were no people noises. Sea breezes floated around, and those who walked by seemed amazed by the pageant inside.
Over at Days a small line had formed. One woman berated the guy she was with for daring to suggest that she not get whatever she pleased, like a big hot fudge sundae. A couple with two small red headed children had to leave the line because “Daddy needs to drive home now and we can’t wait on line. We’ll go to our special no-wait place.”
Two guys moved forward and were discussing this family’s bailing out: “There is nothing I would rather wait for than Days ice cream.” It didn’t seem like anyone there was aware that Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah was being performed in the big wooden building across the park. I bet John Phillip Sousa, whose portrait hangs in the museum next to Days, probably woke up to hear that glorious music come wafting in his direction.
PHOTO GALLERY FOR THE MENDELSSOHN EVENT Click on one image and then follow the big arrows. Click on the little X at the left side to return here.
SAMPLE from Elijah by the Edinburgh Festival Orchestra: “Help bow thine ear to our prayer.” With Renée Fleming
CLIFF EDWARDS (“Ukulele Ike”) with The Wonderland Jazz Band: “Sunday”
SALISBURY CATHEDRAL BOYS AND GIRLS CHOIR . “The Lord is my Shepherd” from the album Angels Sing. New Music from the Salisbury Cathedral.
ELLA FITZGERALD AND THE PAUL WESTON ORCHESTRA
BEVERLY KENNEY: “If I Were a Bell” from Guys and Dolls
By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger and Jack Bredin, reporter and researcher @ Blogfinger.
On July 27, 2016, we posted a summary regarding the North End Redevelopment Plan. You should read it before you proceed with this article. Link below:
One issue that was raised on July 27 was: “Why was Committeeman Michael Brantley inspecting the North End property on July 27, 2016, at 11 am? He wasn’t going swimming. He was dressed in a business suit and was with two other ‘suits.’ Shouldn’t he explain himself since the North End Redevelopment Plan (NERP) is a public project? Doesn’t this look peculiar?”
At the August 22, 2016 Neptune Township Committee meeting, Brantley volunteered that he indeed wasn’t swimming when he visited the North End on July 27 wearing business attire. He explained that he was there showing the re-development property to a developer who evidently was not WAVE, the developer who has been sitting on this project for 8 years.
This information tells us that the Township is tired of waiting for that derelict property to be turned into something functional, historical and beautiful. We know that despite the long engagement, the Township is not married to WAVE, because those parties never signed a redevelopers agreement.
Some of us hoped that if the WAVE plan fell through, that the Township and the CMA, especially with new Committeemen on board, would do the right thing and revert to original zoning for 25 single family homes. But evidently that is not in the cards since Brantley, the Committeeman who made the motion to adopt the NERP in 2008, is still looking for a big commercial project, and why not, since it means more money for the Township, the developers, the CMA and perhaps others who are in play to get rich on such a plan. The heck with the Master Plan and the wishes of most citizens in the Grove. Check the Blogfinger poll below from January, 2016. Click on “view results:”
Also, in our July 27 piece: The Township Attorney Gene Anthony said that he had nothing to report publicly at the Committee meeting about the North End negotiations because he hadn’t heard from WAVE or their attorney.
Well, it seems that the Township has been taken for a ride by WAVE because at the August 22 Committee meeting, the Township attorney once again reported that WAVE (represented by William Gannon III) failed to contact him with certain financial information.
The entire process continues to be cloaked in secrecy—it’s a fog that doesn’t lift, but since it is a public project, transparency should be required. But not in Neptune Township where they ignore NJ RSIS laws, where they hold secret, behind-closed-doors meetings regarding the North End, where they don’t reveal the identities of those who would develop the North End—ie WAVE, and where they don’t represent the views of those who elected them .
And, Committeeman Brantley, who was the developer that you were showing around? Why have you failed to reveal publicly that you are conducting such a search, and are all the Neptune Township Committee members aware of your efforts? And has the Committee formally put out a required public request for developers to look at the project? And, Dr. Brantley, which other developers are you speaking or negotiating with? And, finally, Dr. Brantley, how about explaining to the public why you believe the NERP to be the best course of action for the people of Ocean Grove?
Back in 2007, WAVE was handed the redevelopers mantle without such a public search process. We know that some developers did look at the project, but WAVE was predestined to be the crown prince no matter what. Consider this email to Blogfinger from a developer who tried to be hired for the job:
The Neptune Township Committee is behind the NERP (North End Redevelopment Plan). In 2007 they provided legal cover for the CMA/WAVE planners to get the zoning that would be essential to substitute 160 condos for the 25 Victorian single family homes that was the original zoning.
Our new Committeemen (2016) have now inherited the zoning charade and all that goes with it including the secrecy and the questionable motives of all concerned including the OGCMA. If the NERP gets into legal trouble, the entire Committee will be exposed including you freshmen. Is this what you entered public office to do?
We ask that the Neptune Committee give up on WAVE and cancel the phony re-development zoning, returning the Grove to single family housing at the North End.
Editor’s Note: If you enter “North End Redevelopment” into our search box at the top of this homepage, on the right, you can catch up on our many articles about this subject.
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It seems that Jean was lifting her eyes unto the Lord when she saw this scene. Thank goodness there are painters around who are fearless on ladders except these guys who are finding reasons to stay on the ground floor.