‘Hope Rises Concert’ at Grunin Center Benefits Those in Crisis

By JULIET KASZAS-HOCH | May 29, 2019

Toms River — The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College, in partnership with the HOPE Center and HOPE Sheds Light, will welcome nationally acclaimed vocalist Chris Pinnella, of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. “The Hope Rises Concert – An Evening with Chris Pinnella” promises powerhouse vocals accompanied by a 15-piece orchestra, with original arrangements by Pinnella and Broadway composer/music director Justin Hornback.

As the college explains, “Songs in the set will vary, with the orchestra cranking on all cylinders, from the jazz/funk-inspired ‘Machine’ to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’ and the Rolling Stones classic ‘No Expectations. Meanwhile, Pinnella’s stripped-down version of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘If I Should Fall Behind’ begins a cappella, in four-part harmony, and features each of his three supremely talented back-up singers.

“His arrangement of Billy Joel’s ‘And So It Goes,’ utilizing just a string quartet and voice, is haunting, while the singer’s interpretation of the Leonard Cohen classic ‘Hallelujah’ brings the audience to their feet. Expect to hear additional songs by The Beatles, Elton John, Coldplay and more – in a way you’ve never heard them before.”

Tickets to a VIP reception/meet and greet, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grunin Center Gallery,  in addition to the 8 p.m. concert, are $100. Concert-only tickets are $50. To purchase tickets, contact the center at 732-255-0500 or visit grunincenter.org.

Proceeds benefit The HOPE Center and HOPE Sheds Light, two nonprofit organizations based in Ocean County. The HOPE Center provides for the basic human needs of individuals and families in crisis, while the mission of HOPE Sheds Light is to raise awareness and educate individuals, families and the community about the impact of addiction.  —J.K.-H.

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