First Night Morris treats: Rhapsody in Marimba, and a Soprano to Watch Over Me

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Anyone who attended First Night Morris 2018 on Sunday night should feel a great sense of accomplishment.

After all, the wind-chill flirted with subzero readings during the fireworks over the Morristown Green.

Fortunately, the 24 entertainment venues were comfy-cozy, and hardy revelers who made it inside were rewarded with memorable performances like these two, thanks to First Night Artistic Programmer Dr. Lynn Siebert of Morris Arts.

One of her New Year’s Eve treats was mallet master Greg Giannascoli, who dazzled us with his rendition of Rhapsody in Blue at Morristown’s Presbyterian Parish House. Notice the exquisite timing between this New Brunswick marimba virtuoso and his pianist, Ron Stabinsky.

Gershwin seems born for New Year’s Eve, as Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Check underscored with her gorgeous interpretation of Someone to Watch Over Me at the Morristown United Methodist Church. Andrew Rosenblum accompanied her on piano:

Video: Jennifer Check at First Night Morris 2018:

Attendance was down about 20 percent from last year’s 25th anniversary First Night Morris, estimated event Director Craig Schlosser.

That’s not bad considering the weather, and the fact that a new chairman, Dan Della Paolera, only came aboard in August, Schlosser said.

Our thanks to MorristownGreen.com contributor Jeff Sovelove for braving the elements to capture these fun shots:

First Night Morris 2018, slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove

The Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoori at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoori at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoori at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Fireworks at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Reveler at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Jeffrey of Morristown at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Spectator at The Dinkjian-Morisson Duo show at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
John Ginty at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Moe Watson of The John Ginty Band at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Jimmy Bennett guests with The John Ginty Band at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Justine Gardner of The John Ginty Band at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The John Ginty Band at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
MPAC crowd for The John Ginty Band at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
New Jersey Festival Orchestra at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
New Jersey Festival Orchestra at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
New Jersey Festival Orchestra at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Dinkjian-Morisson Duo at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Crowd at St. Peter's Great Hall for The Dinkjian-Morisson Duo at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Night of Broadway Stars at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Night of Broadway Stars at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Fireworks at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Fireworks at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Fireworks at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff SoveloveFireworks at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Fireworks at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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