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The Hope Rises Concert – An Evening with Chris Pinnella

June 1 @ 8:00 pm


The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College, in partnership with the HOPE Center and HOPE Sheds Light, is proud to present nationally-acclaimed vocalist Chris Pinnella, of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as he premieres “Illuminate” at 8:00 pm on Saturday, June 1, on the Grunin Center Main Stage.


The Hope Rises Concert – An Evening with Chris Pinnella will be an evening of powerhouse vocals accompanied by a 15-piece orchestra, as Pinnella sings stunning originals he arranged along with Broadway composer / music director Justin Hornback.


Songs in the set will vary, with the orchestra cranking on all cylinders. Thrill at the jazz/funk-inspired “Machine,” 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.


About The Presenters

The HOPE Center and HOPE Sheds Light, two nonprofit organizations based in Ocean County, are joining forces to meet the critical needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. All show proceeds will benefit those served through HOPE Sheds Light – the mission of which is to raise awareness and educate individuals, families, and the community about the impact of addiction – and The HOPE Center, which provides for the basic human needs of individuals and families in crisis.


About the Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, located on the main campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, is a performing arts center dedicated to providing art and entertainment to Ocean County and the Jersey Shore. Featuring premiere acts from across the globe, the Grunin Center’s intimate venue allows patrons to experience once-in-a-lifetime performances from venerated artists, hometown musicians, and unique entertainers.




  • VIP Reception/Meet & Greet (at 6:30 pm in the Grunin Center Gallery) + Concert: $100
  • Concert Only, at 8:00 pm (Orchestra & Mezzanine): $50


To purchase tickets, contact the Grunin Center at 732-255-0500 or visit grunincenter.org.


June 1
8:00 pm
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Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts
Ocean County College - 1 College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08753 United States
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