Annual Gala


Boheme Opera NJ’s 27th Season Gala!

Honoree:  WWFM, The Classical Network, 2014 Recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Radio Broadcast Award

Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 7:00 to 11:00pm                                                          Mercer Oaks Golf Course and Catering                                                                     725 Village Road West, Princeton Junction, NJ  08550


  • Cocktail Hour with Butlered Hor d’oeuvres
  • Special Honoree Ceremony
  • Elegant Sit-Down Dinner
  • Theme Basket & Item Silent Auction
  • Fun Wine Pull
  • Surprise Boheme Segment
  • DJ and Cash Bar throughout the Evening


Located at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, NJ, listener-supported WWFM began broadcasting on September 6, 1982 and has grown into a full-time classical music network broadcasting a combination of original and national programming which highlights the richness and diversity of classical music.
Recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Radio Broadcast Award, WWFM delivers the most comprehensive and diverse range of repertoire of any classical music station in the United States.
Because of its association with WWFM, Mercer County Community College was named one of the “50 Colleges with the Best Radio Stations” by, a national website that serves as a resource for prospective college students.
The Classical Network prides itself on partnerships with professional performance organizations and prestigious music schools including Boheme Opera NJ, the Curtis Institute of Music, Trinity Wall Street, Merkin Concert Hall, Astral Artists, Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Piffaro, The Princeton Festival, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Princeton University, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Columbia University, among others. These concert and event partnerships in combination with specialty programs make The Classical Network unique among classical stations, with programming made possible by the generosity of its listener-members.


Guitarist Cristian Puig developed a Flamenco career that stems from his heritage passed on to him from his parents Pablo Puig (guitarist) and Gloria Monserrate (singer). He started playing guitar at age 20 and never looked back. In 1989 Cristian formed the flamenco-jazz group “Rabat” and led the group in performances throughout Argentina, Brazil, Chili and Uruguay.  Cristian came to NY in 2000 from Argentina with a guitar in his hand and a dream in his heart. He has since played in countless tablaos, theaters, museums, schools, music festivals and private nationwide.
Some notable accomplishments include:  Original compositions for the film “The Late Quartet”  (2012),  “Entre Cuerdas” (CD),  with guest artist Al Dimeola, “Inflam” Flamenco/Indian fusion recording with Kumar Dass, Snehashish Mozunder and Peter Basil, and “Inside/Out”, a traditional Flamenco CD with David Castellano and Peter Basil.
Notable performances include: Kimmel Center with Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, The Bahamas International film festival, and the White House with actor/singer Terrance Howard. His current works include a trio of flamenco jazz with bassist Javier Moreno and percussionist Guillermo Barron, a guitar duet with Nolan Ericsson and a solo guitar recording. Cristian continues to tour the states as a soloist and collaborator with many companies nationwide exploring the world of music beyond the Flamenco boundaries.            _________________________________________________________________
Dancer Ricardo Santiago began his dance training as a scholarship student at Ballet Hispanico of New York. He has also received scholarships while attending SUNY Purchase, The Alvin Aily School and Dance Theater Of Harlem. He has studied with Liliana Morales, Manolo Rivera, Luis Montero, La Tati, La China, El Toleo, Omayra Amaya, Edwin Aparicio and Nelida Tirado. In addition to touring throughout the United States, Ricardo has performed in Trinidad, Germany, Spain, Bolivia, Czech Republic, Poland & Japan.
He has performed in Franco Zeffirelli’s productions of Carmen and La Traviata at The Metropolitan Opera, Don Giovanni at Washington Opera, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Bailes Ferrer and has appeared numerous films and music videos including Alanis Morissette’s Hand In My Pocket. Ricardo has Performed as a soloist with Carmen Rubio, Sol y Sombra, Flamenco Latino, Alborada Spanish Dance, Carlota Santana, M’oro Flamenco, Flamenco Ole, Danzas Españolas, Flamenco Sepharad and Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY where he also served as Choreographer for their Production of Carmen. Ricardo Santiago has taught master classes and continues to teach in many outreach programs throughout the Tri-State area.
 Special guest dance artist from Argentina – Marilia Quevado
 Marilia has studied with many of hte great masters in Spain such as María Magdalena,Concha Vargas, La Toná, Javier Cruz, Pilar Ortega, Úrsula López, Alicia Márquez,Chiqui de Jerez, El Farruquito, Miguel Cañas, Belén Maya, Isabel Bayón, Pilar Ortega, Yolanda Heredia, Eva la Yerbabuena, Antonio El chupete Jiménez, Soledad Barrios, Carmen Mesa, Cristián de la Teresa y Marcos Jimenez.
She currently resides in Argentina where she teaches and works in the local tablaos.  We are privileged to have her here working with us in the US for a limited time.
Boheme Opera NJ’s mission remains committed to enlightening, enriching and providing the Central Jersey region with professional and accessible opera theater and outreach activity. This is accomplished by preserving, reinventing and promoting the opera art form and introducing it to new, young and diverse audiences through its artistic efforts, educational programs, community presence, business partnerships and collaborations with other arts organizations.
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