Rutgers Prep's 250th Anniversary Celebration at the State Theatre
On September 6th, 2016, more than 600 parents, students, alumni, faculty, and friends showed up to honor Rutgers Prep for a benefit concert held at the State Theatre in New Brunswick in celebration of its 250th Anniversary.
The headliners of the concert were Ronobir Lahiri ’90, who put a classical spin on contemporary hits played in his unique and vibrant style on the sitar, as well as Amy Vachal ’07, who recently made it to the semifinal round on season 9 of NBC’s “The Voice” and was backed by her band. Kicking off the event was a performance by three current Rutgers Prep students, Gita Ganti ’17, Bekah Park ’17, and Jake Zhang ’17, followed by the remarks of headmaster Steve Loy.
Please enjoy a gallery of photos from the concert, as well as a video of the concert’s finale, which brought Vachal, Lahiri, and Steve Loy all on stage together to play “The Weight” by The Band.
More About the Featured Artists
Amy Vachal ’07
An American singer-songwriter and semi-finalist on the 9th season of NBC’s The Voice, Amy Vachal is a proud alum of Rutgers Preparatory School where she excelled in academics, athletics, and the arts. She spent her college days at Swarthmore pursuing a dual degree in economics and art studio, and continuing her athletic endeavors until an injury ended her lacrosse days and she turned to music as she recovered. Amy performed her first musical set in New York City while still in college and after graduating, she decided to pursue her passion, and in 2014, received an invitation to audition for The Voice. We are pleased to have Amy share her wonderful voice and songwriting talents with her Rutgers Prep family.
Ronobir Lahiri ’90
Sitar player, singer, composer, and actor, Ron Lahiri will also return to perform for his Rutgers Prep family. After graduating from Yale with a B.A. in Theater Studies and Literature, he spent several years in New York City and London as the title role in The King and I, before settling in Los Angeles. His varied and successful career includes: composer of the score for a Sports Emmy award winning NASCAR documentary; composer and music director a dance-theatre piece around the music of James Brown, which opened at the Apollo Theater, NYC; sitar player on albums for Ziggy Marley and Katy Perry; guest of the Blue Man Group, performing 2 nights as a soloist at the Hollywood Bowl in front of a sold out crowd of 18,000; and producer of his albums, most recently Joy for Silverlake, where by overlaying traditional Indian ragas onto ambient, house, techno, and club tracks, Ron sought to create a sound environment both intense yet soothing, joyful yet profound, uplifting yet understated.