January 13, 2017

President Dr. David P. Haney and his Spouse, Lisa Baldwin, are Guaranteed to Please the Crowd with their Music

Well-known “High Country” musicians Lisa Baldwin and David Haney will bring the sounds of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Lackland Center on Saturday, Feb 4 at 8 PM in Hackettstown.

With careers that include several appearances on “Prairie Home Companion” and innumerable concerts from Birmingham’s City Stages to Black Mountain Music Festival (NC) and the Songwriters Showcase at the IBMA World of Bluegrass in Louisville, Kentucky, and more, the popular duo bring the sounds of bluegrass, country, traditional folk and contemporary singer-songwriters to the stage in performances that have received critical acclaim.

About Dave Haney, who once graced the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, the Boston Globe wrote, “[Haney] has gorgeous high leads and rich, resonant harmonies.” Dirty Linen Magazine hailed the “sweet, downhome voice” of Lisa Baldwin as “a perfect match for her songs about family and growing up in the rural south. ” A SESAC-Affiliated songwriter, Baldwin has also performed in Nashville at The Sutler, Douglas Corner, The Broken Spoke and Radio Café, among many performances in her long career. Haney, who began his musical career in the Midwest, performed for years as guitarist and lead singer with Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys, where his work was recorded on LPs for Rounder Records, now available in the CD collections Diamond Joe, Mama’s Hand: Bluegrass and Mountain Songs about Mother and The Real Music Box: 25 years of Rounder Records. Haney and Baldwin’s CD, “Where We Belong” (Rackettown Music), has received considerable airplay on acoustic-oriented radio stations throughout the US and Europe. Lisa Baldwin plays guitar and keyboard, sings lead and harmony and writes original material for the duo. Dave Haney plays guitar, mandolin and harmonica, and sings lead and harmony.

When not on stage, Lisa Baldwin has taken her educational children’s music program, Learning Through Song, to child development centers, libraries, schools, community programs, and festivals. Her highly interactive program which combines singing, playing instruments, reading, movement, and other fun and educational activities. Baldwin has recorded a children’s CD, We’re Learning Through Song. Learning Through Song has evolved into a new children’s program called Music, Minds, and Motion. A 39 year veteran teacher, she currently teaches second –grade at Hatchery Hill Elementary School in Hackettstown.

No stranger to the educational field Dr. David P. Haney currently serves as the 13th president of Centenary University.  As the new president Dr. Haney introduced the Centenary University President’s Innovation Fund, a fund which faculty, staff and students will be able to draw on to support prototypes of innovative ideas that can ultimately provide benefits to the university and its constituents.


The Feb 4 performance by Baldwin and Haney will be a benefit concert, and all proceeds from the performance will support the Centenary University President’s Innovation Initiatives Fund.

Tickets for The Music of Lisa Baldwin and Dave Haney are $20.00 for adults with discounts available to students, seniors and children under 12. Tickets for the concert can be purchased by calling the Centenary Stage Company box office at 908-979 0900, or logging on to centenarystageco.org.   As a benefit concert, all proceeds from the evening will benefit the Centenary University President’s Innovation Fund.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. With its main campus in Hackettstown, NJ, its premiere equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County), and School of Professional Studies (Edison and Parsippany), CU programs are designed to prepare students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

For more information on the event, visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company Box Office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Avenue Hackettstown, NJ. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The 2016-17 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

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