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NJ Music & Dance Performances for Kids, Teens & Adults in New Jersey

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The Music & Dance and Theater categories include an incredible array of performances for all ages -- from parents and grandparents, young adults and teens to elementary students, preschoolers and toddlers. Shows geared specifically for young children are typically found under “Family” or “Children’s” series listings. Keep in mind that many shows for family audiences are full-length productions best suited for older children and teens. Age recommendations are only guidelines. Parents must use their discretion in determining their individual child’s readiness for a theater, music or dance performance.

The Arts Council of the Morris Area
(973-258-5115) publishes a complete arts calendar each quarter. Subscriptions and other benefits are available with membership.

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The Music, Dance and Theater listings included in the Kids Guide are only an introduction to the volume and variety of performing arts offered throughout New Jersey. Consult websites using the convenient links below for complete event calendars for all ages and to
check for newly added performances.

the stages festival - march 2016
Professional theatres across the state offer free and discounted tickets to performances and special events including theatrical workshops, classes and backstage tours. For a complete roster of events, visit The Stages Festival online.

The Acoustic Cafe
Our Lady of Mercy School Cafeteria, 25 Fremont Ave. (GSP exit 172), Park Ridge, 201-573-0718. Live music coffeehouse presenting local, independent and nationally touring performers Sept.-May. Discounts for WFUV members.

AcousticLive.com
A comprehensive listing of acoustic performances in the New York metropolitan area.

Afternoon Music
Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit, 908-273-2899. Sunday concerts Oct.-April at 4pm, artists' reception follows. Adults $25, srs. $20, students free.
Feb 21
      Bill Charlap, jazz pianist.
Apr 3
     
Erik Wyrick, viollin; Mariko Wyrick, cello; Mitchell Vines, piano.

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre
732-598-3979. Flamenco and Spanish dance company performs at venues throughout the state.

American Repertory Ballet Princeton Ballet School
80 Albany St., New Brunswick, 732-249-1254; Princeton Ballet School, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton, 609-921-7758. Oct.-May ­season includes performances at theaters throughout the state, annual Nutcracker performances in Nov. and Dec., free On Pointe events in Princeton; educational assemblies and residences for schools and school-time matinees.
Feb 12
      On Pointe: Spring Repertory Preview,
5:15pm Princeton Studio. Free.
Mar 11
      Dancer Nutrition,
5:15pm Princeton Studio. Free.
Mar 18-19
      A Midsummer Night's Dream, 12 & 3pm, Raritan Valley Community College.
Apr 1
      Spring into Dance,
7:30pm, Hamilton Stage Union County Performing Arts Center.
Apr 8
      Masters of Dance & Music,
8pm, McCarter Theatre.
Apr 15
      Echoes of Russian Ballet, 8pm, State Theatre .
Apr 22
      On Pointe: Dancing Your Way into College,
5:15pm, Princeton Studio.

Bergen Performing Arts Center
30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, 201-227-1030. Year round season offers music, dance, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concerts, comedy, Kidz Cabaret series, family and special events. See Theater for family theatre events. Check website often for new shows.
Selected Children & Family Events
Feb 19
      The Fab Four, The Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band.
Jan 29
      Cesar Millan Live!
Apr 24
     
New Jersey Ballet's Cinderella, with "storyteller"narration. 1 & 4pm.

Bickford Theatre
Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3706. Year round performances in the 312-seat theater include special concert events, jazz showcase, Main Stage and children's theater series. Student discounts and subscriptions available. See Theater for additional events.
Jazz Showcase
Feb 15
      Stephane Seva, Paris Washboard.
Feb 29
      Grover Kemble's "Durante."
Mar 7
      Big Bix Beiderbecke's Birthday, Dan Levinson and friends.

Bloomfield Youth Band
Comprised of high school and collegiate musicians, the band performs public concerts in Bloomfield.

Broadway Theatre of Pitman
43 S. Broadway, Pitman, 856-384-8381. Six main stage shows, a Dec. holiday show and children's theater season are presented in a former movie and vaudeville theater from 1926. Concerts, movies, special events and children's summer theater camp are also scheduled. See listings under Theatre for year round children's theater.

Calvary Chorale
Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Ave., Summit, 908-277-1814. Oct.-May season of concerts on Sundays.
Mar 6, Mar 25, 27, Apr 3, 23, May 15

Centenary Stage Company

Sitnik Theater at the Lackland Center, Centenary College, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900. Concerts and special events, jazz series, theater season and BlackBox Festival by professional Centenary Stage Company, Women's Playwright series, family fun series, and Festival of Shows is presented by members of Young Performers Workshops at end of fall, spring and summer sessions. Student rates; student matinees; Family Night on Thurs.
Selected Family Events
Apr 2
       
Dance Fest: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and 10 Hairy Legs, 2 & 8pm.

Central Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Arts Series
70 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-0441. Friday lunchtime concerts celebrate the holiday seasons during advent and lent. Bring your own lunch or buy at the church kitchen. Free, open to the public.

Chatham Community Band
Community band presents free concerts to Chatham and surrounding communities.

Coffee with Conscience
908-412-9105. Oct.-May concerts feature professional and touring singer/songwriters. Performances at 1st United Methodist Church of Westfield, 1 E. Broad St., Westfield. Net proceeds from concerts are donated to charity. Advance purchase discounts online.

Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000. Year round season of concerts by major recording artists, comedy, dance, theater, classical music and family events in a 1,550 seat theater circa 1926. Performing Arts Academy offers programs in acting, dance, music, rockband, jazz and an outreach program. Half-price rush tickets may be available on the day of a show at the discretion of the box office. See listing under Theatre for additional family events and check website often for new shows.
Selected Adult & Teen Events
Feb 23
      Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles, 8pm.
Feb 24
      R5 Sometime Last Night Tour with special guest Ryland, 7pm.
Feb 28
     
A Night with Janis Joplin, 3 & 7:30pm.
Mar 22
      Experience Hendrix, 8pm.
Apr 3
      Beethoven: Symphony No. 8, Monmouth Symphony Orchestra. 3pm.
Apr 4
      Joe Satriani: From Surfing to Shockwave, 8pm.
Apr 9
      Zhang Conducts Tchaikovsky 4, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. 8pm.

Crescent Concert Series
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield, 908-756-2468. Oct.-May series includes concerts by the Crescent Choral Society, the Crescent Singers and outside professional and amateur groups and solo artists. The annual Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists, features local young musicians, ages 16 and under, chosen by audition.
2015-2016 Season
Feb 21
     
Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists, local musicians 18 and under. 3pm.
Mar 13
     
The Thrill of the Chase, organists. 3pm.
Apr 9
     
Simply Schubert, 7pm.
May 22
     
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, 3pm.

Discovery Orchestra
P.O. Box 4064, Warren, 908-226-7300. Artistic Director George Marriner Maull teaches listening skills to help people emotionally connect with classical music during intimate in-home recitals, courses and discovery concerts. Recommended for adults and ages 10 and up. Student, group and subscription discounts; videos online.
Discovery Concerts 2016
Feb 28
     
Discover Dueling Pianists, 3pm.
Apr 17
      Discover Beethoven's 7th, 3pm.

Drew University Arts
The Concert Hall, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-3917. Drew hosts Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performances, music and theater arts department events, annual Drew Forum lecture series and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Ethical Brew
The Ethical Brew Society of Bergen County, 687 Larch Ave., Teaneck, 201-836-5187. Proceeds from live music performances in an intimate setting fund social action projects and initiatives of the Ethical Culture Society. Shows at 8pm. $20, $25 day of show.
Feb 13
     
Pat Wictor, introducing Annika.
Mar 12
      Joe Crookston.
Apr 9
      The Kennedys, special guest Lords of Liechtenstein.

Friends of the Library Concert Series
Meeting Room, Somerset County Bridgewater Library, N. Bridge & Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, 908-526-4016 x105. Sept.-May free concert series includes Friday evening concerts and a Saturday Family Series. www.bridgewaterfriendsnj.org
Saturday Family Series
Apr 2
     
Rainforest Chorus.
Jun 4
     
Nappy's Puppets.

Hanover Wind Symphony
973-887-0500. Oct.-Aug. season includes concerts throughout Morris County and annual summer Gazebo Series.
Feb 28
     
Album for the Young, with the Lakeland Youth Symphony. 3pm, Memorial Junior School, 61 Highland Ave., Whippany. Free, donations.
May 1
      Songs for the Earth, 2pm, Bickford Theatre, Morris Museum, Morristown.
May 25
      Joint Concert with Morris Hills High School Concert Band, 7:30pm, Morris Hills High School.

Historic Blairstown Theatre
30 Main St., Blairstown, 908-362-1399. 1913 theatre offers a regular schedule of live music and theatrical performances, classic film and community events. Closed for renovations.

Hunterdon Musical Arts, Inc.
Hunterdon Symphony and Hunterdon Choral Union present a Nov-May concert season at different venues in Hunterdon County. A Saturday Strings program, chamber ensemble and orchestra camp for youth are also offered. Consult website for tickets and info.
Apr 23
     
Hunterdon Symphony & Hunterdon Choral Union, 7:30pm, Hunterdon Central High School.

Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club
Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th St., Fair Lawn, 201-384-1325. Contemporary folk music performers Oct.-June. All shows at 8pm. Supporters receive ticket discounts.
Mar 5
      Scott Ainslie; Abbie Gardner.
Apr 2
     
Iona.
May 7
     
The Chapin Sisters.
Jun 11
     
Brother Sun.

Kean Stage
Kean University Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469. Year round season includes world-class music and dance artists, chamber music series, student and faculty productions, professional theater, Holocaust Resource Center events, lecture series, family shows and on school time performances (908-737-4349). Student rates; subscriptions. See Theatre and Film for additional events.
Selected Children & Family Events
Apr 17
     
New Jersey Ballet's Cinderella, with original "storyteller" narration. 2pm.
Enlow Recital Hall Concert Series
Eugene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall, Nathan Weiss Graduate School campus, 215 North Ave., Hillside, 908-737-7469. 300-seat concert hall provides an intimate atmosphere to hear renowned artists, established local musicians and Kean University music faculty members. Subscription season Oct.-May; student tickets. Recording studio.
Feb 21
      Meshell Ndegeocello, singer/songwriter, bassist.
Mar 13
      Together on Stage: Patty Griffin, with Sara Watkins & Anais Mitchell.

Apr 10
      The Sons of Serendip.
Apr 21
     
Ars Vitalis, contemporary chamber music.
Apr 24
     
Arco Ensemble "Music of the Americas."

Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, 609-570-3333. Home to a student company and 12 resident theater companies, Kelsey Theatre offers live cultural events, family theater, children's theater and adult events, both professional and semi-professional, year round. Most performances Fri.-Sun. See Theatre listings for events.

Light Opera of New Jersey
PO Box 344, Millington, 908-903-0702. Most performances at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge. Specializes in shows featuring staged and costumed highlights of (light) opera and musical theater as well as full scale productions.
Selected Events
Mar
     
Don Pasquale.
Jul
      The Mystery of Edwin Drood.


Livingston Symphony Orchestra
Four concert series takes place Nov.-May at Livingston High School auditorium, 30 Robert Harp Dr., Livingston, 7:30pm. Student winner of annual concerto competition held in Dec. (open to ages 14-21) performs as a soloist with the orchestra in the spring. For advance ticket purchase, call 973-980-1809 or email tickets@lsonj.org. Tickets $25, srs. and students $15, under 12 free with adult.
Mar 5
      The LSO Dance Mix, location TBD.
May 14
     
Season Finale, featuring winner of the Young Artist Competition as soloist.

Luna Stage
555 Valley Rd., West Orange, 973-395-5551. Intimate Sunday concerts feature renowned local jazz artists. Purchase advance tickets or at the door. See Theatre for Mainstage events and playwrights's reading series. www.lunastage.org
2016 Music in the Moonlight Jazz Series
Feb 28
     
Jazz & the American Songbook, Don Braden & Suzzanne Douglas.
May 1
     
Soundprint Brazil: Bossa & Beyond, Melanie Mitrano.

Lustig Dance Theatre
80 Albany St., 2nd floor, New Brunswick, 732-246-7300. Professional company performs at venues statewide. Programs include a Dance and Wellness Studio offering classes for all ages and abilities, summer dance arts program, and roster of education and outreach programs.

Lyrica Chamber Music
Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, 240 Southern Blvd., Chatham Twp., 973-309-1668. Concerts are held on Sundays at 3pm. Sept.-May subscriptions; single tickets; students are free. Outreach program for school groups and special needs children.
Mar 6
      The Six Bach Suites, cello soloist Joshua Roman.
Apr 17
     
New Pages in the American Songbook, Becca Stevens & Adam Waite.

Maplewood Community Music
Community ensembles present free performances throughout the community, an annual children's concert and small ensemble performances at local schools. High school and college music students are encouraged to join.
Apr 6
     
Children's Concert, 7:30pm, Maplewood Middle School, 7 Burnet St., Maplewood.
Jul 27
     
Maplewood Outdoor Summer Concert.

Mason Gross School of the Arts
Rutgers University, 33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 848-932-7511. Student and faculty dance, music, theater and visual art events Sept.-May. Student rates.

Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008. 1,200-seat venue offers a wide array of contemporary music, jazz, dance, drama, comedy, speakers, children's programming and classical music. Create-your-own subscriptions; family subscriptions; student and group discounts. School-time shows for school groups, Performing Arts Academy, master classes, school residency programs and high school internship/community service programs are available. See Theatre for additional events and check website for newly added events.
Selected Family Events
Feb 26
      
Tap Factory, 8pm.
Mar 5
      Fiesta Mexico-Americana, Los Lobos and dancers from Ballet Folklorico Mexicano.
Mar 10
      The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
, 8pm.
Mar 13
      All Mozart, Eric Lu, piano. 3pm.
Mar 17
     
Celtic Nights: Spirit of Freedom, 8pm.
Apr 9
      The Peking Acrobats,
3 & 7:30pm.
Apr 28
      Jackie Evancho.

May 22
      New Jersey Ballet: Cinderella,
with "storyteller" narration. Ages 4+.


McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts
91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. Sept.-May season of internation­ally known artists in music, jazz, cabaret, dance, theater, world and special events. Extensive education programs include student matinees, touring shows, theater classes, summer camps, group backstage tours, in-school programs and professional development. Discount subscriptions for ages 35 and under. See Theatre listings for additional family events.
Selected 2015-2016 Family Events
Apr 2
      Sing Along with the Muppet Movie.
Apr 30
      Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live!

Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey
PO Box 6, Short Hills, NJ 07078. A full symphonic orchestra composed of local professional and amateur musicians performs three concerts in the fall, winter and spring.
Mar 13
      Winter Concert, 3pm, location TBA.
May 22
      Spring Concert, 3pm, location TBA.

Mexicali Live
1409 Queen Anne Rd., Teaneck, 201-833-0011. Mexican fare and live music by local and national artists.

The Minstrel
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-335-9489. Friday concerts feature hand-made music from local and internationally known performers. Second Fri. of the month is an open stage/audition night.

Monmouth University Performing Arts
Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, 732-263-6889. Sept.-May season of contemporary concerts and special events, The Met Live, Bolshoi Ballet Live and live theater in HD, visiting writers, film, theater, dance and children's events in an intimate 700-seat theater. In summer, outdoor theater is presented on the Shadow Lawn Stage. For birthday party packages, 732-571-3473.
Selected Concert Events
Apr 1
     
Laurence Juber, Grammy winner, guitar. 8pm.
Apr 23
      Jimmy LaFave & Amy Helm, 8pm.
May 1
     
Nils Lofgren Duo, 8pm.

Montclair State University
Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, One Normal Ave., Montclair, 973-655-5112, box office; 973-655-3059, info. School of the Arts theater, music and dance performances and professional arts events are presented through Peak Performances.

Morris Museum
See listing under Bickford Theatre.

Mostly Music
Morrow Memorial Methodist Church, 600 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood; Temple Emanu-El, 756 E. Broad St., Westfield, 973-762-0108. Five-concert chamber music series Sundays at 2:30pm in Maplewood and 7:30pm in Westfield. Subscriptions; single tickets; students ages 10-21 no charge.
Mar 6

Music at the Mission
West Milford Presbyterian Church, 1452 Union Valley Rd., West Milford, 800-613-1455, 973-728-4201. Non-profit, volunteer organization presents live music in a 160-seat coffeehouse atmosphere. Open mic is usually held on the first Sat. of the month.
Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7
     Showcase & Open Mic, 7:30pm.
May 14
     
Kennedys Concert & Guitar Workshop, 8pm

Music at Morristown
United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place (on the Green), Morristown, 973-538-2132. Thirty-minute Music at Noon concerts are held on Thursdays in Dec. and Jan. December concerts are free; Jan. concerts have suggested donation. Abendmusik evening concert series runs Feb.-April. Advance ticket purchase discounts; students are free with ID.
Music at Noon
Thursdays at 12:15pm in Dec. and Jan.
Abendmusik
Saturdays at 7:30pm. Adults $20, srs. $15, students free, advance ticket discounts.
Feb 13
      Greg Giannascoli, marimba.
Mar 19
      Alina Kiryayeva, piano.
Apr 16
     
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.

Music in the Somerset Hills
973-339-7719. Seasoned professionals along with amateur musicians present classical concert series Oct.-May at venues throughout Somerset County. Opportunities for community musicians to participate include a Community Concert Band, open to ages 14 and older, Somerset Hills Community Chorus, and summer vocal, instrumental and theater camps for grades 2-12.
Feb 27
     
Schutz & Modern Interpolations, 8pm, St. John on the Mountain, Bernardsville.
Mar 13
      Music of the Movies, 5pm, Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, Basking Ridge.

Music on Main Street
United Methodist Church of Woodbridge, 69 Main St., Woodbridge, 732596-4048. Top contemporary acoustic artists perform in an intimate 250-seat church sanctuary and other locations Sept.-May. See Arts in the Parks for free outdoor summer concert series. Check website for new shows.

New Jersey Ballet Company
973-597-9600. Oct.-May season features full-length performances throughout the state, beloved children's ballets with original "storyteller" narration and annual Nutcracker performances. Adult, sr., student tickets. Call box office of venue for individual tickets.

New Jersey Festival Orchestra
224 E. Broad St., Suite 6, Westfield, 908-232-9400. Oct.-May season includes performances at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield and at other venues throughout the state. Student discounts; Music Caravan school outreach program.
Mar 5
        Bohemian Rhapsody, 7pm, Presbyterian Church, Westfield.
Apr 28
       Jackie Evancho, 8pm, Mayo PAC, Morristown.
May 21-22
       Enter the Dragon, 7pm Sat., Presbyterian Church, Westfield; 3pm Sun., Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison.

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra
570 Central Ave., New Providence, 908-603-7691, email info@njio.org. Recognized nationally for its "intergenerational excellence," NJIO brings together all ages and abilities in its three ensembles. No auditions. Students and seniors play together alongside professional mentors, learning and sharing the experience of musical performances.
Mar 6
      Orchestral Fireworks: Handel & Haydn, 3pm, The College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown.
May 15
      Dancing to a New Beat: Pokofiev & Marquez, 3pm, Summit High School, 125 Kent Place Blvd.

New Jersey Jazz Society
Sponsors classic jazz concerts, film series, jazz socials, college jazz performances, jazz festivals and co-sponsors Jazz at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum and Jazz for Shore in Ocean County. Membership, open to youth and adults, includes subscription to Jersey Jazz Journal, invitation to musical events and CD discounts.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One Center St., Newark, 1-888-GO NJPAC. 2,750-seat Prudential Hall and 500-seat Victoria Theater in Newark. Classical music, international dance, world music and jazz, jazz brunch series, contemporary concerts, theater and family series. Subscriptions; individual tickets; $10 student rush tickets offered at the box office one hour before curtain time. Subject to availability, valid ID required, limit two per student. Also see Theatre and Film/Speakers listings.
2016 Family Series–Music & Dance Events
Most performances in Victoria Theater, $12.
Apr 23
      WBGO Children's Concert, 12:30pm. Free.
May 1
      Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens Concert, 3pm.
May 14
      Brick City Jazz Orchestra, 7pm.
May 27
      Hispanic Youth Showcase, 7pm.
Jun 2
      Colors of the Rainbow, ballroom dance competition. 7pm.
Selected 2016 Family Events
Feb 19
      Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert, Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
Feb 25
      Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.
Mar 12
      Wofabe African Dance & Drum Festival.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark, 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476). Performances at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark; State Theatre, New Brunswick; Richardson Auditorium, Princeton; War Memorial, Trenton; bergenPAC, Englewood; Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, and Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown. Subscriptions; flex passes; individual tickets; student discounts. $10 student rush tickets available at the door one hour prior to most concerts. $25 Class Pass gives students unlimited tickets all season. Program notes for classical concerts are available online before concerts.
2015-2016 Family Concert Series
Performances at 2 pm, NJPAC, Newark. Pre-concert activities begin one hour before each concert.
Feb 13
      Star Power, hear Star Wars and the very best from Beethoven, Mozart & Tchaikovsky.
May 21
     
Athletes of the Orchestra, meet all the teams of the Orchestra.
2015-2016 NJSO Pops & Other Selected Family Events
Mar 11-13
     
All Mozart, Eric Lu, piano.
Jun 4-5
      
Bond & Beyond, the music of Bond films

New Jersey Youth Symphony
570 Central Ave., Murray Hill, 908-771-5544. Three orchestral groups, jazz orchestra, string, percussion, wind and flute ensembles for youth in grades 3-12 present orchestra and chamber music concerts from Sept-May. Auditions are held annually in May/June for the following year. Summer camp.

Opera at Florham
Lenfell Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, 973-443-8620. A professional company in residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Opera at Florham presents cabaret, recitals, operatic performances and an annual vocal competition. Student ticket discounts.

Opera Theatre of Montclair
973-202-7849. Community opera company presents full-length, fully-staged and costumed opera with multi-generational orchestra in and around Montclair.

Outpost in the Burbs
40 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 973-744-6560. Non-profit organization, dedicated to building community through music, community service and cultural programs, presents affordable, quality acoustic entertainment Sept.-June at the First Congregational Church of Montclair, the Unitarian Church of Montclair, 67 Church St., or the Montclair High School auditorium, 100 Chestnut St. Check website for added shows.
Mar 5
      Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute,
The Kennedys, Lucy Kaplansky, Guy Davis, Rod MacDonald.

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
Memorial Dr. in downtown Trenton's historic Capitol Complex, 609-984-8484. Owned by the state of New Jersey, Patriots Theater hosts limited music, dance and special events.

Plainfield Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 5093, Plainfield, NJ 07061, 908-561-5640. New Jersey's oldest community symphony presents concerts Sept.-March at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, E. 7th St. and Watchung Ave., Plainfield. Subscriptions; student rates; children 12 and under are free.
Feb 20
      A Musical Duel, free family concert featuring youth soloist. 3pm.
Apr 2
      Welcome Back, Maestro Serebrier, Elmira Darvarova, violin. 7pm.
May 7
      Rule Britannia! 7pm.

Princeton Folk Music Society
Concerts at Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-799-0944. Monthly concerts on the third Fri. feature music by new singer-songwriters and well-known folk musicians in an intimate, friendly setting.

Princeton Pro Musica
PO Box 1313, Princeton, NJ 08542, 609-683-5122. Chorus, chamber chorus and orchestra presents choral masterworks and other works at central New Jersey locations during Oct.-May season.

Raritan Valley Community College
Edward Nash Theatre, Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), North Branch, 908-725-3420. Oct.-May season includes theatre, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and holiday shows, Tuesdays with Stories Series, Sampler Series for children ages 4 and older, Family Series for children ages 8 and older, and school-time performances. Student and series discounts. See additional events under Theatre.
Family Series Ages 8+
Feb 27
      Galumpha, acrobatics, visuals, comedy, dance. 7pm. One-hour sensory-friendly performance at 2pm, $10.

The Rosen Performing Arts Center at the Wayne YMCA
1 Pike Dr., Wayne, 973-595-0100. 408-seat theater offers theater productions for youth, teens and adults, dance programs, concerts and special events. Rentals available.

Roxey Ballet
Canal Studio Theater, 243 North Union St., Lambertville, 609-397-7616. Contemporary ballet company produces out-of-the box dance performances, offers zumba for teens and pre-teens, and Tutus & Tiaras, a ballet story-craft program for aspiring young ballerinas.
Feb 26, May 13
     Teen Zumba Party, teens & pre-teens. $15, advance $10.
Apr 10
     Tutus & Tiaras, ballet story, craft, games, watch a ballerina perform. $15, advance $10.

Sanctuary Concerts
Presbyterian Church of Chatham Twp., 240 Southern Blvd., Chatham, 973-376-4946. Acoustic music year round features concerts by well-loved national, regional and local artists. 8pm. Tickets from $25; series discount. Check website for added shows.

Shanghai Jazz Restaurant & Bar
24 Main St., Madison, 973-822-2899. Asian-inspired cuisine and live jazz six nights a week, Tues.-Sun.
Ongoing
       New Jersey Jazz Society Sunday Jazz Socials, 3-5:30pm monthly.

Shea Center for Performing Arts–WPLive
William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973-720-2371. Arts hotline: 973-720-ARTS. Jazz series, professional touring artists, family and schooltime shows, university theater and music performances and lecture series presented Sept.-May. Also sponsors annual NJ playwrights contest. See Theatre for additional events.
Selected Events
Feb 12
      Classic Albums Live: Pink Flloyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.
Feb 13
      Onstage Cafe at Shea: Catherine Russell.

Mar 5
      Onstage Cafe at Shea: Fiddler's Feast.

Mar 12
      Kashmir, The Live Led Zeppelin Tribute.

South Orange Performing Arts Center
One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787. Intimate 415-seat theater presents performances year round by major artists in theater, dance, comedy, music, kids 'n family events, school time performances and performances by the Seton Hall University Arts Council. Series include Juilliard @ SOPAC, Jazz in the Loft and Blues in the Loft, and La Cinematheque Film Club. Check website for upcoming concerts. See Theatre for Kids 'n Family events.


South Orange Symphony Orchestra
Performances at South Orange Middle School, 70 N. Ridge­wood Ave., South Orange, www.southorangesymphony.com or 973-376-6349. Not-for-profit community orchestra, founded in 1949, presents three to four free classical concerts per year to the local community.

Splatter Concerts
Shows at Ukrainian American Cultural Center, 60 North Jefferson Rd., Whippany, splatterconcerts@yahoo.com. Blues and American roots music, some rock, folk and country. Ages 13-17 $5, 12 and under free.

Stanhope House
45 Main St., Stanhope, 973-347-7777. A Sussex County landmark since c. 1794, the Stanhope House has hosted a long list of legendary blues-rock performers, and continues to host national artists, local bands and comedians. All ages admitted for most concerts. Food and beverage minimums may apply for guests under 21.

State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. Full ­schedule of live music, Broadway, dance, opera, symphony and variety events plus a children's series and HD broadcasts. Student matinees (open to students and general public), artist-in residence program and professional development workshops for teachers. For education ­programs, call 732-247-7200, ext. 534 or visit www.statetheatrenj.org/education. Students Meet the Arts offers discount tickets for students of all ages to attend select classical music and dance programs. More events under Theatre and Speaker & Film Series listings.
Selected Children & Family Events
May 1
     
Brady Rymer, "Love Me for Who I Am," autism-friendly performance.

Summit Symphony
Community orchestra presents three afternoon concerts at Summit High or Middle School in Summit. No admission; sponsored by Summit Board of Recreation, local businesses, and Friends of the Symphony. Annual Young Artist Competition is open to all New Jersey high school students.
Mar 13
     
Cinematic Symphony, 3pm, Summit High School.
May 22
      Young Artists Concert, 3pm, Summit High School.

Swingin’ Tern Contra & Square Dancing
First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover, 973-295-6864. Dances, held at 8pm on the first and third Saturdays, feature a caller and live band. Beginners workshop at 7:30pm. Best for teens and up, no partner necessary.


Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant
6 Depot Square, Montclair, 973-744-2600. Live jazz Wed.-Sun. evenings and for Sunday Jazz Brunch.

Underground Concert Series
Hotline: 973-762-0119. Eclectic world and folk music is brought to different venues in Maplewood.

Union County Performing Arts Center
Main Stage: 1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226; Hamilton Stage: 360 Hamilton St., Rahway. Contemporary and classical music, dance, theater, films, family and sensory-friendly events are presented in two venues—one, an elegant, restored 1334-seat 1928 vaudeville and silent movie theater, and the second, the 199-seat Hamilton Stage. Intimate concerts and readings are held upstairs in the Loft at UCPAC.
2016 Sensory Friendly Theatre Series

60-min. performances with no intermission, general seating, lowered sound, lights up and freedom to talk. "This Is My Theatre" picture packet may be downloaded online.
Mar 20
        
Brady Rymer & the Little Band That Could, 2pm.
May 1
        
New Jersey Ballet's Sleeping Beauty. 2pm.
Split Level Concert Series
Mar 12
     
Rod Picott.
Apr 16
     
Sarah Borges.

Watchung Arts Center
18 Stirling Rd., Watchung Circle, Watchung, 908-753-0190. Non-profit, volunteer-run center offers new art exhibitions each month, performances in music, comedy, adult and family improv, classes in drawing, photography, yoga and summer art camp.

WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series
8.3FM. 54 Park Place, Newark, 973-643-4763; email kids@wbgo.org. Member-supported radio presents a free children's jazz series in the fall and spring at venues throughout New Jersey. Check website for dates and locations and to join mailing list.