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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 to young adults, teens, elementary students and young children. 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 and to check for changes and newly added performances.

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.
Apr 26
         The Grand Slambovians.
May 31
         Toby Walker.

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

Afternoon Music
At Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit, 908-273-3245. Sunday concerts Nov.-April at 4pm, artists' reception follows.
Apr 13
         Eric Wyrick & Mitchell Vines, violin & piano.

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre
732-255-4071. Flamenco and Spanish dance company performs at venues throughout the state.

American Repertory Ballet
80 Albany St., New Brunswick, 732-249-1254; Princeton Ballet School, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton, 609-921-7758. Oct.-May ­season includes annual Nutcracker performances at theaters throughout the state, educational assemblies and residences for schools and school-time matinees.
On Pointe Enrichment Series
An opportunity for students to meet the dancers, directors and choreographers of American Repertory Ballet. 5:15pm at Princeton Studio. Free, open to the public.
Apr 4
         Dancing Your Way into College, high school students.
May 2
         Dancer Nutrition, ages 8 & up.
Jun 6
         Artists @ARB, all ages.

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 Events
Mar 23
         The Kronos Quartet.
Apr 6
         Verdi's La Traviata, Verismo Opera.
Apr 13
         John Batiste & Stay Human Band.
Apr 17
         Queensryche.
Apr 26
         NJ Ballet's Ballet on Broadway.
Apr 27
         NJ Ballet's Cinderella.
May 1
         Music of the Masters: Beethoven & Brahms, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
May 9
         Dickey Betts & Great Southern & The Outlaws.
May 31
         Bonzo Bash, all star tribute to Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.

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.
Selected Special Events
Tickets $25, members/srs./studenst $20, unless noted.
Mar 30
         
An Irish Journey, 2pm. Bravo Alliance of Performing Artists Spring Concert.
Apr 5
         
The British Invasion Tribute, 8pm. Taking their cues from the original artists, this band meticulously recreates '60's hits, complete with authentic costumes, beginning with the British iconic groups, such as The Zombies, Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits, moving on to American "response," The Monkees, The Turtles, Paul Revere & the Raiders, finally to a finale tribute to the Beatles.
Apr 6
         
Tin Pan Alley & Broadway, 3pm. The Morris Choral Society presents a special spring concert featuring the music of Broadway and the Tin Pan Alley era.
Jun 1
         
Sing of Your Country, 2pm. This program explores timeless patriotic/folk songs from throughout our nation's history. The program will also include Broadway classics that reveal an appreciation and love for the U.S.
Jun 8
         
A Klezmer Afternoon, 2pm. The Hester Street Troupe, nationally recognized music group, combines a special brand of shtick with popular Jewish songs for an evening of entertainment, including Klezmer, songs from the Yiddish Vaudeville and Second Avenue Theatres, as well as classic older and more contemporary Jewish melodies.
Jazz Showcase
90-minute sets start at 8pm. Advance $15, at the door $18.
Apr 1
         
Groundhog Day Celebration (April Fools!).
Apr 7
         
Joe Midiri Sextet.
Apr 15
         
Avon Old Farms Jazz Ensemble.
Apr 22
        
 Occidental Gypsy.
May 6
        
 Cynthia Sawyer & Her Sparks Fly Quartet.
May 19
        
Big Apple Jazz Band.
Jun 2
        
Neville Dickie & the Midori Brothers.

Bloomfield Youth Band
Comprised of high school and collegiate musicians, the band performs three or four public concerts each year in Bloomfield. Sponsored by the Bloomfield Recreation Commission.
Jun 14

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.

Calvary Chorale
31 Woodland Ave., Summit, 908-277-1814. Sept.-May season of concerts on Sundays at 3pm.

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 presented by members of Young Performers Workshops at end of fall, spring and summer sessions. Student rates; student matinees; Family Night on Thurs. See Theater for more events.
Selected Events
Mar 30
          Lustig Dance Theatre.
Apr 5
          The Art of Motion Dance Theatre.
Apr 11
          Moe-tion Dance Theater.

Central Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Arts Series
70 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-0441. Friday music concerts celebrate the holiday seasons during advent and lent. Bring your own lunch or buy at the church kitchen. All concerts Fri. 12:15-1pm. Free, open to the public.

Chatham Community Band
Community band presents free concerts to Chatham and surrounding communities.
May 4
         Annual Spring Concert, 3pm, Chatham HS.

Coffee with Conscience
908-412-9105. Sept.-June 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. Concerts start at 8pm.
Apr 12
         Son of TBA.
May 17
         Krista Detor.
May 31
         David Wilcox.

Concerts at the Crossing
Unitarian Universalist Church, 268 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville, concertsatthecrossing.com. Sept.-May season consists of 8-9 live music concerts in an intimate 125-250 seat setting. Concerts at 7:30pm. Tickets for ages 14 and under $5, 18 and under for select shows.
Apr 26
         An Evening with Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas.

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 Theater for additional events and check website for new shows.
Selected Adult & Family Events
Mar 23
         Pat Matheny Unity Group.
Apr 3
         Tao: Phoenix Rising, Japanese drumming.
Apr 4
         An Evening with Groucho.
Apr 30
         Merle Haggard.
May 5
         Mariachi Reyna, 8pm. School show, 10:30am.
May 12
         Joe Bonamassa.
May 17
         Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin.
May 22
         Bobfest: A Celebration of Bob Dylan's Birthday, featuring Pat Guadagno & Tired Horses.
Selected Kids & Family Events
May 6
         Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid Live.

Crescent Concert Series
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield, 908-756-2468. Sept.-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.
2013-14 Season
Apr 12
        The Viennese Connection: Haydn's Heir to Esterhazy, 8pm.
May 18
        There's A Time for…, The Crescent Singers. 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.
Selected Events
Apr 6
         Discovery Concert: Laughing with Rossini, 3pm, The Concert Hall at Drew University, Madison.
Apr 27
         Discover More Rossini, free listening exploration. 3pm, Wharton Music Center.
Jun 1
         Intimate Afternoon: Discover Broadway, with Mark Jacoby, vocalist. 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.

Friends of the Library Concert Series
Meeting Room, Somerset County Bridgewater Library, N. Bridge & Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, 908-526-4016 x105. Concerts 7:30-9:30pm Sept.-June. Free, sign-up is not required.
Apr 5
         Yosi & Eugene, children's concert. 11-11:45.
Apr 11
         Masterworks.
May 9
         Ken Lelen.
Jun 13
         Karen Zumbrunn.

Hanover Wind Symphony
973-887-0500. Oct.-Aug. season includes concerts throughout Morris County and annual summer Gazebo Series.
May 28
         That's A Nice: An Evening of Italian Favorites, 7pm. Memorial Junior School, 61 Highland Ave., Whippany. Free admission.

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 12
         Spring Concert, 7:30pm. Hunterdon Central High School.
Jun 26
         Pops Concert, 7pm. Deer Path Park, Hunterdon County. Premiere of "Hunterdon Overture," marking Hunterdon's 300th birthday.

Kean Stage
Kean University Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469. Sept.-May season includes world-class music and dance artists, chamber music series, student and faculty productions, professional theater, Holocaust Resource Center events, lecture series, family and on school time performances (908-737-4349). Student rates; subscriptions. See Theater and Film for additional events.
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.
Mar 23
         Sunday Concerts & Cafe, Arco Ensemble.
Apr 5
         Sutton Foster, Broadway.
Apr 27
         Tommy Tune "Steps in Time."
Wilkins Theatre Music & Dance Events
Mar 23
         Cinderella, New Jersey Ballet.
Apr 6
         4 Girls 4.
Apr 13
         i Balli di Primavera: The Dance of Spring, New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble.
Apr 25
         Kean University Dance Ensemble.
Select Children's Events
Mar 23
         Cinderella, New Jersey Ballet, with storyteller narration. 2pm.

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. Tickets $18-12. See Theater listings for additional events.
Selected Events
May 10-11
         Mercer Dance Ensemble.

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 theatre as well as full scale productions.

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.
May 31
         Grand Finale: The "Titan."

Luna Stage
555 Valley Rd., West Orange, 973-395-5551. Intimate Sunday concerts feature renowned local jazz artists. 7pm. Advance tickets or at the door. See Theater for complete listing and theatre events.
Jazz Series
Apr 27
         Guitarist Bob DeVos & Pianist Oscar Perez.

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.
Apr 27
         Lyric Chamber Orchestra, with Kent Place Chamber Singers.

Mason Gross School of the Arts
Rutgers University, 33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-932-7511. 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 Theater for additional events and check website for newly added events
Ongoing
        
The Starlight Series, storytelling, jazz, chamber music and drama featuring local artists in the Theatre's intimate Starlight Room.
Selected Children & Family Events
May 9
         Tap Factory, all ages.
May 18
         Cinderella: New Jersey Ballet, with storyteller narration. Ages 4 & up.
Selected Adult & Family Events
Mar 27
         Keb' Mo'.
Mar 28
         Tao: Phoenix Rising, Taiko drumming.
Mar 30
         New Jersey Jazz Society presents Bria Skonberg with special guest Tia Fuller.
Apr 5
         
The Laurie Berkner Band, children's music superstars.
Apr 12
         Broadway Showstoppers.
Apr 29
         Merle Haggard & the Strangers.
May 1
         MOMIX: Botanica.
May 8
         Dickey Betts & Great Southern and The Outlaws.
May 10
         Tito Puente, Jr.
May 17
         New Jersey Ballet: Ballet on Broadway.

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, group backstage tours, in-school programs and professional development. Discount subscriptions for ages 35 and under. See Theater listings for additional events.


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. Suggestion donation $15.
Jun 7
         Spring Concert, 7pm, Millburn Middle School, 25 Old Short Hills Rd., Millburn.

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.
Fridays
         8pm.

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 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 Adult & Family Events
Apr 10
         Sean Tyrrell, Irish folk music & storytelling.
Met Opera
Broadcasts 1pm, Pollak Theatre.
Jan 19-Jun 1

Montclair State University
Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, One Normal Ave., Montclair, 973-655-3059. Box office: 973-655-5112. School of the Arts theater, music and dance performances and professional arts events are presented through Peak Performances. Every seat, every performance is $15.

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 30, May 4

Musica Morristown
224 E. Broad St., Suite 6, Westfield, 908-232-9400. The New Philharmonic of New Jersey presents concerts in collaboration with the Westfield Symphony Orchestra.

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. Check website for new shows.
Apr 26
         Lucy Kaplansky.
May 17
         James Maddock.

Music at Morristown
United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place (on the Green), Morristown, 973-538-2132. 30 min. Music at Noon concerts in Dec. & Jan. Abendmusik concert series Feb.-April.
Abendmusik Concerts
7:30pm. Adults $20, srs. $15, students with ID free. Advance ticket discounts.
Apr 5
         Water Music, F. Allen Artz, organist, with chorus and choir.

Music in the Somerset Hills
973-339-7719. Seasoned professionals along with amateur musicians present classical concert series Oct.-June 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 and instrumental camps for grades 3-12.
Apr 6
         A Vocal Celebration!, Chapel at Gill St. Bernards School, Gladstone.
May 3
         French Masters Choral Concert, St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church, Peapack.

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. Purchase tickets online or at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main St., Woodbridge.
Apr 2
         Al Stewart, 7:30pm. Woodbridge Middle School.
May 7
         Steve Forbert, 7:30pm. Iselin Middle School.
May 14
         Willie Nile, 7:30pm. Woodbridge Middle School.

New Jersey Ballet Company
973-597-9600. Oct.-May season features performances throughout the state, Sunday matinees with narration for kids and annual Nutcracker performances. Adult, sr., student tickets. Call box office of venue for individual tickets.

New Jersey Festival Orchestra
908-232-9400. Formerly Westfield Symphony Orchestra. 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 22
         Natalie Merchant, in concert with NJFO Ensemble. Mayo PAC, Morristown.
May 31, Jun 1
         Rebirth & Renewal, with Morristown Harmonium Choral Society. Westfield & Basking Ridge.

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra
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.

New Jersey Jazz Society
Sponsors classic jazz concerts, film series, jazz socials, college jazz performances, annual JazzFest and co-sponsors Jazz at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum and summer Jazz for Shore. Membership, open to youth and adults, includes subscription to Jersey Jazz Journal, invitation to musical events and CD discounts. Visit website for upcoming events.
Ongoing
         Jazz Socials, 3-5:30pm monthly at Shanghai Jazz, Madison. $10, members free. See website for schedule.
        Live Jazz, Tues.-Sun. at Shanghai Jazz, Madison.

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 & jazz, 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 Theater listings.
Selected 2013-2014 Season Events
Mar 30
         An Acoustic Evening with Jon Anderson.
Apr 4
       The Music of Led Zeppelin, New Jersey Symphony Chamber Orchestra.
Apr 11-12
         Shen Yun.
May 10-11
        Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Jun 7
         Cirque de la Symphonie, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra & acrobatic feats.
Dorthaan's Place
Jazz brunch series at NICO Kitchen & Bar. 11am & 1pm. Adults $45, children $15.
Apr 27
       
The Mulgrew Miller Trio.

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.
2013-2014 Family Concert Series
Performances at 2 pm, NJPAC, Newark. The young and young-at-heart discover the orchestra through engaging concerts and pre-concert adventures. One hour before each concert, learn more about the music, participate in fun activities, play games and meet musicians. Three-concert series for kids is $24; individual tickets on sale in Aug.
Jun 7
       
Meet the Orchestra, meet each instrument through Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.
2013-2014 NJSO Pops Series
Apr 26-27
       The Wizard Oz with Orchestra, film accompanied by NJSO.
Jun 7-8
       
Cirque de la Symphonie, flyers, acrobats, dancers, jugglers and more perform in time to classical music.
Selected Special Events
Apr 4
         The Music of Led Zeppelin, New Jersey Symphony Chamber Orchestra.

New Jersey Youth Symphony
570 Central Ave., Murray Hill, 908-771-5544. Three orchestral groups, jazz orchestra, string, percussion and wind ensembles and two flute choirs for youth in grades 3-12 present orchestra and chamber music concerts from Sept-May. Auditions are held annually each 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.
Apr 27
         New Voices, vocal competition.
Jun 1
         Arias for the Summer.

Outpost in the Burbs
40 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 973-744-6560. 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. Advance tickets by mail or through Ticketweb, 866-468-7619. Check website for new shows.
Mar 28
         James Maddock (Trio), with special guest Michaela McClain.
Apr 3
         Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett,
guitarists of Little Feat.

Plainfield Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 5093, Plainfield, NJ 07061, 908-561-5140. 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. Concerts begin at 7pm.
Mar 29
         Spring Awakenings, Claudia Hu, NJYPC Silver Medal Winner, piano.
May 3
         Magnificent Mahler.

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. 8:15pm.
Apr 18
         The Honey Dewdrops.
May 16
         Tom Chapin.

Princeton Pro Musica
PO Box 1313, Princeton, NJ 08542, 609-683-5122. Oct.-May season presents choral masterworks and other works at central New Jersey locations.
May 11
         Handel, 3pm, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton.

Raritan Valley Community College
Edward Nash Theatre, Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), North Branch, 908-725-3420. Major Artists Series, Tuesdays with Stories Series, Club 28 cabaret series, Sampler Series for younger children, Family Series for children ages 8 and older and their families, Tiny Tots Series and school-time performances. Student and series discounts. See additional listings under Theater.
Selected 2013-2014 Season
Mar 30
         Tamburitzans, multicultural song & dance.
Apr 5
         Lustig Dance Theatre.
Apr 6
         ScrapArtsMusic.
Apr 26
         The Swingle Singers.

Sanctuary Concerts
Presbyterian Church of Chatham Twp., 240 Southern Blvd., Chatham, 973-376-4946. Oct.-May acoustic music series features concerts by well-loved national, regional and local artists. 8pm. Tickets from $25, unless noted; series discount. Check website for added shows.
Mar 29
         Shawn Mullins with special guest Blind Boy Paxton.
May 10
         Marshall Crensaw plus Jim Boggia.
May 17
         Modern Man and Buskin & Batteau.

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.
Selected Events
Apr 1
         
Music & Dance Traditions of India, Ramya Ramnarayan combined movement, mime and music to bring this mystic view of the universe to life. 12:30pm. Free.
Apr 5
         Lonesome Highway, Hank Williams in Song & Story.
Onstage Cafe at Shea
Mar 15
         Amy Helm.

South Orange Performing Arts Center
One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787. Intimate 415-seat theater presents performances by major artists in theater, dance, comedy, music, family events, school time performances and performances by the Seton Hall University Arts Council. See Theater for additional events.
Selected Adult & Family Events
Mar 28
         Iris Dement & Red Molly.
Mar 30
         PIano Reflections: Imagery, Color & Emotion, Juilliard @ SOPAC.
Apr 13
         Trio Voce, Juilliard @ SOPAC.
May 6
         Sparrow & Ska Rebirth Band, presented by Seton Hall University Arts Council.
Jun 7
         
The Smithereens.

South Orange Symphony Orchestra
Performances at South Orange Middle School, 70 N. Ridgewood Ave., South Orange, email sosymphony@aol.com. 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 gymnasium,, 60 North Jefferson Rd., Whippany, splatterconcerts@yahoo.com. Blues and American roots music, some rock, folk and country. Under 18 are free or under $5.

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 live and HD-broadcast classical music and dance programs for $7 per ticket (plus $3 facility fee). Also see Theater listings. Visit website for added shows.
Selected Adult & Family Shows
Mar 28
         Bowfire.
Apr 12
         The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Festival Ballet.
Apr 27
         The Wizard of Oz with the NJSO.
May 2
         ABBA The Concert.
May 6
         Boz Scaggs.
Jun 8
         Cirque de la Symphonie with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Jul 17
         
Gershwin Tribute, Todd Ellison's Broadway in Concert.
Jun 18
         
The Taj Mahal Trio & The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Aug 28
         
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo.
Oct 5
        
 Rodgers & Hammerstein Tribute, Todd Ellison's Broadway in Concert.
Dec 14
         
A Take 6 Holiday
with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Feb 8
         
Singin' in the Rain with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Feb 12
         Streb, acrobatics, stunt work, modern dance.
Feb 26-27
         A Midsummer Night's Dream, American Repertory Ballet, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra.
Feb 28
         
Song of Eva Peron, Tango Buenos Aires.
Mar 21
         Broadway's Greatest Hits, Todd Ellison's Broadway in Concert.
Apr 11
         
Don Quixote, Russian National Ballet Theatre.
Apr 19
         
Heart of Motown with Spectrum & the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
May 31
         Broadway Spectacular with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Selected Children & Family Events
May 1
         A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, performance for schools.

Summit Symphony
Oct.-May concerts at Summit High School, 125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit. No admission; sponsored by Summit Board of Recreation, local businesses, and Friends of the Symphony. Concerts begin at 3pm, pre-concert lecture at 2:15pm.
May 4
         Young Artists Concert.

Swingin’ Tern Contra & Square Dancing
First Presbyterian Church, Parish Hall, 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.

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. Concerts, jazz, comedy, theater, film, family and children events are presented on the Main Stage in a 1,300 seat vintage 1920's auditorium, in a 50-seat Loft Theater or at the new Hamilton Stage, a 199-seat Main Stage and 60-seat Front Room Theater. Student/sr. discounts. Summer theater camp for ages 5-15. Check website for added events. See Theater for additional events.
Split Level Concerts in The Loft at UCPAC
Apr 19
         Rod Picott.
May 3
         Cliff Eberhardt.
May 17
         Tracey Bonham and Jim Boggi, at Hamilton Stage.
Jun 7
         Vance Gilbert.
Hamilton Stage Selected Events
Mar 29
         Lionel Loueke Trio.

Voorhees Ballet Theatre
Lowe Dance Studio, 1207 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd., Voorhees, 856-784-0062. Students interested in pursuing a professional career in the performing arts present two major performances annually and perform at special community events.

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, and classes in drawing, photography and yoga.

WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series
88.3FM. 54 Park Place, Newark, 973-624-8880. Member-supported radio presents a free children's jazz series in the fall and spring. Check website for spring dates and locations.