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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 and
check often for new shows added throughout the season.

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.
Feb 21
        James Maddock with special guest Michaela McClain.
Mar 28
        Sloan Wainwright with special guest The Levins.
Apr 25
        Vance Gilbert.
May 30
        Kim & Reggie Harris with special guest Arlon Bennett & the Healing Project.

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

Afternoon Music
Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit, 908-273-3245. Sunday concerts Oct.-April at 4pm, artists' reception follows.
Feb 8
         Trio Pasqualati.
Apr 19
         Soprano, Tenor, Piano.

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre
732-255-4071. 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.
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, ages 5 & up.
Jan 16
         Behind the Music: A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Feb 6
         Spring Repertory Preview.
Mar 27
         Physical Therapy: Dealing with Sports Injuries.
Apr 17
         Dancing Your Way into College.
May 8
         Exploring Dance in the Summer.

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
Jan 28
         Vince Gill & Lyle Lovett.
Jan 31
         Judy Collins.
Feb 7
         National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico.
Feb 12
         Kathy Griffin.
Feb 13
         The Whispers & The Manhattans.
Feb 20
         Tango Buenos Aires.
Feb 21
         Think Pink Floyd.
Feb 25
         Menopause The Musical.
Feb 26
         Masters of Illusion.
Mar 5
         The Temptations & The Four Tops.
Mar 6
         The Chieftains.
Mar 10
         ZZ Top.
Mar 14
         Almost Queen.
Mar 19
         Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Mar 20
         The Marshall Tucker Band.
Mar 26
         El Gran Combo.
Mar 27
         Joshua Bell.
Apr 9
         Jay Leno.
Apr 10
         Pure Prairie League, Firefall & Atlanta Rhythm Section.
Apr 11
         KIX.
Apr 13
         Dancing Pros Live, with Alan Thicke.
Apr 18
         NJ Ballet Romeo & Juliet.
Apr 19
         NJ Ballet Sleeping Beauty.
Apr 26
         Verismo Opera: Bizet's Carmen.
Apr 28
         Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles.
Apr 30
         Queensryche.
May 8
         Audra McDonald.
May 9
         Russian National Ballet: Swan Lake.
May 28
         The Midtown Men.
May 29
         Randy Rhoads Remembered.
May 30
         Bonzo Bash.
Jun 6
         All-Beethoven: Fifth Symphony & "Emperor" Concerto, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Jun 20
         Tommy James & the Shondells/Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals.

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
Mar 8
         One Singular Night: The Music of George Gershwin & Marvin Hamlisch.
Selected Family Events
Performances at 11am and 1:30pm. $12, members $10, groups of 20 or more $9.
Feb 16
         American Pride Laser Spectacular, dazzling display of laser magic celebrates America's spirit of innovation, discovery, and exploration.

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.

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 Special Events
Feb 7
         Ebony Hillbillies, string band.
Mar 14
         Colcannon, Irish music.
Mar 20-21
         6th Annual Blues Bash, David Bromberg & his Quintet, Todd Wolfe Blues Band with John Ginty and Gentlemen East, more.
Mar 26
         Moe-tion Dance Theater, modern dance.
Mar 28
         Nai-Ni Chen, dance.
Mar 29
         Claire Porter: Dance Fest, dance/comedy.
January Jazz Fest
Jan 24
         Fete Manouche.

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.

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. Advance purchase discounts online.
Jan 17
         Beaucoup Blue.
Feb 14
         Gathering Time, Love Songs of the 60's and 70's, Valentine's Day concert.
Mar 21
         Jim Boggia and Matt Nokoa.
Apr 18
         No Fuss & Feathers Roadshow.

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.
Mar 28
        
Liz Longley, with special guests Barnaby Bright.

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
Jan 17
         New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Sarah Chang Plays Bernstein.
Feb 8
         Monmouth Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert.
Feb 13
         Billy Ocean.
Feb 22
         Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles.
Feb 26
         Natalie MacMaster: Visions from Cape Breton.
Feb 27
         Pink Floyd Experience: 4 Sides of Floyd.
Feb 28
         New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Mozart & Mendelssohn.
Mar 2
         Diana Krall.
Mar 3
         One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen & the Works.
Mar 8
         Michael Bolton.
Mar 11
         WRAT and WDHA present ZZ Top.
Mar 21
         New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky.
Mar 22
         Monmouth Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert.
Mar 31
         The African Children's Choir.
Apr 2
         The Very Best of Celtic Thunder.
Apr 17
         Jackie Evancho.
Apr 18
         John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken Tour.
Apr 25
         New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Konig Conducts Dvorak.
Apr 26
         2Cellos.
May 16
         Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin.
May 21
         Bobfest: The Celebration of Bob Dylan's Birthday starring Pat Guadagno.
May 30
         The Midtown Men.
May 31
         Monmouth Symphony Orchestra Season Finale.
Selected Kids & Family Events
Jan 17
         No Shush: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Matinee for Kids.
Feb 28
         No Shush: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Matinee for Kids.

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.
2014-2015 Season
Feb 8
         Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists, 3pm.
Mar 8
         The French Connection, festival of organists. 3pm.
Apr 11
         Requiem & Elegy, Crescent Choral Society. 8pm.
May 17
         Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, 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; videos online.
Selected Events
Apr 19
         Discovery Concert: Discover the Magic of Mozart, 3pm. The Concert Hall at Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison.
May 2
         Discover More Mozart, 3pm. New Jersey Youth Symphony Music Center, 570 Central Ave., New Providence.

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.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Feb 7
         Orion String Quartet & Friends, 8pm.
Mar 28
         Mozart, Mendelssohn & Brahms, 8pm.

Friends of the Library Concert Series
Meeting Room, Somerset County Bridgewater Library, N. Bridge & Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, 908-526-4016 x105. Concerts 7:30-9pm Sept.-June. Free, sign-up is not required.
Jan 9
         An Evening with Hiroya Tsukamoto, world music-guitar.
Feb 13
         An Evening with Cello Fury, symphonic rock.
Mar 13
         An Evening with Hot Taters, Dixieland.
Apr 17
         An Evening with the Homegrown String Band, folk music.
May 8
         An Evening with Frederick Moyer, classical music.
Jun 12
         An Evening with Daria Dragan, classical vocalist.

Hanover Wind Symphony
973-887-0500. Oct.-Aug. season includes concerts throughout Morris County and annual summer Gazebo Series.
Mar 1
          A String of Pearls, favorite music from 30 years of performances. 2pm, Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum.
May 6
          There's No Place Like Home, 30th Anniversary Pearl Jubilee. 7pm, Memorial Junior School, 61 Highland Ave., Whippany. Free admission.

Historic Blairstown Theatre
30 Main St., Blairstown, 908-362-1399. The 1913 theatre offers a regular schedule of live music and theatrical performances, classic film and community events. General admission seating, 80% seated, 20% standing room.

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.
Feb 7
          Concert for Young People, with instrument petting zoo. 3pm, Clinton Twp. Middle School.
Apr 25
          Spring Concert, 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. Members receive ticket discounts.
Jan 10
          Harpeth Rising & Burning Bridget Cleary.
Feb 7
          Debra Cowan & John Roberts.
Mar 7
          Aztec Two-Step.
Apr 11
          Christine Lavin & Don White.
May 9
          Modern Man, with The Levins.
Jun 6
          The Johnson Girls, with Rick Nestler.

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.
Feb 15
          Tango Buenos Aires, 3pm.
Mar 7
          Natalie Merchant, 7:30pm.
Mar 15
          Tomaseen Foley's "Irish Times," 3pm.
Apr 19
          Spring Concerts & Cafe, Arco Ensemble "Under the Italian Sun," 3pm.
Apr 23
          Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey New Music Forum, 7:30pm.
Apr 25
          The Art of Two Piano Playing: Martha Marchena & Felix Spengler, 5pm.
May 3
          Sandi Patty, 3pm.
Wilkins Theatre Music & Dance Events
Jan 9
          Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.
Jan 31
          Zap Mama & Antibalas.
Feb 8
          Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico.
Mar 14
          Russian National Ballet's Cinderella.
Mar 21
          New Jersey Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet.
Mar 22
          New Jersey Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty.
Apr 10
          Kean University Dance Ensemble Retrospective: Dances with The Well Performance Project.
Apr 19
          New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble presents i Balli di Primavera.
May 2
          Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

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, yearround. Most performances Fri.-Sun. Tickets $18-12. See Theater listings for additional events.
Selected Events
Mar 7-8
         Reock & Roll Revue presents 1971's Concert for Bangladesh.

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.
2014-2015 Season
Jan 18
         An Afternoon of Family Fun, family concert. 2pm.
Mar 14
         New Beginnings, 7:30pm. Mt. Pleasant Middle School.
May 2
         Russian to the Finnish, 7:30pm.
Jun 13
         Grand Season Finale, 7:30pm.

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.
2014-2015 Music in the Moonlight Jazz Series
Feb 15
         Pianist Nat Adderley, Jr.
Apr 26
         Vocalist Roseanna Vitro.

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.
Feb 15
         Shuffle Concert.
May 3
         Bluegrass & Baroque.

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 11
         Children's 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 Theater for additional events and check website for newly added events
Selected Adult & Family Events
Jan 10
         The Doo Wop Project.
Jan 18
         New Jersey Symphony: Winter Festival, Sarah Chang Plays Bernstein.
Jan 30
         Marlinsky Orchestra: 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert.
Feb 7
         Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
Feb 13
         Rosanne Cash.
Feb 14
         The Fab Four.
Feb 17
         Foreigner.
Feb 19
         Tango Buenos Aires.
Feb 26
         The Pink Floyd Experience.
Feb 27
         Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy.
Mar 5
         Guitar Masters: Stanley Jordan and Kevin Eubanks.
Mar 13
         Women of Ireland.
Mar 14
         New Jersey Ballet: Romeo & Juliet & Repertory Selections.
Mar 15
         New Jersey Symphony: Mahler's First Symphony "Titan."
Mar 21
         Patti LuPone.
Mar 27
         The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with Jeremy Denk on piano.
Apr 9
         Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Apr 16
         Russian National Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake.
Apr 24
         Peter Schickele, 50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence.
Apr 30
         2Cellos.
May 3
         New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Zhang Conducts Mozart & Brahms.
May 14
         Vince Gill.
May 16
         New Jersey Ballet: Tappin' at the Ballet.
Jul 9
         Dion.
Selected Children & Family Events
Feb 22
         Dance Party Concert with The Laurie Berkner Band Live!, 3pm.
Mar 29
         Cinderella, New Jersey Ballet with "storyteller" narration. Ages 4+. 2pm.
May 17
         Sleeping Beauty, New Jersey Ballet with "storyteller" narration. Ages 4+. 1:30 & 4pm.

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 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.
Mar 15
          Famous Nordic Composers, 3pm. Chatham High School, 255 Lafayette Ave.
May 31
          Spring Concert, 3pm.

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.
Jan 2, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 3, May 8, Jun 12
         Open Stage.
Jan 9
          The April Verch Band with Ted Yoder.
Jan 16
          Julie Gold.
Jan 23
          Vance Gilbert with Water Street.
Jan 30
          Bill Staines with Gerry & Olga.
Feb 6
          Valentines Day Extravaganza.
Feb 20
          The Loose Canons.
Feb 27
          Cricket Tell the Weather with Sam Edelston.
Mar 6
          Jean Rohe and the End of the World Show with The Lords of Liechtenstein.
Mar 20
          Silk City.
Mar 27
          Small Potatoes.
Apr 10
          Joe Crookston & the Bluebird Jubilee with Peter Glanville, Owen Danoff.
Apr 17
          The Kennedys with Michael Braunfeld.
Apr 24
          Gathering Time with Mara Levine.
May 15
          Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman.
May 29
          Brother Sun with Diane Perry.
Jan 5
          The EastRiver Chinese Ensemble.
Jun 19
          Carla Ulbrich.
Jun 26
          Toby Walker & A Personal History of the Blues.

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 Events
Jan 30
         David Lindley & John Hammond.
Feb 6
         Jason Isbell.
Feb 21
         Mavis Staples with Nicole Atkins.
Feb 26
         Turtle Island String Quartet.
Mar 21
         Lauren Fox: Canyon Folkies Over the Hills & Under the Covers.
Mar 27
         Toshi Reagan and BIGlovely.
Mar 28
         Songwriters by the Sea, interactive forum with Joe D'Urso, Joe Rapolla and special guests.
Apr 19
         Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary.
Apr 23
         Roger McGuinn Workshop and Guitar Circle.
Apr 24
         Roger McGuinn.
Met Broadcasts
Live or encore broadcasts of Metropolitan Opera productions. 1pm, Pollak Theatre. $23.
         Jan 17, 25, 31, Feb 8, 14, 22, Mar 1, 14, 29, Apr 25, May 17
Bolshoi Ballet Live in HD
7pm, Pollak Theatre. $20.
         Jan 29, Mar 22, Apr 23

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.
         Feb 1, Mar 1, May 31

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.
Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2
         Showcase & Open Mic Night, 7pm.

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
7:30pm. Adults $20, srs. $15, students free with ID. Advance ticket discounts by calling 973-538-2132.
Feb 14
         It's Love, Valentine's Day Cabaret. Free childcare provided during concert, reservations.
Mar 14
         Quintetto Sincopato.
Apr 25
         Rio Clemente, jazz pianist.
Music at Noon
Thursdays at 12:15pm. Luncheon available for purchase 11:30-1:30. Dec. concerts free; Jan. concerts suggested donation $7/$6, students free with ID.
Jan 8
         Mialtin Zhezha, violin; Naoko Zhezha, piano.
Jan 15
         City Winds Trio.
Jan 22
          Paul Zeigler, pianist with guest artist.
Jan 29
          A Musical Heritage, Lederers and Kallers.

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, instrumental and theater camps for grades 2-12.
Jan 25
         Preludes & Etudes, featuring Sean Kennard. 4pm, Pingry School, Martinsville.
Feb 22
         Sonatas for Organ, featuring Brian Harlow. 4pm, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Gladstone.
Mar 22
         St. John Passion, 2pm, St. Mary's Abbey at the Delbarton School, Mendham.
Apr 26
         The Sebastians in Concert, 4pm, Far Hills.

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 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
224 E. Broad St., Suite 6, Westfield, 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.
Dec 31
          New Year's Eve: The Guys & Dolls of Broadway, 7pm, Westfield High School Auditorium.
Mar 8
          Love Triangles–Comic & Deadly, in collaboration with Opera at Florham. 3pm, Ridge Performing Arts Center, Basking Ridge.
May 30-31
          The Wheel of Fortune, with Pro Arte Chorale and guest soloists. 7pm, Presbyterian Church; 3pm, Ridge Performing Arts Center, 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 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.
Family Series–Music & Dance Events
Most performances in Victoria Theater.
May 22
         Hispanic Youth Showcase.
May 28
         Colors of the Rainbow, 5th grade ballroom dance competition.
Selected 2014-2015 Season Events
Jan 16
        
 Dance Theater of Harlem: MLK Celebration.
Jan 23
        
Gladys Knight & The Spinners.
Jan 24
         The Sound of Their Music: Rodgers & Hammerstein.
Jan 31
         Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy.
Feb 7
         Year of the Sheep: Nai-Ni Chen Dance.
Feb 13
         Shaggy, Maxi Priest and Sanchez.
Feb 15
         Swan Lake: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia.
Feb 26
         Lula Washington Dance Theatre.
Mar 6
         Mystic India The World Tour.
Mar 13
         Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company.
Mar 14
         Aretha Franklin.
Mar 15
         Met Opera Rising Stars: Bel Canto Showpieces.
Mar 18
         Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary World Tour.
Apr 10-12
         Shen Yun.
Apr 11
         Bird Lives! A Salute to Charlie Parker.
May 8-10
         Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
May 10
         Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars: Romantic Treasures.
Jun 19
         Jersey (New) Moves! Emerging Choreographers.
Dorthaan's Place
Jazz brunch series at NICO Kitchen & Bar. 11am & 1pm. Adults $45, children $15.
Jan 25
         Cyrus Chestnut Trio.
Feb 22
         Catherine Russell.
Mar 22
         Carrie Jacson & Her Jazzin' All Stars.
Apr 19
         Junior Mance 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.
2014-2015 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.
Feb 7
         The Land of Make Believe, explore the stories composers tell through their music.
Jun 6
         A Hero's Journey, music inspired by famous heroes.
2014-2015 NJSO Pops & Other Selected Family Events
Jan 3-4
         Warner Bros. Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II, original scores live.
Jan 17
         No Shush!: Peter & the Wolf, ages 3-12. Pre-concert instrument petting zoo, arts activities. 4pm, Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank.
Feb 7-8
         Singin' in the Rain, film and live music.
Feb 28
         No Shush!: The Land of Make Believe, ages 3-12. 4pm, Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank.
Apr 18-19
         Heart of Motown with Spectrum & the NJSO.
May 9
         NJSO Youth Orchestra Program Spring Concert.
May 30-31
         Broadway Spectacular with the NJSO.

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 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.
2014-2015 Season
Sundays at 3pm.
Jan 25
         That's Amore! Songs & Arias.
Mar 8
         Opera in Concert.
Mar 29
         Arias in the Springtime.
Apr 26
         New Voices–27th Annual Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition.

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.
Jan 24, 30, 31
         Verdi's Nabucco, 7:30pm. The Unitarian Universalit Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church St., Montclair. Tickets at eventbrite.

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.

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.
Feb 21
          The Orchestra Grows Up, free afternoon family concert. 3pm.
Mar 28
          Bernstein on Broadway, with Jamie Bernstein.
Apr 25
          The Artistry of Haydn & Brahms.

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.
Jan 16
          Sloan Wainwright.
Feb 20
          emma's revolution.
Mar 20
         Mary Gauthier.
Apr 17
         Craig Bickhardt.
May 15
         Mary Courtney.

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.
Mar 14
          A Festival of Choirs, 8pm. University Chapel, Princeton University.
May 9
         Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil (Vespers), 8pm. University Chapel, Princeton University.

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 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 Theater for additional performances.
Sampler 4+ Series
Recommended for ages 4+. All shows at 1 & 3:30pm. $10. See Theater for additional shows.
Feb 22
         Tom Chapin & Friends, 1 & 3:30pm. 1pm show is a sensory-friendly performance.
Selected Music & Dance Events
Mar 14
         Firebird, Diaghilev Revisited, American Repertory Ballet.
Apr 11
         Lustig Dance Theatre.
Apr 25
         The StepCrew, stepdance and tap.

The Rosen Theater at the Wayne YMCA
1 Pike Dr., Wayne, 973-595-0100. 408-seat theater offers theater productions for youth, teens and adults, dance programs and special events. Rentals available. See listings under Theater for additional events.

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; series discount. Check website for added shows.
Jan 10
         Frank Vignola, Guitar Summit & Django Birthday Bash.
Apr 10
         Shawn Colvin.
Apr 11
         Tom Rush.
Apr 25
         Archie Fisher, Jez Lowe, James Keelaghan.

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 Theater for additional events.
Family Event
Mar 8
         ArcAttack, Tesla Coil Music.
Selected Music & Dance Events
Feb 5
         Black Violin, Hip-Hop Violin Duo.
Mar 7
         Eaglemania, Eagles Tribute Band.
Onstage Cafe at Shea
Feb 14
         Valentine's Day Celebration: Jazz & Blues Singer Catherine Russell.

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, films, school time performances and performances by the Seton Hall University Arts Council. See Theater for additional events.
2014-15 Kids 'n Family Series
Buy two shows and get 15% off, buy 3 shows and get 20% off; member discounts.
Jan 24
          
Ivy-Bean, The Musical, the story of an unexpected friendship between two very different second graders, based on the New York Times best-selling children's book series by author Annie Barrows and illustrator Shophie Blackhall. 2pm.
Feb 21
          Schoolhouse Rock Live, 2pm.
Selected Adult & Family Events
Feb 28
         Lydia Johnson Dance.
Juilliard @ SOPAC Series
Sundays at 3pm. $25, members $20.
Jan 18
         Jiayan Sun, piano.
Feb 22
         The Aeolus Quartet.
Mar 22
         Weixiong Wang, clarinet.
Blues in the Loft
Jan 4
         Tomas Doncker Band.
Feb 8
         Bill Sims Jr.
Apr 12
         Brad Vickers & Al Gold, with special guest Bobby Radcliff.
Jun 7
         Mike Griot & Friends.
Jazz in the Loft
Jan 18
         Nat Adderley, Jr.
Feb 15
         Dave Stryker.
Mar 15
         Frank Noviello.
Apr 19
         Charlie Apicella & Iron City.

South Orange Symphony Orchestra
Performances at South Orange Middle School, 70 N. Ridgewood Ave., South Orange, 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. 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 live and HD-broadcast classical music and dance programs for $7 per ticket (plus $3 facility fee). Also see Theater and Speaker & Film Series listings. Visit website for added shows.
Selected Adult & Family Shows
Dec 29
          Blues Traveler.
Dec 31
          Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes.
Feb 4
          Black Violin.
Feb 26-27
          
ARBallet's A Midsummer Night's Dream. new full-length ballet. Music performed live by the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir. 8pm.
Mar 18
          George Thorogood & The Destroyers.
Mar 27
          Scrap Arts Music, percussion.
Mar 28
          Joshua Bell in Recital.
Apr 11
          Don Quixote, Russian National Ballet Theatre.
Apr 19
          Heart of Motown with Spectrum and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
May 31
          Broadway Spectacular with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

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.

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.

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

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 and special 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. Check website for newly added events. See Theater and Speaker & Film Series for additional events.
Selected Children & Family Events
May 3
         New Jersey Ballet's Cinderella, sensory friendly performance. Storyteller narration. 2pm. $8.
Selected Main Stage Events
Apr 11
         Kombii, Gregory Skawinski & Waldemar Tkaczyk: 39 Years Together on Stage.
Apr 17
         Louise Goffin.
Apr 18
         Triple Play–The Chris Brubeck Trio.
May 2
         Amy Black.
Split Level Concerts in The Loft at UCPAC
Dec 31
         Lisa Bouchelle, Hamilton Stage.
Jan 9
         Susan Werner, Hamilton Stage.
Jan 24
         Milton.
Feb 7
         Natalia Zukerman.
Feb 21
         Sloan Wainwright with special guest Sharon Goldman.
Mar 21
         Jenna Lindbo.
Mar 27
         James Maddock, Hamilton Stage.
Apr 25
         Alyssa Bonagura and Jesse & Noah.
Jun 6
         Dayna Kurtz.
Hamilton Stage Selected Events
Jan 4
         El Sueno: The Dream, a Spanish Nutcracker in celebration of Three Kings Day.
Mar 28
         Pianist Andy Bey & the Jazz House Kids.

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, classes in drawing, photography, yoga and summer art camp.
Selected Events
Jan 10, Mar 14, May 16
         The Improvables, adult improv.
Jan 17
         A Broadway Evening with Roseann Latore Sicola.
Jan 24
         Rave On, early rock 'n roll.
Jan 31
         Lauren Hooker, jazz.
Feb 7, Apr 25
         Family Improv: The Improvables.
Feb 20
         NJ Idol 2015: Semi-Final Day 1, entries postmarked by Jan. 26.
Feb 21
         NJ Idol 2015: Semi-Final Day 2.
Feb 28
         NJ Idol 2015 Finals.

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 at venues throughout New Jersey. Check website for dates and locations.
Apr
         Jazz Appreciation Month, live in-studio performances showcase youth jazz ensembles.