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

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The Music & Dance and Theatre 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 are full-length performances 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.

Morris Arts,
a passionate advocate of the arts, helps sponsor community arts events, publishes Arts Matters, a quarterly newsletter, an arts calendar online, and offers over 200 programs in dance, music, poetry, theatre, storytelling and the visual arts for schools. 973-258-5115 or visit website for information
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njartstix.org
A program of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance offers an overview of performances across the state and the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets 48 hours in advance of showtime or one week in advance with a $30 annual donation.

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The Music, Dance and Theatre listings below are only an introduction to the volume and variety of performing arts offered throughout New Jersey. Consult websites using the convenient links at
kidsguidenj.com for complete event calendars for all ages, to check for newly added performances, and to view the new 2018-2019 season announced during the summer.

the stages festival
march 2018

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 website.

2018-2019 season calendars
Calendars for many venues are not available until mid-summer for the new season. Call for schedules, check the convenient website links below, subscribe to email lists of theaters near you, and see "Hot Picks" for new season announcements.

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

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

American Repertory Ballet Princeton Ballet School
7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-249-1254
301 N. Harrison St.; 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton, 609-921-7758
29 N. Main St., Cranbury, 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.
Selected Performances
Mar 2-3
          Pride and Prejudice, full-length ballet of 1813 romantic classic. Annenberg Center, University of Pennsylvania.
Apr 6-7
          Generations: Influences from the Modern Age, The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, NYC.
Nov-Dec
          Annual Nutcracker Performances, a holiday tradition for more than 50 years, American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation.

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 Theatre for family theatre events. Check website often for new shows.
Selected Family Events
Jan 14

          B-The Underwater Bubble Show, 2 & 5pm.
Jan 20
          MJ Live: Michael Jackson Tribute Concert, 8pm.
Jan 28
          Disney's Frozen Sing-Along, 1 & 4pm.
Jan 31
          The Sleeping Beauty, State Ballet Theatre of Russia. 8pm.
Feb 15
          The Peking Acrobats, 8pm.
Feb 23
          Seong Jin-Cho, Korean piano prodigy. 8pm.
Apr 4
          Swan Lake, Moscow Festival Ballet. 8pm.
Apr 18
          Disney Junior Dance Party, 6pm.
May 5
          New Jersey Ballet's An Evening of Romance and Tragedy, 8pm.
May 6
          New Jersey Ballet's Cinderella, with storyteller narration. 1 & 4pm.
Kidz Cabaret Series
Performances at 1 and 3pm. $19, discounts for 3 or more shows.
Feb 24
          Turtle Dance Music, sensory-friendly.
Mar 3
          Gizmo Guys, comedy jugglers, all ages.
Apr 28
          Story Pirates: Greatest Hits.
Jun 2
          Bubble Trouble.
Sensory Friendly Performance 2018
Feb 24
          Turtle Dance Music.

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, film series, Main Stage and children's theater series. Student discounts and subscriptions available. See Theatre for children and family theater events.
Selected Adult & Family Events
Feb 25
          The Magic of Lyn, 3pm.
Mar 1
          Trio da Paz, 7:30pm.
Mar 4
          Garden State Philharmonic: Broadway Bound, 2pm.
Mar 11
          Brass in the Bickford, Hanover Wind Symphony, 2pm.
May 6
          Christopher Johnson: Portrait of American Music, 3pm.
Jazz Showcase
Jan 8
          Bucky Pizzarelli Birthday Party, 7:30pm.
Jan 20
          Chris Brubeck's Triple Play, 8pm.
Feb 22
          T.S. Monk, 7:30pm.
Feb 26
          Dan Levinson and Friends, 7:30pm.
Mar 12
          Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Bash, 7:30pm.
Apr 5
          Jerry Vezza and Grover Kemble Together Again, 7:30pm.
May 3
          Ken Poplowski's Benny Goodman Tribute, 7:30pm.
May 5
          NY City Slickers: Broadway – Blue Grass, 8pm

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.

Cathedral Arts Live
Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie St., Jersey City
Performances 7-10pm. Tickets $15-20.
Jan 26
          Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes.
Feb 23
          Amuse Singers presents: Weather Reports.
Apr 20
          Between Jersey & Erie: Intersections of Grace, music, poetry and social justice.
May 18
          Abbie Gardner and Roosevelt Dime.

Centenary Stage Company

Sitnik Theater at the Lackland Center, Centenary University, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900.
          Concerts and special events, jazz series, theater season by professional Centenary Stage Company, 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.

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

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, family events and school shows 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 link often for new shows.
Selected Adult & Full-Length Events
Feb 8
          Sleeping Beauty, The State Ballet Theater of Russia, 7:30pm.
Mar 16
          Dublin Irish Dance, 8pm.

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.
2017-2018 Season
Feb 25
          Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists, 3pm.
Mar 18
          Connections!, annual festival of organists. 3pm.
Apr 14
          Durfle Requiem, Crescent Choral Society. 4pm.
May 12
          Special Subscriber Appreciation Event.

Debonair Music Hall
1409 Queen Anne Rd., Teaneck, 201-833-0011
    A mostly standing room only club with limited reserved seating features live music by local and national artists.

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, listening classes and discovery concerts. Recommended for adults and ages 10 and up. Student, group and subscription discounts; videos online.

Drew University Arts
The Concert Hall, Lancaster Rd., Madison, 973-408-3176
    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.
Selected Special Events
Feb 24
         Suites: Alexander Woods, Violin, 8pm.
Mar 4
         Madama Butterfly, 3pm.
Mar 24
         Schubert & Beethoven, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. 3pm.
Apr 28
         Classical Evolution, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. 8pm.

Earth Room Concerts
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, 1475 W. Front St., Lincroft
    Folk, acoustic, singer-songwriter concerts performed in an intimate setting with a capacity around 200.
Mar 3
          Jesse Terry.
May 19
          Susan Werner.

Ethical Brew
Ethical Culture 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.
Jan 13
          Peter Calo/Trina Hamlin.

Friends of the Library Concert Series
Meeting Room, Somerset County Bridgewater Library,
N. Bridge and Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, 908-526-4016 x105
    Sept.-May free concert series includes Friday evening concert series and children's events.
2018 Children's Events
Apr 19
          Bash the Trash, 7pm.
Jun 30
          The Traveling Farm.
TBA
          Big Jeff Music Live!

Hanover Wind Symphony
P.O. Box 10, Whippany, NJ 07981, 973-263-2683
    Oct.-Aug. season includes concerts throughout Morris County and annual summer Gazebo Series.
Mar 11
          Brass in the Bickford, Bickford Theatre. 2pm.
Apr 18
          Outreach Concert, Jefferson High School, Oak Ridge, 7pm. Free admission.
May 23
          Remembrance, Memorial Junior School, Whippany, 7pm. Free admission.
Jun 27
          Winds Beneath My Wings, pops concert. Memorial Junior School, Whippany, 7pm. Free.

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 link for tickets and info.
2017-2018 Season
Feb 3
          A Composer Mystery, Concert for Young People, Clinton Twp. Middle School, 3pm.
Apr 28
          Spirits of America, Hunterdon Central High School, 7:30pm.
Jun 28
          Pops Favorites Concert Under the Stars, Deer Path Park, 7pm.

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.
2018 Events
Jan 6
          NERFA Showcase Artists.
Jan 21
          2nd Annual Traditionsfest, 2pm.
Feb 3
          Lara Herscovitch and The Levins.
Mar 3
          Joe Jencks & Si Kahn.
Apr 7
          Tom Chapin.
May 12
          Lucy Wainwright Roche & Suzzy Roche.
Jun 2
          Guy Davis.

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, family shows and on school time performances (908-737-4349). Student rates; subscriptions. See Theatre and Film and Premiere Stages listing for additional events.
Selected Events
Mar 2
          Antonio Sanchez: Birdman Live.
Enlow Recital Hall Concert Series
Eugene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall
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.
Selected 2018 Events
Jan 20
          Camerata RCO.
Feb 3
          Frankie Avalon.
Feb 9
          Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Feb 11
          Close to You: the Music of The Carpenters.
Mar 10
          Danu: St. Patricks Celebration.
Mar 23
          Broadway's Next H!t Musical.

Light Opera of New Jersey
P.O. 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.
Mar
          The Daughter of the Regiment.
Jul
          The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Livingston Symphony Orchestra
Concerts: Livingston High School Auditorium
30 Robert Harp Dr., Livingston, 973-980-1809
    Four concert series takes place Nov.-May at 7:30pm. The student winner of annual concerto competition (auditions are held in Jan., 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. Under 12 free with adult.

Lyrica Chamber Music
Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township
240 Southern Blvd., Chatham Twp., 973-309-1668
    Concerts are held on Sundays at 3pm. Sept.-April subscriptions; single tickets; students are free. Outreach program for school groups.
Jan 28
          Merynda Adams and Christopher Collins Lee: Romantic Harp and Violin.
Mar 17
          Mark Dover and Jeremy Jordan: Jazz Meets Classical. Cafe Concert @ Mondo, Summit. 7pm.
Apr 22
          Attacca String Quartet with David Kaplan.

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.

Mason Gross School of the Arts
Mason Gross Performing Arts Center Ticket Office
85 George St., 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 Children & Family Events
Mar 11
          Sing Along with the Muppet Movie, sensory friendly performance, 2pm.
Mar 25
          New Jersey Ballet's Hansel & Gretel, with "story­teller" narration for ages 4+. 3pm.
May 20
          New Jersey Ballet's Cinderella, with "storyteller" narration for ages 4+. 1:30 & 4:30pm.
Selected Full-Length Music & Dance Events
Jan 20
          Recycled Percussion, 3pm.
Jan 21
          New Jersey Youth Chorus, 3pm.
Jan 25
          The Birdland All-Stars, 7:30pm.
Feb 1
          Piano Battle, 7:30pm.
Feb 18
          Gobsmacked!, 7pm.
Mar 7
          Dublin Irish Dance "Stepping Out," 7:30pm.
Mar 8
          Violinist Sarah Chang, 7:30pm.
Mar 10
          New Jersey Ballet's Esmeralda, 8pm.
Mar 18
          New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Mozart's Requiem, 3pm.
Mar 23
          Eddie Palmieri, 8pm.
Mar 29
          Mummenschanz, 7:30pm.
Apr 21
          Itzhak Perlman, 8pm.
May 9
          Swan Lake, Moscow Festival Ballet, 7:30pm.
May 19
          The Bard's Ballets: Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth, New Jersey Ballet, 8pm.

McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts
91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787
    Sept.-May season of internation­ally known artists in music, dance, theater and special events. Education programs include student matinees, touring shows, theater classes, summer camps, group tours, in-school residencies, internships and professional development. See Theatre listings for additional family events.
Selected Family Events
Jan 27
          Yamoto Drummers of Japan, 8pm.
Feb 3
          Night Train 57, featuring Dan Zanes. Sensory-friendly folk "opera" for all ages. 3pm.
Feb 11
          Sleeping Beauty, State Ballet Theatre of Russia. 3pm.

Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey
P.O. Box 6, Short Hills, NJ 07078
    A full symphonic community orchestra composed of local professional and amateur musicians performs three concerts in the fall, winter and spring.

The Minstrel
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-335-9489
    Friday concerts feature acoustic music from local and internationally known performers, 7:30pm. $10 at the door, 12 and under free, no advance sales. Second Fri. of the month is an open stage/audition night. $5 admission, under 25 free.
Aug 24-26
          New Jersey Uke Fest, Whippany and Morristown.

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.
Ongoing
          Live in High Definition, visit event calendar online for schedule of performances by the Metropolitan Opera, Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre.
Selected Special Events
Feb 17
         Wailin' Jennys.
Feb 25
          Carolyn Dorfman Dance: The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope, 4pm, Pollak Theatre.
Mar 1
          Danu, Irish and new music.
Mar 24
          Rockin' Road to Dublin, Irish music and dance.
Apr 12-15
          Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town: An International Symposium, live acts, keynote addresses.
Apr 19
          Catapult, shadow silhouettes.
Apr 25
          Roger McGuinn.

Montclair State University Peak Performances
Alexander Kasser Theater, One Normal Ave., Montclair Box Office: 973-655-5112; Info: 973-655-3059
    School of the Arts theater, music and dance performances and professional arts events.

Morris Museum
See listing under Bickford Theatre.

Mostly Music
Concerts at Temple Emanu-El
756 E. Broad St., Westfield, 973-762-0108
    Five-concert chamber music series Sundays at 3:30pm. Subscriptions; single tickets; students under 21 no charge.
                  Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 4, Apr 22

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 Oct.-Mar. Advance ticket purchase discounts; students are free with ID.
Music at Noon
Thursdays at 12:15pm, lunch available 11:30-12:10pm. Jan. concerts suggested donation $7, students free with ID.
Jan 11
          An Afternoon with Rio, jazz piano.
Jan 18
          Chopin and Friends, piano.
Jan 25
          A Musical Heritage, violin, cello, piano.
Abendmusik Series
Saturdays at 7:30pm. Adults $20, srs. $15, students free with ID. Advance ticket discounts.
Feb 17
          The London Trio.
Mar 17
          Echoing Air, early music.
Apr 21
          Handel's Messiah: Easter Selections.

Music in the Somerset Hills
P.O. Box 729, Bernardsville, 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. Musikgarten family music program for babies and toddlers and group piano for ages 5-9 are offered at All Saint's Church in Millington.
Mar 12
          Mozart's Requiem, The Sebastians with Somerset Hills Community Chorus. 5pm.
Apr 22
          Westminster Bell Choir.
Jun 24
          Handel's Water Music, Lake Club, Far Hills.

Music on Main Street
The Theatre at Woodbridge Middle School or other Township venues, Woodbridge, 732-596-4048
    Presents professional touring artists from emerging artists to renowned musicians in ticketed concerts and also produces the acclaimed Woodbridge Wednesdays and Country Sundays free outdoor summer concert series. See Arts in the Parks in June for this year's schedule. 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.
Children's Performances
Mar 25
          Hansel & Gretel, Mayo PAC, Morristown.
May 6
          Cinderella, Bergen PAC, Englewood.
May 20
          Cinderella, Mayo PAC, Morristown.
Selected Full-Length Performances
Mar 10
          La Esmeralda, Mayo PAC, Morristown.
May 5
          Romeo & Juliet, Carmen, Bergen PAC, Englewood.
May 19
          Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Mayo PAC, Morristown.

New Jersey Festival Orchestra
Concerts at The Presbyterian Church, Westfield; The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, 908-232-9400
    Professional symphony orchestra presents Oct.-May season. Student discounts; Music Caravan school outreach program.
Mar 3-4
          Madama Butterfly.
May 19-20
          In London Town.
Special Event
May 12
          A Tour of Notable Homes, house tour fundraiser. 10-3.

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra
570 Central Ave., New Providence, 908-603-7691
    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.
Feb 18
          Musical Traditions in Song and Story, featuring the NJIO Festival Chorus. 3pm, Summit Middle School, 272 Morris Ave., Summit.
May 6
          The Spirit of 1850, 3pm, Summit Middle School.

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
     Classical music, dance, world music, R&B, jazz, comedy, speakers, contemporary concerts, theater and family series presented in 2,750-seat Prudential Hall and 500-seat Victoria Theater. 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 seeTheatre and Film / Speakers listings.
Selected Events
Feb 10
          Year of the Dog, The Nai Ni Chen Dance Company.
Apr 7
          The Sleeping Beauty, Russian National Ballet.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
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.
2018 Family Concert Series
Performances at 2 and 3:30pm, NJPAC, Newark. Pre-concert activities begin one hour before each concert.
May 12
          Panda-Monium: Music from the Animal Kingdom, music inspired by the animal kingdom.
2018 NJSO Pops & Other Selected Family Events
Jan 6-7
          Sci-Fi Spectacular: Music from Star Wars, Star Trek & Beyond, with host Marina Sirtis.
Mar 3
          Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert, live accompaniment.
Mar 25
          NJSO Youth Orchestras Spring Concert.
Jun 1-3
          E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert with the NJSO, live accompaniment.

New Jersey Youth Symphony
570 Central Ave., Murray Hill, 908-771-5544
    Three orchestral groups, jazz ensembles, 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 programs.

Ocean City Music Pier
825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, 609-525-9300.
          Concert hall since 1929 hosts music, pageants, including the Miss New Jersey pageant, theater, children's theater, special events, and Ocean City Pops summer concert series. See listings under Theatre for family events.

Opera at Florham
Lenfell Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave., 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. Children free.
Apr 22
          30th Opera at Florham Vocal Competition.
May 20
          Puccini's Bel Canto Lyricism. 2pm.

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.

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

Plainfield Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 5093, Plainfield, NJ 07061, 908-561-5140
    New Jersey's oldest community symphony presents a mix of classical and pops concerts Sept.-March at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, E. 7th St. and Watchung Ave., Plainfield. Subscriptions; student rates; children 12 and under are free.
Jan 27
          A Family Affair–Young Pianist Competition Gold Prize Winner, annual free family concert. 3pm.
Mar 10
          Shostakovich: A Light from the Darkness, 7pm.
Apr 28
          Mahler's Ninth Symphony, 7pm.

Princeton Folk Music Society
Concerts at Christ Congregation Church
50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-799-0944
    Monthly concerts on the third Friday feature music by new singer-songwriters and well-known folk musicians in an intimate, friendly setting.
                  Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 20, May 18

Princeton Pro Musica
P.O. 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.
Mar 3 Vespers, Claudio Monteverdi, 7:30pm, Princeton University Chapel.
Apr 27-28
          War Requiem, Benjamin Britten, 8pm, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University.

Raritan Valley Community College
Edward Nash Theatre, 118 Lamington Rd.
(Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), Branchburg, 908-725-3420
    Oct.-May season includes theater, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and holiday shows, Youth & Family shows, sensory-friendly shows, and school-time performances. Student and series discounts. See Theatre for Youth & Family Series.
Selected Family Events
Jan 26
          Yamato–The Drummers of Japan, 7pm.
Feb 3
          Paul Taylor Dance Company, 8pm.
Feb 16
          Peking Acrobats, 7pm.
Mar 17
          Rhythm of the Dance, 8pm.
Selected Children's Events
Mar 15-17
          Hup, Starcatchers. Ages 0-24 months.

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
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.

Roy's Hall
30 Main St., Blairstown, 908-362-1399
    1913 theatre offers a regular schedule of live music and theatrical performances, classic film, kids programs and community events.

Shanghai Jazz Restaurant & Bar
24 Main St., Madison, 973-822-2899
    Asian-inspired cuisine and live jazz six nights a week, Tues.-Sun.

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
Feb 7
          Swan Lake, State Ballet Theater of Russia.

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 music, comedy and dance, kids 'n family events, school time performances, performances by the Seton Hall University Arts Council, and theater productions by American Theater Group, SOPAC's professional company in residence. Series include Juilliard @ SOPAC, Jazz in the Loft, Blues in the Loft, and La Cinematheque Film Club. Check website for upcoming concerts and events. See Theatre for Kids 'n Family events.

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
    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, symphony, film, variet and family events. Student matinees, 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. More events under Theatre and Speaker & Film Series listings.
Selected Events
Jan 7
          Sci Fi Spectacular: Music from Star Wars, Star Trek, 3-5pm. Marina Sirtis, best known as counselor Deanna Troi on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the four feature films that followed, hosts an out-of-this-world night of film music. Blast off to music from Star Wars, Star Trek through the years, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and more. Highlights include the music of John Williams, Bernard Hermann, and other composers who have made great moments in science fiction come alive.
Jan 9
          Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up the Night.
Feb 15-16
          Tao: Drum Heart. School performance Feb. 16.
Mar 17
          Dublin Irish Dance.
Apr 12
          Black Violin.
Apr 14
          Giselle, Moscow Festival Ballet.
Milk & Cookies
          Interactive series, recommended for ages 3-8 and their families, features storytelling and music on select Saturdays in fall and spring. 732-246-7469 ext. 545. Reserve free tickets and join mailing list online.

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 25
          The Romantics, 2pm. Summit High School.
May 20
          Young Virtuosos, winners of the 2018 concerto competition. 2pm, Summit Hight 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, variety, 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, jazz and readings are held upstairs in the Loft at UCPAC. See Theatre for additional events.
Sensory-Friendly Family Series
Live performances specially designed and adapted for children with autism and other special needs. Visit website for upcoming 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
Feb 3
          The Improvables, family improv.
Mar 2
          Rio Clemente, Jazz in the Gallery.

WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series
54 Park Place, Newark, 973-624-8880
Email kids@wbgo.org
    Member-supported radio 88.3FM presents a free children's jazz series in the fall and spring at venues throughout Essex County. Check website for dates and locations and to join mailing list.

WNYC
820AM, 93.9FM New York Public Radio
    Radio Rookies initiative for teens.

WQXR
105.9FM
    NYC classical station airs McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase on Wed. at 9pm to showcase the talents of young emerging artists. Classics for Kids airs Saturdays at 8am.