Nov. 30
1 pm
FREE CONCERT
Tunes & Talk – Flute Duo

Tailored for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers, Tunes & Talk is an interactive monthly concert and speaking series, hosted in a relaxed, sensory-friendly environment. This series is designed by a board-certified music therapist and the Sights & Sounds team at The Arc of Union County.

The Arc of Union County
70 Diamond Rd., Springfield
973-315-0055
Dec 2
8 pm
Theatre
A Very Special (Holiday) Special

This is an all-original, good old-fashioned holiday variety show in the style of traditional TV holiday specials. While every year’s show is unique, the Very Special Special will include a healthy serving of improv, spoofs of holiday songs, comic sketches and lots of fun. It’s a Dreamcatcher annual tradition that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit! One night only!

Tickets: $15–$20

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
Dec. 3
2 pm
FREE CONCERT
Summit Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra will perform the Overture to Candide by Bernstein; Symphony #36 by Mozart, and Piano Concerto # 2 by Rachmaninoff. Israeli-born pianist Itay Goren will be the featured soloist.

Summit High School
Kent Place Blvd., Summit
Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 (Fridays)
1:30–3 pm
FREE WORKSHOP
Healing Arts for the Caregiver – Music Therapy Group

If you care for a loved one, this 4-week therapy group offers peer support and a creative outlet to help reduce stress. Listening to and creating music can promote relaxation. The music therapist will lead participants through relaxation activities and guided imagery. Facilitated by Julie Sherwood, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, Music Therapist. To register, call Valerie at 908-522-6348.

Overlook Medical Center, Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center

99 Beauvoir Ave., Summit
 
Dec. 3 (2 pm)
Concert
“Rach-y II” – Summit Symphony

Piano Concerto No 2 – Rachmaninoff

Overture to Candide – Bernstein

Symphony No. 36, “Linz,” – Mozart

FREE
Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit
Dec. 12
KIDS MUSIC/ACTIVITY
Touch the Music
 
Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St., Linden
FREE
3:30 pm
Dec. 14
7 pm
THEATRE
Christmas at Bethlehem Gulch

A group of kids arrive at Bethlehem Gulch for their annual Christmas party. The owner of the ranch shares the message of Jesus’s birth. A lost and lonely child discovers the best Christmas gift ever.

$5
St. Theresa School, in McVeigh Hall
50 Washington Ave., Kenilworth
908-276-7220
Dec. 16
5 pm
FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT
Crescent Concerts – Yuletide by Candlelight

The glow of candles will brighten the Crescent Avenue Sanctuary as the Crescent Singers present their 46th annual holiday gift to the community.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
Watchung Ave. at East Seventh St., Plainfield
908-756-2468
Dec 16
7:30 pm
Concert
“Christmas Time in the City” PRISM Concert Extravaganza

This holiday concert features the Continuo Arts Foundation’s choral ensembles and other local performance groups.

$20 adults, $10 students/seniors

Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School Auditorium
272 Morris Avenue, Summit
908-264-5324
Dec 17
3 pm
FREE CONCERT
NJ Intergenerational Orchestra presents “The Instruments of the Orchestra”

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra performs its annual Family Holiday Concert, a fun family-friendly event with a featured Instrument Petting Zoo and humorous, enjoyable classical music. Violinist Eilene Lee, awarded 2nd place in the Young Artist Concerto Competition, will perform Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto.

New Providence High School
35 Pioneer Dr., New Providence
908-603-7691
Dec. 18
10:30 am
FREE CONCERT
Tunes & Talk – Cassie Okenka Sings Showtunes

Tailored for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers, Tunes & Talk is an interactive monthly concert and speaking series hosted in a relaxed, sensory-friendly environment. This series is designed by a board-certified music therapist and the Sights & Sounds team at The Arc of Union County.

The Arc of Union County
70 Diamond Rd., Springfield
973-315-0055
 
Oct. 23 – Dec. 29
ART GALLERY EXHIBIT
Photography by Leo Osorio
 
Photos by Leo Osorio of Elizabeth
Pearl Street Gallery, Office of Cultural &Heritage Affairs
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth
8:30 to 4:30, weekdays except holidays
FREE
Ongoing
ACTIVITY
Art Expressions – Art Therapy Group

Healing Arts Program of Overlook Medical Center presents “Art Expressions” Art Therapy Group. This art therapy group for adults who have completed cancer treatment within the last 12 months, focuses on positive healing themes, including art experiences that explore inner strength, hope, and support. Creating art with an art therapist promotes relaxation. Studies show that art supports healing on all levels: mind, body, and spirit. Members of “Art Expressions” will create pieces of art that instill relaxation, increase self-awareness, and provide a safe forum for expression.

FREE
Overlook Medical Center
Oncology/Caregiver Conference Room
99 Beauvoir Ave., Summit
Call for more information: 908-522-6168
Jan 5, 2018
7 pm
Concert
CAU-Kean Collaborative Community Choral Concert

Community Access Unlimited, in collaboration with Kean University, several area schools, and Deron Special Needs School, will perform a vibrant, inclusive choral concert involving 60 performers both with and without disabilities.

FREE

Wilkins Theatre, Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Jan. 27, 2018
3 pm
FREE Family Concert
Plainfield Symphony: A Family Affair

Selections will include Tchaikovksy’s Piano Concerto No. 1 a march (tba) by Sousa. This performance will feature the Young Pianist Competition Gold Prize Winner (tba).

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Crescent Ave., Plainfield
908-561-5140
Jan 28, 2018 (2 pm)
Lecture
Discovering Immigrant Origins

Learn about records and strategies to help discover the origins of immigrants who came to the United States during various periods. This lecture, presented by Melissa Johnson, CG, will cover immigration, naturalization, and alien records, as well as other record sets and strategies for studying groups to identify immigrant origins.

FREE
Drake House Museum
602 West Front Street, Plainfield
Feb 3, 2018
7:30 pm
Concert
Continuo Arts Foundation’s Annual Fund Kick-Off Cabaret

Vocal, instrumental, and choral performances from members of the Continuo Arts Foundation’s Choral Programs

Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music
36 Chatham Road, Summit, NJ 07901
908-264-5324

$10

Feb 8–25, 2018
Fridays–Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm
Theatre
What Stays

Dorothy has two days to finish packing up the family home and move to a condo, so she calls in her adult children to help. When several unexpected visitors show up as well, the job becomes more complicated. They don’t know that during their visit, she plans to reveal to them something she’s kept hidden for decades. She doesn’t know that nearly everyone in the house also has secrets. The family discovers the cost of hiding the truth and the cost of telling it. Together they’ll decide what stays and what will be left behind. (World Premiere)

Tickets: $20–$35

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
Program funded by the Union County HEART grant.
Mar 17, 2018
8 pm
Theatre
Multiple Personality Disorder

Dreamcatcher’s improv comedy troupe acts out comedy sketches like those seen on the popular TV show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Throughout the evening, audience suggestions are used to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create onstage. This show is family-friendly and makes for a fun and affordable night out.

Tickets: $15–$20

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
Mar. 25, 2018 (2 pm)
Concert
“The Romantics” – Summit Symphony

Four Last Songs – Strauss

Symphony No. 1, “Spring,” – Schumann

Helias Overture – Nielson

FREE
Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit
Apr 26 – May 13, 2018
Fridays–Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm
Theatre
Continuing the Conversation: An Evening of Short Plays Inspired by Current Events

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher’s Evening of “Short Plays in Response to the Election,” “Continuing the Conversation” is an opportunity to check in with the community on what’s important. Written on a theme chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, the performances will focus on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we’re living. Artists connect with the audience in an immediate way, with discussions following the performances.

Tickets: $20–$35

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
May 1623, 2018
7 pm
Theatre
Meet the Artist New Play Readings

“MEET THE ARTIST” Series presents two new play readings each spring, providing thought-provoking experiences that include the opportunity for audience discussion with the playwright, director and actors after the performance. It’s an entertaining evening that gives audiences a glimpse of the play development process as they provide valuable feedback to the creative teams.

Tickets: $10

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
May 20, 2018 (2 pm)
Concert
“Virtuoso” – Summit Symphony

Young Artist Competition Concert of Classical Music Selections

FREE
Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit