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Feb. 17
10 am – 12 noon
FREE CONCERT
Classical Indian Music

Enjoy an introduction to Indian classical music performed on tabla – an Indian percussion instrument.

Josephine’s Place
622 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth
908-436-0099
Feb. 10
2 pm
BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION
The Life & Writing of James Baldwin

This interactive program features dramatic interpretations of Baldwin’s groundbreaking work, performed by actor Grant Cooper, with a historic perspective provided by African-American Studies scholar Dr. Lindsey Swindall.

Rahway Public Library
2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway
732-340-1551
Feb. 15
7:30–9 pm
THEATRE
CAU Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of music and talent at the first-ever CAU Cabaret, featuring solo, duet and ensemble performances by CAU members and members of the community of all ages and abilities. Guests will receive a ticket to vote for their favorite cupcake in our “Cupcake Wars” battle at the event. All proceeds support the CAU Community Players’ upcoming production of “Annie, Jr.”

$10
Space is limited. Reserve tickets by calling 908-354-3040 x4376, or email cpavia@caunj.org
Auditorium at Community Access Unlimited
80 West Grand St., Elizabeth
908-354-3040
www.caunj.org under “Upcoming Events”
Feb. 18
3 pm
FREE CONCERT
Musical Traditions in Song & Story
The NJ Intergenerational Orchestra performs its first concert of 2018 in a joint performance with the NJIO Festival Chorus presenting the wonderful “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast,” a remarkable symphonic poem by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The concert also includes Smetena’s “Moldau.”
Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School
272 Morris Ave., Summit
908-603-7691
Feb. 22
12 – 1 pm
LECTURE
Lunch ‘n Lecture with Brian Townsend

Brian Townsend has taught figure painting, oil painting, portraiture and mural painting for more than 20 years. He has been a guest instructor at workshops across the country, and has been a lecturer and speaker at venues including Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and Vero Beach Art Museum in Florida. His portraits, landscapes and still-life paintings are prized gallery collectibles, held in private and corporate collections.

$5
DuCret School of Art
1030 Central Ave., Plainfield
908-757-7171
Feb. 23
10:30 am
FREE CONCERT
Tunes & Talk – Margaret Mezzacappa & Evelyn Santiago Sing Opera & Classical

Tunes & Talk is an interactive concert and speaking series tailored for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families and caregivers, hosted in a relaxed, sensory-friendly environment — designed by a board-certified music therapist and the Sights & Sounds team at The Arc of Union County. All are invited to enjoy this concert.

The Arc of Union County
70 Diamond Rd., Springfield
973-315-0055
Feb. 24
7 pm
SINGING CONTEST
Barbershop Harmony – Novice Quartet Competition

Novice quartets from far and wide compete in four-part-harmony singing in this contest—held annually for 57 years. Each quartet will be evaluated by judges, and will receive a specific report and critique of their performance. During the closing awards ceremony, the rankings of all the singing quartets are announced. Join in this fun event.

Free
Roosevelt School
811 St. Georges Ave. at Stanton St., Rahway
Feb. 27
7 pm
DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (FREE)
“Olmsted by Design!”
Actor Kirk R. Brown is Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture. Olmsted created magnificent city parks, and began a conservation movement still challenging the world today. He believed parks improve society by building a sense of community and a place for recreation. He wanted parks to be available to everyone, regardless of race or socioeconomic status — a revolutionary idea during his time. Of special interest will be Olmsted’s many projects in New Jersey. (Program presented by Hanson Park Conservancy)
Cranford Community Center
220 Walnut Ave., Cranford
Feb 8–25
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. 3
7–9pm
CONCERT
Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” – NJ Festival Orchestra

Puccini’s irresistible lyric genius has long made Madama Butterfly one of opera’s most enduring tales of unrequited passion. A cast of internationally acclaimed guest performers join NJFO to present, acted in costume, this most heart-render of stories. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Tickets $15 to $76
Westfield Presbyterian Church
140 Mountain Ave., Westfield
908 232 9400
Mar. 4
4 pm
CONCERT
Afternoon Music presents a Vocal Chamber Music Concert

Mezzo soprano Helen Karloski, flutist Bart Feller and pianist Mitchell Vines will play duos and trios at an “Afternoon Music” recital. The program will include works by Telemann, Korngold and American composer Jack Heggie. Meet the artists at an after-concert reception.

$25, Seniors $20, Students Free
Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit
4 Waldron Ave. (at Springfield Ave,) Summit
908-273-2899
Mar. 4
2 pm
OPEN MUSIC SESSION
Irish traditional music session with Lesl Harker
Join this long-running Sunday session for new and seasoned Irish traditional players in a relaxed pub atmosphere. If you don’t play, just listen and enjoy.
Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
1085 Central Ave., Clark
732-388-6511
Mar. 10
7 pm
CONCERT
Plainfield Symphony: A Light from the Darkness
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 9 – featuring soloist Evelyn Estava, violin
Visit website below for ticket prices.
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
908-561-5140
Mar. 11
11:30 am
LECTURE
Arts Brunch…”A Day with Irving Berlin”

Enjoy bagels and….as we listen to the fascinating lecturer, Marty Schmidt. During the presentation, find out everything you ever wanted to know about the life and music of Irving Berlin, who penned the classic song “White Christmas.”

$8
YM-YWHA of Union
501 Green Lane, Union
908-289-8112
Mar. 11
3 pm
FREE CONCERT
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s African-American Heritage Celebration

For the past 15 years, the AKA Sorority has hosted this outstanding cultural event, featuring aspiring young artists as well as talented professionals. Enjoy the reception after the concert.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
Mar 17
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 18
1–3 pm
Music/Dance
“Come to the Cabaret”

Jazz and Great American Songbook stylist Carrie Jackson, along with her Jazzin’ All Stars Ensemble, present an afternoon of memorable standards in a cabaret-style performance. Refreshments included. Get up and dance, or just sit back and welcome springtime in the beautiful auditorium of the “Y,” a barrier-free facility. This annual Cabaret of Music showcases the sounds of jazz, rhythm and blues, and the Great American Songbook as performed by Carrie, and featuring Dave Braham on piano, Thaddeus Expose on bass and Gordon Lane on drums. Please bring a gift of non-perishable food; donations will be distributed to food pantries serving those in need.

FREE to seniors & their families. $10 donation requested.
YM-YWHA of Union County
501 Green Lane, Union
908-289-8112
Mar. 23
10:30 am
FREE CONCERT
Tunes & Talk – Vince Di Mura – Pianist/Composer

Tunes & Talk is an interactive concert and speaking series tailored for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families and caregivers, hosted in a relaxed, sensory-friendly environment — designed by a board-certified music therapist and the Sights & Sounds team at The Arc of Union County. All are invited to enjoy this concert.

The Arc of Union County
70 Diamond Rd., Springfield
973-315-0055
Mar. 25 (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
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)
Apr. 27
1 pm
FREE CONCERT
Tunes & Talk – Singer/Songwriter

Tunes & Talk is an interactive concert and speaking series tailored for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families and caregivers, hosted in a relaxed, sensory-friendly environment — designed by a board-certified music therapist and the Sights & Sounds team at The Arc of Union County. All are invited to enjoy this concert.

The Arc of Union County
70 Diamond Rd., Springfield
973-315-0055
Apr. 28
7 pm
CONCERT
Plainfield Symphony (with Crescent Choral Society)
 
Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 – “Resurrection Symphony”
Visit website below for ticket prices.
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
908-561-5140
Apr. 29
4 pm
CONCERT
Virtuoso Marimbist Makoto Nakura Plays at Afternoon Music

Virtuoso marimba player Makoto Nakura performs as part of the “Afternoon Music” series. Meet Makoto at a reception following the concert.

$25, Seniors $20, Students Free
Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit
4 Waldron Ave. (at Springfield Ave.), Summit
908-273-2899
May 6
3 pm
CONCERT
The Spirit of 1850

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra performs their final concert of the 2017-2018 season at this concert including Von Suppe’s “Overture to Pique Dame” and Glazunov’s “Reverie for Horn,” with featured soloist Lisa Nettleship. The concert will conclude with the sublime “First Symphony” by Saint-Saens, a grand work that captures the spirit of industrial France in the wake of the Napoleonic era.

Free
Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School
272 Morris Ave., Summit
908-603-7691
May 1623
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 (2 pm)
Concert
“Virtuoso” – Summit Symphony

Young Artist Competition Concert of Classical Music Selections

FREE
Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit
Jun. 4
1 pm
FREE CONCERT
Tunes & Talk – Sam Ash All-Star Band

Tunes & Talk is an interactive concert and speaking series tailored for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families and caregivers, hosted in a relaxed, sensory-friendly environment — designed by a board-certified music therapist and the Sights & Sounds team at The Arc of Union County. All are invited to enjoy this concert.

The Arc of Union County
70 Diamond Rd., Springfield
973-315-0055
Jul. 29
3 pm
FREE CONCERT
The August Symphony

Enjoy this annual summer concert of classical music at the Westfield Presbyterian Church.

140 Mountain Ave., Westfield
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