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music: this week

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The NJSO Youth Orchestras perform a winter concert on December 9 at 4:00pm at Science Park High School in Newark. Presented by M&T Bank, the concert showcases the youth orchestra family’s four ensembles—the Academy Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, String Ensemble and Training Ensemble.... READ ON

(GARWOOD, NJ) -- Some of the Garden State's best musicians will be featured Sunday, December 9, when four female-led acts play the new show "Women Rock New Jersey." The women include: Nalani & Sarina (Hunterdon County), Eryn (Holmdel), Lisa Bouchelle (Trenton) and Katie Henry (Vernon) each will play a set at Crossroads in Garwood.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze on Friday, December 7 at 8:00pm, Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm. Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a division of Cirque du Soleil, has become a critically acclaimed, state-of-the-art Broadway musical, and a fun-filled, holiday family show. Tickets range from $35-$98.... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- The Morris Choral Society (MCS) presents its Annual Holiday Spectacular “Songs: Earthly & Divine” in two performances, Saturday December 8 at 8:00pm and Sunday December 9 at 3:00pm at St. Virgil’s Church in Morris Plains. The 70-member chorus will be led by Music Director Jason Tramm, showcasing spirited and inspirational holiday music designed to delight the entire family. The program reflects 300 years of great music from Johan Sebastian Bach to Irving Berlin.... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Keller Williams will bring his new Tom Petty-inspired project titled Keller Williams’ PettyGrass to White Eagle Hall on December 13 at 8:30pm. Williams will be joined by the genre-bending Springfield, MO ensemble The Hillbenders, as they perform select covers in a rollicking bluegrass style. Tickets are $25.... READ ON

(CLIFTON, NJ) -- The Clifton-based Manhatten Brothers will perform a “Holly Jolly Holiday” jazz concert at Grace Church, 45 Hazel St., on Friday, December 14. The show, presented by the Theater League of Clifton, starts at 7:30pm.... READ ON

(CHATHAM, NJ) -- The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) presents a holiday concert featuring the CAFÉ Choir on Friday, December 14 at 5:00pm at the Chatham United Methodist Church located at 460 Main Street in Chatham. The concert is free and open to the public.... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Spirals Sounds' next concert on Friday, December 14th, is a duo with Abbie Gardner and Craig Akin.  Abbie is a key element in the Americana vocal powerhouse, Red Molly, who are well known throughout the U.S. for their impressive harmonies.  Craig has performed extensively with Roosevelt Dime and Red Molly. Doors open 6:30pm, concert at 7:30pm sharp.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents The Nightmare Before Christmas on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30pm with Danny Elfman’s score performed live by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestar and a choir. Based on a story and characters created by Tim Burton, 1993’s animated The Nightmare Before Christmas (rated PG) was directed by Henry Selick (James and the Giant Peach). This magical film follows the earnest but misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town's beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take control of the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock and Barrel – to help in his plot to kidnap Santa Claus. ... READ ON

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Singer, actress, and comedienne Ana Gasteyer – best know for her work on Saturday Night Live – brings her joyful sass and pizzazz to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 15 at 8:00pm. With “Holiday Tipple,” Gasteyer follows up her hugely popular cabaret show “I’m Hip!”... READ ON

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- The Rolling Stones, the greatest Blues band of all time, couldn’t make it to SOPAC on their 2018 tour. Instead, the acclaimed tribute band Classic Stones Live! makes an appearance on the SOPAC stage December 15 at 8:00pm for those who like to hear their Rolling Stones hits live.... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- On Saturday, December 15, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Holiday POPS! concert celebrates the season with the Princeton High School Choir at 3:00pm and 6:00pm performances led by Music Director Rossen Milanov at Richardson Auditorium on Princeton University Campus. The festive program includes John Debney’s suite from the movie Elf, Jerry Herman’s “We Need a Little Christmas” from Mame (sung by choir member Danielle Danis), Felix Mendelssohn’s Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, a waltz by Johann Strauss Jr., and more. Of course, everyone is invited to join in as Maestro Milanov leads the carol sing-along!... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Meredith Ochs, the author of Rock and Roll Woman-The Fiercest 50 Female Rockers will do a chat and book signing (co-sponsored by River Road Books in Fair Haven) at Palette ArtSpace on Saturday, December 15th from 1:00pm-2:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.... READ ON

(BOONTON, NJ) -- The Darress Theatre presents The THE BAND Band on Saturday, December 15th. If you like the music of The Band, you’ll love The THE BAND Band, the most acclaimed and exciting tribute to The Band on the scene today. The show begins at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $25.... READ ON

(SUCCASUNNA, NJ) -- Riverside Rhythm and Rhyme (RR&R) presents Patrick Fitzsimmons on Sunday, December 16 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Investors Bank Theatre in Succasunna. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for RAA/SSG/JAM members; and free for those under 18.... READ ON

(WESTFIELD/MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- On December 15 and 16, New Jersey Festival Orchestra kicks off the holiday season in Westfield and Morristown with a bang and plenty of bling with Return of the Holiday Tenors, a family celebration of traditional and contemporary music, sing-a-longs and more guaranteed to make the season merry.  The concerts take place on Saturday, December 15 at 7:00pm at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield and Sunday afternoon, December 16 at 4:00pm at St Peters Church in Morristown.... READ ON

(MADISON, NJ) -- The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) will present a concert featuring the NJYS String Octet, Flute Choir, Flute Forum, Clarinet Quartet, and Sinfonia on Sunday, December 16 at 3:00pm at the Concert Hall at Drew University located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors available online at READ ON

(MADISON, NJ) -- The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) will present a concert featuring the NJYS Jazz Combos, Big Band, Jazz Workshop, and Jazz Orchestra on Sunday, December 16 at 7:00pm at the Concert Hall at Drew University located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors available online at READ ON

(MADISON, NJ)  -- One of bassist/vocalist Mike Weatherly’s favorite tunes is “On the Alamo” written by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn. It was first recorded in 1922 by the Isham Jones Orchestra without Kahn’s lyrics. In fact, according to Weatherly, “very few people knew it had lyrics, but I found them on the Internet.” ... READ ON

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