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This Week in Music: Previews for Concerts Taking Place December 5-11, 2023

originally published: 12/05/2023

This Week in Music: Previews for Concerts Taking Place December 5-11, 2023

Here is a look at upcoming shows taking place from December 5-11, 2023 along with our featured listings. New Jersey Stage offers previews of concerts throughout the Garden State as well as select shows in New York City and Philadelphia areas. Click on the title to go to the full preview. Jump to Featured EventsEvent PreviewsEvent Listings.

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FEATURED EVENTS

Tuesday, December 5 - bergenPAC Presents Il Divo – A New Day Holiday Tour. (ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) presents Il Divo – A New Day Holiday tour on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 8:00pm. This tour will feature the multinational group performing holiday classics, like "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas," "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," and more, in addition to songs from their vast catalog.

Tuesday, December 5 - MPAC presents Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox. (MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox brings its Life in the Past Lane tour to Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 7:30pm. Everything new is old again when you take a road trip to experience Life in The Past Lane! Tickets range from $39-$79.



 
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Thursday, December 7 - Lizzie Rose Music Room presents Bywater Call. (TUCKERTON, NJ) -- Lizzie Rose Music Room presents Bywater Call on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 7:30pm. Meghan Parnell and Dave Barnes are the driving force behind Bywater Call, a powerhouse 7-piece Southern Soul, Roots Rock band out of Toronto, Canada.

Friday, December 8 - State Theatre New Jersey presents Vienna Boys Choir - Christmas in Vienna. (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Vienna Boys Choir – Christmas in Vienna on Friday, December 8, 2023 at 8:00pm. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians in a program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs, and holiday favorites. Tickets range from $29-$69.

Saturday, December 9 - Celebrate the Holiday Season with New Jersey Festival Orchestra. From traditional to pops, renowned tenor fare and Broadway favorites, New Jersey Festival Orchestra's (NJFO) Holiday concerts promise to fill the entire family with warmth and cheer.

Saturday, December 9 - The Irish Tenors bring traditional Irish sounds of the season to MPAC. (MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- The Irish Tenors -- Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan and Declan Kelly – bring the spirit of the holiday season to Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 8:00pm. Tickets for The Irish Tenors -- 25th Anniversary: A Family Christmas range from $49-$99.

Sunday, December 10 - Jolly Birthday Tribute & Holiday Event Spotlights Frank Sinatra!. (AVON-BY-THE-SEA, NJ) -- A "Jolly Sinatra Birthday Tribute" event, presented by Karen Morris of Sand Castle Communications LLC, will honor the birthday and career of Frank Sinatra, with a dash of joyous holiday merriment. The cool, festive celebration will take place on Sunday, December 10, 2023 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Avon Municipal Building, 2 Main Street, Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ. The seating, cozy and warm indoors, has a lovely view of the Avon marina.

Sunday, December 10 - MPAC presents Girl Named Tom – One More Christmas. (MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- The sibling trio Girl Named Tom, winners of 2021 The Voice, perform a holiday concert at Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 7:00pm. Tickets range from $39-$69.

Sunday, December 10 - State Theatre Presents Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Mannheim Steamroller Christmas By Chip Davis on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America's favorite holiday celebration for over 35 years. Grammy® Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects to create the perfect intimate setting.



 
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EVENT PREVIEWS

Thursday, December 7 - Prudential Center Adds Second Show for Jonas Brothers. (NEWARK, NJ) -- Following a two-night sold-out run at Yankee Stadium where the Jonas Brothers performed for over 85,000 fans, THE TOUR adds a fifth hometown show for the band - a second night at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on December 7.

Thursday, December 7 - East Lynne Theater Company hosts "Lennie's Christmas Extravaganza". (CAPE MAY, NJ) -- Get in the holiday spirit with New York City piano bar favorite Lennie McKenzie, as he brings his "Christmas Cabaret" show back to East Lynne Theater Company for three nights - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 7-9, 2023.

Friday, December 8 - NBPAC presents Soultown to Motown: Holiday Show!. (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC) presents Soultown to Motown: Holiday Show! on December 8, 2023 at 8:00pm. Under the tutelage of legendary Jersey Shore saxophonist Screamin' Steve Barlotta, The Sensational Soul Cruisers bring to you their Soultown to Motown Holiday Show. This concert highlights iconic Classic Soul & Motown music from the birth of Motown in 1960 to the release of Michael Jackson’s all-time-selling Thriller Album in 1983. Sprinkled in for the Holiday Season you will hear some of your favorite Christmas Holiday renditions by the Temptations, Jackson 5, The Drifters, Donny Hathaway & Stevie Wonder - with many more magical soulful gems and surprises!

Friday, December 8 - The Levoy Theatre presents An Evening of Holiday Cheer with Jackie Evancho. (MILLVILLE, NJ) -- The Levoy Theatre presents An Evening of Holiday Cheer with Jackie Evancho on Friday, December 8, 2023 at 8:00pm. The record breaking recording artist first came into the public's eye with her appearance on NBC's America's Got Talent.

Friday, December 8 - A Choral Kind of Weekend in Morristown to Get You Into The Holiday Spirit. (MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Kick off the holidays with a weekend of seasonal music with some of New Jersey's top choral arts organizations beginning with the Harmonium Choral Society, a 100-voice chorus led by Dr. Anne Matlack on Friday, December 8 at 7:30pm at The Presbyterian Church in Morristown. Following Harmonium will be The Somerset Hills Chorus and the Chancel Choir of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown conducted by Stephen Sands and Matthew Webb on Saturday, December 9 at 7:00pm also at The Presbyterian Church in Morristown. And on Sunday, December 10 at 3:00pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Morris Choral Society under the direction of Michael Shane Wittenburg will be joined by The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and Maestro Robert Butts.

Saturday, December 9 - Salty's Beach Bar to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of "Valley Girl". (LAKE COMO, NJ) -- Salty's Beach Bar presents a 40th anniversary celebration of the music of Valley Girl on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 7:00pm. The show features performances by Josie Cotton, The Plimsouls, and an opening acoustic set by Kurt Baker of The Leftovers.

Saturday, December 9 - Sieminski Theater presents Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas. (BASKING RIDGE, NJ) -- On Saturday, December 9, 2023, the Sieminski Theater presents Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas - a heartwarming holiday event for the entire family! Performances take place at 3:30pm & 7:30pm.

Saturday, December 9 - "A Very Kelsey Cabaret". (WEST WINDSOR, NJ – Celebrate the holidays with fun and nostalgia, when Off-Centre Stages presents "A Very Kelsey Cabaret" for one night only -- December 9, 2023 at Mercer County Community College's (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre. Showtime is 8:00pm.

Saturday, December 9 - LoMotion Live presents A Cold Weather Cabaret and Sing a Long. (BOONTON, NJ) -- Your favorite LoMotion Live Singers are back for their Cold Weather Cabaret and Singalong on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at the Parsippany Arts Center. Some are songs of the season, some are not! Come for the Cabaret, stay for the Sing a Long! Showtime is 8:00pm.



 
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Saturday, December 9 - The Somerset Hills Chorus present a festive night of Readings & Carols. (MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- The Somerset Hills Chorus, part of Music in the Somerset Hills, and the Chancel Choir of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown will come together for a concert of Readings & Carols on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 7:00pm.

Saturday, December 9 - The Wellmont Theatre presents Tab Benoit and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. (MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Acclaimed Louisiana Bayou blues guitarist Tab Benoit continues his year-long 2023 Tour, performing locally at The Wellmont Theater on Saturday, December 9 at 8:00pm. Dirty Dozen Brass Band will open the night. Benoit is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues, acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way.

Sunday, December 10 - NJPAC presents Patti LaBelle on December 10th. (NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) welcomes music icon Patti LaBelle to Newark, New Jersey on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 7:00pm. One of contemporary music's living legends, LaBelle, is a Grammy Award winning American singer, author and actress who has spent over 50 years in the music industry.

Sunday, December 10 - Morris Choral Society to Celebrate 50th Anniversary. (MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- The Morris Choral Society (MCS) will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 3:00pm with a concert at St. Peter's Episcopal Church (70 Maple Avenue) in Morristown. This season has Michael Shane Wittenburg returning as Music Director and Jennifer Yang continuing as pianist for the Chorus.

Sunday, December 10 - The Newton Theatre presents Twelve Twenty-Four. (NEWTON, NJ) -- Twelve Twenty Four comes to The Newton Theatre on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 3:00pm. The band brings a high energy, full-scale, holiday rock orchestra concert featuring everyone's favorite rock-edge holiday music as well, as their own holiday creations.

Sunday, December 10 - New Jersey Youth Symphony Presents Family-Friendly All That Jazz! Holiday Concert on December 10. (JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- The New Jersey Youth Symphony presents a family-friendly All that Jazz! Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at the Margaret Williams Theatre at New Jersey City University in Jersey City. On this enchanting music-filled journey, the award-winning NJYS Youth Symphony led by Helen H. Cha-Pyo will bring the magic of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite to life. Showtime is 3:00pm.

Sunday, December 10 - Royal Bopsters to Preview Some Songs from New Album at December Jersey Jazz LIVE! in Madison. (MADISON, NJ) -- What do the Gershwins' "But Not For Me", Harold Arlen's "My Shining Hour", and Tadd Dameron's "On a Misty Night" have in common? All three songs were on the Royal Bopsters' Motema Music album, Party of Four, which DownBeat Magazine's Allen Morrison called "an entertaining gem", giving it four stars.

Sunday, December 10 - The Morris Choral Society to Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Holiday Concert. (MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- The Morris Choral Society, under the direction of Michael Shane Wittenburg, celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first concert on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at St. Peter's Church in Morristown, the site of that initial performance. Beginning at 3:00pm, the program will feature the signature work of that auspicious day, the Magnificat by Antonio Vivaldi plus well known and not so well-known works of the season.

Monday, December 11 - Miwi La Lupa and James Hatem to Perform at The Exchange. (ROCKAWAY, NJ) -- Miwi La Lupa, known for his work with Bright Eyes and the Conor Oberst band with blues-rock artist James Hatem, who is returning home to Rockaway, has graced the stage with icons like The Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton, and Ricky Skaggs. The two are teaming up for an exciting 8-date Northeast tour this December. The tour comes to The Exchange in Rockaway on Monday, December 11, 2023 at 7:00pm.

EVENT LISTINGS

Tuesday, December 5 @ 7:30pm - Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox at Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960

Tuesday @ 7:30pm - WP Voice - AI Opera! - Reading of new AI-based opera composition at William Paterson University - Shea Recital Hall 101, 300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470

Tuesday @ 7:30pm - Tuesday Night Record Club - Jackson Browne’s The Pretender at Monmouth University - The Great Hall, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Tuesday @ 8:00pm - Il Divo – A New Day Holiday Tour at Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631

Tuesday @ 8:00pm - Hunter Hayes: Flying Solo Tour at The Vogel, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701



Wednesday, December 6 @ 7:30pm - Il Divo: A New Day Holiday Tour at Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)

Wednesday @ 7:30pm - WP Piano Night: William Byrd and the Missions at William Paterson University - Shea Recital Hall 101

Wednesday @ 7:30pm - David Benoit Christmas at The Vogel



Thursday, December 7 @ 7:30pm - The Temptations and The Four Tops at Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)

Thursday @ 7:30pm - Adult Education Series - British Invasion Part 2: First Wave, 1963-1967 at Virtual



 
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Thursday @ 7:30pm - Bywater Call at Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 E. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087



Friday, December 8 @ 2:00pm - Afternoon Recital: Rachmaninoff Trio at Grunin Center, 1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754

Friday @ 7:30pm - WP New Music Series - Graphic Score Ensemble at William Paterson University - Shea Recital Hall 101

Friday @ 7:30pm - Philadelphia Freedom at The Vogel

Friday @ 8:00pm - KC and the Sunshine Band at Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)

Friday @ 8:00pm - Vienna Boys Choir at State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901



Saturday, December 9 @ 1:00pm - The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD - Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas at Monmouth University - Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Saturday @ 4:00pm - Tom Petty Concert Experience - Damn The Torpedoes at Lizzie Rose Music Room

Saturday @ 7:00pm - Holiday Doo Wop starring The Duprees at Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)

Saturday @ 7:00pm - New Jersey Festival Orchestra presents Return of the Holiday Tenors at The Presbyterian Church, 140 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090

Saturday @ 7:30pm - Tom Petty Concert Experience - Damn The Torpedoes at Lizzie Rose Music Room

Saturday @ 8:00pm - The Irish Tenors - 25th Anniversary: A Family Christmas at Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)

Saturday @ 8:00pm - The Bad Plus at The Vogel



Sunday, December 10 @ 2:00pm - “Jolly Sinatra Birthday Tribute” at Avon Municipal Building, 2 Main Street, Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ 07717

Sunday @ 2:00pm - Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at State Theatre New Jersey

Sunday @ 3:00pm - The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra at Grunin Center

Sunday @ 3:00pm - New Jersey Festival Orchestra presents Return of the Holiday Tenors at The Concert Hall, Dorothy Young Center at Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940

Sunday @ 7:00pm - The Temptations & Four Tops at Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)

Sunday @ 7:00pm - Girl Named Tom - One More Christmas Tour at Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)

Sunday @ 7:30pm - Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at State Theatre New Jersey





 
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Monday, December 11, 2023 @ 7:00pm - The Maccabeats at Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)


 

COLUMNS


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UPCOMING SHOWS


Bruce Springsteen Archives presents "Music America: Iconic Objects from America's Music History" at LBJ Presidential Library

(AUSTIN, TX) - Since the nation's inception nearly two and a half centuries ago, music has informed, interpreted, and inspired our national identity. To celebrate and explore this remarkable heritage, the LBJ Presidential Library and the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music at Monmouth University announce the premiere of the exhibition Music America: Iconic Objects from America's Music History. Opening at the LBJ Presidential Library on Saturday, February 17, during Presidents' Day weekend, the exhibition will be on display through August 11, 2024.


Count Basie Center for the Arts presents Peter Frampton




The Lizzie Rose Music Room presents Mike Zito




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