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This Week in Music: Previews for Concerts Taking Place November 28 to December 4, 2023

originally published: 11/28/2023

This Week in Music: Previews for Concerts Taking Place November 28 to December 4, 2023

Here is a look at upcoming shows taking place from November 28 to December 4, 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

Thursday, November 30, 2023 - State Theatre New Jersey presents Pam Tillis & Phil Vassar: Holidays and Hits. (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Pam Tillis & Phil Vassar: Holidays and Hits on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 8:00pm. The country singer-songwriters will perform holiday hits and their hit songs. Tickets range from $29-$99.

Friday, December 1, 2023 - Outpost in the Burbs Presents Ted Leo with opener Elk City. (MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Outpost in the Burbs presents Ted Leo on Friday, December 1st at 8:00pm. The concert will take place at the First Congregational church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. Opening the show will be the band Elk City.



 
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EVENT PREVIEWS

Thursday, November 30, 2023 - Doja Cat to Perform at Prudential Center. (NEWARK, NJ) -- GRAMMY award-winning global superstar Doja Cat will embark on her first North American Arena tour this fall, "The Scarlet Tour." The 24-date tour, produced by Live Nation, kicks off on October 31st in San Francisco, CA, hitting major markets in the U.S. and Canada before wrapping on December 13th in Chicago, IL. The tour comes to the Prudential Center in Newark on Thursday, November 30, 2023. Special guests Ice Spice will be at the Newark show and select dates of the tour. Doechii will join "The Scarlet Tour" across select dates as well. Showtime is 7:30pm.

Thursday, November 30, 2023 - New Jersey Symphony Presents Violinist Joshua Bell in Concert. (NEWARK, NJ) -- Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell joins the New Jersey Symphony in concert in a program featuring Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4. Performances take place Thursday, November 30 at 1:30pm and Friday, December 1 at 8:00pm at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark and Sunday, December 3 at 3:00pm at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.

Thursday, November 30, 2023 - Broadway Theatre of Pitman presents Vonda Shepard. (PITMAN, NJ) -- The Broadway Theatre of Pitman presents Vonda Shepard on Thursday, November 20, 2023 at 8:00pm. Vonda is currently touring with her stellar quartet with the release of her amazing new album, Red Light, Green Light. Watch one of the most dynamic shows you’ll ever see, featuring Vonda’s original material from her 15 albums, including Maryland and Baby, Don’t You Break My Heart Slow, as well as the favorites from the Ally McBeal days, including You Belong To Me and Searchin’ My Soul. Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ally McBeal!

Friday, December 1, 2023 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Legends KISS Announce Final Shows Ever. (NEW YORK, NY) -- Rock n roll legends KISS have announced the absolute final shows of their final tour, The End of The Road Tour. Produced by Live Nation, these final show dates will kick off this October and culminate in a massive show in the city where it all began for KISS. New York City has been a part of the band’s ethos and storyline for more than four decades, so they felt it fitting to culminate an iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame worthy career on stage at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden with shows December 1st and 2nd.

Friday, December 1, 2023 - The Newton Theatre presents Christmas with the Celts. (NEWTON, NJ) -- The Newton Theatre presents Christmas with the Celts on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 8:00pm. Celebrating 12 years of successful national touring, this show is a wonderful combination of timeless ancient Irish Christmas Carols and lively Irish dance with modern contemporary songs but with Irish instrumentation. New Christmas hits, Celts originals and fresh Irish Dance tunes are added to the show each year so that no 2 years are the same. Always a pleasant surprise.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - NJPAC presents Colombian singer-songwriter Fonseca. (NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) welcomes Fonseca, the Colombian singer-songwriter and winner of 7 Latin GRAMMY® awards will perform on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 8:00pm. Recognized as one of the most significant Latin artists of the past decade, Fonseca unveils his ninth studio album, "Viajante," during this tour, simultaneously celebrating 20 years of his artistic journey.



 
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Saturday, December 2, 2023 - Theater League of Clifton to Stage Productions of Christmas Music. (CLIFTON, NJ) -- The Theater League of Clifton will stage productions of Christmas carols and traditional holiday music at two venues: on Saturday, December 2, 7:30pm at Grace Church (45 Hazel Street) and Sunday, December 3, 4:00pm at Living Hope Presbyterian Church (303 Maplewood Avenue). Both churches are located in Clifton.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - Symphony in C to present Holiday Classics at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. (CAMDEN, NJ) -- New Jersey-based young professionals orchestra Symphony in C presents a festive holiday program titled Holiday Classics on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 8:00pm at the Gordon Theater at the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts in Camden. Symphony in C Music Director, Noam Aviel conducts the concert featuring Corelli's Concerto Grosso No. 8 "Christmas," Vivaldi's L'Olimpiade Sinfonia, Sibelius's Andante Festivo, Mendelssohn's String Sinfonia No. 2, and Vivaldi's Gloria featuring the New Jersey MasterChorale, soprano Allison Christianson, and alto Emma Clark.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - Ocean County Library Jackson Branch to Present Holiday Guitar Concert by Keith Calmes. (JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ) -- Welcome the winter holiday season with a collection of seasonal songs by Jersey Shore guitarist Keith Calmes on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at the Ocean County Library Jackson Branch. Keith's accomplishments in a career that spans three decades include his Carnegie Recital Hall debut as winner of the Artists International Competition, concerts with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, and a performance with Maestro Carlos Barbosa-Lima. The concert begins at 2:00pm.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - NJCU Center for the Arts presents a Winter Jazz Festival. (JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- The New Jersey City University Center for the Arts presents a Winter Jazz Festival at the Five Corners Branch Library on Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 12:00pm-5:00pm. The event is free to attend.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 - New Jersey Youth Chorus Presents Readings and Carols. (MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Light up this holiday season with a stunning performance by the New Jersey Youth Chorus and special guest handbell choir, the Walsh Memorial Bell Choir from the Presbyterian Church of Morris Plains. As part of the 2023-24 season's vision to engage alumni by building a passionate, caring, and broad community of chorus members, the concert features NJYC Alumna Emmalee LaFean. Readings and Carols: Season of Light will take place on Sunday, December 3 at 4:30pm at the Morristown United Methodist Church located at 50 South Park Place in Morristown.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 - Hackensack Performing Arts Center presents Kings Return. (HACKENSACK, NJ) -- The Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC) presents the GRAMMY-nominated acapella group, Kings Return, on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 6:30pm. The band recently released their first full-length holiday album, We Four Kings.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 - Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra to Present Holiday Concert. (PLAINSBORO, NJ) -- The award-winning Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra presents its Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at The Princeton Alliance Church in Plainsboro. The concert will feature the Edison Chinese Chorus in singing several multi-cultural pieces with the orchestra. Showtime is 7:00pm.

EVENT LISTINGS

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 @ 8:00pm - Celtic Woman: Christmas Symphony Tour 2023 at Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 @ 7:30pm - A Peter White Christmas with Mindi Abair and Vincent Ingala at The Vogel, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701



 
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Wednesday, November 29, 2023 @ 7:30pm - Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons at Count Basie Center for the Arts, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Thursday, November 30, 2023 @ 7:30pm - Livingston Taylor & Lucy Kaplansky at The Vogel, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Thursday, November 30, 2023 @ 7:30pm - Celtic Woman: Christmas Symphony Tour 2023 at Count Basie Center for the Arts, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Thursday, November 30, 2023 @ 7:30pm - A Chanticleer Christmas at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079

Thursday, November 30, 2023 @ 8:00pm - Pam Tillis & Phil Vassar at State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Friday, December 1, 2023 @ 7:30pm - RAEL – The Music of Genesis at The Vogel, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Friday, December 1, 2023 @ 7:30pm - Westminster Concert Bell Choir at Grunin Center, 1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754

Friday, December 1, 2023 @ 7:30pm - Rock This Town Christmas Spectacular at Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 E. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087

Friday, December 1, 2023 @ 8:00pm - Ted Leo Solo (Elk City to open) at Outpost In The Burbs, 40 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

Friday, December 1, 2023 @ 8:00pm - Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea at Monmouth University - Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Saturday, December 2, 2023 @ 3:00pm - A Magical Cirque Christmas at Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960

Saturday, December 2, 2023 @ 3:00pm - Steve Forbert at Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 E. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087

Saturday, December 2, 2023 @ 7:00pm - Holiday Doo Wop at Count Basie Center for the Arts, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Saturday, December 2, 2023 @ 7:00pm - OCC Concert Band: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Grunin Center, 1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754

Saturday, December 2, 2023 @ 7:30pm - Jimmie Herrod: Here for the Holidays featuring guitarist Dion Berardo at The Vogel, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Saturday, December 2, 2023 @ 7:30pm - Steve Forbert at Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 E. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087

Saturday, December 2, 2023 @ 8:00pm - A Magical Cirque Christmas at Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960

Saturday, December 2, 2023 @ 8:00pm - Yellow Brick Road - An Elton John Tribute at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079

Saturday, December 2, 2023 @ 8:00pm - Christmas with Rockapella at William Paterson University - Shea Center for Performing Arts, 300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470

Sunday, December 3, 2023 @ 3:00pm - WP Voice Holiday Concert • Harmonies of the Season at St. John the Evangelist Church, 470 Broad Ave, Leonia, NJ 07605



 
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Sunday, December 3, 2023 @ 3:00pm - New Jersey Symphony: Joshua Bell leads the New Jersey Symphony at Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960

Sunday, December 3, 2023 @ 4:00pm - Saxophonist Steve Wilson at William Paterson University - Shea Center for Performing Arts, 300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470

Sunday, December 3, 2023 @ 7:30pm - WP New Music Series • Mantra Percussion Featuring a preview of Matt Mcbane’s Terrain at William Paterson University - Shea Recital Hall 101, 300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470

Monday, December 4, 2023 @ 7:30pm - Darren Criss: A Very Darren Crissmas at Count Basie Center for the Arts, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Monday, December 4, 2023 @ 8:00pm - Kenny G: The Miracles Holiday and Hits Tour 2023 at Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631


 

COLUMNS


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MORE NEWS

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Punjabi music mogul Diljit Dosanjh announced his Dil-Luminati Tour, taking him to stadiums and arenas across North America this year. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will make a stop at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Showtime is 8:00pm.


State Theatre New Jersey presents Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra




"Mesmerizing!" Dionne Warwick LIVE! at MPAC




Makin Waves Album of the Month: "The Cabin Sessions" by Nefesh Mountain





 
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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.


Black Box Studios and Liberty Arts Theatre presents The Singer-Songwriter Showcase Vol. 1




JAZZ HOUSE KiDS announce Sting and Christian McBride to Perform at the RALPH PUCCI 8th Annual Jazz Set Benefit




SOPAC presents An Evening with Joan Osborne






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