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2014
Music Under the Stars
Concert Series

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HUNTERDON COUNTY
Division of
Parks and Recreation

DEPARTMENT OF LAND USE AND FACILTIES MANAGEMENT
PARKS@CO.HUNTERDON.NJ.US
FREE PERFORMING ARTS SERIES
"38th Annual - Music Under the Stars"
June 26th - August 14th | 7pm - 9pm
Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
DIRECTIONS TO
DEER PATH PARK
HISTORY OF
OUR CONCERT SERIES
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Music Under the StarsHunterdon County is pleased to announce our 38th Anniversary of Music Under the Stars celebration by featuring local talents beginning each Thursday, starting June 26th through August 14th at Deer Path Park (located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Readington Township {directions} (next to the Hunterdon County YMCA facility). Shows will be from 7:00 pm to approximately 9:00 pm. Bring your blankets, chairs, friends and family to share in this special celebration. We are looking forward to seeing you all this summer for another spectacular community event.

This year the Hunterdon County Tricentennial Committee has fully funded the concert series and will be doing period music in celebration of Hunterdon County turning 300 this year. (download our brochure)

Deer Path Park offers incredible vistas, especially at sunset, for spectators to enjoy. The park also offers plenty of room for the entire family to spread out a blanket, have a picnic dinner, hold an impromptu game of frisbee or volleyball, as well as enjoy the playgrounds.

Become a sponsor for our 2013 free concert series. Interested companies and individuals should contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at (908) 782-1158.

Updated information about the concerts, including rain location needs (which at this time are scheduled to be held at Hunterdon Central Regional High School - 84 Route 31, Flemington, NJ 08822), will be posted on this page as well as the County's Home page and the main Parks and Recreation web page., as well as the Parks Division Facebook page. If for some reason we are unable to post on the county website, or the internet is not accessible, please call the Division of Parks and Recreation and listen to the recording after 4:30 PM by dialing (908) 782-PARK(7275).

A concession stand will be available for refreshments, courtesy of Pudgy's Street Food.

HAVE FUN, BE SAFE, AND BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS:

Our concert series has always been a family-oriented program. Please be considerate of your neighbors, so that everyone may enjoy the music and the natural surroundings. If you smoke, make sure your second-hand smoke doesn't’t bother anyone else. We ask that you keep children in sight at all times, so their safety is assured, and so their play will not disturb others. Remember that some of our guests may be afraid of dogs, so please observe our park leash and litter pick-up laws, and keep pets under your control at all times. Spectators are encouraged to bring flashlights for added safety. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a few friends and join us for our weekly open-air summer concert series at Deer Path Park in Readington Township, NJ.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE NOT PERMITTED

BE GREEN
Please Car Pool!

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2014 UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:
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July 31st - A NIGHT AT THE OPERA WITH:
SUSAN WHITENACK, STEVEN SNOW AND ROSETTA SENKUS BACON

Susan Whitenack:
Luciano Pavarotti described soprano Susan Whitenack's voice as "Bellisima!" She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, from Smith College and earned her Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music. She has performed with opera companies and orchestras across the United States and abroad.
www.realmutoartists.com

Steven Snow:
A graduate from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, tenor Steven Snow has performed at concert halls, theaters, and opera houses around the world. He most recently sang excerpts from Carmen with the Newtown Chamber Orchestra.
www.stevensnow.com

Rosetta Senkus Bacon:
Pianist and arranger Rosetta Senkus Bacon received her Master's Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She has performed in North America, Europe, and Asia with concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Taipei County Cultural Center in Taiwan, St. Moritz Cultural Center in Switzerland, and Kaunus Philharmonic Hall in Lithuania.
www.brassrootstrio.com

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August 7th - JAZZ CELEBRATION BIG BAND

Jazz Celebration Big Band is a 17 piece Jazz Orchestra, performing music in the genre of Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, etc., along with the traditional “swing” era music of Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman et al. Jazz Celebration features vocalist Claudia Perry. There is nothing quite like the sound of 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, and a vocalist coming at you all at once! http://jazzcelebrationbigband.com

FIREWORKS DISPLAY FOLLOWING THE CONCERT!!!
Sponsored by the Hunterdon County Tricentennial Committee and the Flemington-Raritan Parks and Recreation Committee

Due to the anticipated amount of people coming for this concert, carpooling is recommended or you can take advantage of the FREE Tricentennial Committee Sponsored Public Transportation Service by the Hunterdon County LINK. Check out the various pickup locations being offered throughout Flemington.

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August 14th - Beatles Tribute featuring The "Cast" Of BEATLEMANIA

The Beatles music set the pop rock standard for most of the 1960's. Now, in the 2000's, The "Cast" of Beatlemania recalls the memories of that exciting era when the Fab Four ruled the world of rock 'n' roll. The “Cast” consists of members from the original Beatlemania Broadway production as well as some of the Tri-State area’s most renowned musicians. The “Cast” will perform Beatles’ classics from all of their albums, and the show consists of three costume changes to showcase the Beatles’ unique styles through the 60’s and 70’s. Join us as we celebrate the country’s greatest era for rock music with the world’s greatest Beatle’s tribute act!

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2014 PAST PERFORMANCES:

JUNE 26TH - HUNTERDON SYMPHONY

The Hunterdon Symphony will open the 2014 Summer Concert series with their Premier performance of "A HUNTERDON ODE," an original composition by Composer Raymond Wojcik marking Hunterdon's 300th Birthday. The work is subtitled “BALLOON FLIGHT”, and depicts a hot air balloon flight over the countyʼs historic features and farmlands. The concert also features music from the Civil War era in Hunterdon, as well as from the days of the Music Halls and Opera houses. Alejandra Garrido, soprano, will be the featured soloist.

The caliber of performance of our local symphony equals some of the better-known symphonies within the state and beyond. The Hunterdon Symphony has provided many musicians from the area with an opportunity to play symphonic repertoire. Formed in 1980, the Symphony has presented more than 200 concerts to the community of Hunterdon. The makeup of the group is largely community musicians, with a small number of professional players.

Download Performance Program

For more about the Hunterdon Symphony visit: www.hunterdonmusicalarts.org

JULY 3RD - THE ALLENTOWN BAND

A prominent feature of nineteenth-century musical Americana is the concert band, and the Allentown Band has, for almost two hundred years, kept that tradition alive. The band's musicians share one common goal: to create and preserve concert band music at a level of excellence rarely heard from a community band. When they perform, all effort is concentrated toward creating the most enjoyable sounds these exceptional musicians can produce—whether it is an overture transcribed from opera, a modern composition written especially for concert band, or a Sousa march.
www.allentownband.com

 

July 10th - DOUBLE FEATURE WITH
HUNTERDON HARMONIZERS AND PRINCETON BRASS BAND

Hunterdon Harmonizers:
Comprised of more than 50 men from Hunterdon and the surrounding areas, the Harmonizers have entertained audiences throughout the County for more than 20 years. They have successfully competed in Barbershop Harmony Society events as far away as Indianapolis, Indiana. As a chorus they offer a wide variety of music sung in a capella and close 4 – part harmony.
www.njharmonizers.org

Princeton Brass Band:
The 2013 Champion Band of North America, the Princeton Brass Band, is one of the leading creative and artistic forces in the growing North American brass band scene. The Princeton Brass Band consists of 31 members, who play a variety of instruments, including trumpets, trombones, percussion, cornets, and tubas.

In a salute to turn of the 20th century music heard in Hunterdon County, the Hunterdon Harmonizers will perform mostly traditional Barbarshop Quartet music at 7 pm. Following a brief intermission, at 8 pm, brass band music will be featured by The Princeton Brass Band. Census data from Hunterdon County from the early 1900s lists a number of people's occupations as "Brass Band Musician." Under the baton of conductor Dr. Stephan Arthur Allen, The Princeton Brass Band, 2013 Champion Band of North America (NABBA), is one of the leading creative and artistic forces in the growing North American brass band scene. See their award winning performance

Concert Attendees visiting the Hunterdon Tricentennial tent will receive a birthday present in celebration of Hunterdon's 300th while supplies last!

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July 17th - TRACY LEE AND RAVINE ROAD BAND

The Tracy Lee Band is a Lehigh valley, Pennsylvania- based top 40 and classic country rock cover band, fronted by popular female country vocalist, Tracy Lee. Tracy has brought more than 20 years of stage experience together with the backing of some of the areas' most experienced, talented, and professional musicians to form one of the top country acts on the areas' festival and fair circuit. Tracy Lee and Ravine Road bring a unique mix of current and classic female country music, and by request, the band has the ability to turn it up a notch, and deliver some energetic classic rock performances to their live show, making them the perfect variety band for private parties and special events.
www.tracyleeband.com

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July 24th - THE JERSEY SHADES

The Jersey Shades have been performing in and around New Jersey for more than 20 years, playing some of the greatest music from the 50s to the present day. The six members pride themselves on their defining harmonies and
talent. The band's ultimate goal is to provide entertainment for all using bass, sax and percussion, and much more.
www.jerseyshades.com

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DIRECTIONS TO DEER PATH PARK:

LEARN MORE ABOUT DEER PATH PARK

For details on public transportation in the Flemington area please call the LINK dispatch center at 1-800-842-0531 or visit their website: www.ridethelink.com.

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ABOUT OUR CONCERTS

In February of 1977, Parks & Recreation and County Library staff met to discuss plans for holding the County's first summer concert series for families to enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere. The series would be held outdoors, so concert goers could enjoy the natural beauty of our County. Children could enjoy the music or play in the open areas near the concert area.

A total of five concerts were offered that first year. From the summer of 1977 to the present, people would either bring lawn chairs or blankets to listen to the Thursday night summer concert series. Along with the blankets and chairs, a picnic basket of snacks or full dinners were also brought. The "Music Under the Stars" concert series has continued to grow in popularity, attendance, and in the quality of musical acts each year. Additional concerts were added to provide music from the end of June to mid-August.

Initially, the performers lived nearby and were locally known. With assistance from local businesses and with individual donations, regional and nationally known artists were featured at the concert series. Performers included Arlo Guthrie, Roseanne Cash, Janis Ian, and Richie Havens.

In 2010 we began featuring many of our local talents who graciously donate their time. If interested in becoming a featured artist, please contact the Department at 908-782-1158 or email parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us for information.

We hope to see you at our Music Under the Stars Concert Series!

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INCLEMENT WEATHER:

FOR CONCERT SITE INFORMATION ON RAINY DAYS Please check our web site or call the Parks & Recreation Department after 4:30 PM by dialing (908)782–7275 {782-PARK}.

RAIN LOCATION(S) - Hunterdon Central Regional High School Auditorium {directions}
84 State Route 31
Flemington, New Jersey 08822

PLEASE NOTE - No Food is allowed in the HCRHS Auditorium.

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