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2021
Music Under the Stars
Concert Series

 

FREE PERFORMING ARTS SERIES
"Music Under the Stars"
Returning to Deer Path Park on June 17th!
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington

 

 

ABOUT THE MUSIC UNDER THE STARS

 

SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES

 

DOWNLOAD OUR BROCHURE

 

DIRECTIONS TO DEER PATH PARK

 

HISTORY OF OUR CONCERT SERIES

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

 

ACCESSIBLITY STATEMENT

 

 

 

ABOUT OUR CONCERTS:

Music Under the StarsLOCATION: Deer Path Park, which is located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Readington Township {directions} next to the Hunterdon County YMCA facility.

Shows began 7:00 pm and run until approximately 9:00 pm.

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.

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 and the Parks Division Facebook page. A voice recording will be available at the Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 782-PARK(7275).

FREE Concerts Under the Stars - Photo by Susan L. Fisher
FREE Concerts Under the Stars - Photo by Susan L. Fisher

Free Concerts, Thursday nights this summer, 7:00 PM, at Deer Path Park!

REFRESHMENTS

Sorry, there will be no food concession at the concerts, so bring your picnic basket!

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

As we continue to re-open our facilities and popular events we ask that everyone continues to be considerate to our friends and neighbors and follow all CDC Guidelines and NJ Governor Executive Orders that are in place at the occasion of each of our events.

Our concert series has always been family-oriented.  Please be considerate so everyone may enjoy the music and the natural surroundings.  If you smoke, make sure the smoke does not bother anyone else.  Keep children in sight at all times, so that their safety is assured, and their play will not disturb others.  Some guests may be afraid of dogs, so observe our park leash law and control your pet.  Please pick up all litter. 

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE NOT PERMITTED

POSSIBLE CLOSURES DUE TO AVAILABLE SPACE IN DEER PATH PARK

Our stage is situated in front of a large, open field to accommodate lawn chairs and blankets for our audience. Additional fields will be made available for use as parking lots for each performance. There are evenings when we may need to close Deer Path Park, simply because we might fill lawn seating and/or parking spaces.

There are four very good reasons:

  1. You’ll get to visit with your friends;
  2. Fewer cars help reduce your time needed for parking before and after the concert, due to traffic;
  3. More people can enjoy the concert and
  4. If we all pitch in we can save some fossil fuel and lessen the amount of pollutants entering our air!
BE GREEN
Please Car Pool!

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2021 PERFORMANCES

June 17th: Hunterdon Symphony - “ESCAPE WITH MUSIC”

The theme of Escape plays out in many ways throughout the program, from travel to foreign lands to fantasy adventures and dreams, but is perhaps best exemplified in the piece “Sull’aria” from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, an essential component of the famous “opera scene” in the film, “The Shawshank Redemption”.  As the character Red narrates, “…those voices soared higher than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.”  After the last sixteen months of lockdowns and quarantines, this is something we can all appreciate on some level. The aria will be sung by Amalia Crevani and Amy Suznovich.  
Other works include:  D’un Matin de Printemps, by Lili Boulanger; the finale from Beethoven’s Symphony No 5; Danzas de Panama, by William Grant Still; Symphony No 4 (Italian), mvt 1, by Felix Mendelssohn; Brahms Hungarian Dance No 1, and Lord of the Rings (Medley), by Howard Shore, with Amalia Crevani, Soloist, for “In Dreams”.  You’ll also hear two small groups from the Symphony that formed during the last year:  a Flute Quartet, and a brass quintet, The Pandemix. 

Hunterdon Symphony is conducted by Lawrence Kursar. https://www.hunterdonmusicalarts.org

July 8: Southern Steel - Due to the impending weather and potential impacts from Tropical Storm Elsa, we have cancelled tonight’s concert, the Southern Steel Band.

Southern Steel is New Jersey’s premier southern rock tribute band. Their specialty is recreating the sound and excitement of the concert experience as performed by the original artists. Their high energy show delivers spot on renditions of the music of The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, 38. Special, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot and many others. They are the most requested opening act whenever The Outlaws perform in the Northeast. Southern Steel is more than a cover band, they are a Southern Rock Party.

https://southernsteelband.com

 

July 22: Hunterdon Harmonizers

The Hunterdon Harmonizers present an evening of a cappella harmony, celebrating “The Bright Side of Life,” and the long-awaited return to our “Wonderful World.”  The performance will feature OVATION, one of the leading contemporary quartets in New Jersey, SOMERSET HILLS HARMONY, SATB (men and women a cappella) with their special selections, and the HUNTERDON HARMONIZERS!  After more than a year of rehearsing on ZOOM and in drive-in venues, our enthusiasm cannot be contained.  You don’t want to miss this one!

ww.njharmonizers.org

August 5: Captain Jack Billy Joel Tribute Band

The Captain Jack Band is a Billy Joel Tribute band consisting of some of the tristate areas top musicians. The band, in every performance, captures the "live concert" arrangements of these timeless hits which captivated tens of thousands to Billy Joel concerts. Every event is packed with all the energy, passion and interaction of a Billy Joel Concert, represented by 3 decades of Billy's music in every Captain Jack show.

www.captainjacktributeband.com

 

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DIRECTIONS TO DEER PATH PARK:

  • PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington, NJ 08822
  • FROM THE FLEMINGTON AREA: At the Flemington traffic circle, take Route 31 north for approximately 4 miles. Turn right onto West Woodschurch Road and follow the sign to Deer Path Park.
  • FROM THE CLINTON AREA: At US Interstate 78, take Route 31 south for approximately 6.5 miles. Turn left onto West Woodschurch Road and follow the signs to Deer Path Park.

LEARN MORE ABOUT DEER PATH PARK

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by Charles David Viera

HISTORY OF OUR CONCERT SERIES

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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RAINY DAY CONCERT INFORMATION IS JUST A “CLICK AWAY!”

INFORMATION IS JUST A “CLICK AWAY!” We try our best to hold our concerts outdoors, but sometimes weather conditions dictate that we will need to cancel. These decisions are made during the late afternoon of each concert day.  The quickest way to find out this information is to go to our County website: www.co.hunterdon.nj.us. If the internet is not accessible, please call the Park Office and listen to the recording after 4:30 PM by dialing (908) 782-PARK (7275.)

 

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ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT: 

It is the policy of the County to provide reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities upon advance notice of need.  Persons requiring accommodations should make request at least 2 weeks prior to program attendance. 

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PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833       MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822
PHONE: 908-782-1158       EMAIL: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us       OFFICE HOURS: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday

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