Concerts and Special Performances

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Subscribers to the Bickford Theatre Main Stage Series receive “member pricing” for all concerts when available.

Concert Series

Evolving Jazz with “Perfessor” Bill This event has been cancelled
Sunday, November 26, 3:00PM – 4:00PM

If you have already purchased a ticket, please call the Box Office at 973.371.3706.

Join “Perfessor” Bill at the Bickford Theatre for a glimpse into the evolution of American music, from the early 1900s, particularly ragtime, popular song and early blues, to the music known as “jass” or “jazz.”

Bill Edwards, music historian and performer will describe the growth of jazz in popular media, and its infusion into the public eye and ear! This will be accompanied by exciting visuals such as newspaper accounts, sheet music covers and some short film clips. Following an intermission, “Perfessor” Bill will perform a short concert of rag, stride and jazz.

Museum Members: $17
Non-members Advance: $18

Evolving Jazz with “Perfessor” Bill (3:00PM, Members)

Evolving Jazz with “Perfessor” Bill (3:00PM, Non-Members Advance)

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John Sebastian
Thursday, November 30, 7:30PM

Only New Jersey appearance this year!

For almost 50 years, the contributions of John Sebastian have been a permanent part of our American musical fabric. From The Lovin’ Spoonful to Woodstock to “Welcome Back Kotter,” this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter and virtuoso musician was responsible for a host of hits: “Do You Believe in Magic,” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice,” “Daydream,” “Younger Girl,” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind,” “Summer In The City,” “Rain On The Roof,” “Nashville Cats,” “Darling Be Home Soon,” “Younger Generation,” and, of course, “Welcome Back.”

Raised in Greenwich Village by a mother who wrote for radio and a father who was a famed classical harmonica player, John honed his performance skill in New Jersey at Blair Academy. Making his professional debut with the Even Dozen Jug Band, John quickly became a much sought-after accompanist, working with Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, Mississippi John Hurt, Judy Collins, and even Bob Dylan.

With his group, The Lovin’ Spoonful, he became an international star and had a string of smash hits which led to writing music for films such as Francis Ford Coppola’s You’re A Big Boy Now and Woody Allen’s What’s Up Tiger Lily. And then came Welcome Back Cotter, a chart-topping solo recording for the popular television show. Since then he has not slowed down, recording, touring, writing and even creating a series of instructional materials for guitar.

If you are a fan of John Sebastian, you won’t want to miss this evening of great music and fascinating story-telling with one of this generation’s greatest songwriters.

Museum Members: $45
Non-Members Advance: $45
Non-Members At the Door: $50

Reserved seating for this concert.

Cash Bar with Beer and Wine.

Hear an interview with John Sebastian on WCTC Radio with Bert Barron.


Photo by Catherine Sebastian.

Holiday Spectacular – Resounding Joy
Morris Choral Society
Saturday, December 9, 2017 8:00PM
Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:00PM

This annual holiday concert and sing-a long returns, featuring Christmas works by master composers throughout the ages (Saint-Saens, Bruckner, and Gjeilo), including sections from Rutter’s triumphant Magnificat.

Special guest performers this season include Express Male, men’s chamber ensemble, and members of the Morris Knolls High School Choral program. The concert always ends in a sing-along to be sure to bring “resounding joy” to all!

Museum Members: $20
Seniors: $20
Non-Members: $25
Students: $15 (with valid ID)

Reserved Seating


Holiday Choirs

Come celebrate the holiday season with talented school choirs:

  • December 5, 3:15PM, Pingry School
  • December 8, 12:30PM, Winston School
  • December 13, 1:00PM, Whippany Park High School
  • December 14, 11:30AM, Parsippany Hills High School
  • December 14, 1:30PM, Morristown Beard School
  • December 15, 1:00PM, Madison High School

These concerts are FREE and open to the public.

Center Stage: Cabaret 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:00 PM

Enjoy a night of celebration as the Morris Museum’s Access-ABILITY series showcases and talents of our community members living and thriving with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This collaborative effort will feature pieces with a “freedom” theme chosen and arranged by the Center for Enhancing Abilities, ECLC PRIDE, and New Beginnings; directed by Will Sandoval.

Tickets: $10 I Call: 973.998.6242

This project was made possible in part by The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Marcia Ball
Saturday, February 10, 8:00PM 

Multiple award winning singer and pianist Marcia Ball will raise the Bickford Theatre roof with her rollicking, infectious band as they celebrate Mardis Gras with her musical gumbo which blends blues, boogie-woogie and Texas roadhouse.

Born and raised in Louisiana, she showed an early interest in New Orleans style piano playing, exemplified by Fats Domino, Professor Longhair and James Booker. Marcia has cited the legendary New Orleans singer, Irma Thomas, as her chief vocal inspiration. She began her solo career in 1974 and has released more than a dozen critically-acclaimed albums and CDs.

The awards have never stopped coming. She has won “Contemporary Blues Album of the Year,” “Contemporary Female Blues Artist of the Year,” “Best Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards,” “Pinetop Perkins Piano Award,” and has several Grammy Award-nominations. Overall she has received six Living Blues Awards and nine Blues Music Awards (out of a remarkable 42 nominations!).

No one throws a better party than Marcia Ball and there is no better way to celebrate Mardi Gras on the weekend before Lent begins!

Museum Members: $35
Non-members Advance: $35
Non-members At the Door: $40


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The Magic of Lyn
Sunday, February 25, 3:00PM 

Lyn’s spectacular, eye-defying illusions have been astounding audiences for more than two decades.

In 2013, she became the first woman illusionist in history to receive the Milbourne Christopher Award, The Academy Award of magic, from the Society of American Magicians. Past recipients have included David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and Siegfried and Roy. She also has received the Merlin Award for Female Illusionist of the Year from the International Magician’s Society.

Lyn appears on television often and has shared the stage with many notable entertainers including Marvin Hamlisch, Jeff Dunham, Bill Engval, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. As she has been quoted many times, “Magic has been my vehicle to not only entertain, but inspire lives and make a difference.”


Museum Members: $25
Non-members Advance: $25
Non-members At the Door: $30
Students: $15 (with valid student ID)


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Brass in the Bickford
Hanover Wind Symphony
Sunday March 11, 2:00PM

Enjoy a wonderful afternoon performance by this fabulous unique group of musicians that will delight audiences of all ages with a contemporay twist to old favorites.

Under the direction of Matthew J. Paterno and Associate Music Director, Kurt Zimmerman, this symphonic band, now in its 33rd season, is made up exclusively of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.  They embrace as their mission to bring “Music to People and People to Music.”

The Bickford Theatre has become the band’s home away from home, in our intimate venue.  Don’t miss the magical sound they create!

Museum Members: $20
Seniors: $20
Non-Members: $25
Students: $15 (with valid student ID)

Reserved Seating


Photo courtesy of David Patino.


Tickets for each concert in this series:

  • Museum Members: $35
  • Seniors: $38
  • Non-members: $40
  • Students: $20 ( with valid student ID)


Trio da Paz
Thursday, March 1, 7:30PM

Featuring three of Brazil’s most in-demand musicians, Trio da Paz brings new life to the infectious spirit of jazz-oriented Brazilian music. Formed in 1990 by Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, and Duduka da Fonseca, the Trio redefines Brazilian jazz with their harmonically adventurous interplay, beautiful improvisations, and dazzling rhythms.

Composer/performer Romero Lubambo is a master at the guitar who has worked with a long list of outstanding artists including Diane Reeves, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Herbie Mann, Larry Coryell, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Weckl, and most regularly Diana Krall.

Bassist Nilson Matta made his reputation growing up in Brazil but upon moving to the States in the mid-eighties has worked and recorded extensively with pianist Don Pullen and saxophonist Joe Henderson. A popular teacher as well as performer, Nilson often appears as a featured guest for the International Society of Bassists.

Drummer Duduka da Fonseca is a Grammy Award nominee and one of the most recorded Brazilian jazz drummers. He has appeared on more than 200 albums alongside jazz icons such as Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Eddie Gomez, Joe Henderson, Nancy Wilson, Rufus Reid, Bill Charlap, and John Pizzarelli to name a few. A master Brazilian and Samba drummer, he has worked with some of the biggest names in Brazilian jazz including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Claudio Roditi, and Raul de Souza.

Trio da Paz delighted the fans at the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival a couple of years ago and is guaranteed to have you dancing in your seats all night with their infections South American rhythms!



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Garden State Philharmonic: Broadway Bound
Sunday, March 4, 2:00PM

The Garden State Philharmonic Symphony Society is dedicated to giving concerts of cultural and educational value for New Jersey communities but their concerts are also a lot of fun!

Their wonderful string quartet will appear in a special program saluting Broadway and in particular the music of Leonard Bernstein who was born 100 years ago in 1918. This show is part of a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th Century musical giant.

The concert will include work from his most famous Broadway musical, West Side Story, as well as several other compositions of his supplemented by music from other great composers.




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Christopher Johnson: Portrait of American Music
Sunday, May 6, 3:00PM

Winning high critical acclaim, pianist Christopher Johnson has given 18 solo recitals at the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Maine and recently made his 10th appearance at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum in New  York. He performed the dazzling Horowitz/Sousa “Stars and Stripes Forever” at the 2001 Presidential All-Star Gala for President George W. Bush in 2001 and in 2008, Alfred Music International released his heralded book “Popular Performer: Broadway” which comprises piano arrangements for Broadway shows.

Dr. Johnson will perform the New Jersey premiere of his composition “Rhapsody on America the Beautiful” as well as classical favorites. Dr. Johnson performs throughout the USA, Europe, Central America, South America, and Canada.




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