Concerts and Special Performances

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Concert Series

Marcia Ball. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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 Mardi 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



Magic of Lyn. Photo courtesy of Lynn Dillies.

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)



Hanover Wind Symphony. Photo Courtesy of David Patino.

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



Tickets for each concert in this series:

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


Trio da Paz. Photo courtesy of the artists.

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!

 This concert is Reserved Seating.


Garden State Philharmonic String Quartet: 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.

 This concert is Reserved Seating.


Photo and logo courtesy of artists.

Christopher Johnson. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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.

 This concert is Reserved Seating.