New Jersey Cultural Destinations
Princeton University Bulletin
Calendar of lectures, music, theater and exhibits on the Princeton University campus, most of which are open to the general public.
IEEE Princeton Central Jersey
AP/ED/MTT, Broadcast Technology, Circuits and Systems, CE and COM, Computer/ACM, Engineering Medicine and Biology, LEOS, Power Engineering, Robotics and Automation, and Signal Processing.
Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton
AAAP hosts regular lectures on the second Tuesday of each month at 8PM in Peyton hall on the Princeton Campus. Pre-meeting dinners are often held at a local Princeton restaurant.
Red Bank STAR Astronomy Club
Although named after Red Bank, this local astronomy club meets the first Thursday of every month at 250 Harmony Rd. in Middletown.
Princeton University Art Museum
If you arrive early for a concert in Princeton, you may want to visit the large and varied collection in the University museum.
Hours: T-ST 10-5, SN 1-5
Princeton University Concerts
hosts a series of concerts featuring world class string quartets and other small ensembles in the architecturally splendid Alexander Hall
on the Princeton campus. This beautiful stone and oak building is worth the price of admission alone. Acoustics are so outstanding that the Tokyo String Quartet has recorded here. In the summer, Richardson hosts a series of chamber music concerts which are free and open to the general public.
A second series of concerts hosted by The Friends of Music at Princeton
, many of which are free, are held in Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall.
Institute for Advanced Study Artist-in-Residence Program
The normally xenophobic Institute for Advanced Study (home to Albert Einstein) opens it's doors to the general public for a series of concerts in Wolfensohn Hall. The AIR program was launched in 1994, and for a period of seven years, concert goers enjoyed performances by pianist Robert Taub and guests. From 2001-2007, composer Jon Magnussen served as the IAS artist-in-residence. Magnussen conducted a series of concerts featuring works by himself and others, as well as hosting a series of music lectures focusing on contemporary music. For the 2007-2009 season, the artist-in-residence was Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec
. The current artist-in-residence is composer, clarinetist, and conductor Derek Bermel
Princeton Pro Musica
Designated a Distinguished Arts Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, this Princeton based chorus and orchestra offers superb performances of the choral repertoire in beautiful Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton campus.
Westminster Choir College
Westminster Choir College, located in Princeton, hosts seven different choirs. The choirs and faculty perform regularly on the Westminster campus, in Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus, the NJ Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and abroad.
Roosevelt Arts Project
Originally founded during the Depression as an agro-industrial cooperative, this town now has the highest percentage of artists of perhaps any town in America. Home to nationally known artists such as Bernarda Bryson Shahn and Jacob Landau, Roosevelt hosts a number of events which merge artists of various mediums. Read about the famous Ben Shahn mural and view a schedule of upcoming events.
Asbury Park Black Box
The Black Box is a multicultural arts incubator expanding its outreach to several different locations around the Jersey Shore while seeking a permanent home... Featured performances are held in a variety of exciting venues...
Jersey Shore Arts Center
Located in Victorian Ocean Grove, this historic landmark won an architectural award at the World's Fair in 1906. Built as a high school in 1898, it now serves as a multi-disciplinary cultural and performing arts center for the Jersey shore.
Red Bank Chamber Music Society
The Red Bank Chamber Music Society (RBCMS) is a non-profit organization presenting chamber music concerts for the benefit of the community. We sponsor concerts of the highest professional level, at no cost to members.
Brookdale Performing Arts Center
The Performing Arts Center at Brookdale is committed to producing and presenting performances by students and by local, regional and national artists to bring quality and educational art to the student body and the community.
Monmouth County Arts Council
Centered in Red Bank, this agency's mission is to coordinate and assist all County arts organizations and individual artists. Contains links to member organizations and a calendar of local music and artistic events in eastern Monmouth County.
Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts
Mason Gross School of the Arts is the flagship public arts conservatory of New Jersey. It is a community of artists—dancers, filmmakers, musicians, theater artists, and visual artists—who study, teach, create, perform, and exhibit.
Metro Lyric Opera
gave its last performance in 2008 at the Paramount Theatre
in Asbury Park under the direction of Era Tognoli
who passed away in January, 2011. Peformances were conducted by Anton Coppola, uncle of Francis Ford Coppola. Leading roles were performed by singers from the Metropolitan and New York City opera companies.
Metropolitan Opera in the Parks
Each summer, the MET puts on a series of free outdoor park performances in Montclair and Pennsauken NJ, New York City, and New Haven Connecticut. Show up early and have a lawn picnic before the show. (This link is operational only during the summer season.)
Philadelphia First Friday
Sponsored by the Old City Arts Association
, Philadelphia's art galleries host a communal open house between the hours of 5 and 9PM on the first Friday of every month. Spend an evening touring receptions and exhibition openings in the Old City section of downtown Philadelphia between Vine and Walnut streets. The Philly Gallery Guide
maintains a list of galleries and museums.
Philadelphia Folk Festival
A three day festival the weekend before Labor Day weekend in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, 45 minutes north of Philadelphia. Located on the Old Pool Farm, this event offers traditional and contemporary folk music, bluegrass, etc. on three stages along with workshops and other musical events. Music lovers can come for just a day or stay overnight at the adjacent campsite or in a nearby hotel.
NJ State Council on the Arts
Known primarily for its funding of quality arts organizations and projects, the NJSCA also supports a wide range of activities and services for artists. This site maintains an extensive set of links to various NJ and National arts websites.