CLARK, NJ—The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation announced the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) will kick off the 57th annual Summer Arts Festival Concert Series at Oak Ridge Park in Clark on Friday June 23th at 7:30 p.m.

The Orchestra, conducted by Sameer Patel, presents classical, pops and family programs. The Orchestra welcomes new Music Director Xian Zhang for this season.  

“The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is one of the state’s cultural treasures and we are excited to feature them as our opening act for our Summer Arts Festival,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “We encourage our residents to enjoy the music under the stars, and a memorable night of classical entertainment.”

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This year’s performance will take the audience on a “Road Trip Across the USA,” NJSO-style. Travel from our New Jersey home through the heartland with John Williams’ moving score to Lincoln, to the Wild West and Copland’s iconic Rodeo, all the way to the Magic Kingdom with favorite music from Beauty and the Beast. It’s fun for the whole family on this memorable musical trip.

The show is free, and visitors are urged to pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments and snacks will also be available from vendors. In the event of rain the concert will be moved indoors to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, located at 667 Westfield Road in Scotch Plains.

There are many free concerts included in the UC Summer Arts Festival series at Oak Ridge Park in Clark and Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.  A complete list of concerts is below.  

No matter the event, attendees are encouraged to bring a mat or beach towel to participate in  the the popular Union County Get Fit Yoga program.   This program is included at each concert beginning at 6:30 p.m.   Bring a mat or beach towel and participate in this healthy activity for the entire family. 

The concert line up:

Oak Ridge Park, Clark

June 23th New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

 

Echo Lake Park, Mountainside

July 5th Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens

July 12th Tusk (Fleetwood Mac Tribute)

July 19th The Vinny’s

July 26th Hudson River Rats

 

Oak Ridge Park, Clark

August 2nd Dead Space (The Grateful Dead Experience

August 9th American Rapture

August 16th Black Dog (The Led Zeppelin Tribute

August 23th New York State of Mind (Tribute to Billy Joel)