SUMMIT, NJ - Since its inception in 2007, the Summit-based Continuo Arts Foundation has received attention from and within the international music world and in the Tri-State area. To commemorate a decade of musical performances, the Foundation will present 'Decade', a concert celebration on May 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School.

In presenting 'Decade', the Foundation is promising "a sight and sound spectacular" featuring Continuo Arts Chorale ensembles including the Children and Youth Choirs of New Jersey, Civic Chorale of New Jersey, Sonare, Seniors Sing!, Alumni Singers, special guest artists and the Continuo Arts Chamber Orchestra.

Under the baton of Founder and Executive Director Dr. Candace Wicke, members from Summit and surrounding communities will entertain the crowd with selections from major performances and events from seasons past.

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Repertoire from Carnegie Hall premieres, international tours, musical theater medleys and international performances will be featured with multi-media presentations interspersed throughout the show. Special guest artist, composer and conductor Gary Fry -- whose compositions can be heard in both the concert hall and commercially in jingles for McDonald’s and many other major U.S. corporations -- will conduct the Children and Youth Choirs of New Jersey, both programs of the Continuo Arts Foundation, in his compositions “Hope” and the rousing “If You Believe in Music” with guest soloist Craig Sanphy.

Continuo Arts ensembles have appeared in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Music Center at Strathmore and other first tier venues of note. They have appeared on tour with Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra, premiered Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in 42 shows at the Paper Mill Playhouse and were the first U.S. organization in history to present a concert inside the Sistine Chapel.  

The Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music was opened in 2016, consolidating office, studios, ensemble and rehearsal hall space. The Conservatory, located at 36 Chatham Road in Summit, offers a full range of private music lessons, musical theater programs and is home to the Children and Youth Choirs of New Jersey, Civic Chorale of New Jersey, Seniors Sing! and Sonare, a young professionals chamber ensemble.

Tickets for 'Decade',priced at $20 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and Students, are available by calling 908-264-5324 for tickets and visit continuoarts.com for more information.

Funding for this program is made available through the Local Arts Program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, and local foundations, businesses, members and patrons.  

Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School is located at 272 Morris Avenue.