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Spring Arts: The Music List
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Spring Arts: The Music List

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Garland Jeffreys. With a brand new album scheduled to drop this spring and a feature documentary in progress, the legendary Garland Jeffreys continues to defy expectations. It’s impossible to classify his music into neat little boxes — his thoughtful, passionate songs mix new wave, soul, reggae, garage rock, doo-wop, and Latin influences to create a deeply personal hybrid that reflects his multi-ethnic roots. March 18, 8 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, jccnj.org, 908-889-8800, ext. 253

Sharim v’Sharot Jewish Choral Festival. Sharim v’Sharot, People of Song, a choral foundation under the leadership of Dr. Elayne Robinson Grossman, music director and conductor, will present Jewish choirs from New Jersey in performance at the 10th annual Sharim V’Sharot Jewish Choral Festival. In celebration of the centennial of the American-Jewish composer Leonard Bernstein, guest speaker Cantor David Tilman will give the scholar -in-residence address on “The Life and Jewish Works of Leonard Bernstein.”  Admission is free. March 19, 2 p.m. Burlington County Library, Westampton, contact sharimvsharot@gmail.com

“The Lions of Broadway, Cy Coleman and Jerry Herman.” Pianist, singer, and lecturer Fred Miller has spent several decades profiling America’s popular composers and musicians. Seated at the piano, he will sing songs written by Broadway greats Cy Coleman and Jerry Herman, and provide insight into their lives. March 19, 2-4 p.m. Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston, tbanj.org/prime-time, 973-994-2290

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. A psychedelic, multimedia concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The performance by the legendary Beatles cover band is a fundraiser for NCJW West Morris Section. March 23, 8 p.m. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, contact lisakb53@yahoo.com

David Broza and Ali Paris. “Bridging the Divide” concert and conversation with Israel’s premier folksinger, David Broza, and Palestinian musician Ali Paris. The event marks the 30th anniversary of the Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Fund, an endowment supporting social action projects created in memory of the Princeton resident who died at 20 from an aneurysm. March 26, 4 p.m. Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, Princeton, tickets.princeton.edu, 609-258-9220

Kol Halayla. Rutgers University’s first co-ed a cappella group hosts a Shabbat A Cappella concert with Muhlenberg College’s Chaimonics and Brandeis University’s Manginah. April 22, 9:30 p.m.  Rutgers Academic Building room 2125, New Brunswick, kolhalayla.com/concert-preorders.html

Andrea Marcovicci. New York cabaret artist Andrea Marcovicci recreates her moving and charming show “I Am Anne Frank” based on the famed diary, with music by Michael Cohen and lyrics by Enid Futterman, accompanied by a live chamber orchestra. Originally presented at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, in 1996, “I Am Anne Frank” is a lasting tribute to the diary’s namesake as well as the many victims and survivors of the Holocaust. April 23, 3 p.m. Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park, axelrodartscenter.com, 732-531-9106

Idan Raichel. International musician Idan Raichel, well known and loved as the band leader of the Idan Raichel Project over the last 12 years, is making a bold new move by returning to the live concert scene with his solo performance.  Raichel will play acoustic piano, electric piano, percussion, drum pad and looper, and even some chosen toys of his two young daughters, which he uses to create sound in honor and celebration of his fairly new status as a father. April 25, 8 p.m. Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, bergenpac.org, 201-227-1030 

Noa. Noa (aka Achinoam Nini) is Israel’s leading international songwriter and performer. She sings in six languages and has shared the stage with superstars such as Sting, Pat Metheny, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli, and more. Together with her longstanding collaborator Gil Dor, she has released over 15 albums which have sold millions the world over. May 13, 8:30 p.m. Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park, axelrodartscenter.com, 732-531-9106

The Real Diamond — The Premier Neil Diamond Band. Come sing along to your favorite Neil Diamond tunes as performed by the energetic and enthralling Real Diamond cover band. The event is sponsored by the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County. June 11, 7 p.m. Monroe Township Senior Center, Monroe Township, jhmomc.org, 732-252-6990

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