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Jazz musician Emmet Cohen of Montclair
Jazz musician Emmet Cohen of Montclair

“Jews and All That Jazz.” Jazz pianist Emmet Cohen plays from a variety of composers, while also discussing the lives and histories that inspired their music. $12. March 24, 2:30 p.m. Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston, tbanj.org, 973-994-2290

“Landon String Quartet.” The group from the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University performs as part of the Conservatory Music Chamber Concert Series. Dessert reception follows. $25, $20 member and student. Series subscription available. March 24, 4 p.m. JCC MetroWest, West Orange, jccmetrowest.org/gaelen, 973-530-3915

“Mostly Music.” This chamber music concert features a series of string concertos by Back, Tartini, Haydn, and Kriesler. $35, free for those under 21. March 24, 3:30 p.m. Temple Emanu-El, Westfield, mostlymusic.org,
908-789-8578

“Tunes that Speak and Words that Sing: Reclaiming the Poetry of the Jewish People.” Eleanor Epstein, founder and conductor of Zemer Chai and choral music scholar, participates in Shabbat evening services. Free. April 2, 7:30 p.m. Anshei Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, aemt.net, 732-545-6484

“From Ladino to Yiddish to Opera.” Cantors Marina Shemesh, Benjamin Warschawski, and Brian Shamash, the Shiur Libeinu Choir, and the Temple Sinai Band present an evening of cabaret in honor of Rabbi Stuart Gershon’s 25 years at Temple Sinai. Wine, cheese, and dessert reception. $24, $18 in advance. April 6, 7:30 p.m. Temple Sinai, Summit, templesinainj.org, 908-273-4921

Eleanor Epstein conducting.

“Carmina Burana: A Scenic Cantata.” Monmouth Civic Chorus performs. $38-$56. April 6, 8 p.m. Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park, axelrodartscenter.com, 732-531-9106

“Chamber Music for Winds.” A performance of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra at the Institute for Advanced Study. Free, advanced registration required. April 7, 4:30 p.m. Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Princeton, princetonsymphony.com, 609-497-0020

“Pursuit of Harmony.” Jewish and Palestinian musicians collaborate and celebrate both cultures in Hebrew, Arabic, and English. $18; $5 under 18; free, 5 and under. April 14, 5 p.m. Temple Rodeph Torah, Marlboro, concert.trt.org, 732-308-0055

“The Best is Yet to Come.” Jazz singer Art Tapilow salutes Tony Bennett. $39-$46. April 14, 3 p.m.  Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park, axelrodartscenter.com, 732-531-9106

“Simchat Zimrah Spring Concert.” The Awesome Family Band accompanies the Junior Choir, teen choir Jew Directions, and adult choir Kol Emet. Free. May 11, 7:30 p.m. Anshei Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, aemt.net, 732-545-6484

“Mango Suite.” Three works by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla with special guest flamenco dancer Griset Damas Roche based on Sandra Cisneros’ novel, “The House on Mango Street.” May 19, 4 p.m. Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Princeton, princetonsymphony.com, 609-497-0020

“Strike up the Band.” Gabrielle Stravelli sings the music of George and Ira Gershwin. $39-$46. May 26, 3 p.m.  Axelrod Performing Arts Center,
Deal Park, axelrodartscenter.com, 732-531-9106

“The Mount Vernon Virtuosi String Orchestra.” The group from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University performs as part of the Conservatory Music Chamber Concert Series. Dessert reception follows. $25, $20 member and student. Series subscription available. June 13, 7:30 p.m.  JCC MetroWest, West Orange, jccmetrowest.org/gaelen, 973-530-3915

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