Morris Museum to Feature Lot Of Strings Music Festival and Jazz on the Aft Deck
In its third year, Jazz on the Back Deck and Lot of Strings Music Festival will return to the Morris Museum’s Back Deck from June 11 with a first Back Deck performance by the Argus Quartet. With jazz and chamber music concerts, the program includes Dan Levinson, Martin PizzarelliTesla Quartet, Telegraph Quartet, and more.
The Back Deck was conceived at the dawn of the pandemic and quickly became a destination for music lovers from across the East Coast. This season includes 11 concerts covering a wide range of jazz and classical music, bringing together some of the best ensembles at the Morris Museum. Since launching in July 2020, The Back Deck has featured over 50 performances by critically acclaimed artists and welcomed nearly 10,000 patrons through thick and thin.
“The Back Deck began as a creative attempt to continue the important work of connecting artists and audiences at a time when it was more difficult than ever. What was born out of necessity has blossomed into a well-known tradition. loved.” said Brett Wellman Messenger, director of living arts curation at the Morris Museum.
The season kicks off on Saturday, June 11 with The Argus Quartet playing a stellar program that includes Fanny Mendelssohn’s rhapsodic string quartet in E-flat major; Princeton faculty member and composer, Respiri by Juri Seo; I can’t and I don’t want Christopher Cerrone; and Of Being, a work by Jessica Meyer commissioned for the Argus Quartet by Chamber Music America. Upcoming concerts in June will feature the return of two Back Deck veterans: Martin Pizzarelli which plays jazz favorites and Tesla Quartet whose technical mastery of the quartet form has made it a staple of Lot of Strings since the series launched in 2020.
The season continues in July and August with the Telegraph Quartet playing Schoenberg, Amani bringing Caribbean flair to local summer favourites, Dan Levinson, and newcomer Alea who will deliver her original compositions with buttery vocals and captivating sax solos. Below is the full program.
2022 Back Deck Schedule
Argus Quartet || June 11 at 8 p.m.
Martin Pizzarelli and friends || June 23 at 8 p.m.
Tesla Quartet || June 30 at 8 p.m.
Telegraph Quartet || July 7 at 8 p.m.
Amani: Caribbean Calypso || July 9 at 8 p.m.
Dan Levinson || July 21 at 8 p.m.
Antoinette Montague || July 30 at 8 p.m.
Danny Jonokuchi || August 4 at 8 p.m.
Balourdet Quartet || August 13 at 8 p.m.
Evan Sherman Big Band || August 20 at 8 p.m.
Random || August 25 at 8 p.m.
For tickets and information: morrismuseum.org/outdoor-events
Will and Mary Leland are major supporters of the Lot of Strings Music Festival. Additional support provided by Lot of Strings founding donor F. Gary Knapp.
Information and guidelines for visitors to the back patio
Attendees should bring their own chairs and are encouraged to bring refreshments to enjoy the live music atop the elevated parking lot at the Morris Museum. All tickets are $50 for an 8’x8′ block that seats up to two patrons. Concerts begin at 8 p.m., but guests are welcome to arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. to enjoy their picnics in the evening sun. In the event of inclement weather, outdoor performances will take place inside the Museum’s Bickford Theatre. Masks are mandatory in the Bickford Theater.
About the Morris Museum
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, multifaceted arts and culture institution serving the public through its exhibitions and performances, which strive to interpret the past and discover the future through art, sound and movement. The museum houses the historic and internationally significant Murtogh D. Guinness collection of mechanical musical instruments and automatons. The Museum’s Bickford Theater is a 312-seat performing arts facility, offering unique programming of film, jazz and live performances through its innovative series, Live Arts. As the only Smithsonian affiliate in New Jersey, he launched Spark!Lab, a dynamic learning space created by Smithsonian that will inspire young visitors to create, collaborate and innovate.