Thursday, June 23, 2016


Morris Arts’ 33rd  Annual Giralda Music & Arts Festival

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(ABOVE: L-R: Conductor Gemma New; The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Giralda 2015, under Conductor Gemma New; Happy organizers of prizewinning Joie de Vivre picnic; The Montclair Art Truck’s participatory elephant decorating project; happy crowds relax and enjoy the great music.)

WHEN: Sunday, June 26. Gates open at 4pm for activities and picnics (no pets, no BBQ’s). The concert starts at 6pm.
Giralda Farms, Dodge Drive/Madison Ave. (Rt. 124) in Madison
RAIN SITE: By special arrangement with the Morris County Park Commission, our rainsite at the Mennen Arena, 161 East Hanover Ave., Morristown will host the same, full experience of the Giralda Music & Arts Festival as you would have outdoors - with the art show and sale, family arts activities, picnics (and prizes) and, of course, the concert!
TICKETS: (take advantage of lower pricing for advance tickets!)*
In advance: Adults: $15 adults (over 12); Children: $4; under 4, free.
At the gate: Adults: $20 adults (over 12); Children: $5; under 4, free.

The perfect way to start the summer? At Morris Arts’ 33rd annual Giralda Music & Arts Festival, you can hear the state’s top orchestra, relax on the beautiful lawns of former Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge estate, see (and purchase) original artworks, enjoy family/children’s arts activities, indulge your ice cream cravings at the fully stocked antique ice cream truck or just picnic with friends and family. Best of all, weather is not a concern at all!

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(ABOVE: L-R: Whirled Revolution; art by Virginia Puskar and Medy Bozkurtian; Sylvia Potluck picnickers; Enjoying Bad Ad’s picnic; vintage ice cream truck.)

In keeping with Giralda tradition, there will be very generous prizes for the most inventive picnics and the fabulous 50/50 raffle, which nets some lucky person a big cash prize (often over $1,000)!  Invite that special someone, friends, family, neighbors, club members or college chums to share a picnic and help support the important work of Morris Arts, which has been building community through the arts for 43 years.

Once again conducted by the talented Gemma New, this year’s program will include Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra; Tchaikovsky’s  Waltz of the Flowers  from The Nutcracker; Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana; the Allegro from Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik;  the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7;  Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture; Offenbach’s Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld; Bernstein’s (arr. Mason)  Selections from West Side Story; Holcombe’s Hooray for Hollywood; Holcombe’s Tribute to Walt Disney; The March from Williams’ Raiders of the Lost Ark; Holcombe’s Ghostbusters; Arlen’s Over the Rainbow; Williams’ E.T.; Williams’ Harry’s Wondrous World; Williams’ Star Wars  and Lowden’s Armed Forces Salute.

*Advance Tickets can be purchased at:

  • Morris Arts online at or (973) 285-5115, x14
  • Kings Food Markets (Morristown and Chatham)
  • Gary’s Wine and Marketplace (Madison)

If you require special accommodation, please contact Kadie Dempsey (973) 285-515, x17.

CONTACT: Kaity DeLaura at (973) 285-5115, ext. 14 or via email at In the event of uncertain weather, please check the website or call (973) 285-5115 AFTER 12 pm on the day of the concert  for the latest updates.