Friday, May 19, 2023

Announcing a New Season of Outdoor Concerts on the Back Deck! Member Early Access this Week!





Early Access to Morris Museum Members:

Thursday, May 18 through Wednesday, May 24

The 2023 season of concerts on The Back Deck features a great mix of returning favorites and exciting debuts. Get your tickets soon to reserve the best spaces and then pack your picnics and prepare for your summer serenade! If you aren't a member already, join today to enjoy first dibs on tickets for The Back Deck and enjoy access to the museum, invitations to openings, and discounts in the Bickford Theatre throughout the year!

Members can purchase tickets today—a whole week before the box office opens to the general public!



Attendees must bring their own chairs and are welcome to bring refreshments to enjoy the live music atop the Morris Museum’s elevated parking deck. 

TICKETS: $50 for an 8’x8’ block that accommodates up to two patrons (in green on the seating chart) or $25 for a block that accommodates one patron (in orange). Concerts begin at 7:30 PM but patrons are welcome to arrive as early as 5:00 PM to enjoy their picnics. In the event of inclement weather, outdoor performances will be held inside the Museum’s Bickford Theatre. 

Bickford Theatre Ticket & Visitor Information

The Morris Museum has adopted a dynamic mask policy for upcoming events inside the Bickford Theatre. Face masks are currently optional in the CENTER and HOUSE RIGHT sections and are required in the HOUSE LEFT section. This policy is subject to change at any time. For assistance, call the box office at 973-971-3706.



Upcoming Back Deck Concerts



The Antoinette Montague Experience

Jazz on the Back Deck

Thursday, June 22 | 7:30 PM


Kick off the Jazz on the Back Deck Season with the Antoinette Montague Experience! Known throughout the region for her talents as a vocalist, mentor, and radio host, when Antoinette walks onto a stage the audience knows they are in for an unforgettable evening.


Don Braden Big Band and Quartet

Jazz on the Back Deck

Thursday, June 29 | 7:30 PM

Don Braden celebrates the release of the highly anticipated Earth Wind and Wonder Volume 2 recording on The Back Deck!


Martin Pizzarelli and Friends

Jazz on the Back Deck

Thursday, July 13 | 7:30 PM


Back by popular demand, bassist Martin Pizzarelli returns to the Back Deck to remind us all why he is widely considered the most swinging bassist and the “keeper of the flame”.



Lot of Strings Music Festival

Tuesday, July 18 | 7:30 PM

The genre-defying and ever-exciting ETHEL returns to the Back Deck for their first appearance since 2021. Known for their arrangements of a vast array of music, ETHEL delivers electric performances that surprise critics and audiences alike. 


Dover Quartet

Lot of Strings Music Festival

Saturday, July 22 | 7:30 PM


Named one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by BBC Music Magazine, the GRAMMY® nominated Dover Quartet has followed a “practically meteoric” (Strings) trajectory to become one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world.


Amani: A Celebration of Harry Belafonte

Jazz on the Back Deck

Thursday, July 27 | 7:30 PM


In 1959, Harry Belafonte created a live recording from Carnegie Hall that would remain on the charts for over three years. This concert highlighted Belafonte’s sensitivity as an artist and activist through his iconic performance of beloved works.


Black Oak Ensemble

Lot of Strings Music Festival

Thursday, August 3 | 7:30 PM


Performing works from Bach to Tango, the ensemble that reached #1 on the billboard classical charts last summer demonstrates their virtuosic versatility. 


Evan Sherman Big Band
Jazz on the Back Deck

Thursday, August 10 | 7:30 PM


The Evan Sherman Big Band returns after sell-out shows in the Bickford Theatre and Back Deck with a delightful and surprising program.


Alla Boara

Jazz on the Back Deck

Saturday, August 19 | 7:30 PM


Making their NJ and Back Deck debut, Alla Boara brings a contemporary jazz sensibility to the ancient folk music of Italy! Alla Boara seeks to bring recognition and new life to Italy’s diverse history of regional folk music.


Galvin Cello Quartet

Lot of Strings Music Festival

Saturday, August 26 | 7:30 PM


The Galvin Cello Quartet explores the limitless range of a cello ensemble by bringing together new works from diverse cultural backgrounds while seeking to establish the cello quartet as a core part of the classical music world.




Leadership support for the Lot of Strings Concert Series is provided by Will and Mary Leland. 

Support for the Back Deck Concert Series is provided by Morris County Tourism Bureau, a Division of the Morris County Economic Development Alliance. 

The Morris County Economic Development Alliance & Morris County Tourism Bureau receives operating support from the County of Morris and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the NJ Department of State. The MCEDA & Morris County Tourism Bureau receives funding through a grant from NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. 




The Morris Museum gratefully acknowledges generous operating support from the following funders:



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