Monday, July 31, 2023

Beethoven and Bach by Sunset! Black Oak Ensemble Performs on Thursday, August 3!





Black Oak Ensemble

Thursday, August 3, at 7:30 PM

Praised for its “insightful, committed and masterful performances” (Classics Today 10/10) and “fierce eloquence” (London Times), the Black Oak Ensemble is one of the most innovative and exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Their two recordings have earned them a place in the pantheon of great chamber ensembles and their international tours have confirmed their artistic excellence for enthusiastic audiences throughout the world.

Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are members of the acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio, and violist Aurélien Fort Pederzoli was a founding member of the ground-breaking Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet. Aurélien returns to the Morris Museum after having performed here with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.



Johann Sebastian Bach

Goldberg Variations (Aria, Var. 1)


Ludwig van Beethoven

Serenade in D major, op.8


Henri Tomasi

Trio à cordes en forme de divertissement


Ástor Piazzolla

La Calle 92



Jean Cras

Trio pour violon, alto et violoncelle


Manuel de Falla

Danse Espagnole, from La Vida Breve


Photo: The Back Deck audiences picnicking before a recent concert. Photo by Jack Grassa.



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 are $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. 


A Chance of Rain?

In the event of inclement weather, outdoor performances will be held inside the Museum’s Bickford Theatre. No need to call, the Box Office will contact you by email on the day of the concert no later than 5 PM.


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



Evan Sherman Big Band

Jazz on the Back Deck

Selling Fast!

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.




Thank you for your support!





Leadership Support for the Lot of Strings Concert Series is provided by Will and Mary Leland and Lot of Strings founding donor, F. Gary Knapp.

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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