Essex County Parks To Hold Free Summer Concerts

The Essex County Park System is holding the 2017 Essex Country Free Summer Music Concert Series this July. Upcoming events feature The Duprees, Latin Splendor and the Trilogy Opera Company.

“Our Free Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage in venues throughout our historic Essex County Park System,” DiVincenzo said. “Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze and dance to the sounds of classical, rock and roll, jazz, big band, Latin and more. We have an outstanding line-up that is sure to entertain and impress.”

The Duprees were founded in Jersey City in the early sixties. The Duprees rose to fame with the 1962 hit “You Belong To Me” and continued to occupy the music charts with love songs for the rest of the decade. They will be playing at the Essex County Brookdale Park in Montclair on Fri, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The 2017 Essex Summer Concert Series continues with a performance by Latin Splendor in Essex County Riverbank Park in Newark on Tues., July 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Lastly, the Trilogy Opera Company is presenting a production of “Treemonisha” written by Scott Joplin, an African American composer famous for his ragtime piano pieces. The opera examines the idea that education is the salvation of the Negro race by following Treemonisha, an educator who leads her community against magicians who prey on the ignorance and superstition of others. When the magicians kidnap Treemonisha, the community is left with a decision on whether or not to reject the magician’s message. They will be playing at the Essex County Veterans Memorial Park in Newark on Wed., July 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Concerts are held at accessible sites. Persons who require special accommodations or assistance are asked to call at least two weeks prior to the concert to alert staff as to their needs. Admission to the concerts is free. For more information, call the Department of Parks, Recreations and Cultural Affairs at 973-268-3500.

The Summer Music Concert Series is being sponsored by Rose Squared Productions, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and TD Bank. The series is also made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 23 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.

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