Monday, December 21st, 2015

Don’t let this incredible warm spell fool you: it’s late December and about time to say goodbye to 2015. And New Year’s Eve means the return of the First Night Morris celebration — for its 24th year — with tickets now on sale.

British Invasion Tribute to perform at First Night Morris

British Invasion Tribute to perform at First Night Morris

There will be more than 200 artists and 80 performances in 24 venues, for people of all ages and tastes, and all within walking distance of the Morristown Green.

This celebration of arts and culture in an alcohol-free environment includes two fireworks displays – at 9:15 and midnight.

There is also free shuttle service all evening.

The December 31, 2015 event will feature dance, theater, music, world cultures, visual arts and children’s events.

More than half of the program will feature new artists, or artists returning after several years. Many of them have performed at top venues, on national radio/TV, in major films, and/or collaborated with superstars of performing arts.

For the cost of a ticket –$17.50-$25 — you can experience everything from classical chamber music to the Australian aboriginal didgeridoo.

Robert Costello will perform as Abraham Lincoln at First Night Morris

Robert Costello will perform as Abraham Lincoln at First Night Morris

Some examples: On the jazz/rock front, Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics will offer 1920-30s New Orleans and Chicago style “hot jazz;  the British Invitation Tribute (which opened for Ringo Starr) performs classic 60’s rock. The Feinberg Brothers offer classic bluegrass, while the Zydeco Revelators share Cajun rhythms, and James Langton offers change-of-pace Salute to Sinatra.

First Night also offers cultural experiences from around the world such as Music from China’s Youth Orchestra  the sounds of the Norwegian Hardanger Fiddleand the elemental drone of the Didge Project’s Australian aboriginal didgeridoo.

There are compelling rhythms and high energy movement of Féraba’s West African Dance, Drumming and TapLatin salsa, merengueand tangos of Daniel Herrera’s DREAMS dancers or the beautiful costumes and elegant choreography of the Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoo

Also, there are a host of kid and family friendly acts and activities.

For a complete listing of events, venues and ticket information, visit: www.firstnightmorris.com