Giralda Music and Arts Festival

It was the perfect way to start the summer : Morris Arts’ 36th annual Giralda Music & Arts Festival, which took place on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Giralda Farms,  in Madison brought out wonderful, enthusiastic crowds who made the most of the glorious weather! Attendees enjoyed the chance to relax on the gracious lawns of the Giralda Farms (the former Dodge estate) and savored the spirited performance by the renowned New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  There were lavish picnics  which garnered $2,300+ worth of prizes generously donated by  Braunschweiger Jewelers, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and Gardens, the Mayo Performing Arts Center, the Morris County Historical Society/Acorn Hall, Morris County Park Commission’s Historic Sites Division, Morris County Tourism Bureau,  Morris Museum, The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, ShopRite/Village Super Market Inc. and the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. And it was heartwarming to see newcomers and “regulars” such as the Conte family which has been coming for many years…and came again this year, celebrating the 90th birthday of Ralph Conte, who considers Giralda an annual delight and the only proper way to herald the summer!

For those not packing picnics, food was available at several wonderful food trucks including a fully stocked antique ice cream truck, and trucks featuring empanadas, Thai food , etc. . The Montclair Art Museum truck led children’s art making activities and Whirled Revolution provided hula hooping fun for all ages. Booths of 24 different artists and fine crafters were also available for everyone to enjoy (and have the opportunity to purchase original works).

Under the baton of one of Chile’s most prominent orchestral conductors, José Luis Domínguez, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Giralda program featured concert, theater and dance music from Leonard Bernstein, Joe Pablo Moncayo, Astor Piazzolla, Florence Price, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin.

The 2019 program features



Celebrate the diversity of the Americas with the NJSO this summer! Explore the continents with concert, theater and dance music from Leonard Bernstein, José Pablo Moncayo, Astor Piazzolla, Florence Price, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin.  Hear hits from West Side Story and Porgy and Bess, travel to Mexico with Arturo Marquez’s Conga del Fuego Nuevo and experience patriotic favorites along with Copland’s classic “Hoe Down” from Rodeo.

Bernstein/arr. Peress  Overture to West Side Story
Márquez  Danzón No. 2
Copland “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from  Appalachian Spring
Piazzolla Libertango
Moncayo  Huapango
Copland “Hoe Down” from Rodeo


Márquez  Conga del Fuego Nuevo
arr. Norris Duke Ellington Medley
Price “Silk Hat and Walking Cape” from Dances in the Canebrakes
Gershwin/arr. Bennett Porgy and Bess Selections for Orchestra
Gould American Salute
Various/arr. Lowden Armed Forces Salute


Here are some PHOTOS from Giralda 2019:

Check out the additional photos and an informative article on


Here are some photos of prizewinning picnics in past years….the tradition contiued with fabulous picnic prizes for such creative instincts!



2019 Giralda Music & Arts Festival Sponsors

Giralda Property Sponsors: Open Spaces Management Association, GRC Management Corp., Lincoln Equities LLC, Giralda Farms RE LLC, Linque Management Company, Inc., American Realty Capital, AHS Hospital Corp., Atlantic Health System, 1 Giralda Realty LLC, 3 Giralda Realty LLC, 7 Giralda Realty LLC, Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

Community Sponsors: Crum & Forster Insurance, MetLife Foundation, The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, Kings Food Markets, Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, Shoprite Supermarkets, County of Morris, Township of Chatham and Morris County Park Commission 

Thank you to our sponsors who make the Giralda Music & Arts Festival possible.