When you hear the opening notes of Verdi’s “La forza del destino” performed at the inaugural concert of the new Montclair Orchestra, you will be hearing history in the making.
The original “Montclair Orchestra” was established in 1922, but the ensemble later merged with other groups in the region, eventually moving to Newark and becoming what is today the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Since then, a permanent orchestra has never been re-established — until now.
The program, inspired by opera and song and featuring Verdi, Mozart and Mahler, is a nod to Montclair Orchestra’s Musical Director David Chan, who is also concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Internationally acclaimed soprano Ying Fang will join the orchestra for the finale to Mahler’s pastoral Symphony #4.
Chan, who is is in his 17th season as leader of the MET Orchestra, is also a brilliant violinist who enjoys a diverse career as soloist, conductor, chamber musician, and teacher. His concerts have taken him to leading stages in North America, Europe, and Asia, appearing as soloist with such conductors as James Levine and Fabio Luisi.
Last weekend, the Montclair Orchestra, under Chan’s direction, had its first rehearsal at MSU’s John J. Cali School of Music (listen to them hit those very first notes in the video below). The efforts of Montclair Orchestra president Andre Weker, some 18 months in the making, and with community support and collaboration with some of the best orchestral training schools and the best orchestras in the country, culminates with this opening performance on Sunday, at 7pm.
With members of the NJSO, MET, NY Philharmonic, and students from MSU, Rutgers, Juilliard, Mannes, and Manhattan School of Music all performing together, this performance is one of a kind and expected to sell out. Don’t take a chance waiting on line for tickets at the door; buy yours here. You don’t want to miss this moment.