The Montclair Orchestra Portrays ‘Change’ Through Music, December 10

The Montclair Orchestra will present its second season concert, Change, on Sunday, December 10th at 5:00 P.M. The theme of the concert will explore various concepts of ‘change’ in music through different time periods.

The program will consist of Fratres by Arvo Pärt, written in 1983; Metamorphosen by Richard Strauss, written at the end of World War II in 1945; and The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, written in the early 18th century. The orchestra will perform in the resonant, cathedral-like space of Immaculate Conception Church in Montclair Center.

“The concept of change can be interpreted in so many different ways,” says orchestra president Andre Weker. “Through this concert, we can see how an early classical composer like Vivaldi sought to explore the changing of the seasons; how Richard Strauss developed an incredibly emotional piece, Metamorphosen, during the final days of the second world war, constantly changing and morphing between styles and musical themes; and how modern day Arvo Pärt has developed music that is in a constant state of fluid evolution through his work, Fratres.”

The Concertmaster is Michelle Kim, Assistant Concertmaster for the New York Philharmonic, with Music Director David Chan leading as both conductor and violin soloist for The Four Seasons. Orchestra members include members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera, and student fellows from Montclair State University – Cali School of Music, Rutgers – Mason Gross School for the Arts, The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, and Yale University.

This is the second concert in the 2017-2018 concert series. The opening concert on October 22nd was a sellout with over 500 in attendance, and drew wide acclaim from the community and music industry professionals.

Tickets for the upcoming performance can purchased online at, or by calling The Montclair Orchestra at (973) 435-2906.

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