Montclair Orchestra Concludes Inaugural Season With “A Tour of Color”

Mother’s Day in Montclair is set to be a little extra special this year thanks to Montclair Orchestra’s season finale, “A Tour of Color.”

Concluding a highly successful inaugural season, the Montclair Orchestra will perform “A Tour of Color” as part of a special Mother’s Day program on Sunday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Photo: Rob Davidson Photography

“The time of year were in, were going from spring and into summer… and as far as the music itself, Music Director David Chan did a number of pieces that are really colorful from a music perspective,” said founder and President Andre Weker.

The evening will be highlighted by French composer Darius Milhaud’s Le boeuf sur le toit.

“It’s a really vibrant and exciting piece of music that just showcases us moving right into summer,” Weker said.

Prior to concluding with the Milhaud piece – a nod to the 2018 Montclair Film Festival’s silent film, the program will feature Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, Mozart’s Serenata Notturna and Tchaikovsky’s Mozartiana Suite.

“A Tour of Color” is the culmination of a tremendous inaugural season by the Montclair Orchestra, which offers a unique blend of world-class musicians, amateurs and conservatory students.

“This has been a really incredible experience for me because up until this point, my orchestra experience has just been in school settings,” said Olivia Pidi, a trumpet student at Manhattan School of Music.

“It’s been a really great learning experience for me to see these professionals who have the careers that all music students dream of having, see how they act in rehearsal, and how they approach practicing their music and even just how they’re marking up their parts during rehearsal. It’s just been a huge learning experience for me to see how professional musicians are doing this,” said Pidi.

Photo courtesy of the Montclair Orchestra

Since joining the orchestra, Pidi has even received the opportunity to play second trumpet, next to her former teacher, David Krauss.

The inaugural season has far exceeded all expectations, with the orchestra seeing unexpectedly large turnouts for each concert.

“I think that the programming has been really great, each program has really been unique and shown some different facets of what the orchestra can do and different musical styles,” Pidi said.

With its inception, the orchestra has provided the local community with an opportunity to attend high-level classical performances without having to trek into New York City.

“The quality of playing has been remarkable,” Weker said. “That’s the thing most folks immediately recognize, they’re not quite prepared for the level of playing that they see.”

The orchestra will be hosting Mother’s Day promotions for “A Tour of Color” which includes a 50 percent off discount for all mothers. Tickets are $45 standard admission and $25 for students and can be purchased here or at the door.

“I think that it’s a very far-reaching program and it’s a really fun program,” Pidi said.

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