“A Shakespeare Evening,” the opening concert for Montclair Orchestra’s second season presents four pieces of music inspired by Shakespeare plays, performed by a 70-piece orchestra, with scenes from those plays performed by professional and student actors, Sunday, Sept. 30, in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Montclair.”
The season opener included favorite masterworks, as well as lesser known Shakespeare-based pieces, interwoven with spoken passages;
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture & Nocturne Felix Mendelssohn
“Much Ado About Nothing” Suite Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Macbeth Prelude & Ballet Music Giuseppe Verdi
Romeo and Juliet Piotr I. Tchaikovsky
David Chan told Montclair Local he hoped the sum of the concert would be more than its parts. “It will be a discovery for all of us,” he said. “I’m eager to see how it works.” With the momentum of the orchestra’s successful first season, he hopes to reach further into the community, and deepen MO’s educational mission: “I hope that more people climb aboard the train.”
Montclair resident Geoffrey Owens, who founded the Brooklyn Shakespeare Company, and is well known for his role on “The Cosby Show,” was joined by professionals Colin Ryan, of the Royal National Theatre Summer Acting Program, and Pamela Kahl, a member of Stratford Upon Duncan in Jersey City. Student performers were drawn from Montclair High’s School of Visual and Performing Arts alumni: Aaron Drill, a recent graduate of Emerson College; Vivian Belosky, a recent graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, and Sophia Seidenberg, currently a senior at Barnard College. Seidenberg, who is an executive board member of Columbia University’s King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe, reached out to the other SVPA alumni.
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