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Music Director David Chan, concertmaster of Metropolitan Opera orchestra, conducts Verdi’s Overture to “Laforza del destino” at the Montclair Orchestra’s inaugural concert, “Operatic Connections.” ADAM ANIK/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL

The Montclair Orchestra has announced its 2018-19 season of five concerts featuring the Montclair Orchestra’s unique combination of highly trained students and world-class professionals. Music Director David Chan will lead each of the season concerts, providing some of the highest caliber music to be experienced in the New York/New Jersey region.

The first two concerts will take place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Ave.

On Sept. 30, a full 75-piece orchestra comprised of student fellows and professional mentors will present A Shakespeare Evening, a curated selection of Shakespeare-themed music including Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet,” along with Korngold’s “Much Ado About Nothing” suite and Verdi’s music from “Macbeth.” Local actors will present spoken passages interwoven into the program to apply additional context to the music.

The second concert on Nov. 18  will feature contrasting music of light and dark, referred to as Chiaroscuro in Italian. Modern composer Gyorgi Ligeti’s “Ramifications.” Shostakovich’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in c minor,” with internationally acclaimed Steinway artist Gilles Vonsattel at the piano, will supply the dark side of the program, while Mahler’s “Adagietto” from his “Symphony No. 5” and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” will provide the light.

The third and fourth concerts will take place at Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park St., with the fifth concert returning to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

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On Jan. 13, 2019, MO will present its first full Children’s Concert at Central Presbyterian Church, following on the success of a chamber children’s concert during the inaugural season. Children will be introduced to a mix of classical family favorites, and be able to participate in a “percussion petting zoo.” The highlight of the program will be “Peter Rabbit,” presented in collaboration with New Camerata Opera, based on the Beatrix Potter classic and set to the music of Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore.”

Montclair resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings” sets the tone for a concert on March 10. Walker is the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for his work “Lilacs” in 1996. The lyrical music theme is expanded with renowned pianist Olli Mustonen’s “Nonetto II,” plus Mozart’s popular “Symphony No. 40” and his “Clarinet Concerto,” with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s Principal Clarinetist Innhyuck Cho featuring as soloist.

The final concert of the season will take place on April 28, with the theme of French Connection. Haydn’s French-inspired Symphony No. 60 “Il distratto” will pair with French composer Bizet’s “Symphony in C,” and Hector Berlioz’ “Les nuits d’ete,” featuring Metropolitan Opera standout Yunpeng Wang as the baritone vocal soloist.

Montclair Orchestra members have access to tickets now; tickets go on sale to the general public on September 1, 2018. Tickets can be purchased individually, or in 3-concert or full season packages.

Information on ticket pricing and donor discounts can be found on the orchestra website at montclairorchestra.org.

About The Montclair Orchestra

​The Montclair Orchestra is a unique training orchestra that offers fellowship playing positions to students from some of the most recognizable music schools in the world, including The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Cali School of Music, and Mason-Gross School for the Arts. Playing alongside the student fellows are professional ‘mentors’, including a number of  the world’s best orchestral musicians. Players from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St Luke’s, and other New York metro -area orchestras play alongside the student fellows for an unforgettable experience for both musicians and audience. Leading the orchestra is Music Director David Chan, the concertmaster for the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The Montclair Orchestra is a New Jersey-based 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization.