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Conductor David Chan and the Montclair Orchestra receive a standing ovation for Montclair Orchestra’s second concert at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.

The Montclair Orchestra presents its mid-winter concert, “Concerto Grosso,” on Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Ave.

A release describes the concert as an “exploration of the baroque style of ‘concerto grosso,’ in which a small group of soloists plays with a larger ensemble. The exploration starts from the traditional baroque-classical music of J. S. Bach, but then jumps forward two centuries to rediscover the form as presented by Igor Stravinsky and Alfred Schnittke in the 20th century.”

Featured in this concert are Daniel Khalikov (Concertmaster) and Quan Yuan (Principal 2nd Violinist) playing Alfred Schnittke’s “Concerto Grosso No. 1.”  Both Khalikov and Yuan have held their respective positions with The Montclair Orchestra since its inception in 2017, and are also both members of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  

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In addition, The Montclair Orchestra has signed David Chan as music director  for another seven years, extending his tenure with the orchestra until 2027, and marking 10 years in the role. This extension allows the organization to work together with Chan to execute important new artistic and education initiatives, including the development of a new youth orchestra program to serve the New York metropolitan region starting in 2021. Maestro Chan was selected as the inaugural Music Director for The Montclair Orchestra in 2016, shortly after the organization was established.  

The Montclair Orchestra writes, “Under Chan’s direction, the orchestra has thrived. Most recently, they were recognized in the New York Classical Review’s ‘Top Performances of 2019,’ calling out their performance of Mozart Symphony No. 40 as one that “would best most or all of this country’s major orchestras,” and embedding the impact of the organization beyond its Northern New Jersey base and into the competitive artistic climate of New York City.
Tickets and information about the Jan. 31 performance are available online at montclairorchestra.org, or by calling (973) 435-2906.
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