Adegoke Steve Colso

Montclair’s Adegoke Steve Colson: jazz and the city

Montclair resident and Grammy nominee Adegoke Steve Colson presents “Here Is the Place, Our City,” a jazz-flavored tribute, commissioned by New Jersey Performing Arts Center, to honor Newark’s 350th anniversary on Friday, April 7,...
champs

Montclair’s musical champs

Four Montclair High School students have won national awards in music. Jeremy Stepansky, left, a pianist and composer, was named a 2017 National Young Arts Foundation Merit Winner in jazz composition. Three students were...
quartet

Montclair’s Peak Performances hosts string quartet festival this weekend

Four string quartets will perform at Peak Performances’ “All Terrain String Festival: Bolcom 4x4” from Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave.The...
Autumn Turner

Montclair’s Autumn Turner competes on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Montclair’s Autumn Turner was on the 12-member team chosen by Alicia Keys, and will compete in “Battle Rounds” against teams chosen by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani.During the show on Tuesday, Feb....
NEA

Montclair arts groups speak out for the NEA

By GWEN OREL orel@montclairlocal.newsWhen Jazz House Kids first presented a Montclair Jazz Festival, “we were on a raised grass and rock platform in Nishuane park,” said Melissa Walker, founder and president of the festival’s producing...
Oratorio Society

Montclair: Oratorio Society of New Jersey performers keep singing

By Gwen Orel orel@montclairlocal.newsWhen they sing, they feel free. Uplifted. Inspired. And challenged. Definitely challenged.Laughter came from three long-time members of Oratorio Society of New Jersey as they talked about the challenge of learning Francis Poulenc’s “Stabat Mater”...
Quixote

Making mad music: ‘Quixote’ at Peak Performances, Montclair State University

Tonight, March 23, Peak Performances will present the world premiere of “Quixote,” a new opera with music by Amy Beth Kirsten, directed by Mark DeChiazza, performed by the HOWL ensemble. It will play at...
standing orchestra

Montclair to have standing orchestra

By GWEN OREL orel@montclairlocal.newsMontclair will soon have its own standing orchestra. Not a small chamber group, but a proper orchestra, led by a conductor/music director who is the concert master, or top violinist, of the Metropolitan...
Chieftains

55 years and feeling the buzz: The Chieftains come to NJPAC

BY GWEN OREL orel@montclairlocal.newsOn a distant planet, somewhere, someone may be listening to the the uillean (pronounced “illin”) pipes, accompanied by the insistent sound of the goat-skin drum the bodhrán (“bahran”), and believe it to...
Community Band

Montclair Community Band celebrates the ‘End of Winter’

By Gwen Orel orel@montclairlocal.newsBarbara Rudy was there when the Montclair Community Band began 35 years ago. Not too many of the original bandmates still play, but the ethos of the band remains the same: a...