Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Lynne Cohen PhotoThe Triumph of Lyricism

WHEN: Sunday afternoon, November 22nd at 3:00 pm
Chatham Middle School Auditorium, 480 Main Street, Chatham, NJ.
ADMISSION: Suggested donation: $20

Join conductor Michael Stratechuk and the musicians of the Metropolitan Orchestra of NJ for the opening concert celebrating their 44th season.

The program, the first of the orchestra’s 3-concert series, will feature Schubert’s “Overture in the Italian Style,” D. 590; Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto with noted oboist Lynne Cohen; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pastoral.”

Oboe soloist Lynne Cohen (above) has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orchestre de Chambre of Geneva, the Collegium Academicum, the Westfield Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Bethlehem Bach Orchestra. She can be heard on multiple cast albums and on recordings of Harry Connick, Kelli O’Hara, Jason Robert Brown, and John Miller and the Gotham Winds, as well as on the NBC Live for TV broadcasts of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan. She has held permanent positions in ten Broadway shows including Miss Saigon, Ragtime, Porgy and Bess, Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, Cinderella, and, currently, Les Miserables

Ms. Cohen studied with the great oboe pedagogue Lois Wann at Juilliard Preparatory Division and at Boston University with John Holmes of the Boston Symphony. She teaches at Kean University and resides in Chatham with her husband, the conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, where she maintains a busy oboe studio. 

Ms. Cohen has a special relationship with the popular Oboe Concerto of Vaughan Williams: the English composer wrote the piece for oboist Leon Goossens, a close colleague of her teacher’s teacher.  Oboists, Ms. Cohen notes, are “a special and unique family.”

Additional funding has been provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts through a grant administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

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