Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Montclair Orchestra in Your Living Room

The Montclair Orchestra is excited to return to our local Montclair community for a virtual performance from the Van Vleck House & Gardens. On November 19th you will be transported! Enjoy chamber music presented in the gorgeous salon of the Van Vleck House from your own home. Witness the passionate and dynamic artistry of MO Mentors and Fellows as they perform string octets by Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.

Over the last few weeks, our musicians have been working diligently to produce this concert recording. We can't wait to share it with our MO family! Here is what MO Fellow Njioma Grevious had to say about her experience returning to the stage and making music with her fellow musicians.  

"Performing the Mendelssohn Octet and the Zwei Stücke für Streichoktett by Shostakovich this past weekend was absolutely thrilling. Even performing a full concert program with masks on—an experience I had yet to have—I still felt the presence of every musician on stage. This was my first time performing the Shostakovich and I felt a special connection to the fourth violin part as he wrote many beautiful lines and solos throughout.

For the past four years of my undergraduate education, experiences like these with the Montclair Orchestra have provided me with musical sustenance and a sense of learning and joy that I look forward to throughout each year. As an aspiring orchestral and chamber music violinist, the opportunity to learn and perform with some of the best professionals in the world and fellow college students has been crucial in my development as an artist. I would like to thank Maestro Chan, Andre Weker, the donors, and all who make the Montclair orchestra experience possible." ~Njioma Grevious