‘Music Under the June Moon’ Chamber Music Concert
June 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the Chamber Music Society of North Jersey under a full strawberry moon in Anderson Park. FREE. At 7:30 p.m. Anderson Park, 274 Bellevue Avenue, east of North Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair. The program includes “Lyric,” the second movement of George Walker’s String Quartet No. 1. (Walker, the first Black composer to receive the Pulitzer Prize for music, was a long-time Montclair resident.) Also in the lineup are Samuel Barber’s “Dover Beach” (Op. 3), Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 12 (“Quartettsatz”), and Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in G, Op. 76, No. 1. (Raindate, June 4, same time.) (Check the Friends of Anderson Park Facebook page for weather updates.)
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), String Quartet in G, Op. 76, No. 1 (nicknamed “Jack in the Box”): Born in the Austrian village of Rohrau to a wheelwright and a cook, his parents recognized early that his musical gifts would not flourish in Rohrau. When Haydn turned 6, his parents allowed him to leave home to train as a musician in an apprenticeship with a relative. As an adult, Haydn struggled as a freelance musician before eventually coming under the wing of the wealthy patronage of the Esterhazy family. As a composer, Haydn is considered to have been the foremost innovator in the development of both the classical symphony and the classical string quartet.
- Allegro con spirito
- Adagio sostenuto
- Menuetto: Presto
- Finale: Allegro ma non troppo
Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Dover Beach, Op. 3: Born in West Chester, Pa., Barber attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he later taught composition. Perhaps best known for his Adagio for Strings, Barber was awarded numerous compositional honors, including the Rome Prize and two Pulitzer Prizes.
George Walker (1922-2018), String Quartet No. 1, 2nd movement (“Lyric”): Born in Washington, D.C., Walker began playing piano at age 5 and entered the Oberlin Conservatory at 14. He later studied composition at the Curtis Institute of Music with the same teacher who taught Samuel Barber. The New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra are among the many ensembles that commissioned works from Walker. In 1996, Walker became the first Black composer to receive the Pulitzer Prize for music. At the time of his death, he had been a long-time Montclair resident.
Franz Schubert (1797-1828), String Quartet No. 12 (“Quartettsatz”): Born in Austria to a schoolmaster and domestic servant who provided their children with a musical household, Schubert earned a scholarship that provided him with a boarding school education and a place in the imperial court chapel choir. During his life, his songs (lieder) and dance music were so popular in Vienna that concert parties (Schubertiaden) were devoted entirely to them. Schubert died young, possibly from typhus. Visited by musician friends while he was ill, Schubert’s last musical request was to hear them play Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14.
- Allegro assai
- Andante (fragment)
Lucy Voin (violin) was born in Memphis, Tenn., to Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants, and began studying the violin at age 3. She was raised by musicians — her mother being a classical pianist and her father a jazz multi-instrumentalist. In 2011, she moved to New York, where she received a bachelor of music from Mannes School and studied with Aaron Rosand and Daniel Phillips. In addition to teaching privately, she freelances in and around New York City, and plays in orchestras, chamber music ensembles, churches, and weddings. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Usina del Arte in Argentina, and Shanghai Conservatory Concert Hall in China. She enjoys spending time with her family and snuggling with her two dogs.
Robert Radliff (violin) is originally from New York City, and studied violin performance at the Peabody Conservatory with Violaine Melancon. He then earned his master of arts and graduate artist diploma in performance at Montclair State University, where he studied with Weigang Li of the Shanghai Quartet. He has been a guest soloist with orchestras in Florida, New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere along the East Coast, and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, and others. Internationally, he has performed in several chamber music settings, including at the East China Normal University, Western District Chamber Music of Hong Kong, and the Konzerte im Kirchgarten series in Hannover, Germany. He is currently concertmaster of the South Orange Symphony, performs as section violin with the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, and section violinist in the Berkshire Opera Festival in Great Barrington, Mass. He is also founder of the chamber music series “Music in the Library” at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he performs with the Littman Quartet. He teaches violin at the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in California, the Robert Treat Academy Charter School in Newark, and the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts.
Jordan Fusco (viola) is a performer, freelancer, and teacher. She has performed in a variety of genres, from musical theater to orchestral to pop, while maintaining a private teaching studio in northern New Jersey. She is co-founder of the Chamber Music Society of North Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in violin and an artist diploma in viola from Montclair State University, and earned a master’s in viola performance from Mannes College under the tutelage of Paul Neubauer. She is a regular artist with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra and played with the APEX Ensemble.
Dr. Jordan Enzinger (cello) With a versatile background in solo, chamber, and orchestral music, Dr. Enzinger performs cello in the New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia areas. He regularly plays in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kimmel Center. He is a member of the cello section of the American Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New Jersey Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Princeton Festival Orchestra, and the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra. He also teaches, and serves as cello faculty at Seton Hall University in South Orange, and at the Princeton String Academy. He is a certified cello instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, with a cello studio in East Brunswick. He also is on the chamber music faculty at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Chamber Music Institute, and a guest lecturer for collegiate music classes at Rutgers. His students have performed in Carnegie Hall, won numerous competitions, and have received collegiate music scholarships.
Samuel McDonald (Baritone) His singing and artistry have been praised as “warm, expressive [and] first rate…” (Nino Pantano). Credits include the title role in “Don Giovanni,” Marcello (“La Bohème”), Guglielmo (“Così fan tutte”), Alidoro (“Cenerentola”), Belcore (“L’elisir d’Amore”), Pandolfe (“Cendrillon”), King Arthur (“Camelot”), and Jake (“Porgy and Bess”). Crossover repertoire includes “Dreamgirls,” “Ragtime,” “Miss Saigon,” “Aida” and “Showboat.” He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the National Chorale. He has performed at Teatro Valle, the Royal Danish Theater, Bucks County Playhouse, West Virginia Public Theater, and Carnegie Hall. He is a graduate of the John J. Cali School of Music and did graduate studies at Miami University of Ohio. He was a young artist at the Brevard Music Festival, Castleton Music Festival, Prelude to Performance and the Music Academy of the West. He is adjunct professor of voice at Montclair State University, and has served on the voice faculty of Bucknell University.
Matthew Castle (arranger) is a multi-faceted musical artist with extensive experience in concerts, operas, and musicals. He made his Broadway acting debut in the 2006 actor-musician revival of “Company,” directed by John Doyle. With his husband, Frank Galgano, he has written arrangements and orchestrations for more than 50 musicals. As a musical director and accompanist he has developed many more.
Anthony Nieves (sound engineer) is a multimedia specialist who graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in television and digital media, and a concentration in audio and sound design. He is a music lover who does freelancing for recording sessions, editing for music-based podcasts and interviews, and for audio and video for live performances.
“Music Under the June Moon” has been made possible by funds from the Essex County Division of Cultural Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and by funds from the Bravitas Group/Silver Family Foundation.
Who We Are
Chamber Music Society of North Jersey is a non-profit performing arts organization formed in 2014 by Jordan and Giuseppe Fusco out of a passion for chamber music and a desire to bring it to the public. Its mission is simply to present quality performances of great chamber music in our region and to promote chamber music in schools.
Friends of Anderson Park is dedicated to the thoughtful stewardship of Anderson Park and to fostering its historic, natural, cultural, environmental and educational qualities. Our primary mission is to protect the spirit and integrity of the park’s nationally significant Olmsted-designed landscape and to rehabilitate and maintain its pastoral ambiance. To join or support us, please visit Support section of our web site.
Handicap accessible; for accommodations: (973) 477-7207. (Raindate, June 5, same time.) (Check the Friends of Anderson Park Facebook page for weather updates.)