MUSIC UNDER THE OLMSTED OAK
August 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the Chamber Music Society of North Jersey under the historic Olmsted Oak in Anderson Park. Featuring Mozart’s clarinet quintet. Handicap accessible; for advance accommodations: (973) 477-7207. (Raindate, Aug. 29, same time. Check the Friends of Anderson Park Facebook page for weather updates.)
Clarinet Quintet (K. 581) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This piece is one of the most beloved chamber works by one of the most beloved Classical composers. Mozart wrote the quintet in 1789, two years before he died, and dedicated the work to the Austrian clarinetist Anton Stadler.
Quintet in F Sharp Minor for Clarinet and Strings (Op. 10) by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. He was born in London in 1875 and named after the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Like Mozart, he was a precocious composer who suffered an untimely death (at age 37). His clarinet quintet may have been inspired by Brahms’s clarinet quintet of 1891.
Ruotao Mao (violin) is an active soloist and chamber musician who holds numerous concertmaster posts in the tri-state area. A native of Beijing, Mr. Mao is a founding member of the former Beijing Piano Quartet and the Amabile String Quartet. As a soloist, he appeared with the Jupiter Symphony, NEC Symphony, Riverside Symphonia, the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Arcadian Symphony Orchestra, and others. He is concertmaster of the Riverside Symphonia, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, and the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. Mr. Mao has taught violin and chamber music at The College of New Jersey and at Princeton University.
Robert Radliff (violin) studied violin performance at the Peabody Conservatory with Violaine Melancon. He then earned a master of arts and a 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 numerous orchestras in Florida, New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere along the East Coast, and has collaborated with musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Jaime Laredo. Internationally, he has performed in 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 violinist with the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall and section violinist in the Berkshire Opera Festival in Great Barrington, Mass. He founded the “Music in the Library” chamber music series at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he performs with the Littman Quartet. He also teaches violin at the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in Cazadero, Calif.; the Robert Treat Academy Charter School in Newark; and the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts in Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Jordan Fusco (viola) is a performer, freelancer, and teacher in northern New Jersey. She has performed in a variety of genres, from musical-theater to orchestral to pop, while maintaining a vibrant private teaching studio. A passionate chamber musician, 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. She earned a master’s degree in viola performance from Mannes College under the tutelage of Paul Neubauer. She is a regular artist with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra and the Montclair Orchestra.
Dr. Jordan Enzinger (cello) has a versatile background in solo, chamber, and orchestral music, performing in the New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia areas. He regularly performs in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kimmel Center. He is in 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 is on the cello faculty at Seton Hall University in South Orange, instructing music majors and non-majors, and at the Princeton String Academy. He is a certified cello instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and maintains his private cello studio in East Brunswick, N.J. He also serves as chamber music faculty at the American String Teachers Association Chamber Music Institute. As an academic, he is a guest lecturer for collegiate music classes at Rutgers.
Giuseppe Fusco (clarinet) is a freelance woodwind doubler in the New York/New Jersey area. He has held chairs in several Broadway orchestras, including “Rocktopia” (2018), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2017), and “Honeymoon in Vegas” (2014). He is also a four-time audition winner for the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” orchestra, and has been a substitute musician for many additional Broadway shows since 2012. As a classical musician, he has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the Little Orchestra Society, the Greenwich Symphony, and the Colonial Symphony. He is the co-founder of Chamber Music Society of North Jersey and has been performing chamber music recitals over the past 10 years.
“Music Under the Olmsted Oak” 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.
It is presented in memory of Gloria Robin, a lover of music and the arts.
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, visit www.FriendsOfAndersonPark.com.