(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Members of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the multi-Grammy Award-winning ensemble return to the Morris Museum’s Lot of Strings Music Festival with three concerts in 2021 which showcase, through chamber music, the great dexterity of these internationally renowned musicians. They will perform on Sunday, May 23rd at 7:00pm with a woodwind quintet and a program that includes Bach, Ravel, Nielsen and Valerie Coleman.
The program will include an arresting mix of classics with new twists and the work of contemporary composer, Valerie Coleman. The program includes Bach/Alan Kay: Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 542; Ravel/Jones: Tombeau de Couperin; Valerie Coleman: Red Clay and Mississippi Delta; and Carl Nielsen: Wind Quintet Op. 43.
Tickets: All blocks are $50 for an 8’x8′ block which accommodates up to 2 patrons. Patrons are welcome to arrive as early as 5:30pm to set up and enjoy the evening sun. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the box office at 973-971-3706. Buy a package of eight or more concerts and get early access season-wide. All processing fees are waived for package buyers. Groups that are purchasing five or more blocks for one performance will also have advanced access and the option of having a designated pre-performance area to host a reception.
Bachtrack described the Lot of Strings experience this way: "Spectators with their folding chairs, wine glasses and food baskets reminded me of the ambience on the Tanglewood Festival's lawn on a sunny afternoon. The sunset, as seen through the branches of a huge pine, was as spectacular."
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, multifaceted art and cultural institution serving the public through its exhibitions and performances which strive to interpret the past and discover the future through art, sound, and motion. The Museum is home to the historic and internationally significant Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata. Changing exhibits of contemporary content further illuminate its Permanent Collection. The Museum’s Bickford Theatre is a 312-seat performing-arts facility, offering unique programming in film, jazz, and live performance through its innovative series, Live Arts at the Morris Museum. The Morris Museum has a proud tradition of meaningful educational programs and family events. New Jersey’s only Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, Morris Museum is also the first museum in New Jersey to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards.
The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Photo by Jack Grassa