The Montclair Orchestra will present its first children’s concert on Saturday, January 13th at 3 p.m. The free program will consist of an arrangement of family favorite Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by Montclair Wind Quintet.

The program will feature each of the five primary instruments of the orchestral wind section, including oboe, bassoon, clarinet, flute, and French horn. The program will be narrated, and will also be accompanied by instrument demonstration and fun activities for children, presented by Central Presbyterian Church. Also on the program will be Kleine Kammermusik (A Little Chamber Music) by Paul Hindemith.

Montclair Wind Quintet. Photo: Rob Davidson Photography.

“Montclair has long been recognized as an arts town, and we are glad to be able to bring the love of music to younger generations,” says orchestra president Andre Weker. “Recognizing that many younger children may not normally get the chance to see live music, we were thrilled when Central Presbyterian Church reached out to ask us to be part of their Second Saturdays at Central series. This introduction into music is the first step for kids to get excited about learning a musical instrument, which can develop into a life-long love and respect for music and the arts.”

The performers for the program, Montclair Wind Quintet, are faculty members at Montclair State University’s Cali School of Music. Quintet flautist Dr. Robert Cart is the Director of the Cali School of Music, and is on the board for the Montclair Orchestra.

The program will take place at Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park Street in Montclair. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $10.00 per family accepted at the door. The Cali School of Music Extension Division will also have information available for parents interested is music lessons and ensembles for children.