Pack a picnic, spread a blanket, and enjoy chamber music beneath a full strawberry moon
in Anderson Park at the free “Music Under the June Moon” concert at 7:30 PM on June 3.

Music Under The June Moon. Photo: Adam Grace

A work by Montclair Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker will be one of the featured pieces performed by the Chamber Music Society of North Jersey.

The program includes “Lyric,” the second movement of George Walker’s String Quartet No. 1. A longtime Montclair resident, Walker was the first Black composer to receive the Pulitzer Prize for music.

George Walker. Photo: Frank Schramm.

The program will also include 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. (You’ll find out why the Haydn piece is nicknamed “Jack in the Box!”) The evening’s full program will be posted at on performance night.

This is the seventh year Friends of Anderson Park has presented chamber music beneath the broad branches of the historic Olmsted Oak, estimated to be about 250 years old and photographed by John Charles Olmsted when he scoped out the park site in 1904.

The concert’s rain date is June 4, same time. Check the Friends of Anderson Park
Facebook page for weather updates or call (973) 477-7207.

The Chamber Music Society of North Jersey, formed in 2014 by two Essex County professional musicians, is a non-profit dedicated to presenting quality chamber music in the region and promoting chamber music in schools.  They encourage families and young children to attend.

Anderson Park is at 274 Bellevue Avenue in Upper Montclair. The park’s paved paths are handicap accessible, with designated handicap parking at the south end of the park along Parkside, and north of the park in the Upper Montclair Train Station parking lot.