The Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey will present a collection of "Family Favorites" when it performs a free winter concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
“The idea is to have music that parents would like to have their kids listen to, but that they would enjoy listening to as well,” said Michael Stratechuk, conductor of The Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey.
Songs scheduled during the performance include “Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky, “Music for the Royal Fireworks” by Handel, a “West Side Story” medley by Bernstein, and Copland’s “Hoe-Down” from “Rodeo.”
Former Millburn Mayor Thomas C. McDermott will narrate the performance of Prokofieff’s “Peter and the Wolf.” This portion will take place during the first half of the concert.
The orchestra, which contains musicians of various ages, is comprised of players from a number of towns in the metropolitan area, including Livingston.
The ensemble, which is celebrating its 39th year, will perform at the Community Congregational Church in Short Hills. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. and admission is free. “This is music that tells a story,” said Stratechuk. “It paints a picture that everyone can enjoy.”
In addition, the orchestra will soon be preparing for its spring concert which will be held May 22. For ticket information, call 973-379-9009 or log on to www.metropolitanorchestra.org.