Enjoy an afternoon of classical music when The Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey presents its annual winter concert on Sunday afternoon, March 21 at 4:00 p.m. at Community Congregational Church - 200 Hartshorn Drive, Short Hills.

Titled "Mozart and More", conductor and artistic director, Michael Stratechuk,will lead the orchestra in a program to include - Mozart: Magic Flute Overture; Symphony #40; Bach: Double Violin Concerto in D Minor featuring soloists Michael Stratechuk and concertmaster, Michael Avagliano; and Bizet: Carmen Suite #1.

About the soloists:

Maestro Stratechuk began his musical training at an early age studying with his father, a professional violinist, composer, and conductor. He went on to study both violin performance and conducting, and is currently finishing a DMA in conducting from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Mr. Stratechuk has an extensive national and international performance resume including performances with the New York Pops, New York Opera Ensemble, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Philharmonic of New Jersey, and the Bermuda Symphony. He has performed or conducted on recent tours of Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. Currently, he serves on the music faculty of Hunter College Campus Schools, The City University of New York.

Violinist, Michael Avagliano, has been praised by The Washington Post as a "versatile and sensitive artist" with a tone that is "both bold and graceful". He has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, as well as in solo recital engagements in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As a member of the critically acclaimed Madison String Quartet, Mr. Avagliano has performed in chamber series across the United States. He currently serves as the concertmaster of The Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey and the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. Equally at home as a conductor, Mr. Avagliano is also the Music Director of the Central Jersey Symphony and the Manalapan Symphony. He received a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1995, studying under Mimi Zweig and Yuval Yaron.

For directions visit: http://cummunitychurch.org 

For concert information visit: http://metropolitanorchestra.org or (973)379-6431

No admission charge - Donations are welcome and tax deductible. Send to: The Metropolitan Orchestra of N.J., P.O. Box #6 - Short Hills, N.J. 07078-0006