It is, indeed, ironic that the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey selected the Chatham Middle School Auditorium for its 2015-2016 season beginning on Sunday, November 22nd.
Ironic because in their search for a proper venue in which to locate, they selected Chatham Middle School for its’ “much improved facilities for orchestra members to rehearse and perform.” The Orchestra had previously been based in West Orange, and, most recently, Millburn.
The “much improved facilities” is the same Auditorium our Board of Education told us earlier this year was beyond repair; thus, necessitating a new Performing Arts Center at the Middle School. We were told of the inadequate seating, inadequate room to rehearse and perform and some parents complained of some students “passing out in the fetid air of the auditorium.”
Despite this, a professional ensemble, whose performances I have attended and to which I can attest to their being top rate, has selected Chatham Middle School’s Auditorium, among others available to it, for reasons that are obvious.
I look forward to the November 22nd opening performance at 3 p.m. The theme is “The Triumph of Lyricism” and the conductor will be Michael Stratechuk, one of the leading orchestra conductors in the region. I invite fellow residents to attend and give a warm Chatham welcome to the orchestra. For those who attend, fear not, the Chatham Emergency Squad will be nearby in the rare event someone needs medical attention due to the fetid air in the Auditorium.
We welcome the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey to Chatham and wish them a very successful season.