CHATHAM, NJ - Conductor Michael Stratechuk and the musicians of the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey will present the closing, "Spring" concert of the orchestra's 43rd season, 3 p .m. Sunday, May 31, in the Chatham High School Auditorium, 255 Lafayette Ave.

The program, the last of the orchestra's three concert series, will feature Sibelius: "Finlandia, Op. 26;" Grieg: "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. Op. 46" and Sibelius: "Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43.

The second symphony is the most popular and most frequently recorded of Jean Sibelius's eight symphonies. It is more skilfully orchestrated than the first symphony. The ideas of form are more mature and the violent Finnish gloom is replaced by a more classical touch and by the light of the Mediterranean.

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The heroic and optimistic first and final movements of the symphony were exactly what the Finnish public needed in 1902, during a period of Russian oppression. The first public performance consolidated Sibelius's fame as a national hero. Soon the symphony was also triumphantly acclaimed abroad.

The orchestra's second, "Winter" concert of the 43rd season had to be canceled due to weather.  This concert will be the orchestra's debut in Chatham and is the result of the group's recent affiliation with The Adult School of the Chathams, Madison and Florham Park. The change of venue from Milllburn provides financial advantages to the orchestra plus improved audience accessibility.  It's "Senior-Friendly!"
 
There is a suggested donation of $20 for the concert.
 
For more information, visit www.metropolitanorchestra.org or call 973-379-6431.