SHORT HILLS, NJ – Former Concertmaster of the NY Metropolitan Opera Elmira Darvarova and NY Philharmonic French hornist Howard Wall are returning to Short Hills to perform their signature program of music from five centuries for Violin and Horn from Marin Marais to Duke Ellington and Astor Piazzolla.

The performance will be at Christ Church in Short Hills on Sunday, May 5, at 4:00 p.m. and admission is free.

The concert will also feature four world premieres of new works including the first performance of “Bulgarian Wedding” by 20th  and 21stCentury American icon David Amram. 

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Critics from the New York Times says Elmira Darvarova plays with a "...sweet, flexible tone...admirably speedy but clearly articulated account...fluid, finely balanced performance". The Chicago Tribune commented that she has "...flawless technique and musicality...warm, beautiful tone...a night to remember".

The Grammy®-nominated recording artist and award-winning performer became the first ever (and so far only) female concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. With the MET Orchestra she toured Europe, Japan and the United States, and was heard on the MET's live weekly international radio broadcasts, television broadcasts, CDs and laser discs on the Sony, Deutsche Grammophon and EMI labels. As concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera she has performed with the greatest conductors of our time, including the legendary Carlos Kleiber.

Howard Wall, joined the horn section of the New York Philharmonic in 1994. Wall has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic in Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns in New York as well as on New York Philharmonic tours in Europe and South America. He can be heard on the CD Take 9, featuring the New York Philharmonic horn section and the American Horn Quartet, as well as several other recordings.  His most recent CD is Phillip Ramey: Music for French Horn. Howard Wall was among the performers awarded Gold Medal and Top Honors at the 2018 Global Music Awards.

This is a rare opportunity for classic music lovers to hear two of the world's top musicians play as well as to meet them at a light reception following the concert.

Admission to the concert is free but donations are welcome. All donations will go to support humanitarian efforts of Music For Life International, a nonprofit organization which creates social impact through music around the world. Music For Life is founded by Short Hills resident George Mathew, who is also the organization's Artistic Director.