WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Festival Orchestra performed the first concerts of its 35th anniversary season this week in Westfield and Morristown with “Serenades to Music,” a dramatic concert that combined voice, virtuoso violin and Mozart. 

The performance Saturday in Westfield began with the famous “Serenade to Music” (from The Merchant of Venice) set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams featuring the Choirs of St Peter’s Morristown.

Internationally acclaimed Serbian violinist Stefan Milenkovich gave an electric performance that resulted in a standing ovation that went on for minutes before the orchestra went on to play Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 in Eflat major.

Sign Up for E-News

“We’re pleased to kick off our 35th annual season with this fantastic performance,” NJFO Executive Director Linda Doyle said. “We were thrilled to have Stefan Milenkovich join us and we look forward to a wonderful season ahead.”

Coming up next, audiences are invited to celebrate the holiday season with “The Return of the Holiday Tenors” and a New Year’s Eve musical theater revue titled “Puttin’on the Ritz.”

For more information, visit www.njfestivalorchestra.org.