Live Performances at MPL!

Don't miss out the free and live performances at the Montclair Public Library, such as local bands and MSU’s John J. Cali School of Music.

Unique live performances that you’ll want to attend!

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The Montclair Public Library will host five live performances this fall! With dates throughout the month of October and November, expect talents from the Opera Theatre of Montclair, Hudson Shakespeare Company, Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music, and two local bands. Each event takes place in the main library auditorium.

“Choosing just one performance is difficult! I love Halloween and I’m looking forward to the Tales of Edgar Allen Poe. Poe is spooky and seeing his stories acted out should get us all in the mood for the holiday.” said Chelsea Dodd, Information Specialist at Montclair Public Library.

  • Black Lace Blues
    Tuesday, October 18 at 7pm
    The Black Lace Blues were formed in 2006 by drummer Bruce Tyler, and reformed in 2009. The band is a cross genre of Blues Rock and Reggae, incorporating original material with contributions from everyone, as well as select quality covers that span a range of musical styles. Registration recommended.
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    Hudson Shakespeare Company presents Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
    Saturday, October 22 at 2pm
    Just in time for Halloween! Edgar Allen Poe is best known for his spooky stories and vivid imagination.  Witness four of his most famous horror stories retold and played out before your eyes. Stories include The Raven, The Tell Tale Heart, The Purloined Letter and The Black Cat. Registration recommended.

  • On That Note – Beloved Art Songs: A Cornucopia for Voice and Guitar
    Wednesday, November 2 at 7pm
    The program will feature Lori McCann, soprano, and Darren O’Neill, classical guitar, performing art songs by Henry Purcell, W.A. Mozart, Franz Schubert, Ramon Carnicer, Federico Moretti, and Joaquin Rodrigo. This performance is part of the On That Note music series, a collaboration between Montclair Public Library and Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music. Hosted in the library’s auditorium, the series provides a venue for university students and staff to perform off campus. Registration recommended.
  • David Aaron Orchestra Trio 
    Sunday, November 13 at 2pm
    Join us for an afternoon of swing! Big Band Leader David Aaron, clarinetist, orchestra leader and expert lecturer on the Big Band Era will perform with Wayne Dunton, drums, and Dawn Schwartz, keyboard. This longtime trio plays a wide variety of music during an entertaining and informative performance. Registration recommended.
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    Opera Theatre of Montclair presents Opera’s Greatest Hits
    Wednesday, November 16 at 7pm
    Opera Theatre of Montclair will present operatic favorites in a concert featuring members of the company. Enjoy Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Bizet, Mozart and more in an intimate setting.  For more info about Opera Theatre of Montclair, visit or Facebook. Registration recommended.

For more information and to register, visit or call (973) 744-0500 ext. 2235.

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