Two nationally acclaimed performers will bring their storytelling and music creation, The Mythmakers, to Van Vleck House and Gardens as part of Van Vleck’s popular Sunday series of music programs. The program is suitable for children (6 and older) and adults and is free of charge by reservation.

Montclair residents Richard Stillman and Gerald Fierst have performed in schools, libraries and storytelling festivals for many years.

Stillman’s show, The Spirit of Vaudeville, recently won the Best Concert Award at the 2014 United Solo Theater Festival in New York City. He was featured on the premier episode of the PBS television series Shining Time Station and received critical acclaim for his performance in Lady Be Good at the Kennedy Center and Goodspeed Opera House. He has appeared on Broadway and in regional theaters.

Fierst, a performer, writer, and teacher, has appeared throughout the US, Europe, and Asia telling original stories, stories from his own Jewish tradition and stories from world folklore. He also leads workshops for teachers and students in writing and performance. Well known to Montclair audiences, he is a Parent Choice award winner for his audio recordings, Tikun Olam: Stories to Heal the World and Monstrous Mischief, and his new book, The Heart of the Wedding, discusses marriage ritual, ceremony and story in 21st Century America
The Mythmakers storytelling and music is the latest in a series of music programs hosted by Van Vleck House and Gardens. Many of these are have been done collaboration with Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music. They welcome local and visiting artists to perform at the historic Van Vleck property in the heart of Montclair. All the concerts are open to the public with no charge for admission, although contributions are welcome.

Additional concerts in this series are scheduled for March 1, March 22 and April 12 all Sundays at 2 pm.

Reserved seating is available by contacting 973-744-4752 or Seating is limited, so reservations are required. Previous concerts have over-subscribed. There is no admission charge, but contributions are welcome.

Van Vleck House & Gardens has created a Music Patron program to help expand its music and arts programming (including concerts such as the Cali School collaborations). Music Patrons enjoy special privileges, including special reserved seating, advance notices of events, special receptions and mention in concert programs. For information about the Music Patron program, please contact Van Vleck by telephone or email.

For many years, Van Vleck House & Gardens has long been a center of education, arts and music resources for the Montclair community.

Van Vleck House & Gardens is owned by The Montclair Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization supporting non-profits in our community. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving the historic Van Vleck property for public enrichment, horticultural education and research. Continuing the Van Vleck family’s commitment to the community, the house serves as a center for non-profit events and is home to several New Jersey foundations. The gardens are open to the public daily. For more information about Van Vleck education programs, volunteer opportunities, workshops and events, please visit

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