Clifton officially renamed its summer concerts the “Obser Concert Series” in honor of Robert “Bob” Obser, a resident of the city’s Daughters of Miriam Center/The Gallen Institute and his wife, Jo Obser z”l. A special winter oldies concert was held on March 10 in Clifton to celebrate the renaming and dedication of the event.
Lifelong music fans, the Obsers attended more than 80 concerts a year throughout New Jersey for decades with their four children. Eventually they even volunteered to help with musical events. Seemingly, the only locale they did not attend concerts in, however, was their hometown of Clifton.
Decades of music appreciation prompted Mr. Obser to seek out the director of Clifton’s Recreation Department and propose a local concert series which led to the creation of the Clifton Summer Concert Series in 1997.
Earning the nickname the “Music Matador” for his maneuvering of obstacles, Bob Obser and his wife coordinated the concert series for 17 years. The concerts sometimes had as many as 1,700 attendees.
Obser’s daughters, Linda Hart and Diane Reid, along with three generations of family, attended the March concert honoring him. Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi and members of the town council presented Mr. Obser with a framed town proclamation, and officially renamed the series to honor the couple.