MOUNTAINSIDE—On Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m., the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Concert Band will perform a fall concert at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 300 Central Avenue in Mountainside. This is the first of a five concert series for the 2009-2010 concert season. The event is open to the public and admission is $10 per person/$5 for seniors and students.
“We are delighted to be invited back to play at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Our musical selections are geared to please a variety of musical tastes and range from Renaissance to Ragtime favorites,” said Conductor Howard Toplansky.
The featured soloist for this concert is Bernard Bonneau of Westfield who will perform “Valse Coquette” for saxophone and band by Cyril Watters. Mr. Bonneau was formally trained in several conservatories in France and is a former member of the French Air Force Band. Mr. Bonneau, a professional chemist, currently oversees a French chemical company in the United States that manufactures and supplies bulk formulations such as nail polish for many of the famous cosmetic lines around the world. The NJWA Concert Band is proud to have Mr. Bonneau as a member and featured soloist on this program.
The “Sun Valley Mountains” overture by composer Gene Ogden will be the main selection on the first half of the program. “Gold and Silver Waltz” by Franz Lehar will also be a featured selection on this concert. “Gold and Silver” was written at the request 4of Princess Eugenie Metternich of Austria for her Gold and Silver Ball held as a fundraiser for the Austrian Red Cross. This waltz is one of Lehar’s most famous compositions and the one that brought him world renown.
John Ondrey, the organist and adult choir director at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, as well as band director at Kenilworth’s David Brearley High School, will be featured as guest conductor while the Concert Band performs “Fantasy for Band” by the prolific American band composer Frank Erickson.
The concert will also offer highlights from “South Pacific” by Richard Rodgers. Included in this selection are the songs “Some Enchanted Evening,” “A Wonderful Guy,” “Bali Ha’i,” and “There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame.”
Also planned for the Sept. 27 concert are several interesting march selections including “First Ukrainian Front” by S. A. Chernetsky, the most important composer of Russian military music, “March of the Anzacs” by New Zealander Alex F. Lithgow, “Eagle Squadron” by Kenneth Alford and “Hail to the Spirit of Liberty” by John Philip Sousa.
Alford’s “Eagle Squadron” was written in 1943 as a tribute to the American pilots who flew fighter planes for the RAF, during World War II. This composition ingeniously incorporates quotations from the “Star Spangled Banner” in recognition of bravery demonstrated by American volunteers. Rounding out this concert will be “Estrellita,” by Manuel Ponce, “Sweetmeats Rag” by Percy Wenrich and “Ballet Parisian” by Jacques Offenbach.
For further information about the concert or to learn how to become a member of the NJWA Concert Band, call 1-908-964-1793 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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