Concert Band To Play At Mountainside Church

MOUNTAINSIDE—On Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m., the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts (NJWA) Concert Band under the direction of conductor Howard Toplansky will perform a spring concert at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 300 Central Avenue in Mountainside.  This is the fourth of a five concert series for the 2009-2010 concert season. The event is open to the public and admission is $10 per person.

“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 Toplansky.

The “Overture for Band” by composer Charles Carter and highlights from “Show Boat” by Jerome Kern will be the main selections on the first half of the program.  Featured “Show Boat“ songs are “Why Do I Love You,” Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,”  “Make Believe,” and “Ol’ Man River.”

A concert waltz by the Soviet composer Lev Sergeev will also be featured on this program.  Col. Sergeev was a career military officer in the Soviet Army during WW II and served as the chief operations officer of the Fourth Ukrainian Front.  Sergeev was a fine Euphonium player as well as a military band conductor after the war.  His composition, “Our Waltz” is an excellent example of Russian band music from the Soviet era.

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 “Sonata for Winds” by the American band composer Charles Carter and “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” by David Holsinger.

The concert will also offer “After You’ve Gone” by Creamer and Layton, “So What’s New,” a standard selection of Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass, and “Fashion Rag” by Charles Cohen.

Rounding out this concert will be “Arioso” by Bach, “Glory to the Motherland” by S. A. Chernetsky, the founder and conductor of the Red Army Band from 1932 to 1950 and “Cheerio” March by Edwin Franko Goldman, which was dedicated to the residents of Brooklyn, New York.

For further information about the concert or to learn how to become a member of the NJWA Concert Band, call 908-964-1793 or e-mail at

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