NJWA Concert Band to Play at Our Lady of Lourdes Church

MOUNTAINSIDE — On Sunday, June 6, 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 fifth 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,” stated Toplansky.

The “Overture in Classical Style” by composer Charles Carter and selections from “The Music Man” by Meredith Willson will be the main selections on the first half of the program.  Featured “Music Man” songs are “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Till There Was You,” and “Seventy Six Trombones.”

A concert waltz, “Queen of the Ball” by the Soviet composer Boris Bekker will also be featured on this program.  Bekker is one of the premier composers of  Russian concert waltzes during 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 “Dancing with the Wind” by the American band composer Tracy Behrman and “In a Quiet Place” by Robert Sheldon.

The concert will also offer “Mack the Knife” by Kurt Weill,” and “Gold Rush Rag,” by Stephen K. Goodman.  Several fine marches will also be performed on this program which include  “Ringling Bros. Grand Entry,” “Air Waves,” and “The Battle of LiaoYang,” which was written to commemorate the next to the last battle of the Russo-Japanese War. Rounding out this concert will be “Fantasy for Band” by Frank Erickson and “Passacaglia in Eb” by Marcel Frank.

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 at njwaband@att.net.

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