NJWA Concert Band To Play At Mountainside Church

MOUNTAINSIDE — On Sunday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m., the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts (NJWA) Concert Band under the direction of conductor Howard Toplansky will perform a fall concert at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 300 Central Avenue in Mountainside.  This is the first of a four concert series for the 2010-2011 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 to “Fatinitza” by Franz von Suppe and Highlights from “King and I” by Richard Rodgers will be the main selections on the first half of the program.

“Treasure Waltzes” from the “Gypsy Baron” by Johann Strauss will also be featured on this program.  Strauss is known as the “Waltz King” and his compositions offer the highest representation of this musical form.

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 “Seascape” by the American band composer Ken Whitcomb and “Variants on an American Hymn” by Michael Sweeney.

The concert will also offer “Cake Walk” by Debussy,” and “Galop” from “Moscow Cheremushkey” by Dimitri Shostakovich.  Several fine marches will also be performed on this program which include “Flying Review” by Challinor and “The Thin Red Line” by Kenneth Alford, which was written to commemorate a British victory over a superior Russian army during the Crimean War.  Rounding out this concert will be “The Lost Chord” by Sir Arthur Sullivan and “If Thou be Near” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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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