NJWA Concert Band To Play At Our Lady Of Lourdes Church

MOUNTAINSIDE — On Sunday, Nov. 21, 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 second 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 “Zampa” by Louis Herold, Highlights from “Gigi” by Lerner and Lowe and “Marche Triomphale” by Berlioz will be the main selections on the first half of the program.

“Gold and Silver Waltzes” by Franz Lehar will also be featured on this program.  Lehar was the successor to Johann Strauss as the premier composer of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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 “Toccata for Band” by the American band composer Frank Erickson and “Dedicatory Overture” by Clifton Williams.

The concert will also offer “Dill Pickles,” a ragtime feature and “La Comparsita” by Rodriguez.  Several fine marches will also be performed on this program which include “Nostalgia for the Motherland” by the Russian composer Trofimov and “Royal Welch Fusiliers” by John Philip Sousa.

“Royal Welch Fusiliers” was composed in memory of the association of the U.S. Marines with the Second Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion in China.  Rounding out this concert will be “Prelude and Fugue in F minor” by Bach, “Caprice for Band” by Havlicek and “Mr. Sandman” by Pat Ballard.

For further information about the concert or to learn how to become a member of the NJWA Concert Band, call 1-908-789-9696 or e-mail at njwaband@att.net.

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