NJWA Concert Band To Play At Our Lady Of Lourdes Church

Euphonium Soloist Daniel Lyman will perform with the NJWA Concert Band

MOUNTAINSIDE — On Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2:00 p.m., the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Concert Band will perform a winter concert at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 300 Central Avenue in Mountainside.  This is the third 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,” said conductor Howard Toplansky.


The Overture to “Tancredi” by Gioachino Rossini, highlights from “My Fair Lady” by Lerner and Lowe and “Soldier’s March” from Charles Gounod’s opera “Faust,” will be the main selections on the first half of the program.

The featured soloist for this concert will be Daniel Lyman, a senior at Montclair State University, with a major in Applied Music Performance.  Mr. Lyman, who teaches brass instruments in the Union County area, will be performing Herman Bellstedt’s bravura composition, “Napoli.”  Bellstedt was considered one of the greatest cornetists of his time and performed with the Sousa Band along with Herbert L. Clark.  Bellstedt’s compositions include pieces for band and virtuoso selections for solo brass instruments.

“Roses from the South Waltzes” by Johann Strauss will also be featured on this program.  Johann Strauss was the premier composer of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the last half of the nineteenth century.

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 “Symphonic Prelude” by the American band composer John Cacavas.

The concert will also offer “Down Home Rag,” a ragtime feature, “Say it with Music” by Irving Berlin and “Shadow of Your Smile” by Johnny Mandel.  Several fine marches will also be performed on this program, which include “Variag” by the Russian composer Ivanov-Radkevich, “Sons of Australia” by Alex F. Lihgow and “Gallito by Spanish composer Santiago Lope.  Rounding out this concert will be “Prelude and Fugue in G minor” by Bach, and “Liberty Loan March” by John Philip Sousa.

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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