Westfield Temple To Host Concert

WESTFIELD — On Sunday, June 3, at 3 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 Temple Emanu-El, 756 East Broad Street in Westfield. This is the fifth of a five concert series for the 2011-2012 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 Temple Emanu-El. Our musical selections are geared to please a variety of musical tastes and range from Renaissance to Ragtime favorites,” stated Toplansky. “Mill on the Rock” Overture by Reissiger, Highlights from “Oklahoma” by Richard Rodgers, and “Fughetta” by Handel will be featured on this program.

The concert will also offer “Apple Jack Rag” by Johnson and “The Glow Worm Idyll by Paul Lincke. Several fine marches will also be performed on this program, which include “Pan American” and “Bonds of Unity,” both by Karl King and “In Defense of the Motherland” by Russian composer Viktor Runov. Runov is an icon in the pantheon of great Russian military band composers and was one of the directors of the elite Frontier Guards Wind Orchestra, which performed for very high level state ceremonies.

Rounding out this concert will be “Estellita Waltz” by Victor Herbert, “Livonian Castle Dances” by Latvian composer Peteris Butans and “Fanfare for a Festival” by American band composer Frank Erickson.

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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