Majestic Winds To Play Benefit Concert For Sandy Victims

WESTFIELD — On Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m., Majestic Winds, the professional wind band of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, will perform its inaugural concert for the benefit of victims of Hurricane Sandy.

This performance will take place at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Westfield at 229 Cowperthwaite Place. This event is open to the public and while there is no charge for admission, a freewill offering for the benefit of storm victims will be accepted. The Majestic Winds will be under the direction of Howard Toplansky, a staff instrumental music instructor at the NJ Workshop for the Arts.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to perform this concert at the Redeemer Lutheran Church and hope it will be the first of many,” said Toplansky. “Poet and Peasant” Overture by Franz von Suppe and Highlights from “Oliver” by Lionel Bart will be featured on this program.

The program will also offer “Folk Dances” by Dimitri Shostakovich and several fine marches, which include “The Governor’s Own” by Alton Adams and “Symphonia” by Merle Evans. Adams has the distinction of having been the first African-American United States Navy Bandmaster and Evans was the director of the Barnum and Bailey Circus band for over 50 years and was the considered the “Toscanini” of circus conductors. Rounding out this concert will be “Waves of the Amur” Waltz by Max Kyuss, “La Bella Roma” by John Cacavas and “Rhapsodic Episode” by Charles Carter.

For further information about the concert or to learn how to become a member of the Majestic Winds, call 1-908-789-9696 or e-mail at

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