The NJWS is back and is excited to announce its 2021 – 2022 concert season. We look forward to once again presenting the finest in wind band performances at two outstanding venues. We hope that you will join us as the New Jersey Wind Symphony returns to the concert stage.
The NJWS opens its 2021 – 2022 season with a concert spotlighting works from John Philip Sousa. You will hum along with familiar marches and hear some lesser known works from The March King, including “President Garfield’s Inauguration March”. With another nod to presidential inaugurations, the program will also include “No Finer Calling” by composer Julie Giroux. The “Integrity Fanfare and March” from this composition was performed by the U.S. Marine Band at the inauguration of President Biden.
The second concert of the NJWS Subscription Series will celebrate the evolution of classical music and works for winds with a concert featuring Mozart, Strauss, and Gabrieli. The program will also feature Holst’s “First Suite in Eb” with the original instrumentation. We hope you will join us for this special night of music.
Please note that this concert is a program change.
A holiday favorite is back for a fifth year as the hall will once again be filled with the unique sound of traditional holiday pieces being performed by tuba and euphonium musicians from across the area. Returning also will be guest soloists Kristen Plumley (soprano) and Kristin Stewart (flute) showcasing their incredible musicianship. The evening’s program will also include works by VIctor Herbert (arranged by NJWS’s own Rick Summers) and Johan de Meij.
Heralded as “America’s Foremost Brass Band”, the NYSB has been and continues to be a trailblazer in Salvation Army and brass band music making. The NJWS looks forward to sharing the evening with the NYSB and also presenting Leonard Bernstein’s “Divertimento” and Peter Graham’s “Metropolis 1927”.
Join the New Jersey Wind Symphony in the awe inspiring space of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The fifth largest cathedral in the United States, the Basilica offers an aural experience like none other. The concert will feature a variety of works enhanced by the magnificent space including Patrick Burns’ “Benediction”. The Basilica’s Director of Music John Miller will join the NJWS as guest organist, showcasing the cathedral’s mighty Gallery Organ.
From prominent organ soloist Gordon Turk to the winner of the 16th Annual NJWS Youth Soloist competition, Wesley Sanders, musical talent is showcased that spans across generations. The NJWS will perform a variety of works including Dmitri Shostakovich’s iconic “Festive Overture” before sharing the stage with the finest local high school wind, brass, and percussion students to join us on stage as part of our Side by Side program. We look forward to this concert experience as it allows us to interact with the music students that are the future of school and community bands across the nation!
Join us as we close out our 2021-2022 season with “Brass and Winds”, highlighting outstanding musicianship of three outstanding ensembles. The Cobalt Quartet, a New York-based saxophone quartet, will kick off the evening with a prelude performance. The evening will continue with a concert from the New Jersey Wind Symphony with the Imperial Brass joining the program as a guest ensemble. This is an evening of music not to be missed!
All New Jersey Wind Symphony Subscription Concerts are held at the West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ. West Side Presbyterian Church is fully ADA compliant providing handicap accessible entry to the concert venue as well as bathroom facilities. Important signage and directions are presented in braille.