4oth Anniversary Season Opener

     Sunday, November 6, 2022
3:00 PM
West Side Presbyterian Church

Prelude Concert
2:30 PM

Ramapo College CantaNOVA
Dr. Lisa Lutter, Director

Ramapo College Concert Band
Dr. Christian Wilhjelm, Director

Adult – $25.00
Senior (62+) – $20.00
Student – $5.00

The NJWS opens it 40th concert season with guest conductor and composer Johan de Meij and welcomes saxophone soloist Hans de Jong (Royal Conservatoire, Belgium). Our concert features two works written by guest conductor Johan de Meij. A transcription of Suppe’s classic Morning, Noon and Night, marches by John Williams and Sousa and an inspiring work of hope by Frank Ticheli round out the first concert of our season.


Johan de Meij, Conductor

Johan de Meij
Guest Conductor

Dutch composer and conductor Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, where he studied trombone and conducting. His award-winning oeuvre of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and film score arrangements has garnered him international acclaim and have become permanent fixtures in the repertoire of renowned ensembles throughout the world. His Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings was awarded the prestigious Sudler Composition Prize and has been recorded by myriad ensembles including The London Symphony Orchestra, The North Netherlands Orchestra, The Nagoya Philharmonic and The Amsterdam Wind Orchestra. His Symphony No. 2 The Big Apple, Symphony No. 3 Planet Earth, Symphony No. 4 Sinfonie der Lieder as well as his solo concertos, T-Bone Concerto (trombone), UFO Concerto (euphonium) and Casanova (cello) have been enthusiastically received at many of the world’s finest venues. Read More

Hans de Jong

Hans de Jong
Guest Soloist

Hans de Jong combines his activities as a saxophone soloist and chamber music playing with composing and teaching. He is Professor of Classical Saxophone and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerpen, Belgium. About 150 compositions are dedicated to him: especially chamber music in various combinations but also concertos by René Pieper, Kees Schoonenbeek, Tera de Marez Oyens, Henk Badings, Kees van Unen, Jo van den Booren, Joop Voorn, Raoul De Smet, Janpieter Biesemans, Marc Verhaegen, Frits Celis, Alexander Raskatov, Martin Vojtisek, Liana Alexandra and Patrick De Clerck.Read More


Echoes of San Marco – Johan de Meij
“Fellini” for solo Alto Saxophone, Circus Band and Wind Orchestra- Johan de Meij
Saxophone Soloist – Hans de Jong
Morning Noon and Night in Vienna – Franz von Suppe, arr. Fillmore
Dauntless Battalion – John Phillip Sousa
Midway March – John Williams
American Elegy – Frank Ticheli

Program Subject To Change

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..