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Dec
1
Fri
Whitehouse Wind Symphony Free Holiday Concert
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony, a community band under the direction of Branchburg resident James P. Sheeley, Jr., will present a free holiday concert on Friday, December 1st at 7:30pm at Whitehouse United Methodist Church.  This year’s family-friendly program is entitled “The Gift of Music.”

Concertgoers will enjoy the band’s arrangements of classic Christmas carols such as “Good King Wenceslas,” “Il est Ne, le Divin Enfant,” “Pat-a-Pan,” “Fum, Fum, Fum,” “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Good Christian Men, Rejoice,” “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “Here We Come A’Caroling.”  The band will also play some favorite holiday songs like “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Feliz Navidad.”

Also planned is a medley from the animated TV special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  In a special piece entitled “For Unto You is Born This Day!,” Gary A. Myers of Bridgewater, NJ will narrate the story of the first Christmas as the band accompanies him.  Audience members will be invited to sing along for “A Christmas Festival,” and as is tradition with the band, children will be invited to ring sleigh bells as the band plays “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.

This program will also be performed on Sunday, Dec. 3rd at 3:00pm at the historic courthouse in Flemington, and Saturday, Dec. 9th at 3:00pm at Liberty Church in Union.

This concert is free and open to the general public, although donations will be accepted to benefit the band, a non-profit group comprised entirely of volunteer musicians, as well as WUMC.  In the event of inclement weather, the announcement to cancel this concert will be made on the band’s website (whitehousewindsymphony.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/whitehousewind).  Large print programs are available upon request, and the church is handicapped accessible.

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony was founded by conductor emeritus Casey Bork on April 15, 1996.  It is dedicated to presenting the best in all varieties of wind band literature.  Since its founding, the band has grown rapidly, attracting experienced musicians as regular members from all over New Jersey, as well as New York City and eastern Pennsylvania. It is now comprised of approximately 50 amateur and professional musicians who perform together regularly to enthusiastic audiences throughout central and northern New Jersey. It was recently voted the winner of the Hunterdon Happening list in the category of favorite musician/band for the third consecutive year.  For more information, including information about future performances, please send an email to [email protected]

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission.




Dec
3
Sun
Whitehouse Wind Symphony Free Holiday Concert
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony, a community band under the direction of Branchburg resident James P. Sheeley, Jr., will present a free holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 3rd at 3:00pm at the historic courthouse in Flemington.  This year’s family-friendly program is entitled “The Gift of Music.”

Concertgoers will enjoy the band’s arrangements of classic Christmas carols such as “Good King Wenceslas,” “Il est Ne, le Divin Enfant,” “Pat-a-Pan,” “Fum, Fum, Fum,” “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Good Christian Men, Rejoice,” “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “Here We Come A’Caroling.”  The band will also play some favorite holiday songs like “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Feliz Navidad.”

Also planned is a medley from the animated TV special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  In a special piece entitled “For Unto You is Born This Day!,” Gary A. Myers of Bridgewater, NJ will narrate the story of the first Christmas as the band accompanies him.  Audience members will be invited to sing along for “A Christmas Festival,” and as is tradition with the band, children will be invited to ring sleigh bells as the band plays “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.

The band first gave a holiday performance at the historic courthouse in 2011, and remains the first and only ensemble to do so in the courthouse’s 189 year history. This particular concert is made possible through the support of the Flemington Community Partnership and Mediatech Foundation. The concert is intentionally scheduled so that audience members can exit the courthouse after the concert and immediately enjoy the annual holiday parade in Flemington presented by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce.

This program will also be performed on Friday, Dec. 1st at 7:30pm at Whitehouse United Methodist Church, and Saturday, Dec. 9th at 3:00pm at Liberty Church in Union.

This concert is free and open to the general public, although donations will be accepted to benefit the band, a non-profit group comprised entirely of volunteer musicians, as well as Mediatech Foundation.  In the event of inclement weather, the announcement to cancel this concert will be made on the band’s website (whitehousewindsymphony.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/whitehousewind).  Large print programs are available upon request, and the courthouse is handicapped accessible via the rear vestibule.

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony was founded by conductor emeritus Casey Bork on April 15, 1996.  It is dedicated to presenting the best in all varieties of wind band literature.  Since its founding, the band has grown rapidly, attracting experienced musicians as regular members from all over New Jersey, as well as New York City and eastern Pennsylvania. It is now comprised of approximately 50 amateur and professional musicians who perform together regularly to enthusiastic audiences throughout central and northern New Jersey. It was recently voted the winner of the Hunterdon Happening list in the category of favorite musician/band for the third consecutive year.  For more information, including information about future performances, please send an email to [email protected]

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission.




Jan
27
Sat
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

A lifelong seeker, musically and philosophically, saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd is the consummate musician’s musician. With The Marvels—no less than Bill Frisell (guitar), Reuben Rogers (bass), Eric Harland (drums), and Greg Leisz (pedal steel)—he explores layered improvisations, capturing a universe in a single, fervent song. “Follow the career of Charles Lloyd,” says The New York Times, “and you see a map of great jazz across half a century. His shows, full of momentum and intuition, perfectly represent the idea that the best jazz needs to be experienced live.”

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Feb
2
Fri
Orpheus with Tine Thing Helseth
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

“The amazing precision of ensemble that Orpheus displays without benefit of a conductor remains a marvel” (The Huffington Post). From Rossini’s cheeky Overture to Il signor Bruschino to the momentous finale of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, the virtuosity of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s collective musicianship is fully realized in this elegant program. The young Norwegian trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth, praised for her “quite astonishingly outstanding intonation” (Gramophone), makes her debut with the ensemble in two works—Albinoni’s Trumpet Concerto Opus 9, No. 2 and Bach’s Trumpet Concerto in D major.

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Feb
27
Tue
Danish String Quartet
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The accomplished Danish String Quartet commands the great works of quartet literature with exceptional energy and an uncommonly fresh approach. Hailed for its impeccable technique, intonation, and balance, the quartet brings dynamic new understanding to Bartók’s Quartet No. 1 and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 7 on its Williams Center debut. Selections from its 2013 release Wood Works—centuries-old Scandinavian folk tunes, arranged for string quartet—will astonish and gratify. “Theirs is playing of unusual, and unusually effective, liberty. When at their best, their tone throbs with joy” (The New York Times).

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Feb
28
Wed
Danú
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Unequivocally enchanting, these seven superlative musicians from counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin, and Donegal have produced nine award-winning recordings and a multitude of fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Danú’s high-energy pluck bursts forth in exuberant slides, reels, jigs, and hornpipes, then plunges deep within the soul of Ireland to rend the heart with the most affecting ballads. Returning to the Williams Center is the young and abundantly decorated vocalist Nell Ní Chróinin, a luminous performer of the sean-nós style—the highly ornamented form of unaccompanied traditional Irish singing.

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Apr
11
Wed
Niyaz
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

A heady blend of acoustic and electronic, East and West, poetry and politics, Niyaz’s richly textured arrangements, sweeping choruses, and velvety vocals—courtesy of front woman Azam Ali—take inspiration from Sufi poetry, Middle Eastern folk music, and the musicians’ experiences as 21st-century global citizens. It’s “Los Angeles meets New Delhi meets Tehran,” notes NPR, yet The Fourth Light Project is a world unto itself—a modern-day global trance experience, featuring one of the first female whirling dervishes and hypnotic body-mapping projections that respond to sound and movement in real time.

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Apr
18
Wed
Fred Hersch Trio
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

A theme emerges from any study of Fred Hersch’s “shimmering pianism” (Chicago Tribune): balance. Hushed and buoyant, meticulous and playful, delicate and eruptive, Hersch plays with unbounded imagination. His storied career is punctuated with remarkable pairings (Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Joe Lovano, Audra McDonald, and Kurt Elling, to name a few), and his trio work consistently draws such raves as “the players combine so effortlessly and gracefully that the music achieves a truly rare apotheosis” (Hot House Magazine). The Williams Center provides the perfect setting for an intimate, exuberant communion.

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Apr
21
Sat
Mark Padmore / Paul Lewis
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

No musical pairing behind the tragic Winterreise has been more admired in recent years than that of Britons Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis. Named Musical America’s 2016 Vocalist of the Year, Padmore is celebrated on the world’s opera and concert stages for his expressive, sensitive, and pure tenor; by turns hopeful and despairing, his is surely the voice Schubert heard when he conceived this heartbreaking journey. Padmore’s profoundly moving interpretation is equally matched by Lewis’ grasp of the piano’s vital role, a triumph in live performance and on their award-winning Harmonia Mundi recording.

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Jun
16
Sat
Schools Out Food Truck Festival
Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for our second annual event. Rock out with The Big Fuss from 6pm – closing.