The Whitehouse Wind Symphony, based in Somerville, NJ, and under the direction of Branchburg resident James P. Sheeley, Jr., will present three separate concerts this December at different locations throughout central New Jersey. This annual concert series is one of the most highly anticipated events of the band’s season, and last year was performed to standing-room-only crowds. This year’s family-friendly program, entitled “Midwinter Winds”, includes pieces that evoke winter landscapes, festive Christmas dances, and exciting holiday cheer.
At these concerts, the audience is invited to participate! Children are welcome to bring sleigh bells to the concert and, as is tradition with the Whitehouse Wind Symphony, join in the performance of Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” The band will also be joined by narrator Gary Myer, who will read Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” to musical accompaniment.
The concerts will take place on Friday, December 2nd at 7pm at Whitehouse United Methodist Church on Old Route 28 in Whitehouse Station; Sunday, December 4th at 3pm at the historic Hunterdon County Courthouse on Main Street in Flemington; and Saturday, December 12th at 3pm at Liberty Church on West Chestnut Street in Union. The concert in Flemington is presented by the Mediatech Foundation and Flemington Community Partnership, and serves as a prelude to Flemington’s annual holiday parade. All of these concerts are free admission. Free-will offerings will be accepted at each concert to benefit the band and the presenting church/foundation. In the event of inclement weather, the announcement to cancel any of these concerts will be posted on the band’s website (http://www.whitehousewindsymphony.org) and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/WhitehouseWind).
These concerts mark the Whitehouse Wind Symphony’s 21st season; the band was founded by conductor emeritus Casey Bork in 1996. 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 voted winner of the 2015 “Hunterdon Happening” list in the category of favorite musician/band. The ensemble continues to present the best in all varieties of wind band literature.
For additional information about the Whitehouse Wind Symphony, including information about future performances, please send an e-mail to [email protected]