Flautist Jean Sinclair performs at a previous holiday concert by the Whitehouse Wind Symphony. (CREDIT: Gene Hirschel)

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony, a community band under the direction of Branchburg resident James P. Sheeley, Jr., will present four separate holiday concerts this December at various locations throughout central New Jersey. This annual concert series is one of the band’s most highly anticipated annual events. This year’s program is entitled “A Holiday Celebration!”

Concertgoers will enjoy the band’s arrangements of classic Christmas carols such as “Good King Wenceslas,” “Il est Ne, le Divin Enfant,” “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 “Frosty the Snowman.”

In addition the the classics, the band will also perform a medley from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” There will be chances to sing along, and children will be invited to ring sleigh bells as the band plays “Sleigh Ride.”

Concert 1

When: Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Whitehouse United Methodist Church (the band’s namesake venue), 73 Old Highway 28 in Whitehouse Station

Parking is located behind the church and on the street, with a handicapped-accessible entrance with elevator at the side the church.

Concert 2

When: Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m.

Where: The historic courthouse at 75 Main Street in Flemington

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 190 year history. This particular concert is made possible through the support of the Flemington Community Partnership and Mediatech Foundation. After the concert, you can head outside to enjoy the Flemington holiday parade. Parking is located behind the courthouse and in several other nearby lots. The courthouse is fully accessible from the rear entrance.

Concert 3

When: Saturday, December 15th at 3 p.m.

Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 158 West High Street in Somerville

This church is handicapped-accessible from the rear parking lot.

Concert 4

When: Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Flemington United Methodist Church, 116 Main Street, Flemington

This concert coincides with the Thursday Night Holiday Lights event being present by the Flemington Community Partnership. Parking is available in several nearby lots. Reach out to the band if you require any special accommodations.

All of these concerts are free and open to the general public. But if you’d like to make a donation, please consider making a contribution to the band, a non-profit group comprised entirely of volunteer musicians, as well as the presenting churches and foundations. If any of the concerts need to be cancelled due to weather, the band will post on their website (whitehousewindsymphony.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/whitehousewind).

Conductor emeritus Casey Bork founded The Whitehouse Wind Symphony 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 a finalist of the Hunterdon Happening List in the category of favorite musician/band.

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 & Heritage Commission.

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