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Westfield High School Musical Groups to Perform Holiday Concerts all Month

Megan Blutfield

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 • 11:22am

WESTFIELD, NJ — Celebrate the holiday season with the Westfield High School band, orchestra and chorale groups as they perform in their winter concerts throughout the month of December. With an array of different concerts to choose from, there is music to suit everyone's tastes. All concerts will be held in the WHS auditorium, 550 Dorian Road, and there is no admission fee.

“Those who aren't particularly musically inclined will be entertained by the wide variety of pieces that all of the WHS music ensembles have to offer,” said Chris Romano, a member of the wind ensemble.

The concert series kicks off with the WHS concert band, symphonic band and wind ensemble at their winter concert on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Led by band director Chris Vitale, the performance will feature the works of John Philip Sousa, Frank Ticheli, Percy Grainger, Henry Filmore and others.

Members of the band agreed that anyone would enjoy attending this concert to listen to the music that they have been working so hard to perfect over the past few months.

The orchestra will perform on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Led by conductor Raymond Wojcik, it will play works from late 19th to early 20th Century, such as “Winter” from Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

“His music is extremely descriptive and expressive,” said viola player Chrissy Griesmer. “Anyone who has an appreciation for classical music will enjoy this concert.”

The WHS choral groups plan to dazzle with their voices at their concert on Dec. 19, which will begin at 7 p.m. The students will be conducted by Choral Director John Brzozowski, with some selections conducted by Orchestra Teacher Raymond Wojcik.

The selection that evening includes “Carol of the Bells,” “Elohai” and even a holiday song by Mariah Carey.

“We explore each song to make sure we tell its story through our performance,” said Kat Ko, a member of the chorale group.

For a complete list of Westfield Public School winter concerts go to www.westfieldnjk12.org.

Westfield senior citizens are invited to a special performance of the choral groups and the symphony orchestra at their final rehearsal on Dec. 18 at 11:45 a.m. The WHS auditorium is handicap accessible. If interested in attending, call the school/community relations office at 908-789-4463 so that adequate seating can be provided.

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