Westfield Community Concert Band to host 33rd annual Holiday Concert

Dr. Thomas N. Connors will be conducting the Westfield Community Concert Band for its 33rd annual Holiday Concert on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at Edison Intermediate School, 800 Rahway Ave., Westfield. The concert will also feature the Edison Intermediate School Broadway Singers, co-directed by Stephen Markowski.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Recreation Department will host its 33rd annual Holiday Concert, featuring the Westfield Community Concert Band and the Edison Intermediate School Broadway Singers, on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at Edison Intermediate School, 800 Rahway Ave., Westfield. This free public concert culminates the band’s 111th anniversary concert season. The band performed its first annual Holiday Concert at the Roosevelt Intermediate School in December 1990 with the Roosevelt “Sharps and Flats” chorus.

Highlighting a program of holiday favorites, the band will perform “The Night Before Christmas,” a music setting of Clement Moore’s poem of the same name, featuring Kerry Stubbs, a Union County based vocalist, actor and music educator, as narrator. The programs will also include “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” made famous in the 1960s by vocalist Andy Williams. The band will perform contemporary arrangements of the classics, “Ukrainian Bell Carol” and “Once in Royal David’s City,” both arranged by Philip Sparke.

The band’s program also includes “A John Rutter Christmas Suite,” a compilation of traditional holiday carols, by English choral director and composer, John Rutter, and “The Eighth Candle,” a celebration of Hanukkah, by composer Steven Reisteser. The band will perform Leroy Anderson’s popular holiday composition, “A Christmas Festival,” written for the Boston Pops. This very well-known selection is a medley of the most popular Christmas carols, including “Joy to the World,” “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night.”

The Broadway Singers will perform a variety of holiday music featuring the choir’s unique arrangements and choreography. The program will conclude with a combined performance of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” with both band and choir, an annual tradition dating back more than 25 years.

The Westfield Community Concert Band is conducted by Thomas Connors, now in his 19th season with the band. Westfield music educator Stephen Markowski, vocal specialist in the Westfield School District, co-directs the Edison Broadway Singers.

The band’s holiday concert program is sponsored in part by the Westfield Recreation Department, Megan Schaffer, director, and made possible by funds from the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Photo Courtesy of Barry Rosenberg