From traditional to pops, choral favorites, renowned tenor fare and Broadway favorites, New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s (NJFO) Holiday concerts promise to fill the entire family with warmth and cheer. They’re back!
Under the baton of Maestro David Wroe, the orchestra will kick off the festive season with a bang and plenty of bling as The Three Holiday Tenors join NJFO to present a family festival of traditional and contemporary holiday songs and music, renowned tenor fare and more. Performances take place Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 7:00pm at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield and Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 3:00pm at The Concert Hall, Drew University in Madison.
“We cannot wait to return to The Presbyterian Church at this special time of year and are thrilled to welcome back The Three Holiday Tenors – each more talented than the next – to help us celebrate the holiday season,” said Wroe.
Tenor Jonathan Boyd who sings “with an easy lyricism” (Opera News) consistently performs to great acclaim in Europe, North America and South America. He recently sang the role of Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata with Portland Opera, Icelandic Opera in Reykjavik Iceland and Deutsche Oper Am Rhein in Düsseldorf Germany.
Hailed by Opera News for his “handsome sound,” and described as a “standout” by the Wall Street Journal, Metropolitan Opera tenor Derrek Stark is quickly establishing a reputation as an elegant performer with nuanced and stylish singing. Mr. Stark recently premiered at Opera Tampa singing Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and has sung to great acclaim in both leading operatic roles and in concert with major orchestras throughout the United States.
Award winning artist Errin Duane Brooks, who hails from Detroit, Michigan, is quickly gaining momentum as an extraordinary American tenor. Recent appearances include Fire Shut Up in My Bones, Die Frau ohne schatten, Die Zauberflöte, Porgy and Bess, all with NY Metropolitan Opera. Brooks has also performed with other companies in the United States including Connecticut Lyric Opera, New Amsterdam Opera South Shore Opera, Toledo Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Utah Festival Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
“We believe there is something for everyone in this performance. Our Holiday concert is a vessel for children, parents, grandparents and friends – indeed the entire community – come together through festive music at this unique time of the year.”
For more information, or to purchase tickets go to www.njfestivalorchestra.org or call 908 232 9400.
Get ready for the New Year with NJFO!
NJFO’s quintessential New Year’s celebration is also back on Saturday, December 31 in Westfield and Sunday, January 1 in Basking Ridge with “Hats Off to Broadway,” a superb revue of American song and dance showstoppers.
A cabaret style event for the whole family, “Hats Off to Broadway,” promises a superb review of musical theatre classics presented in glorious symphonic splendor. Renowned guest singers direct from the Broadway stage and dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem join NJ Festival Orchestra to swing to favorites from America’s Great Songbook.
Audiences are invited to ring in the New Year and revel in the musical genius of America’s great composers, outstanding vocal performers, dazzling dance numbers and a world-class professional orchestra led by Maestro David Wroe.
Productions are set for 7:00pm on Saturday, December 31 at Westfield High School Auditorium, Westfield, and 2.30pm on Sunday, January 1 at The Sieminsky Theater, Basking Ridge.
“There is much to celebrate this holiday season,” continued Wroe. “So gather your friends and family for a series of merry musical programs of song and dance for audiences of all ages!”
This seasonal stroll of timeless classics and sentimental favorites, sure to bring us back together with joy, smiles, and distinctive holiday memories, has been made possible in part by support from The Westfield Foundation, a Union County H.E.A.R.T grant and The NJ State Council on the Arts.
For tickets and further information go to www.njfestivalorchestra.org or call 908 232 9400.