Mercer County Symphonic Band Performs May 15

5-2-08



WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- The Mercer County Symphonic Band will perform its annual Spring Concert at Kelsey Theatre on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College on Thursday evening, May 15 at 8 p.m. The band is celebrating its 28th season this year. Admission is free.

The performance will offer a variety of musical styles including the Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein, a George Gershwin medley, the Symphonic Overture by American composer Charles Carter, works for band by British composers Ralph Vaughn Williams, Sir William Walton, and Gustav Holst, and transcriptions of orchestral compositions by Richard Wagner, Franz von Suppe, and Jacques Offenbach, along with a selection of traditional marches.

The band has earned a reputation for high quality, entertaining performances, and plays to packed houses at its annual winter and spring concerts. It also performs at area retirement communities and at special events, including town functions such as the Cranbury Fourth-of-July fireworks celebration. More than 300 area musicians have participated in the band over the past three decades.

Dr. Louis Woodruff, music director, says "The band captures the essence of the community. It involves musicians spanning 75 years in age who are dedicated to a shared artistic mission." The band rehearses Monday evenings on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College. For more information contact the Music Department at 609-586-3735.

The band is supported by Mercer County Community College with funding from The Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through a grant provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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