GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble will present its 18th anniversary spring concert American Masterpieces at 7:30pm Monday, April 28, at the Performing Arts Center of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
The concert will take the audience on a musical journey through Italy with such well known and loved pieces as “The Barber of Seville Overture,” “The Anvil Chorus,”and “Trieste Overture.” Guest euphonium soloist, John Palatucci, will join the group for a rousing version of “Carnival of Venice.” Palatucci is the co-principal euphonium for the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York city and principal euphonium for the Ridgewood Band.
The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble is a 65-member group comprised of the area’s top professional musicians, music educators and other highly accomplished musicians and has been recognized as one of the top 50 community bands in the United States.
The ensemble has a strong commitment to ensuring that the love of music is passed on to future generations. Its members have worked closely with South Jersey’s finest student musicians, and 45 students representing 12 area high schools and the Richard Stockton College of NJ have been selected to join them on stage to play “side-by-side” for the second half of the concert.
During the performance, the SJAWE will present the “Vivace” award to recognize those individuals who have supported the live arts and the band over the years. The honorees are Dr. Herman and Dorothy Saatkamp, Wallace and Roberta Barr, Dr. Walter and Helle DePalma, Frank and Sharon Kollman, Raymond and Gina Ciccone, and Stella Hordes.
The band will be led by conductor Keith W. Hodgson and associate conductor Ron Poorman. Frank Mazzeo, adjunct professor of music at Temple University, will join the group as a guest conductor.
Concert admission is $15. To order tickets, go here or call (609) 652-9000. Find more information at sjawe.com or call (609) 402-5575. Information is available to highlight specific student performers and adult musicians from Atlantic, Ocean and Gloucester counties, by calling Karen Poorman, at (609) 402-5575. The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble is a member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance.