Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Sinatra_2THAT'S a NICE

WHEN: Wednesday, May 28, at 7 PM
Memorial Junior School, 61 Highland Ave., in Whippany
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A medley of songs by the incomparable Frank Sinatra, a Garden State native, will highlight a free concert of Italian favorites, called That's a Nice,  honor of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary.

The concert will be presented by Hanover Wind Symphony (HWS), together with the Central Jersey Wind Ensemble (CJWE).

Matthew Paterno of Parsippany, HWS musical director and himself of Italian ancestry, says with a smile, "The Hanover Wind Symphony is proud to host the Central Jersey Wind Ensemble and share in a night of great Italian music. People should definitely come to the concert—that's an offer you can't refuse!"

Among the highlights of the HWS portion of the concert program are:

  • Caderna by A. D'Arcangelo, arranged by Arnauld D. Gabriel
  • La Forza del Destino by Giuseppi Verdi, arranged by Mayhew Lake
  • Italian Polka by Sergei Rachmaninoff, arranged by Elena Rousanova Lucas
  • Finiculi, Finicula by Luigi Denza, arranged by Alfred Reed

The CJWE's program will include the following pieces:

  • La Banda di Creatore by Albert Cina
  • Tancredi Overture by Gioachino Rossini
  • Italian Rhapsody by Julie Giroux
  • Sinatra!—a medley of Garden State native Frank Sinatra's songs in honor of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary

Each orchestra will perform a 30-minute program with two combined ensemble numbers at the end. The combined pieces are:

  • Tarantella, arranged by Alfred Reed
  • Figaro in Stereo by Gioachino Rossini and Paul Yoder, featuring euphonium soloists John Palatucci and Matthew Paterno

These combined pieces will be conducted by Nicholas Santoro, the director of the Central Jersey Wind Ensemble.

The Hanover Wind Symphony is a unique extension of the great American tradition of adult music performance. One of only a handful of outstanding community-based adult wind bands in New Jersey, the Hanover Wind Symphony delights audiences of all ages by giving a contemporary twist to traditional favorites. The large orchestra, made up exclusively of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, embraces as its mission bringing “music to people and people to music.”

For nearly 30 years, the Hanover Wind Symphony has played to enthusiastic audiences. HWS members are volunteers who share a love for music as well as enriching the cultural fabric of the community with the thrill of live wind band performances.

The Central Jersey Wind Ensemble, which was founded in 1993, is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the performance of wind band literature throughout the Central Jersey area, as well as providing concerts and clinics for thousands of students participating in school band programs. The CJWE is composed of some of the top wind and percussion instrumentalists in the state, many of whom have performed with organizations such as the Monmouth Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, the New Jersey State Opera, the Imperial Brass Band, the Ridgewood Concert Band, the Goldman Band, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.