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– May 27th, 2015

Broadway Through The AgesRaritan Valley Symphonic Band Presents Broadway

Featuring Somerville Native, Tess Giardina

Bridgewater, N.J., June 14, 2015— The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band (RVSB) will present its annual pops concert, Sunday June 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the Bridgewater-Raritan High School auditorium. The school is located at 600 Garretson Road, Bridgewater, New Jersey. Admission is free and open to the public.

One of the greatest representations of American music is that which came out of musical theater.

Under the musical direction of Dr. Christopher G. Sumner, the band will take the audience through time and perform many of the magical works of “Broadway through the Ages”. Some of the world’s most prolific and successful songwriters were composers of musical theater. This program will encompass some of the greatest and most famous composers of that genre. The audience can expect to hear the works of Cole Porter and George Gershwin, “Porgy and Bess”, and musical scores from Richard Rogers, “The Sound of Music” and Leonard Bernstein. More recent works will include “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and “Beauty and the Beast”.

The RVSB is excited to welcome featured vocalist and Somerville native, Tess Giardina, to the front of our stage. The band will accompany her in George Gershwin’s, “Someone To Watch Over Me”. Giardina has been engaged in music since childhood and currently performs as a singer and trombone player in her spare time. She holds a B.A. in Music Performance and M.M. in Voice and Opera and works for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. “We’re so pleased to have Tess sing for this concert and we’re fortunate to have a variety of talent on our very own stage”, says Sumner. Tess currently plays Trombone with the RVSB, along side her Mother, Kathy (French horn) and brother, Alex (Trumpet).

read more in the press release here…

 

 

– March 30th, 2015

Colors 2015Raritan Valley Symphonic Band Performs with Renowned Marimbist

Greg Giannascoli takes the stage for “Colors”

Bridgewater, N.J., April 12, 2015— The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band (RVSB) will present its annual spring concert, Sunday April 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the Bridgewater-Raritan High School auditorium. The school is located at 600 Garretson Road, Bridgewater, New Jersey. Admission is free and open to the public.

Under the musical direction of Dr. Christopher G. Sumner, the band will explore the many different colors that music creates and how it influences our emotions for this program. Some of the works, such as “In the Cathedral” by Gabriel Pierne and “Mars” from the Planets” by Gustav Holst, will make you think and wonder what color the piece represents, while others will be more obvious. “Blue Lake Overture” by John Barnes Chance, for example, is a majestic piece with a lot of brass.

G.Giannascoli_MarimbaThe RVSB is excited to welcome featured soloist and world-renowned marimbist, Greg Giannascoli, back to our stage. The band will accompany him in George Gershwin’s masterpiece, “Rhapsody in Blue”. The RVSB is thrilled to perform with Giannascoli, who is sure to dazzle the audience with his extraordinary technique and musicality.

Marimba soloist Greg Giannascoli has performed extensively as soloist and in recital on four continents, including a solo recital at Carnegie Hall as the winner of the 2001 Artists International Competition. His performances have been presented on CBC, NPR radio and PBS TV. Classical New Jersey Magazine hails Giannascoli’s playing as “music played so well it would capture and hold anybody’s attention indefinitely… Giannascoli brings a wealth of musicality to his playing…he shines, rather glows”.

Mr. Giannascoli will also give a marimba master class on Wednesday, April 15th at 7:30 p.m. at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. The class is sponsored by the Band and will be provided free to the public. A highly sought after teacher, Mr. Giannascoli currently serves as a member of the faculty at the esteemed Juilliard Pre-College and New Jersey City University, and many of his talented young students have been accepted to such premier music schools as Curtis, Juilliard and Oberlin. Read more here…

 

– January 16th, 2015

Children's ConcertRARITAN VALLEY SYMPHONIC BAND PRESENTS CHILDREN’S CONCERT

Movie Magic for All Ages

Bridgewater, NJ, February 1, 2015 — The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band (RVSB) will present its annual children’s concert Sunday February 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the Bridgewater-Raritan High School auditorium. The school is located at 600 Garretson Road, Bridgewater, New Jersey. Admission is free and open to the public.

This musical adventure is a great opportunity for children to learn to recognize musical instruments, while sharing a cultural performance with parents. Under the musical direction of the RVSB Assistant Conductor, Meredith S. Boyan, this free children’s concert will have kids singing and dancing in their seats. The theme of the concert, for children age’s two and up, is “Movie Magic” and will feature songs from popular children’s movies as well as classic favorites that parents and grandparents will enjoy. From Frozen, Harry Potter and Captain America to The Wizard of Oz and Magnificent 7, this concert has something everyone can enjoy.

A musical instrument “petting zoo” will follow the 45 minute concert. This demonstration of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments will be given by members of the band and will take place in the lobby of the high school auditorium.

More information in the press release here.

 

– November 24th, 2014

Joy!Raritan Valley Symphonic Band Presents JOY!

Band collaborates with Somerville High School Choir

Bridgewater, N.J., December 14, 2014—The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band (RVSB) will present its annual holiday concert, Sunday December 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the Bridgewater-Raritan High School auditorium. The school is located at 600 Garretson Road, Bridgewater, New Jersey. Admission is free and open to the public.

Under the musical direction of Dr. Christopher G. Sumner, the band will liven up this holiday season with a concert titled “JOY”. Drawing upon the most wonderful time of the year, the band hopes to spread some of that joy through music.

The concert will begin with a variety pieces that portray a sense of the winter holidays approaching—“Festivo”, “The Willows of Winter” and “Joy Revisited”. The first half of the program will conclude with a monumental work by Alfred Reed, “Russian Christmas Music”. The second half of the program will consist of holiday specific music such as “Sleigh Ride”, “Rhapsody for Hanukkah” and “A Christmas Festival”.

Unique to this concert will be the exciting collaboration with Somerville High School Choir. Directed by Karen Gorzynski, these talented students will entertain you with many traditional carols including the classic “White Christmas”. Karen’s choirs receive superior ratings in national festivals but learn and grow the most by performing locally, bringing music and joy to the community.

More information in the press release here.

 

– October 12th, 2014

Slide 1Raritan Valley Symphonic Band Presents Haunted Harmonies

Come in costume for some spine-tingling classics!

Bridgewater, N.J., October 26, 2014—The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band (RVSB) will present its first Halloween themed concert, Sunday October 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the Bridgewater-Raritan High School auditorium. The school is located at 600 Garretson Road, Bridgewater, New Jersey. Admission is free and open to the public.

Under the musical direction of Dr. Christopher G. Sumner, this concert titled “Haunted Harmonies” will be the band’s first Halloween themed concert. This musical adventure will hopefully transport us to cool crisp autumn nights, as well as that special night when all the spirits come out to play—Halloween. For this frightfully fun performance, don your best Halloween costume for a wickedly wacky, music-filled haunted concert. Children will be invited to participate in a parade during one special tune. At the end of the concert, audience members in costume can even do a little trick-or-treating.

More information available in the press release here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our concerts are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and are administered by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission through the State/ County Partnership Local Arts Program.

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