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- January 21st, 2014
The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band (RVSB) will present its annual children’s concert Sunday February 2, 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.
This concert is a great opportunity for children to learn to recognize musical instruments, while sharing a cultural performance with parents. Under the direction of the newly appointed RVSB Assistant Conductor, Meredith S. Boyan, children will listen to music they can (and are encouraged to) dance to! “Russian Sailors’ Dance” from The Red Poppy, “Symphonic Dance No 3 ‘Fiesta’ “, by Clifton Williams, “The Waltzing Cat” by Leroy Anderson, folk dances, marches and more. Children should also keep an ear open for a familiar circus song, “The Silver Fountain Waltz”, by K.L.King.
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.
Meredith S. Boyan teaches the Symphonic Band, Concert Band and instrumental lessons at Mountain Lakes High School. She also directs the Blue Notes Jazz Band and is the Assistant Director and Producer of the annual theater productions. A graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Meredith earned a Master of Music degree in Wind Ensemble Conducting and Literature and a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Saxophone and Music Education. Just last year, she was the recipient of the College Band Directors National Association Conducting Grant. This grant provided Meredith with an opportunity for professional development and participation at conducting workshops sponsored by academic institutions across the country.
More information available in the press release here.
- January 14th, 2014
Hello, the RVSB is currently beginning a search for a new Music Director / Conductor. Please see the document here for the job description.
- November 12th, 2013
RARITAN VALLEY SYMPHONIC BAND PRESENTS: A SYMPHONIC CELEBRATION
A symphonic concert that includes holiday favorites
Bridgewater, N.J., December 8, 2013— The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band (RVSB) will present its annual winter concert on Sunday, December 8, 2013 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.
The band will perform a concert titled, “A Symphonic Celebration” under the musical direction of three talented guest conductors. The band will liven up the holiday season during this program by performing “Suite from the Nutcracker,” by Peter Tchaikovsky arranged by James Curnow, “A Chanukah Celebration” arranged by David Bobrowitz, as well as Leroy Andersons’ “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride”. A few featured songs will also include “William Byrd Suite” by Gordon Jacob and Robert Sheldon’s “Rhapsodic Celebration”.
With nearly 25 years of combined musical experience, this audience will be fortunate enough to hear the band play under the baton of three guest conductors; Meredith S. Boyan, Mountain Lakes High School Band Director, Jeffrey Smith, Rutgers University graduate candidate, and Daniel Zugale, Ridge High School Director of Bands.
Read more 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.