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New Jersey Wind Symphony Presents its 4oth Anniversary Season Opener

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Ridgewood NJ, over the last four decades, the New Jersey Wind Symphony (NJWS) has delighted audiences with concert experiences that include timeless classics, cutting edge new compositions, and world-class soloists. Their 2022-2023 season is no exception as they celebrate their 40th anniversary with a five-concert series at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

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The NJWS season opens on November 6th with an afternoon of music featuring award-winning composer Johan de Meij as a guest conductor. The program includes two of his works, including “Fellini” for solo Alto Saxophone, Circus Band, and Wind Orchestra spotlighting saxophone soloist Hans de Jong (Royal Conservatoire, Belgium).

The program will also include a transcription of Franz von Suppe’s classic “Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna”, marches by John Williams and John Philip Sousa, and an inspiring work of hope by Frank Ticheli round out this first concert of the season.

The music will begin at 2:30pm with a prelude from Ramapo College’s vocal ensemble CantaNOVA (Dr. Lisa Lutter, director) and Concert Band (Dr. Christian Wilhjelm, director). The NJWS portion of the program will begin at 3:00pm.

We look forward to having you join us for this wonderful concert!

40th Anniversary Season Opener

Dutch composer and conductor Johan de Meij received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, where he studied trombone and conducting. His award-winning oeuvre of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and film score arrangements has garnered him international acclaim and have become permanent fixtures in the repertoire of renowned ensembles throughout the world.

His Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings was awarded the prestigious Sudler Composition Prize and has been recorded by myriad ensembles including The London Symphony Orchestra, The North Netherlands Orchestra, The Nagoya Philharmonic and The Amsterdam Wind Orchestra.

Hans de Jong combines his activities as a saxophone soloist and chamber music playing with composing and teaching. He is Professor of Classical Saxophone and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerpen, Belgium.

About 150 compositions are dedicated to him: especially chamber music in various combinations but also concertos by René Pieper, Kees Schoonenbeek, Tera de Marez Oyens, Henk Badings, Kees van Unen, Jo van den Booren, Joop Voorn, Raoul De Smet, Janpieter Biesemans, Marc Verhaegen, Frits Celis, Alexander Raskatov, Martin Vojtisek, Liana Alexandra and Patrick De Clerck.

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