How else would you celebrate the 35th anniversary of a renowned symphony than with a free concert? The Hanover Wind Symphony will mark its three and one half decades of “bringing music to people and people to music,” with its gala 35th Anniversary Concert on Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 pm. The concert will be held at Memorial Junior School located at 61 Highland Avenue in Whippany, New Jersey. Admission is free.
Among the highlights of this concert will be the world premiere of a piece entitled, “Sound Paints the Sky” by Peter Sciaino of Morristown, a composer and music educator at Whippany Park High School. The piece was commissioned especially for this milestone event. An instrumental music teacher at Whippany Park High School for over 20 years, Mr. Sciaino directs both the concert band and jazz ensemble while co-directing the marching band and teaching AP Music Theory. He writes and arranges music for marching bands, jazz ensembles and chamber ensembles, in addition to his work with symphonic groups.
Special guest conductor Peter Boor, HWS founder and conductor emeritus, will reprise his conducting duties by taking the baton for “Suite of Old American Dances: Waltz and Rag,” by Robert Russell Bennett and “The Onward and Upward March” by Edwin Franko Goldman.
“Our 35th Anniversary concert is a wonderful combination of the past, present and future in concert band music,” observed Matthew Paterno of Parsippany, musical director of the Hanover Wind Symphony.
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 group was founded in 1985 with 30 musicians. Thirty-five years later, the Symphony has a membership of over 85, each of whom are volunteers who share a love for music and a passion for enriching the cultural fabric of the community with the thrill of live wind band performances. For further information about the 35th Anniversary Concert and the Hanover Wind Symphony visit www.hanoverwinds.org.