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NJ Festival Orchestra Wows with Season Finale in Westfield

NJFO led by David Wroe with baritone Christian Bowers. Credits: Alexandria Addesso
Men of Ridge HS Honors Choir and Newark Arts HS Choir and Alumni Credits: Alexandria Addesso

WESTFIELD, NJ – One of the world’s most beloved works rang out in the First Presbyterian Church at “The Wheel of Fortune,” The New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s season finale, featuring the Newark Arts High School Choir and alumni as well as Ridge High School Honors Choir on May 30 at 7 p.m.

“It was awesome,” said first-time NJFO concert attendee Andrew Stanley.

The NJFO, led by conductor and music director David Wroe, performed Orff’s body of work “Carmina Burana.” The work took listeners on a springtime journey of fortune through the meadow, tavern and court of love.

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In addition to the powerful choirs that filled the front left and right balconies, the concert featured guest soloists baritone Christian Bowers, soprano Ashley Kerr and tenor Kyle Knapp.

The performance started with the ever-popular “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi-O Fortuna” and ended with a reprisal that sent shivers down the spines of concert-goers. The audience responded with a standing ovation.

“We look forward to seeing you next fall,” said Executive Director of the NJFO Linda Doyle. “Thank you and have a great summer.”

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