The Westfield Symphony Orchestra Presents Magnificent Tribute to our American Heroes

Under the guidance of Music Director David Wroe, the Westfield Symphony Orchestra opened their 29th Season with a salute to our brave men and women who lost their lives, and limbs on September 11th.

With a rousing salute to America the Brave, and commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, the sold-out audience at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield rose to sing Our National Anthem.  Then Kimberly Benou, a Trustee of Westfield United Fund, read a meditational text before the Orchestra presented ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ by Aaron Copeland.

Mark Felder, President of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees, announced that “a portion of ticket sales would go directly to benefit the Westfield United Fund’s September 11th Scholarship Fund, which has been set up to grant educational scholarships to Westfield students in need, who have lost a parent and plan to attend college.”

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Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky read the second meditational text before the Orchestra played ‘Adagio for Strings’. A rousing cheer from the audience was then followed by Dylan Glasser, who presented the third meditational text and the audience heard ‘Lenore Overture No. 3 Op. 72’ by Ludwig von Beethoven.

A select group of students from choirs in Westfield Middle and High School sang God Bless America by Irving Berlin, then Director David Wroe invited the audience to join in song. It was truly an emotional moment, as folks recalled tragic memories of that dreadful day.

The final meditational text was read by Richard Bagger, Chief of Staff to Governor Chris Christie.  David Wroe then introduced Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World.”

The audience stood as one and offered a standing ovation. Truly, it was a memorable event for the entire evening was a tribute to America and its many heroes.

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