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Celebrate the Holiday Season with New Jersey Festival Orchestra

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HOLIDAY TENOR: Critically acclaimed American tenor Cody Austin returns with friends to kick off the Holiday season with NJFO on December 9 and 10.

WESTFIELD, NJ -- From traditional to pops, choral favorites to renowned tenor fare, the winter season of NJ Festival Orchestra concerts will fill the entire family with warmth and cheer.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m. New Jersey Festival Orchestra kicks off the holiday season with a bang and plenty of bling with Return of the Holiday Tenors, a family festival of traditional and contemporary songs and music, sing-alongs and more at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

The concert features last year’s darling, award-winning tenor Cody Austin, who returns with friends to celebrate and captivate with a dazzling selection of renowned tenor classics. Traditional carols, signature versions of familiar fare and a host of wintertime curiosities are also sure to delight.

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“We are thrilled to welcome The Three Holiday Tenors — each more talented than the next — to help us welcome in the Holiday season,” said Maestro David Wroe. “We believe there is something for everyone in this performance. Our concert is a vessel for children, parents, grandparents and friends — indeed the entire community — to come together through music at this unique time of the year.”

This seasonal stroll of timeless classics and sentimental favorites, sure to bring joy, smiles, and distinctive holiday memories to one and all, has been made possible in part by a Union County Heart (History, Education and Arts Reaching Thousands) grant, and support from The Westfield Foundation.

The concert takes place on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. It is repeated on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 10, at 3:00 p.m. at The Concert Hall located in The Dorothy Young Center for the Performing Arts at Drew University in Madison. Ticket prices range from $28 to $76 for adults and there is a special discount price of only $15 for students K-12.

Tickets are also available for NJ Festival Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve musical celebration, one of New Jersey’s much anticipated and most popular New Year’s Eve events.

This year’s performance, Puttin’on the Ritz, promises a superb revue of American musical theater classics from stage and screen presented in glorious symphonic splendor featuring renowned guest vocalists direct from the Broadway stage and beyond.

The intergenerational program reads like a Who's Who of the best of Broadway and includes modern show-stoppers as well as the traditional favorites.

“We’ve shaken up the program a bit this year,” commented Maestro Wroe. “But of course we will still have room for the much loved songs of Rogers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and more as well as quite a few surprises.”

Tickets range in price from $42 to $70. A special discount price of $15 is available for children under 18, making this event (which starts at 7pm and ends at 9pm) a perfect way for the entire family to welcome in the New Year together. Patrons are advised to purchase tickets well in advance as this concert has been a sell out for the past five years.

Tickets for both concerts are available online at www.njfestivalorchestra.org. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 908-232-9400 or by visiting the office at 224 E. Broad Street, Westfield (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Patrons are advised to purchase tickets online to avoid all ticketing and handling fees. Haven't heard the New Jersey Festival Orchestra? Here's a sample:

 

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