WESTFIELD, NJ — On Saturday, Dec. 7, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra will hold one of its most popular programs of the year, “The 3 Holiday Tenors,” a family-friendly concert featuring traditional and contemporary holiday songs, sing-a-longs and more.
Metropolitan Opera’s internationally acclaimed tenor Barry Banks and award-winning tenors Jesse Donner and Matthew Vickers will be the guest performers.
“New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s 3 Holiday Tenors concert is a Central New Jersey institution,” said Music Director and Conductor David Wroe. “There is a party atmosphere from the moment the doors open, and despite there being close to 900 people at these sell-out performances, it seems everyone knows everyone else. It’s the perfect community holiday gathering to hear one of the finest professional orchestras and star performers from NYC Met opera and beyond, right on our doorstep here in New Jersey.”
The annual concert has taken on a life of its own, Maestro Wroe said, with audience members returning year after year.
“It always has an Italian element — those Neapolitan folk songs are the perfect idiom for our soaring tenors voices,” Wroe said. “It also includes wonderful symphonic interpretations of seasonal favorites — ‘Sleigh Ride,’ ‘O Holy Night,’ ‘Silent Night,’ ‘O Come All Ye Faithful,’ ‘Jingle Bells’ and many more. This year we also tip our hat to the Irish in us — ‘Toora Loora,’ ‘Danny Boy’ and more.”
The concert has been made possible in part by support from The Westfield Foundation, a Union County H.E.A.R.T grant and The NJ State Council on the Arts.
If you go:
The first concert takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.
Or catch it on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at The Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison.
Tickets start at $30 for adults, with a special discount price of $15 for all students under 21. Purchase tickets online at www.njfestivalorchestra.org or by calling 908-232-9400. Patrons are advised to purchase tickets online to avoid all ticketing and handling fees.
Tickets are also available for “Broadway Through the Ages,” NJFO’s annual New Year’s Eve musical celebration.
Learn more at www.njfestivalorchestra.org .
TAPinto Westfield is a media sponsor of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.