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Singing Out the Auld, While Ringing in the New

The Symphony will perform next at the Westfield Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17.

What a wonderfully entertaining evening the crowd at Westfield High School was treated to last night compliments of the Westfield Symphony with David Wroe as its Music Director and Conductor. 

This sold-out concert, its 201st in this 30 Year Pearl Anniversary was entitled "Steppin' Out" and was jam-packed with 15 fabulous selections, the majority from famous Broadway shows. Wroe is delightful to watch as he practically levitates and his body language and facial expressions evidence how much he loves what he's doing. The four singers, Sandra Joseph, Angela Birchett, Ron Bohmer and Kevin Grace, shared their beautful voices with a most-appreciative audience.  

Birchett was saucy and playful as she delivered "All That Jazz."  Grace's rendition of "Some Enchanged Evening could standly proudly next to Ezio Pinza's. Joseph and Bohmer nearly set the stage on fire with their duets of "All I Ask of You" and "Tonight." (I was happy to learn they are married to each other as their chemistry is palpable). The muscians and singers were given a well-deserved standing ovation as the performance ended with everyone singing a rousing version of "Auld Land Syne." 

Attendees sung the praises of the WSO as they exited and it's fair to say a good time was had by all. 

The Symphony will be performing at the Westfield Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. Wroe said the show will be entitled "The Perfect Valentine - A Night at the Movies" featuring Hollywood's greatest movie themes.  Tickets are now available on line at www.westfieldsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (908) 232-9400 or visiting the office at 224 E. Broad Street, Westfield. 

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