The debuted its 'Swing Time' big band dance spectacular Sunday afternooon at L'Affaire in Mountainside.
Maestro David Wroe, Musical Director and Conductor told the audience, "Lace up your dance shoes and grab your partner." With well over 200 attendees at the performance, the dance floor was packed with people enjoying classic swing music.
The WSO performed classics like 'Chattanooga Choo Choo,' 'Sentimental Journey,' and 'Begin the Beguine.' Also performing were The Manhattan Dolls, a New York City-based female vocal trio with the sound of The Andrews Sisters. The Manhattan Dolls entertained the audience with songs including 'I'll Be Seeing You,' 'In the Mood,' and 'Oh Johnny.'
Elizabeth Mitchell-Ryan, WSO marketing director, said this new venture for the symphony is an opportunity to show off its many skills and added that many of the subscribers have been enthusiastic about the special performance. She also pointed out that there was a lot of interest from people who like dancing and people from local dance schools. Members of the audience were given a card for a complimentary introductory dance class at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Kenilworth, NJ. It is also the WSO's hope that Sunday's unique performance will generate interest and appeal to new audiences.
Vincent Carano, music contractor for WSO, said, "Everything is great. We had wonderful rehearsals for the performance with the top musicians in the Metropolitan area. The music brings back great memories."
The music delighted audience members of all ages. Two of the guests who enjoyed dancing to the music were Tomer from Millburn and Debbie from Roselle. Tomer commented, "This is fun, old school music that people of all ages can enjoy."
'Swing Time' was a very successful event that kicked off the Westfield Symphony Orchestra's 30th Anniversary Season.