Sunday, May 12, 2013
Entertainment, refreshments and gorgeous decor awaited guests.
Cloudy skies didn't dampen the spirits of the hundreds of guests who took part in the 2013 Notable Home Tour to benefit the Westfield Symphony Orchestra. Five stunning homes—two in Plainfield and three in Westfield—were on display Saturday to the delight of attendees who had the opportunity to admire their elegant interiors and roam their expertly-manicured grounds. The 2013 home tour committee, co-chaired by Jennifer Colamedici and Shuang Guo-Wroe, strove to offer guests a look into the splendor of the past as well as a glimpse into more modern styles. An 1893 Queen Anne Victorian mansion, located in Plainfield's Van Wyck Brooks Historic District and listed in the National Register of Historic Homes, was lovingly-restored by its present …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Tour benefits the Westfield Symphony Orchestra.
An authentically restored elegant Queen Anne Victorian mansion located in Plainfield New Jersey’s Van Wyck Brooks Historic District and listed in the National Register of Historic Homes, is one of five notable homes to join the Friends of Westfield Symphony Orchestra’s annual tour to benefit the orchestra on Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The three-story, 7,500 square foot mansion, located in an area once known as “millionaire’s row” was designed in1893 by New York architect Charles H. Smith for the Honorable Craig Marsh, then serving as the city’s attorney. In its hay-day it joined a lavish group of homes owned principally by Wall Street moguls who found it easy to commute on the train between “the street” and the suburbs. In the …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Fully-equipped micro-brewery and pub bar are located on the lower level.
A superb Jazz Age mansion done in a grand architectural style with soaring coffered ceilings and one-of-a-kind design elements to delight the beholder is one of five outstanding residences featured on this year's Tour of Notable Homes on May 11th, presented by the Friends of Westfield Symphony Orchestra. Shuang Guo-Wroe, who co-chairs this year's tour, reveals that this home located in the storied Sleepy Hollow section of Plainfield is a show place in every way. A new construction brick mansion completed in 2010, it stands majestically on a seven acre knoll replacing a circa 1917 manse that previously occupied the site. Designed to replicate the grand houses of the Jazz Age, Guo-Wroe says, “Approaching the circular driveway we can …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing while supporting the Westfield Symphony Orchestra.
The Westfield Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 30th anniversary Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Plainfield Country Club. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and more! Opportunities for individual and corporate sponsorships available. Sneak preview of just some of the unique items to be auctioned during the evening by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick ♦ One week vacation at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach in 2 bedroom oceanfront suite. Includes Aquavana & fitness facilities. Click here for more details. ♦ 4 Center-ice tickets to NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NJ DEVILS Sunday April 21st ♦ GIANTS vs. Oakland: 2 Club seats with access to Lexus Club and VIP Parking ♦ 2 Tickets to Saturday Night Live May 4th show ♦ Luxury weekend …
Monday, February 18, 2013
WSO continued 30th anniversary season with 'A Night at the Movies.'
As the residents of Westfield and neighboring towns braved the bitter cold and blustery winds Sunday afternoon hurrying into the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, their efforts were well-rewarded by another wonderfully entertaining performance by the Westfield Symphony Orchestra. The show was entitled 'A Night at the Movies' and included themes from 13 different cinematic blockbusters. The dynamic David Wroe, Music Director and Conductor, and his incredibly-talented musicians led us on a trip down memory lane beginning with the stirring, '2001: A Space Odyssey' and then transported us to Tara for a powerful rendition of the theme from 'Gone with the Wind' (my personal favorite of the afternoon). Maestro Wroe then had the audience …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Concert begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
With the day traditionally set aside to celebrate love less than two weeks away, you might want to skip the heart-shaped box of chocolates (nothing against the candy industry, but does anyone really need more calories?) and treat yourself and a loved one to what undoubtedly will be a most enjoyable afternoon concert. 'The Perfect Valentine - A Night at the Movies' will be performed by the Westfield Symphony Orchestra Sunday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. The performance will span seven decades of memorable music with samples from the different film genres encompassing romance, epics, chillers and thrillers. To whet your appetite without spoiling the performance, you will be treated to music from “Gone with …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
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…
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Annual 'Home for the Holidays' concert packs Presbyterian Church in Westfield.
The Westfield Symphony Orchestra, with the help of the Franklin Elementary School chorus, delighted audiences young and old Saturday evening at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. The annual 'Home for the Holidays' concert was performed for a sold-out crowd, which was taken on a musical journey that began with a triumphant 'Joy to the World,' hopped aboard 'The Polar Express,' and concluded with a spirit-lifting sing-along. Music Director and Conductor David Wroe introduced the works with energy and enthusiasm that echoed the joy of the season and was matched by the extraordinary talent of the musicians, particularly violinist Anton Miller who displayed his virtuosity on Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons.' The concert, the 200th for the WSO, was a…
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Two festive performances bookend December
Saturday, November 17, 2012
From traditional to pops, choral favorites to musical theater classics, this season of WSO concerts will fill the whole family with holiday cheer. Join Maestro David Wroe and Westfield Symphony Orchestra musicians at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield for Home for the Holidays, a family festival of traditional and contemporary songs and music, sing-a-longs and more guaranteed to make the season merry. This seasonal stroll of timeless classics and sentimental holiday favorites is sure to bring joy, smiles, and distinctive holiday memories. Tickets prices range from $25 to $75 for adults and there is a special discount price of only $12 for students K-12 making this event a perfect start to the holiday season for the…
Sunday, October 7, 2012
'A Conductor's Life' begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
The 2012 Anne M. Hale Speaker Series will conclude this year's program on Oct. 11th, with 'A Conductor's Life', an engaging talk by the acclaimed director and conductor of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, David Wroe, at 7 p.m. at the Westfield Memorial Library. The series, in its fifth year, is hosted by The Friends of Westfield Memorial Library. Registration is required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Maestro David Wroe, the director and conductor of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra and Musica Morristown, has won plaudits for his work as a conductor in venues throughout the world. He serves as music director of Teatro Grattacielo in New York, and regularly conducts the New York City Opera. He has been the principal guest conductor at the City…