The Eastern Wind Symphony is pleased to announce its 21st season concert schedule for 2016/17:

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Saturday Dec. 10, 2016 at 8 pm Princeton Meadow Church, Princeton, NJ

NOW THAT’S ITALIAN Saturday Feb. 11, 2017 at 8pm Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, NJ

AMERICAN VISIONS Saturday March 25, 2017 at 8pm Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, NJ

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT Sunday June 11, 2017 at 4pm Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, NJ

Tickets are available on the web site or at the door.

The Eastern Wind Symphony, founded in the spring of 1996, is a professional ensemble for musicians in the tri-state NJ/NY/PA area, dedicated to performing the best wind and percussion literature. Under Director Emeritus Dr. William H. Silvester, the ensemble experienced exceptional growth and developed a national reputation. The Eastern Wind Symphony has presented critically acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ, the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ, and at the NaFME Eastern Division Conference. Most recently, the EWS had the honor of being the first adult band in the state of New Jersey to perform at the 2015 Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In addition, the EWS has produced numerous commercial CDs of exceptional quality on the prestigious Klavier, Curnow Music Press, and MASTERS labels.

Artistic Director Mr. Todd Nichols and Assistant Conductor Mr. Adam Warshafsky currently guide The Eastern Wind Symphony to achieve its artistic goals, revitalize the community it supports, and bring unique and challenging musical experiences to both its members and audiences. In addition to establishing highly successful concert seasons at the EWS home performance location in Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, NJ, the EWS has instituted a summer concert series in other local NJ communities. The EWS has been invited to provide guest performances at local music festivals, including Music for All and the Metropolitan Wind Band Festival.

The past several years have brought new opportunities and successes for the EWS. Through a guest artist program instituted in 2009, internationally acclaimed musicians, including Stanley Drucker, Phil Smith, Joe Alessi, and Alan Baer (all from the New York Philharmonic), as well as marimba soloist Greg Giannoscoli and internationally acclaimed trumpet soloist Allen Vizzutti, have performed with the ensemble. Through an annual Visiting Distinguished Conductor Program established in 2014, the EWS has had the opportunity to play under the batons of conducting greats such as Ray Cramer and James Keene. For their Carnegie Hall debut in New York City in 2013, the EWS commissioned and premiered Red Tail Skirmish (for wind ensemble) by composer Bruce Yurko. They also premiered Blow, Eastern Winds in 2015, which was composed for the group by Joseph T. Spaniola for their Midwest Clinic performance.  In order to fulfill the mission of giving back to the community and supporting young musicians, the Eastern Wind Symphony Youth Band was established in 2012 and is conducted by Mr. Warshafsky.  The EWS also supports a college scholarship to support rising junior or senior music majors. The EWS released their most recent recording, Resurgence, in 2014.

The Eastern Wind Symphony membership consists of professional musicians from the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania areas. More than half of the members are music educators who teach in the NJ public school system. In addition, numerous members are freelance musicians, manage businesses, work in the sciences, or raise families. Whatever their vocation, all members of The Eastern Wind Symphony are accomplished and talented musicians who volunteer their time and enjoy performing the most highly regarded wind symphony repertoire in a high-caliber ensemble. Their reward is musical enjoyment at its highest level: music for music’s sake!

The Eastern Wind Symphony is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All members perform for the love of music, and no member is compensated for his or her participation. For more information about the symphony, including audition information for open positions or to support the EWS through charitable tax deductible donations, please see the web site at www.easternwindsymphony.org.