Celebrate Mother’s Day in style as the NJ Festival Orchestra presents “Roses from the South,” a stunning tribute to Mother’s Day featuring waltzes by Strauss, Debussy and Mother’s Day serenades by the famous tenor Anthony Kearns.
Led by NJFO Music Director David Wroe, the concert opens with a whirlwind of Strauss’ favorite waltzes – Roses of the South, The Blue Danube and more. The celebration then continues with a special appearance by Anthony Kearns, a member of the hugely popular PBS supergroup The Irish Tenors, who have taken American television by storm and continue to make a splash around the world as the one of the most famous in Ireland. touring groups. Mr. Kearns will perform a program of Irish ballads, love songs and Mother’s Day serenades in honor of mothers around the world.
“NJFO is proud to present world-class guest artists and this event is no exception,” enthused Maestro Wroe. “As you are likely aware, Mr. Kearns’ international career includes high profile celebrity engagements, television appearances, concert tours and collaborations with top orchestras. We at NJFO are all thrilled and honored to associate ourselves with such an extraordinary talent and wonderful personality!”
Rounding out the Mother’s Day celebration is Claude Debussy’s symphonic masterpiece, La Mer. A tribute to his childhood memories and lifelong passion for the sea, Debussy paints a musical tableau that captures the essence of contrasting seascapes and creates the feeling of a visit to the sea. To listen to La Mer is to experience the sea in all its moods and richness.
“Great moms deserve great music!” commented NJFO Board Chairman Keith S. Hertell. “Share your love and appreciation and join us on Mother’s Day weekend for this very special gift of music and tribute to mothers around the world.”
This Mother’s Day celebration concert was made possible through the generous support of Mercedes-Benz of Union, a Ray Catena dealership. This sponsorship will allow NJFO to play an important role in the entertainment and cultural enrichment of New Jersey. It also enables NJFO musicians to bring the joy of music to underserved populations, present music education programs to students, and bring music therapy programs to hospitals and hospices.
“Roses from The South,” a live concert, takes place Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Westfield, with a free pre-concert lecture by NJFO pianist Yifei Xu at 6 p.m. The concert repeats Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. at the Concert Hall, Drew University in Madison, with a free pre-concert talk at 2 p.m.
For tickets and more information, call 908 232 9400 or visit www.njfestivalorchestra.org or visit NJ Festival Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.