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April 10, 2018 > Music director honored

Music director honored

Submitted By Mylene Stolpe

Newark Symphonic Winds director Richard Wong was recently recognized for his work with the nonprofit orchestra that brings live music programs to the Tri-City community. Following the orchestra?s spring concert on March 31, Wong was given a Certificate of Recognition by the office of the California State Assembly Kansen Chu, who represents the 25th District located in Milpitas.

The spring concert was performed by 50 orchestra members in the Newark Memorial High School Theatre and elicited waves of emotions from various generations of audience members as they were transported by the winds through the years.

Melodies included works from ?The Phantom of the Opera? by Andrew Lloyd Webber, selections from the Disney movie ?Moana,? arranged by Jay Bocook. Also performed was Toto?s ?Africa? by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, and selections from the Broadway classic ?West Side Story? by Leonard Bernstein. Finally, performing a bit of Dixieland music, was the Newark Saxophone Quartet, composed of Maurice LaFleur, Steve Leitner, Andy Ehling and Jim Carter.

Next up is the Newark Symphonic Winds Summer Concert set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at the Newark Memorial High School Theatre. For details, visit the group?s website at

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