The Stone Soup Symphony Lifts Area Spirits

Clubs and Organizations

January 7, 2015

From: Trinity United Methodist Church

On December 13th, residents young and old from around New Jersey came to Hackettstown's First Presbyterian Church to be entertained…and entertained they were. Under the conduction of Ed Meisner, the Stone Soup Symphony (northwest Jersey's best-kept secret) put on a performance for the record books. Lets just say, "The secret is out."The Symphony had expected a crowd numbering 250. From standing room only in the aisles, nearly 600 people listened to the season's most beautiful area Christmas concert. 

Along with traditional Christmas music, the Symphony stepped up their annual show with pieces by Manheim Steam Roller, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and also performed the Nutcracker Suite. Ending the show to a thunderous, several minutes standing ovation was Stone Soup's performance of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, accompanied by thirty one area choir members. The spirits of everyone in attendance were lifted…as well as the church's roof! 

If you were one of the unfortunate residents who missed the performance, you can catch the concert via the following web address: 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOupuh_gSoQ63AiQcGXAcyWM1XVtogc9s 

Stone Soup Symphony will be performing many more free, area concerts throughout the year. Please go to their website: www.stonesoupsymphony.org for upcoming concert dates. On the site you will also find the latest orchestra news and info about joining the Symphony. Stone Soup is always recruiting and openly welcomes new members; currently there is most need for string players.

Photo above: The Stone Soup Symphony performing beautiful Christmas music, December 13th, at Hackettstown's First Presbyterian Church (photo taken by Laura Falleni)