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HWS Performs World Premiers by Young NJ Composers

Nineteen-year-old composer Andrew W. Kadar of Sparta, left, checks out the program for the Hanover Wind Symphony’s “New Sounds & New Names” concert, held this month at Memorial Junior School in Whippany, together with HWS music director and conductor Matthew Paterno of Parsippany, center, and 21-year-old composer Joe Marta of Scotch Plains. The HWS performed the world premiers of Kadar’s piece “The Sun Rises,” and Marta’s composition, “North.”

The renowned Hanover Wind Symphony (HWS), which has as part of its mission to mentor the next generation of wind musicians, presented two world premiere pieces by young New Jersey composers as part of its “New Sounds & New Names” concert, held in February at Memorial Junior School in Whippany. The world premiere pieces were  “North,” by 21-year-old composer Joseph Marta of Scotch Plains, and “The Sun Rises,” by 19-year-old composer Andrew W. Kadar of Sparta. Marta, a junior at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University majoring in music composition, is an up-and-coming composer for band, choral and chamber music. Besides composing music, Marta is an avid performer, named as principal trumpet for the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble and the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, and principal cornet for the Rutgers University Brass Band. Kadar, a sophomore at Ithaca College pursuing a degree in music composition, is a student of the impressionist school of composition. His work explores aesthetics, overall atmosphere, and spatial surroundings. As an instrumentalist, Kadar has received multiple awards for his work with the saxophone, including the Quincy Jones Musicianship Award and the John Philip Sousa Band Award. To further his development as a composer, he is currently studying piano and pipe organ.

 The 85-member Hanover Wind Symphony ( is a unique extension of the great American tradition of adult music performance. A cultural gem, treasured by music lovers throughout the area, the HWS is one of only a handful of outstanding community-based adult wind bands in New Jersey. The large orchestra is made up exclusively of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.