Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce



Westfield State University in partnership with Westfield on Weekends, Inc. (WOW) will present its second annual Winter Gala concert, this Friday December 2 at 7 PM at Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall on the university campus.

Co-hosted by Dr. Felicia Barber, Director of Choral Activities at the university and Bob Plasse, Chair of Dickens Days, the free concert combines a selection of classical and seasonal favorites, performed with a carol-sing.

“WOW is pleased to present the talented students of Westfield State” Plasse said. “Our website and printed calendars had the wrong date listed for this performance and it would be a pity for folks to miss this evening of exceptional music. The concert is this Friday and not Saturday, as previously reported.”

University ensembles that will be featured include the University Jazz Band, conducted by Dr. Ed Orgill; the University Chorus and the Chamber Chorale both conducted by Dr. Felicia Barber; the Guitar Ensemble, spotlighting the students of instructor John Mason.

The Strings Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Sonya Lawson; the Chamber Ensemble, instructed by Professor Elaine Saloio; the Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Karen LaVoie and the Music Theatre Workshop, conducted by Dr. Mary Bonacci and Dr. Lynn Paulella-Beard will also be among the evening’s performers.

According to Plasse, while the concert is free and open to the general public, donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the music scholarships of Westfield State and the community programs of WOW.

Now in its thirteenth year, Dickens Days is the signature program of Westfield on Weekends, Inc., an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with major holiday funding provided in part by Easthampton Saving Bank.

For a full list of Dickens Days events, including the university’s Breakfast with Santa this Saturday, December 3 at 8:30 am and 10:30 am, visit

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