by Liam Datwani
Mia Parfumi, a 2008 WHS alumna and a professional classical soprano singer, will be a special guest singer with The New Jersey Festival Orchestra in their winter concert, Home Forthe Holidays, on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Westfield Presbyterian church. She is joining the NJFO, formerly the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, along with the Wilson Elementary School Choir for the performance, according to NJFO orchestra conductor Mr. David Wroe.
Wroe said, “[the concert] has become such a Westfield tradition that we like to add a uniquely Westfield element to the program, and in this instance we have two, the Wilson Elementary School Choir, and, of course, Mia Parfumi.”
According to Wroe, Parfumi will be singing a solo version of O Holy Night and two selections from the operetta The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár in English.
Additionally, the Wilson Elementary school choir will be singing one of their own pieces, along with the classic, America the Beautiful. The students will also be singing collection of music from It’s a Wonderful Life in the finale. The NJFO orchestra is also playing a variety of pieces from seasonal waltzes to Christmas carols to Broadway favorites.
Said Parfumi: “[Performing] is a beautiful opportunity to make music with fine musicians for an eager audience; not to mention most of the audience will be made up of people who support me warmly. Its almost like giving back to the community which offered me so much, and so many opportunities when I was a student here in Westfield.”
Wroe said that this is the first time that the NJFO will be performing with a WHS graduate. However, he did say that they have worked with WHS graduates who are composers such as alumna Jenaveve Wicks.
Parfumi was a finalist in a number of national and international vocal competitions, such as the Violetta Dupont Vocal Competition. She also apprenticed with a number of reputable and professional opera singers.
According to Pafumi, “The only experience I've had [before] with the NJFO is enjoying their fine concerts in my high school years; I quite enjoyed, them and frankly, I am thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of one.”
The next performance of the NJFO is the New Year’s Concert, The Guys and Dolls of Broadway, which will be held at WHS on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.