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The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra Launches its 79th Season on a High Note with New Conductor and Future Stars of Broadway

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Ridgewood NJ , The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra (RSO) announced the first concert of its 79th season will present some of the most beloved music of Broadway, performed under the baton of its new artistic director and conductor Stephen Culbertson. The concert, featuring young musical theater professionals performing with the orchestra to present favorite Broadway melodies, will be held on October 20 at 8:00 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 155 Linwood Avenue, in Ridgewood, NJ.

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Pro Arte Chorale will present two summer sings with our new and exciting music director, Bryan Zaros.

Pro Arte Chorale

July 23,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Pro Arte Chorale will present two Summer Sings with our new and exciting Music Director, Bryan Zaros. Please join us as Bryan takes us on these lovely musical journeys:
– Monday, July 30th, “Choral Treasures”, a variety of masterpieces from Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, and Palestrina
– Monday, August 27th, “Mosaic Mass”, a selection of magnificent works from Durufle, Beethoven, Bach and Mozart.
Pro Arte warmly welcomes you to these two enjoyable evenings to experience and sing with Masetro Bryan Zaros and the Chorale! 7:30- 9:00 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ. $10 admission includes score rental and refreshments. No registration required. For more information visit; or call 201-497-8400.

Mon, July 30, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Cost: 10.00

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The Wall is a Traveling Exhibit Commemorating Our Country’s Fight for Freedom from 1775 to Present Day!

July 10th ,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, The Spirit of America’s Story:The Wall is a Traveling Exhibit Commemorating Our Country’s Fight for Freedom from 1775 to Present Day , “The Wall is a richly illustrated visual story of America’s struggles for freedom, a visual walk through our country’s history and our fight to be free. Our goal is to capture and preserve the spirit, the sacrifices and rich history of the American people. We do this by honoring those men and women in uniformed service who have and are currently serving and protecting our way of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness both here and abroad.” (Quotation excerpted from Courtesy of Stanley A. Kober.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Address: 155 Linwood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

November 12th thru November 18th ,2018

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Pro Arte Chorale Presents “Masters of Baroque” on June 3rd

May 18,2018

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Ridgewood NJ , Join Pro Arte in the last concert of the season, and the last concert with 2017 Grammy nominated Maestro Steven Fox. “Masters of Baroque” – Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel Coronation Anthems. This will be a spectacular concert featuring members of Clarion Orchestra, NYC, and Soloists Esteli Gomez and Mikki Sodergren. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event, or discounted tickets online:
For more info or 201-497-8400.

June 3, 4pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Ave, Ridgewood NJ


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Pro Arte Chorale Annual Messiah Sing along at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ridgewood

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December 6,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, tune up those singing voices , join the Pro Arte Chorale for our Annual Messiah Sing along on Monday December 11, beginning at 7:30pm. Admission is $10, we will have scores available for those who do not have one. Refreshments following. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ridgewood, NJ No reservations required.

Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

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Ridgewood’s Downtown For The Holidays & Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

The Ridgewood Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Downtown For The Holidays & Tree Lighting Celebration
Fri, December 01, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: E. Ridgewood Ave and Memorial Park, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Ridgewood NJ, You do not have to go to NYC to see the lighting of a beautiful tall Christmas tree…

right here in Ridgewood, we celebrate the starting of all the Holidays with the lighting of a 60-80ft. beautiful tree.

Starting at 5:30-7pm,
-Santa will be in the Park for the
“wee” little ones.
-On the streets, the RHS Marching Band and Holiday Chorus will be marching and singing up and down E. Ridgewood Ave…making Merriment with their instruments and voices.
Just added, ride Santa’s trackless train…this will be fun! (FREE)

On stage is where the excitement happens, lots of singing and dancing by the kids to help us get ready to light our beautiful tree….”Magical” are the words they use.

7:30pmish is the lighting of the tree.

following will be music on stage and
in the streets…

SANTA will be in Park (8-9pm) waiting for your list and checking it twice…and Santa’s track-less train. (will end at 8:55pm-streets open up at 9pm)

There will be no parking on E. Ridgewood Ave from Walnut up to and including parts of
S. & N. Broad St.

Please note the streets that will be closed for this event will be from
Walnut Street up E. Ridgewood Ave. included
S. & N Broad St from 5:30-9pmish.

What’s happening in Ridgewood during the Holiday Season….
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Santa will arrive at Columbia Bank
(60 S. Broad St.), free gifts for all the kids
10:30am FREE Movie at the Bow-Tie Cinema-
movie will be ELF, Will Ferrel.
2-4pm Santa will now be at Memorial Park at
Van Neste Square, weather permitting.

Saturday, December 2,9, 16, 2017 – 12N-3pm
Visit SANTA at his house in the center of Ridgewood, Memorial Park at Van Neste Square.
weather permitting.
Saturday, December 23, 2017 – 12N-2:30pm
weather permitting.

Come to do your Holiday Shopping in historic downtown Ridgewood and dine at our delicious
restaurants. Give yourself a gift of shopping and dining.

The Ridgewood “tradition” is supported and presented by the members of the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce as follows…

Columbia Bank
Valley Hospital
Van Dyk Health Care
Freedom Bank
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Prestige Family of Fine Cars
Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Park West Tavern
Santoni’s Pizzeria
Pearl Restaurant
ConnectOne Bank
West Bergen Mental Health
Serendipity Labs
Clemente Orthodontics
Serendipity Labs Ridgewood
S&SO Produce Farms
Country Pancake House and Restaurant
The Village Health Coach
Charles J. X. Kahwaty, Esqu.
Biltmore Tuxedos
C.C. Van Emburgh Inc.
Beyband International, Inc.
Janjigian Trading Co,, Inc.
Ridgewood Party Rental
Life Opportunities Unlimited
E. Clark Travel
YWCA of Bergen County

for details call 201-445-2600, [email protected]

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September 24,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, When you post today on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll likely reach thousands of folks very quickly. You’ll share a great idea or thought that could change the lives of many people.

Five hundred years ago, when you wanted to share your ideas, you posted them on the Church door. Martin Luther did just that, and probably didn’t have a clue that his post would turn the Church or his life upside down much less that his post would be celebrated for years to come.

This October 29, 2017 marks the 500th year since Martin Luther made his famous post. Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ridgewood has planned a full day of special activities to mark this anniversary. Please join us at 155 Linwood Avenue, Ridgewood.

A communion worship service will be offered at 10:45 AM. A brunch is being offered at noon (Please sign up on our website,, so we can sure to have enough food). A festival worship is offered at 1:30 PM with the collaboration of the Ars Música Chorale directed by world renowned organist James Kennerley. A reception will follow for all to meet and greet the Chorale and the Bethlehem Congregation.
You don’t have to be Lutheran to attend, nor do you need to wear your Sunday best! This is an opportunity to hear great music, exhilarating organ selections from Mr. Kennerley and getting to hear about Jesus.

More information and the brunch registration may be found at You may also call the church office at 201-444-3600 (ext. 200) with any questions.

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Pro Arte Chorale Summer Sing at Bethlehem Lutheran Church

June 18,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, SUMMER SING:   A night to sing some great music with Pro Arte Chorale, and Steven Fox, Pro Arte’s Maestro and 2017 Grammy nominee! Maestro Fox will lead us in a read-through of Handel’s Coronation Anthems and selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Whether you’re shopping around for a choral group to join, or just out for a night of singing and fun, please come for an evening of lovely music, camaraderie, and refreshments.   
July 10,2017 ,7:30pm :Admission is $10 per person, includes score rental, if needed. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. No reservations required.  For more info please email or call us.  201-497-8400[email protected]  
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Bethlehem Lutheran Church Invites the Community to a Movie Night


June 11,2017

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Bethlehem Lutheran Church Invites the Community to a Movie Night on July 15: Come and enjoy The LEGO Movie on a VERY big screen! The movie will start at 9:00 PM. If the weather permits it will be shown on the front lawn. In the event of rain the movie, will be held in the gym. This is open to the community, so be sure to invite your friends and family! The church is located at 155 Linwood Ave., Ridgewood.

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Pro Arte Invites You to Our Messiah Sing Thursday, December 1st

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November 22,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Come join the Pro Arte Chorale for a joyous sing-along of Handel’s Christmas masterpiece, conducted by Maestro Steven Fox.  The Chorale will gather for this event on Thursday December 1st at 7:30pm at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 155 Linwood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ.  Bring your own score or rent one of ours.  Admission is $10 at the door, including rental score.

Handel created such compelling melodic and fluid music that it’s easy to overlook what is one of history’s great examples of “word painting.”  The baroque era in music — roughly 1600 to 1750 — saw enormous interest in this technique of depicting a word’s meaning through music. A basic example is using dissonance to set the word “pain.”  Even those who have sung “Messiah” aren’t always made fully aware of Handel’s continual crafting of music to express the words.

Steven Fox, the Music Director of The Pro Arte Chorale, is also the artistic director of Clarion Music Society in New York, and the music director for Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg in Russia.  The Pro Arte Chorale, a 60-member volunteer chorus based in Ridgewood, is committed to enriching the lives of its members and its audience by exploring many musical traditions.  All performances are held in ADA compliant venues with handicapped accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

For more information about Pro Arte Chorale or to join the mailing list, visit or send an email to [email protected]  The Pro Arte Chorale is sponsored in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.