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Village of Ridgewood Honors Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus on 110 Years

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Ridgewood NJ, Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus, celebrating 110 years of music-making, has been honored by the Village of Ridgewood with a proclamation naming April 2019 as Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus Month.

Village Mayor Ramon M. Hache, Sr. and Deputy Mayor Susan Knudsen read and presented the proclamation on Sunday, April 7, during the chorus’ spring concert. The concert’s theme was “Music of the Immigrant Experience.” Orpheus President Vernon Reed and Music Director John J. Palatucci accepted the award on behalf of the club.

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Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus Celebrates 110th Anniversary with Concerts Featuring Music of the Immigrant Experience

Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus at its April 2018 concert. Music Director John J. Palatucci is at far right. Pianist/Accompanist Ron Levy is third from left

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Ridgewood NJ, Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus presents its annual Spring Concerts on April 6-7 in Ridgewood, NJ, with music for every taste, from classical to show tunes and pop.

Our spring concert will feature music of the immigrant experience coming to America. Highlights include the music of Copland, Porter, Gounod, Berlin, Miranda, and more, as well as a rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G Minor by our pianist, Ron Levy. Additional music is listed on our website (www.ridgewoodorpheusclub.org). The recipient of the Roland L. Meyer Orpheus Club Scholarship, a high school senior who will study music in college, will also perform.

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Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus Seeks New Singing Members

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Ridgewood NJ, Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus, New Jersey’s pre-eminent men’s chorus,welcomes all men who love to sing, to join us. Men of all voice types
(tenor, baritone or bass) are invited to join us at our Wednesday weekly rehearsals starting September 5, 2018.

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Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus Seeks New Singing Members

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Ridgewood NJ, Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus, New Jersey’s pre-eminent men’s chorus, welcomes all men who love to sing, to join us. Men of all voice types
(tenor, baritone or bass) are invited to join us at our Wednesday weekly rehearsals starting September 5, 2018.

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Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus Seeks New Singing Members

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Ridgewood NJ, Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus Seeks New Singing Members. The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus, New Jersey’s pre-eminent men’s chorus,
welcomes all men who love to sing, to join us. Men of all voice types (tenor, baritone or bass) are invited to join us at our Wednesday
weekly rehearsals starting September 5, 2018.

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Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus Seeks New Singing Members

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Ridgewood NJ, Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus, New Jersey’s pre-eminent men’s chorus,welcomes all men who love to sing, to join us. Men of all voice types
(tenor, baritone or bass) are invited to join us at our Wednesday weekly rehearsals starting September 5, 2018.

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Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus served in the Army and Navy during WWI

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June 1,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Peter D. Fenzel the Men from he Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus served in the Army and Navy during WWI. The Chorus itself played its own part in the war effort, giving concerts to thousands of soldiers at Camp Merritt, performing at War Bond rallies and Red Cross functions, and attending to morale at home. I hope the small but significant part Orpheus played in the war effort is remembered.

Here are some newspaper clippings from 1918 with details:

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Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus Presents Choral Spectacular “Carmina Burana”

Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus Presents Choral Spectacular “Carmina Burana”
May 7,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Westside Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood will be the venue for a choral spectacular of 200 voices from four New Jersey choruses, as the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus presents Carl Orff’s masterpiece “Carmina Burana.”  The concert will be given on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

Conducted by John J. Palatucci, the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus will be joined in the performance by the Summit Chorale of Summit, NJ, the Columbia High School Chorus of South Orange, NJ, and the J. P. Stevens High School Chorus of Edison, NJ.

Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance purchase of tickets  may be made online at the Orpheus Club’s  website, www.ridgewoodorpheusclub.org

The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus has been a keystone of the cultural life of the tri-state region for 108 years. Founded in 1909, it is the oldest cultural institution in all of Bergen County. Now fifty voices strong, it is directed by John J. Palatucci and accompanied by pianist Ron Levy.

The Summit Chorale too can trace its lineage to 1909, founded as the Summit Choral Society. It has delighted central New Jersey audiences over the years, never more so than today under the hand of music director Dr. Thomas Juneau and accompanist Beth Robin. The Columbia High School Chorus of South Orange, NJ, performs under the musical direction of Jamie Bunce, and the J. P. Stevens High School Chorus of Edison, NJ. performs under the musical direction of Matthew Lee.

This concert is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Division of the Cultural and Historic Affairs from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus Holiday Concerts in Ridgewood

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November 26,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus will present its annual Holiday Gala Concerts on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood, NJ.

This year’s concerts will feature a diverse selection of carols and songs including While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks,  the Pop hit: Text Me Merry Christmas,  Gesu Bambino,   Duke Ellington’s Mood Indigo,  Schubert’s Ave Maria,  selections from  Fiddler on the Roof,  The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth,  and many others. This year’s concerts also feature trumpet soloist, Daniel Minogue, and the West African Drum Ensemble of Montclair State University accompanying the Chorus in the Nigerian carol, Betelehemu.

Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance and $25 at the door. Seniors and students under 17 years of age may purchase tickets at the door for $18. Advance purchase may be made  online at the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus website www.ridgewoodorpheusclub.org  and at any of the following local businesses: Daily Treat Restaurant, Wine Seller and Town and Country Apothecary in Ridgewood; Lewis Drug in Westwood; Perry’s Florist and Rock Ridge Pharmacy in Glen Rock; Wine and Spirit World in Ho-Ho-Kus; and Benny’s Luncheonette in Fair Lawn.

The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus has been a keystone of the cultural life of the tri-state region for 107 years. Founded in 1909, it is the oldest cultural institution in all of Bergen County and the premier men’s chorus in all of New Jersey.  Fifty voices strong, it is directed by John Palatucci and accompanied by pianist Ron Levy.

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Veterans Day celebration at Paramus Park Mall included a Flash Mob by the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus featuring patriotic songs

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Orpheus Club Flash Mob Honors Veterans

Veterans Day celebration at Paramus Park Mall included a Flash Mob by the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus featuring patriotic songs.

November 15,2016

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Paramus NJ, The Paramus Park Mall was the scene on Saturday, November 12, 2016, of a flash mob staged in honor of veterans and Veterans Day by the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus. The performance began as Orpheus tenor Charles Brown of Hackensack stepped out alone in the atrium beneath the food court, and sang the opening words of “America the Beautiful” to the unsuspecting crowd of shoppers nearby. Quickly, he was joined by other singers until the full chorus had formed. Before long a large crowd of shoppers stood by as the Chorus’ voices swelled with patriotic fervor and filled the atrium with their second song, “God Bless America.”

Many shoppers sang along. More than a few onlookers had tears in their eyes. Some stated that they were thrilled to feel once again uncomplicated patriotism without faction or partisan discord. It was a pure, magical moment with no agenda save to honor those who served. To that end Orpheus accomplished its mission.

The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus has been a keystone of the cultural life of the region for 106 years. Founded in 1909, it is the oldest cultural institution in all of Bergen County. Now almost 50 voices strong, the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus is directed by John Palatucci and accompanied by pianist Ron Levy.

Your next chance to hear Orpheus perform will be at their Gala Holiday Concerts on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm, both at the Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton Street, in downtown Ridgewood. Tickets for these concerts may be purchased online, with a 20% advance purchase discount, at the Orpheus website: www.ridgewoodorpheusclub.org.