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Ridgewood NJ, Award winning concert pianist Lisa Yui, will be featured with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s enduringly popular Emperor Concerto on Friday May 3 at 8:00 p.m., at the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood. Described as “a musical phenomenon” (Pianiste magazine), Yamaha Artist Lisa Yui has performed as soloist with prominent orchestras such as the Tokyo Symphony, Polish National Radio, Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Krakow State Philharmonic.
Under the baton of conductor Stephen Culbertson, the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra (RSO) and piano soloist Lisa Yui will perform Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 5 in in E-flat Major, Op. 73, popularly called the Emperor Concerto for its powerful themes and heroic sprit. This magnificent concerto, famous for its grandeur and bold melodies, unfolds with a sovereign ease. It is Beethoven’s last completed piano concerto and the best known and most frequently performed.
The RSO is also delighted to perform the ever popular Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43, by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. This four-movement symphony is expansive and spacious, opening with a bright mellowness, moving through a stately middle and unfolding continuously with increasing power and majesty to build to a triumphant finale.
Stephen Culbertson has conducted orchestras, opera productions, and ballet companies in Europe and the U.S. and is recognized by performers and concert goers for his inspirational and creative approach to making music fresh and exciting. He serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Society of Musical Arts (SOMA) in Maplewood NJ. A strong advocate of American music as both a conductor and a publisher, Culbertson is the founder and president of Subito Music Corporation, located in Verona, NJ.
True to its slogan “Great Music Close to Home,” the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra presents exceptional, professional-level music and provides a platform for developing local and international talent under the direction of world-class artistic leadership. It is committed to enriching the lives of future musical performers and listeners through educational outreach programs, scholarships, Festival Strings Youth Orchestra, composer competitions and special treatment for patrons from senior living communities.
The performance will be held at the majestic, state-of-the-art concert hall of the West Side Presbyterian Church, located at 6 Monroe Street in Ridgewood. It is handicap accessible with ample parking.
For more information or to purchase subscriptions and advance tickets, please visit http://www.ridgewoodsymphony.org or call the RSO office at 201-612-0118.
About The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra
The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra has been bringing classical music to the community since 1939. It is one of the largest community orchestras in the United States and one of Northern New Jersey’s premier cultural institutions. The intergenerational orchestra, composed of talented volunteer musicians, serves the surrounding communities with many musical and educational activities, including the Festival Strings Youth Orchestra, which provides a unique opportunity for young string players to benefit from the experience of playing in an orchestral setting. For further information please visit: http://www.ridgewoodsymphony.org