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The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra will Open the 2016-2017 Season Tonight 8:00 P.M., at West Side Presbyterian Church



November 18,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra will perform the first concert of its 2016-2017 season at 8:00 P.M., on Friday, November 18, 2016, at the West Side Presbyterian Church. The Church is located at 6 South Monroe Street, in Ridgewood.

The Orchestra is under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Diane Wittry. The theme of the performance is Russian Favorites and includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Eastern Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Number 5 . Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto that will be performed by acclaimed violinist Christine Kwak. “Violinist Christine Kwak had already made her debut at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall by the age of 11. At that tender age, she recorded the complete 24 Caprices by Paganini on a half-size violin, about which Dorothy DeLay has commented, “…one of the most astonishing accomplishments and truly remarkable; one of the best caprices I’ve ever heard.

“Christine has been on the front pages of the New York Times, Daily News, Newsday, and the Village Voice among many others. Her teacher, the late Dorothy DeLay, renowned for producing many of the world’s finest soloists, said Christine is “an extraordinary talent who will become one of the best of her generation”.

Born in New York City, of a musical family, she began piano studies at the age of 3, and violin at the age of 4. She was first discovered on CNN’s “About Child Prodigies” at age 5, playing piano and violin as well as several of her own piano compositions. Christine first came to public spotlight at the age of six, when she performed the Kabalevsky violin concerto with The Queens Chamber Symphony. She subsequently performed the concerti of Vivaldi, Bach, and Mozart.”

Advanced ticket prices are $25, $20 for senior and $10 for students. At the door prices are $28,$23, and $13, respectively. Regular subscriptions for the season are $65, $55 for seniors and $30 for students. SEE:

“Great music…close to home!”

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Pro Arte Chorale Announces 2016-2017 Season

Pro Arte Chorale Announces 2016-2017 Season
September 1,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Our upcoming concert season “Musical Works of Art” will begin November 20 th with a 4:00 pm performance of Brahms’ beautiful Ein Deutsches Requiem. Our Summer Sing on August 15 and 29 featured this magnificent work, giving interested singers the chance to join their voices with Pro Arte and experience the joy of choral singing. Our March 26 th concert at 4:00 pm will feature a selection of Opera Choruses, which will include collaboration with a high school chorus. Our final concert, June 10 th at 8:00 pm will be an all-Bruckner program featuring 6 Motets and his Mass in E Minor. Interestingly, Bruckner is known mostly for his symphonies, but he was a church musician as well, and his music for the Roman Catholic liturgy is considered to be amongst the finest of the last 150 years. We are excited to present our 2016-2017 season and remain deeply grateful for the support we receive from our funders and audience members. We look forward to seeing you at our concerts and events!

The Pro Arte Chorale, a 50-member volunteer chorus based in Ridgewood, is committed to enriching the lives of its members and its audience by exploring many musical traditions. The Pro Arte Chorale welcomes voices in all sections. We will be hosting auditions throughout the season, starting in early September on Monday nights @7pm. Singers interested in auditioning will be asked to prepare a piece of music that best highlights their voice, and will also be tested for range and reading ability. To schedule an audition, please contact us via email ( or via phone (201) 497-8400. We rehearse on Monday nights, 7:30 – 10:00pm at The Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ridgewood.

The Pro Arte Chorale is lead by Maestro Steven Fox. Maestro Fox is also the artistic director of Clarion Music Society in New York, and the music director for Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg in Russia which he founded in 2001 at the age of 21. He has a distinguished background in sacred music, having served as Acting Director of Music at historic Trinity Church, Wall Street from 2009-2010 and Cantorial

Soloist at the majestic Temple Emanuel in New York City from 2009-2013. Maestro Fox has given master classes and clinics at Dartmouth College, Julliard School and Yale University, where he served for two years as preparatory conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum. He graduated a Senior Fellow with High Honors from Dartmouth College and with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, London, where, in 2010, he was named an Associate for ‘remarkable achievement in and contribution to his field in music’. Recognized as a leader in his generation of conductors, Steven has been called an “esteemed director” by The New Yorker, “visionary” by BBC Music Magazine, and ‘a conductor to watch’ by Seen and Heard International.

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. All performances are held in ADA compliant venues with handicapped accessible parking, ramps, elevators and restrooms. Large print programs are available.