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Annual Ridgewood Friends of Music Concert

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Ridgewood NJ, do you like listening to live professional musicians? How about when you can do it for a fraction of NYC ticket prices right here in Ridgewood?

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Vocal Workshop Cements Teen’s Interest in Opera as a Career


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Demarest NJ,  Vocalist Ellie Sawyer of Weehawken recently made an exciting decision. She completed  Westminster Choir College’s Solo Vocal Artist Program with a strengthened determination to pursue a career in classical performance. 

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PDF to PDF/A: How to Convert Using an Online Tool

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Before you learn how to convert PDF to PDFA, we will give you an overview of this file format and how it is different from the regular PDF file. PDF/A is the version of PDF that is standardized by the ISO. It is created to align with the organization’s metric in archiving and preserving digital documents. PDF/A is an advanced file format that is considered to be better when it comes to preserving documents such as keeping the font links and encryptions.

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Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company Presents Patience in Ridgewood!

Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company Presents Patience in Ridgewood!

Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan presents Patience in Ridgewood!

Saturday, May 20 at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 21 at 3pm
at Ridgewood United Methodist Church
100 Dayton Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Ridgewood NJ, Tickets are $20 online and $22 the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased on our website.

Visit for more information! A direct link to our ticket purchasing page on our website is provided in the URL above.

All of the maidens in the village are besotted with Reginald Bunthorne, a moody and handsome poet, but he has eyes only for the simple milkmaid, Patience. The problem? Bunthorne’s artistic ways are all just an act to attract women to him–he doesn’t even like poetry! Besides, Patience is in love with her childhood sweetheart, who happens to be a real poet named Archibald Grosvenor, but feels she cannot marry him because he is just too perfect. In the meantime, the serious (and decidedly non-poetic) platoon of Heavy Dragoon Guards that were meant to marry the village maidens find themselves dismayed and perplexed by their sudden loss of prospects. One of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most successful shows, Patience is a rollicking satire that pits the straight-laced ideals of the Victorian era against the passions and indulgences of the 1870s Aesthetic Movement, ridiculing each side of the spectrum.

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New Jersey Choral Society to perform Opera with Teatro Grattacielo


October 6,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, The New Jersey Choral Society is excited to announce their collaboration with New York’s Teatro Grattacielo for a concert production of Vittorio Gnechhi’s opera, “Cassandra”, on October 8, 2016. The performance will be held at The Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street, NY, starting at 8:00pm. The New Jersey Choral Society Festival Youth Chorus will participate on-stage in the part of the “bambinos”.

The New Jersey Choral Society, based in Ridgewood, NJ, is one of the state’s most prestigious choral groups, well-known for presenting outstanding and unique programs of diverse repertoire. Since its founding in 1980, NJCS has grown to an ensemble of about 90 auditioned singers from around the tri-state area. The choir performs under the baton of dynamic conductor Eric Dale Knapp, accompanied by Linda Sweetman-Waters. The NJCS Festival Youth Chorus, formerly established in 2015, is directed by Noelle Dachis.

Teatro Grattacielo, founded in 1994 by current Artistic Director, Duane Printz, produces performances of works in the Italian operatic repertoire that are rarely heard in the United States. Ms. Printz was honored this year by Opera Index for her work with these forgotten masterpieces. The premiere of Vittorio Gnecchi’s “Cassandra” was conducted by Arturo Toscanini in 1905, but fell into obscurity within 10 years. The October 8, 2016 performance will be conducted by Maestro Israel Gursky.

Advance tickets are $25.00 and $50.00. For more information Tickets are available at

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Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Present “Ruddigore”


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November 1,2015

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RIDGEWOOD, NJ, The Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company will present the comic opera Ruddigorefor their Fall 2015 production.  Performances will take place at the Fair Lawn Community Center on Sunday, November 29 at 2 pm; and at the Ridgewood United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 pm; and Sunday, December 13 at 2 pm.

The opera is directed by Nell White (Teaneck, NJ), Ruddigore is a comic opera with several humorous characters, from crazy professional bridesmaids to ancestral ghosts.    Although it contains some Halloween-like elements,Ruddigore is more of a romantic farce than anything else.  Music Director Paul Geidel (Yonkers, NY) leads an ensemble of teens and adults from the surrounding metropolitan area in singing a very beautiful and challenging operatic score.

The cast features Abigail Stokes (Kearny, NJ) as Rose Maybud, Dennis Oliveira (Kearny, NJ) as Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd/Robin Oakapple, Paul White (Teaneck) and Josh Miller (Bronx, NY) as Sir Despard, Eileen Mager (Haworth, NJ) as Mad Margaret, Eileen Karlson-White (Teaneck) and Francesca Stokes (Kearny, NJ) as Dame Hannah, Richard Damaso (New Milford, CT) as Richard Dauntless, John Holmboe (Pearl River, NY) as Sir Roderic, Joe Rothstein (Elizabeth, NJ) as Old Adam Goodheart, and Joy Forlenza (Franklin Lakes) and Hannah Haas (Allendale) as Zorah.

Tickets are avalable at  Tickets are $20 online and at the door.  Children 12 and under are admitted free.  The Fair Lawn Community Center is located at 10-10 20th St., Fair Lawn, NJ.  The Ridgewood United Methodist Church is located at 100 Dayton Street in Ridgewood, NJ.  For further information, call 973-423-0300.

The Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, a nonprofit performing ensemble, has presented full productions of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan on a regular schedule since its founding in 1937.