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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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Westside Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, PREMIERE CONCERT PRESENTATION OF TYLER’S SUITE featuring the CHOIRS OF RAMAPO COLLEGE AND RIDGEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

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A CELEBRATION TO HONOR THE LIFE OF TYLE R CLEMENTI
March 13,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, on April 24, 2016, 2:30 pm at the Westside Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, the New Jersey PREMIERE CONCERT PRESENTATION OF TYLER’S SUITE featuring the CHOIRS OF RAMAPO COLLEGE AND RIDGEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL all to benefit the work of the TYLER CLEMENTI FOUNDATION .

The Tyler Clementi Foundation’s main focus is to end all online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities. Using educational partnerships, awareness programs, public dialogues and research to create the safe, respectful and supportive social environment that all students and vulnerable youth deserve.

ABOUT TYLER’S SUITE Tyler’s Suite is a nine piece choral work dedicated to the memory of Tyler Clementi, a talented young musician who died by suicide after becoming the victim of cyber bullying. The choral suite explores the voices and experiences of Tyler and his family and ultimately shines a light of hope and endless possibility thanks to the words and music of some of today’s top composers and lyricists: John Adamo, John Bucchinno, Ann Hampton Callaway, Craig Carmelia, John Corigliano, Stephen Flaherty, Nolan Gasser, Jake Heggie, Lance Home, Stephen Schwartz and Pamela Stewart. Tyler’s Suite is moving and incredibly powerful. It carries the message that hearts and minds can be moved toward love, acceptance and respect for all people. Through this musical experience we are united in the conviction that no person should ever be targeted for bullying or harassment.

The Tyler Clementi Foundation is proud to be part of this special celebration of Tyler’s life and pleased that this new work will be premiered in Ridgewood, his hometown, and performed by the students of his former high school and Ramapo College. Tyler was a talented violinist, winning many awards and scholarships. He performed and actively participated in many high school and community musical events. His beloved violin lies silent now in its case but his music goes on. Composers and playwrights all over the country are inspired to keep his story alive and give hope to countless people everywhere. Special guests will be invited to this special concert, which premieres the new arrangement of Tyler’s Suite for choirs of mixed voices.

Among those joining the Clementi family will be the Ridgewood mayor, Paul Aronsohn, Dr. Daniel Fishbein, Superintendant of Ridgewood Schools, representatives from Ramapo College of New Jersey and faith leaders from the community. Sponsors for this celebration and concert are welcome and will be listed in the program. All proceeds will be given to The Tyler Clementi Foundation. Admission to the concert is free for high school students, $5 for college students, $20 suggested donation for adults. The Village of Ridgewood and its leaders, together with the Tyler Clementi Foundation, are actively working together to make our community a welcoming and supportive place for all to live and a safe place to raise our children.

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New Jersey Choral Society presents “Gloria,” a festive holiday concert

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New Jersey Choral Society presents “Gloria,” a festive holiday concert  

      
Bergen and Essex County –Experience festive music of the season as the New Jersey Choral Society presents “Gloria,” a concert of sacred and traditional holiday carols on Saturday, December 6 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 pm at the Church of the Immaculate 

Conception, 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair. A third performance will be presented on Tuesday, December 16 at 7:30 pm at the West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe St., Ridgewood. 

The joyous and uplifting program features John Rutter’s “Gloria”, the New Jersey premieres of “Glory to God” by Julian Revie and “Gloria” by Rick Ryan (a member of the Connecticut Choral Society) and David Hamilton’s elegant work of Christmas worship “Gloria.” Excerpts from Daniel Pinkham’s Fanfares, “Sanctus” from Verdi’s Requiem and “Bogoroditse Devo” (“Ave Maria”) by Rachmaninoff will also be featured. Some traditional carols such as “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” will be included as well. The chorus will be accompanied by organist Linda Sweetman-Waters, a Brass and Percussion Ensemble, and the Junior High School Chorus from the New Jersey Home School Association under the direction of Noelle Dachis. 

Established in 1980, the New Jersey Choral Society is one of the state’s most prestigious choral groups well-known for presenting outstanding and unique programs. Under the direction of Eric Dale Knapp, NJCS performs three major concerts annually in Bergen and Essex counties. They have performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House and have toured internationally in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, China, Australia, England, and this past summer in France. 

Come one hour prior to concert time for The Inside Line, a complimentary lecture that provides an insightful and intimate discussion of the music for all ticket holders.Tickets are $25.00 for general admission, $22.00 for students, seniors, and patrons with disabilities and $12 for children 12 and under (add $5.00 at the door). Group discounts are also available. For reservations or more information, visit www.njcs.org or call the New Jersey Choral Society at (201) 379-7719.

In support of the Center for Food Action, the New Jersey Choral Society will be collecting nonperishable food items at this concert. The Church of the Immaculate Conception and Westside Presbyterian Church are both wheelchair accessible. Funding has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Ridgewood Concert Band Concert Saxophone Spectacular!

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Ridgewood Concert Band Concert Saxophone Spectacular!

Soloists Lois Hickes-Wozniak & Kenneth Tse will perform with the Ridgewood Concert Band on Friday, February 7th at 8PM Westside Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe Strreet, Ridgewood.

Prelude at 7:30PM – Paramus HS Wind Ensemble. Program highlights – George Gershwin, Morton Gould and Giuseppe Verdi. Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Seniors; $7 Students. www.ridgewooband.org