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The Oct. 22 concert will feature music exclusively from film scores and will be conducted by newly appointed Artistic Director Kyunghun Kim 

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra will perform scores from popular films during its opening concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, kicking off its 2021-2022 season with music from movies such as “Superman,” “ET” and “Cinema Paradiso.”

The performance, called “The Movie Night,” features scores from films old and new, and should appeal to a wide range of concert-goers. Newly appointed Artistic Director Kyunghun Kim says, “After a long hiatus in performing, we wanted to make this program inviting and casual.”

RSO Movie Night photo

Demonstrating the program’s range of music, the orchestra will play the popular show tune “Seventy-Six Trombones,” which is a signature song from “The Music Man” from the 1960s, and it will perform the more-suspenseful and ominous “Pirates of the Caribbean” from the 2000s.

The evening will feature pieces from acclaimed composer John Williams, including the theme from “Superman,” written in 1978 and used regularly in almost every “Superman” movie since. The orchestra will also perform Italian composer Ennio Morricone’s music for “The Untouchables” (1987) and “Cinema Paradiso” (1988), which helped him win an Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2007.

Other film scores to be played are: “Rocky,” “Lord of the Rings,” “The Mission,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Cavalleria Rusticana” and a “Salute to the Cinema.”

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For more than 80 years, the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra has offered high-quality performances by members and for members of the Northern New Jersey community. Education of the next generation of musicians is also central to the RSO mission. For a full history of the Ridgewood Symphony, please visit this 80-year retrospective.

The West Side Presbyterian Church, known for its acoustics, is located blocks from Ridgewood’s downtown, with restaurants, shops and other establishments conveniently nearby.

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, all audience members, musicians and staff must show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 before admittance to any concert. Masks are required for all attendees.

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