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The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its 2021-2022 season with the debut of Artistic Director Kyunghun Kim

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its 2021-2022 season with the debut of Artistic Director Kyunghun Kim, bringing the warmth and healing power of classical music back to Northern New Jersey. 

After a year disrupted by Covid-19, the Ridgewood Symphony is proud to return to the historic West Side Presbyterian Church for an 8 p.m. concert on Oct. 22. The opening performance will include popular works entirely from movie soundtracks, including John Williams’s “Superman” and Ennio Morricone’s “The Mission Suite.” 

Newly appointed Artistic Director Kyunghun Kim is joining an impressive list of esteemed conductors who have led the Ridgewood Symphony during its 82 years. His lengthy credentials in conducting, along with his mastery of the viola and violin, make him well suited for leading the regional, nonprofit orchestra. 

“It will be an exciting season, including collaborations with rising opera stars and renowned instrumental soloists,” Mr. Kim said. “After a challenging hiatus, we are pleased to return to making timeless music.” 

Mr. Kim graduated from the Juilliard School with a master’s degree in orchestral conducting, and now serves on the music faculty at Lehman College in New York teaching string instruments, in addition to conducting the Lehman College and Community Chamber Orchestra. He holds the additional positions of music director of the Doctors Orchestral Society of New York and orchestra director of the Music and Medicine Orchestra at Cornell Medical Center.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Mr. Kim began studying piano and violin at age five. He continued his studies at the Boston Conservatory, where he holds a bachelor’s of music in viola performance. He then attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he received a diploma in orchestra conducting. He has participated in numerous prestigious music festivals and master classes, including a Kurt Masur conducting seminar, the Wiener Meisterkurse, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Pierre Monteux School. 

“We’re so excited that Maestro Kim will be leading the orchestra going forward,” said David Nussenbaum, president of the Ridgewood Symphony. “In our first rehearsals we observed both his detailed insights into the scores and his unabashed love for the music.” 

The Ridgewood Symphony will offer three other concerts this season, with one Nov. 19 featuring “A Night at the Opera,” with works by Puccini, Verdi and Mozart. On Feb. 25, there will be a two-concert extravaganza recreating Beethoven’s famous Akademie concert of 1808, with a special appearance by pianist Ron Levy. The final performance on May 6 will focus on American composers including William Grant Still’s “Afro-American Symphony,” from 1930. 

To buy tickets, a season subscription or gift certificates, or to make a charitable donation, please visit 

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 world-class acoustics, is located blocks from Ridgewood’s downtown, with restaurants, shops and other establishments conveniently nearby.

To ensure everyone’s health and safety at these performances, 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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