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At the West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ

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The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra is a regional, all unpaid participant, intergenerational orchestra located in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Supported by the surrounding communities and friends in neighboring areas, the orchestra serves the Northern New Jersey region with many musical and educational activities. These include the outstanding Festival Strings Youth Orchestra, which provides a unique opportunity for young string players to benefit from the experience of playing in an orchestral setting.


What's New?

– The RSO is pleased to announce that this season's concerts will all be held at the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood.

A personal message from Maestro Leytush:

" I envision a 2013-14 season that will become a significant epoch in the "life" of our orchestra, and our loyal and devoted audience. In  this new season, we will continue to carry on in our stride to  considerably raise the mastery of our musicianship to the new levels. 

 We collectively set out on this path 4 years ago, as I became the  Artistic Director of this fine institution, and have consistently  executed based upon this principle. Coincidentally, this very goal of  raising individual soloists, as well as groups of performers within  the orchestra to the new heights, led to the upcoming season's  programs. Our joint development, and a probable next step, rests on a  successful execution of such in our upcoming concerts.
 Without much ado, I would like to share a sampling of some of the  highlights of the upcoming season, namely, Dvorak - Symphony #9 "New World",  Berlioz  - Roman Carnival Overture, Ravel - "Ma Mere L'Oye",  Prokofiev - "Romeo and Juliet" and Gershwin Piano Concerto in F. On an additional exciting note regarding this season, we will be joined by the three exceptional soloists who will surely  embellish our upcoming season; these are Cem Duruoz, guitar; Josef Feigelson, cello and Karen Hakobyan, piano.
 We very much hope to foster listeners interest in our performances, boost curiosity of younger generations, and to attract new audiencee  members, subscribers and donors."

        - Arkady Leytush
         Artistic Director and Conductor


Our Next Concerts...

Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM

West Side Presbyterian Church

Varian Fry Way

6  South Monroe Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

  • "Romeo & Juliet" excerpts from the Ballet - Prokovfiev
  • Concerto in F for Piano & Orchestra - Gershwin
  • Danse Excentrique - Horowitz


Karén Hakobyan, piano

Armenian pianist and composer Karén Hakobyan has emerged as a versatile force on theinternational musical scene. Since his acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut at the age of seventeen, he has been performing in major concert halls in Armenia, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, France, and the United States. New York reviewer Phillip Dieckow wrote in his review of Mr. Hakobyan's Carnegie performance: "It is very difficult for me to be objective with this pianist. I am seldom moved to tears by performances any longer and even more seldom so delighted with breath-taking playing that I feel like dancing. Both were evoked during this young man's performance."

"Great music....close to home"

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