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Ridgewood Symphony Orch.

 
 

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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 Diane Wittry has been appointed the Artistic Director and Conductor for the 2014-2015 season.

Diane Wittry, joins the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra as our newly appointed Artistic Director and Conductor for the 75th Anniversary Season.  She is excited to be working with our dedicated and talented musicians as the organization celebrates the history and accomplishments of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra over the past 75 years.

 

Diane Wittry is known nationally for her innovative programming style and her audience rapport. Her choices of repertoire and her ability to related to an audience always make her concerts unique and interesting. The Stamford Advocate, CT, featured Diane Wittry as “a conductor who specializes in finding creative ways to make the music fresh, accessible, and exciting.”

 

In addition to her work with the Ridgewood Symphony, Diane Wittry is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Allentown Symphony in Pennsylvania, and the Artistic Director for the International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians with the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia.  In the past, Diane Wittry has also been the Music Director of the Norwalk Symphony (CT), and the Conductor of the Symphony of Southeast Texas (TX) where she received the national Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras for outstanding artistic leadership of a regional orchestra.

 

 

Our Next Concert...

Friday, May 6, 2016, at 8:00 PM

West Side Presbyterian Church

Varian Fry Way

6  South Monroe Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Symphonic Dances

Featuring:

Yoonie Han, Piano

“Praised by her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Inquirer), South Korean pianist Yoonie Han has won top prizes in distinguished international competitions and the highest accolades for her poetic performances in major concert halls in the U.S. and around the world.

In 2009, Ms. Han was honored with the Gawon Music Award as the “most brilliant pianist aged 17 to 31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence.”

She is the first-prize winner of the Washington International Piano Competition, the Fulbright Competition, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, the World Piano Competition, and the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, and has garnered major prizes at the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize, Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli Internaziole, and Recontre International Piano Competition in France. Following her 2001 grand-prize award in the Korea National Music Competition, the Korean Ministry of Culture named her its “most promising young artist.” She is the recipient of “Brava!” award by Italian Academy Foundation, and an award by London Keyboard Trust.

Having made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at Seoul Arts Center at age 13, Ms. Han has since performed with the Berlin Symphoniker, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, Juilliard PC Orchestra, and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan. She has played such celebrated venues as at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Frick Collections, Boston University Tanglewood Festival, Myra Hess Series, Philips Collections in the U.S., Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bergamo Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, and Sejong Performing Arts Center in Korea. In 2012-13, with supports from Fulbright Foundation, she has toured Steinway Halls in U.S., and Europe. Her performances have also been broadcast on WQXR- New York, NPR’s “Artist Showcases”, Chicago’s WFMT, and many others. Her album, ‘Love and Longing’ on Steinway Records was nominated as ‘Album of the week’ on WQXR, and is quickly raised on Billboard Classical Chart.

Ms. Han received a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Eleanor Sokoloff, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School as a pupil of Robert McDonald. She is completing her Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook. She is currently on the faculty of Piano performance and Chamber Music at the Bilkent University, Turkey.

Ms. Han has also enjoyed special sponsorships from Roche Bobois, the Paris-based international retailer of fine furniture; Breguet, Switzerland’s leading maker of luxury timepieces, as well as Dolce & Gabbana, the Italian fashion house, which has supplied gowns for her concerts.

Yoonie Han is a Steinway Concert & Recording artist.

Art of Motion Dance Theatre

Lynn Needle & Olivia Galgano,

Artistic Directors

The Art of Motion Dance Theatre (AOMDT) is a repertory company performing original works by artistic directors Lynn Needle, Olivia Galgano, and guest artists. Hailing from the Nikolais and Ballet Russe legacies, Needle and Galgano have created works defying logic.  The multidisciplinary company features exotic handmade costumes, conceived, and constructed by visual and performing artist Annie Hickman. AOMDT was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal, and was hailed by Out and About as "absolutely fantastic." The company premiered HEAVEN and EARTH at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out festival, a delight for the senses. Characterized as the epitome of organic beauty, the program pays homage to eastern and western aesthetics, resulting in a fresh vocabulary. The suite embodies the mysticism of the heavens and the glory of planet earth. 

"Great music....close to home"

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