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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 18, 2007

(Mahwah) – The Hawthorne Symphony presents Bird With Strings:  The Music of Charlie Parker, Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony and Verdi’s Masked Ball – Act II Sunday, February 18 at 3 p.m. in the Sharp Theater on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Under the direction of conductor John Minkoff, this rich and eclectic performance by some of the metropolitan area’s top professionals will appeal to fans of all three musical genres–jazz, opera and classical.  Featured are alto saxophonist Asher Stein playing the music of Charlie Parker, and five internationally renowned vocalists performing Act II of Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera (Masked Ball):  Edwin Santayana, Olga Bakali, Allessandro Magno, Steven Fredricks and Luiz-Ottavio Faria.

John Minkoff organized the Hawthorne Symphony in 2000.  The group is composed of professional musicians from the New York/New Jersey area who routinely perform with soloists from Julliard, The Metropolitan Opera and The Manhattan School of Music.  The symphony is sponsored by the Louis Bay 2nd Library of Hawthorne.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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