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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 31, 2005

(Mahwah) – Boasting some of the most talented musicians who call New Jersey home, the Hawthorne Symphony, under the direction of conductor John Minkoff, returns to the Sharp Theater at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Sunday, February 27 at 3 p.m. for a performance of Romeo and Juliet, featuring orchestra, chorus and soloists.

The afternoon also features guest artist Jack Gibbons, known as one of the most exciting young pianists in London, who will salute George Gershwin with his show tune improvisations.

John Minkoff organized the Hawthorne Symphony in 2000. It is a group composed of professional musicians from the New York – New Jersey area that 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, New Jersey. In addition to symphonic works and concertos, the orchestra has featured concert performances of operatic works, including the music of Mozart, Weber, Verdi and Wagner.

Tickets for the Hawthorne Symphony are $21 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $12 for youth. The Sharp Theater is located at the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus. For more information call 201.684.7844.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


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, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, 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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