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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 10, 2004

(Mahwah) – The Stirling Duo comes to the Ramapo College of New Jersey to entertain the community with music from Baroque to Modern in a Victor Borge-style program, A Little History of Music. The piano and violin duo, Mary Babiarz and Joseph Gluck, will perform at the York Room in the Mansion, Sunday, February 22 at 3 p.m.

Our program is ala Victor Borge, in that Joe will introduce each piece, perhaps telling something about the composer, the piece or some other type of related material usually done in a jovial but educational fashion,” says Babiarz.

The duo will surprise its audience with selections of encore-type short works that include Mozart, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Bartok and others.

Babiarz, who plays the violin, viola and piano, is currently a member of the Paper Mill Playhouse Orchestra and has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She coaches for the New Jersey Youth Orchestra, the Essex Youth Orchestra and co-directed 4 STRINGS–a Summer Chamber Music Academy for young string players. Babiarz adjudicated numerous competitions including The Westminster Conservatory in Princeton. She teaches music at the Greenmeadow Waldorf School in Spring Valley, NY as well as for Stepping Stones,” a preschool for children with Down’s Syndrome in Livingstone.

Gluck is a long time member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and a concertmaster of the Summit Symphony Orchestra. He coaches the Essex Youth Orchestra, advises the Sussex Youth Orchestra and the Intergenerational Orchestras of America. Among the many distinguished musicians Gluck interviewed at several venues are Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, Emanuel Ax, Gerard Schwartz and Joseph Kalichstein. Gluck also served as judge at various competitions.

Tickets for A Little History of Music are $10 for all audiences and include refreshments. The York Room is located in the Mansion at Ramapo College. 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.

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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, 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, 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, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.

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