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(Mahwah) – The York Room Salon Series will present Jose Franch-Ballester on clarinet Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. in the York Room on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Drawing on his experience performing tango and other popular genres, this young Spaniard has won multiple awards, including the 2004 Young Concert Artists International Audition.

Born in Moncofa, Spain into a family of clarinetists and Zarzuela singers, the clarinetist has given recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the La Jolla Music Society (CA), the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (FL), and Monmouth College (NJ).

Franch-Ballester began clarinet lessons at the age of nine with Venancio Rius Marti.  He gave his first recital in Valencia at the age of sixteen, and graduated from the Joaquin Rodrigo Music Conservatory in Valencia in 2000.  He came to the United States to study at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he earned a bachelor of music degree in 2005.

Tickets are $15, which includes refreshments.  The York Room is located in the Birch Mansion on 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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