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(Mahwah) – The Sutton Ensemble will present a mixed program that includes Beethoven’s flute serenade on Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m. The performance is part of the York Room Salon Series held in the Mansion on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey. Under the direction of Elaine Sutin on violin, Ljova Zhurbin on viola and flutist George Marge, Jr., the ensemble will also perform works by Teleman and Ibert.

Founded by three graduates of The Julliard School, The Sutton Ensemble’s goal is to perform the finest chamber music for diverse audiences. A recipient of the Award of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as numerous grants from the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, the ensemble frequently performs at the John Harms Center for the Arts, Englewood Public Library and Bergen Community College. The group also presents special programs in area schools and at-home concerts.

Director and founder Elaine Sutin has performed with the ensemble since the 1960s. She joined the New York Pops in the 1980s and was principal player of the Staten Island Symphony. Sutin played in the orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera and has made appearances with the Martha Graham Company, the Caramoor Festival and the New York Choral Society.

New York based violist Ljova Zhurbin was born in Moscow. He has made numerous appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center, at Bargemusic and several international classical music festivals. Zhurbin performed with such legends as jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, with Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Mob and has premiered viola works by Newton Strandberg, Joseph Pehrson and Misha Stefanuk’s Suite for Viola and Jazz Trio. He has composed for orchestra, chamber ensembles, jazz and Latin bands, numerous films and arranged selections for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project.

Flutist George Marge, Jr. has performed throughout North America as a soloist, chamber artist and orchestral musician. He toured performing the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber and with numerous Broadway shows such as Les Miserables, Titanic, Miss Saigon and Shogun. Marge has played the solo flute in Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular and has been heard in television and radio commercials. His other performances as a soloist include Adelphi Chamber Orchestra and The Bergen Orchestra. He’s been a guest on WQXR’s The Listening Room with Bob Sherman.

Tickets for The Sutton Ensemble are $10 and include refreshments. The York Room is located in the Mansion of the Ramapo College of New Jersey. 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, 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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