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Open Door Concert Series at Ramapo College to Feature Works of Brahms

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 26, 2015

Mahwah, NJ — The Open Door Concert Series at Ramapo College will present two concerts for the Spring 2015 season featuring the music of romantic composer Johannes Brahms.

The concerts, featuring soloists and varied chamber music ensembles, will take place in the York Room at the Birch Mansion on campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 and seating is limited. Refreshments will be served following each performance.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m.

American/Dutch violist Joel Lipton is arriving to the east coast to collaborate on a tour with the celebrated pianist and head of the piano department at William Paterson University, Gary Kirkpatrick. They will perform a beautiful program of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata as well Brahms’ Sonata in Eb Major Op. 120 and the piano pieces Op. 119.

Lipton has performed as a member of the Interlochen Arts Quartet, the Evansville Quartet, the Princeton Chamber Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Celo Chamber Players of North Carolina, the Chamber Soloists of Haarlem, and the Kamaphon Ensemble of Amsterdam.

Kirkpatrick is an internationally acclaimed pianist whose recent tours included concerts and master classes in Estonia, Austria, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Japan, Ecuador and the United States.

A master class with violist Joel Lipton and the Ramapo Chamber Ensemble students will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. in the York Room. Admission is free and open to the public.


  • Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m.

The closing concert will feature a small chamber orchestra performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D Minor with soloist Itay Goren, Brahms’ Piano Quintet featuring the Madison String Quartet and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for harp, winds and strings.

Itay Goren is the founder and artistic director of the Open Door Concert Series which takes place at the York Room at Ramapo College. Now in its third season, the Series continues to present great masterpieces of classical music performed by soloists and ensembles.

Described as “an evocative journey from shimmering excitement to calm contemplation” (Classical New Jersey), Goren’s performances touch the heart and magically transport the imagination of the listener.


About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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