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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 28, 2017

Will be held in connection with Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

MAHWAH, N.J. — The Ramapo College Open Door Concert Series presents intimate classical chamber music concerts in the beautiful 19th century York Room at the Birch Mansion.

On Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m., the Series will present Olivier Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time.’ This iconic Quartet was written in 1941 while Messiaen was in the French army and imprisoned in a German camp in Görlitz. There, Messiaen met three prisoners who were professional musicians – a clarinetist, a violinist and a cellist. He composed the music for these instruments and piano (which he played) and they performed it outdoors in freezing January cold in front of 400 prisoners. The Quartet has a historic, symbolic and musical significance as one of the most profound works created in the 20th century.

Joining pianist Itay Goren for this performance are violinist Evelyn Estava, cellist Gerall Hieser and clarinetist Don Mokrynski.

This concert will be held in connection with Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) and with the cooperation of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Professor Itay Goren at



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


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