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Open Door Concert Series Final Performance on April 29

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 20, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. — The final concert in the Open Door Concert Series for the Spring semester will take place on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Sharp Theater in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts. The concert, which is titled “Melancholy and Joy,” is the last of three concerts celebrating the music of Johannes Brahms. It will also include works by Mozart and Ravel.

Itay Goren, the founder and artistic director of the series, will be the soloist and conductor in Mozart’s Piano Concerto in d minor K. 466. It was a favorite of many great musicians throughout history, including Beethoven and Brahms. This performance will feature a 25-member orchestra assembled from some of the finest musicians in the New York metropolitan area.

The second work on the program is Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, a composition commissioned by the harp manufacture Érard in Paris to showcase its new pedal harp. The work is scored for harp, flute, clarinet and a string quartet.

Closing the program is one of the most celebrated chamber music pieces in the repertoire, Brahms’ Quintet for Piano and Strings Op. 34. Filled with expansive melodies, explosive rhythms and rich harmonies, the music carries the listener on a vast, emotional journey. The Madison String Quartet, a New Jersey-based ensemble, will be joined by Goren for this performance.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:30 pm.



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.  

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