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Ramapo College Open Door Concert Series Continues with Woodwind Quintet, Samuel Barber’s Summer Music

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 23, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. – The Open Door Concert Series at Ramapo College continues its fourth season on Wednesday, November 4. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the York Room of the Birch Mansion at 7 p.m.

The concert will feature woodwind quintet headed by French horn player and band director Dr. Chris Wilhjelm, who is the director of the newly formed Ramapo College Concert Band as well as the acclaimed Ridgewood Concert Band. Wilhjelm will be collaborating with flutist Margaret Swinchoski, oboist Marsha Heller, clarinetist Richard Summers and bassoonist Atsuko Sato for a performance of Samuel Barber’s evocative Summer Music, a work commissioned by the Detroit Chamber Music Society and the only one Barber composed for wind instruments.

Joining forces with the winds is the Series’ director, pianist Itay Goren for a performance of the Mozart’s masterpiece, the “Quintet for Winds and Piano,” which set the standard for writing to such an ensemble. In a letter to his father, Mozart wrote about this Quintet: “I myself consider it the best thing I have written in my life.”
Concluding the evening will be Francis Poulenc’s jagged, sentimental, raucous and fun-filled Sextet for Piano and Winds.

For disability-related accommodations and other information, contact Professor Itay Goren at


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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