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Ridgewood Symphony Opens Season With Russian Favorites

Diane Wittry
Diane Wittry Photo Credit: Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra Facebook

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra will perform the first concert of its 2016-17 season on Friday, Nov. 18.

The orchestra will also hold a special free event for kids, on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The orchestra is under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Diane Wittry.

The theme of the Friday performance is Russian favorites, and the concert will include Rimsky-Korsakov's "Russian Eastern Overture," Tchaikovsky’s "Symphony No. 5," and Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto," which will be performed by acclaimed violinist Christine Kwak.

Born in New York City of a musical family, the violinist began piano studies at the age of 3, and violin at 4. She was first discovered on CNN's "About Child Prodigies" at age 5, playing piano and violin, including several of her own piano compositions. When she was 6, she performed the Kabalevsky violin concerto with the Queens Chamber Symphony.

Kwak had made her debut at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall by the time she was 11. She has been on the pages of The New York Times, Daily News, Newsday, and Village Voice, among other publications.

Her teacher, the late Dorothy DeLay, renowned for producing many of the world's finest soloists, said Kwak is "an extraordinary talent who will become one of the best of her generation."

Advanced ticket prices are $25, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Regular subscriptions for the season are $65, $55 for seniors and $30 for students. Buy them here.

At-the-door prices are $28, $23 and $13, respectively.

The Tuesday kids event is a string "sectional," to introduce kids to the instruments of the string sections -- the violins, violas, celli and basses. This special event will also take place at the West Side Presbyterian Church, at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees are also welcome to stay and watch the orchestra's regularly scheduled rehearsal.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m., at the West Side Presbyterian Church, at 6 South Monroe St., in Ridgewood.

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