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Palisades Virtuosi Presents 4th Annual Holiday Gala Concert on December 14 in Englewood, New Jersey

December 11, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or

Bogota, NJ - The critically-acclaimed Palisades Virtuosi presents their 4th Annual Holiday Gala Concert, the second concert of their 2012-2013 season, on Friday, December 14 - 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, 150 East Palisades Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey.

The Virtuosi's program of holiday music will feature special guest stars, internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves from The Metropolitan Opera and organist David Macfarlane. Also appearing will be flutist Robert Cart and Brass Force Five from Montclair State University.

Works planned for this concert include Florent Schmitt's Sonatine en Trio for flute, clarinet & piano, Godfrey Schroth's Variations on an Appalachian Carol [2003], commissioned by Palisades Virtuosi in their first season and J.S. Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze with Denyce Graves, and other Holiday favorites.

Tickets for the December 14 concert are $35 per person, which includes a post concert reception and a $15 tax-deductible donation to PV's Mission to Commission. For tickets or more information, call 201-488-4983, visit or go to to download a mail-in ticket order form. For directions, go to New Jersey Transit information at

Denyce Graves' career has taken her to the world's great opera houses and concert halls, including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opera National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Washington Opera, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin and many more stages in Europe, North and South America. Her website is at

The Palisades Virtuosi, consisting of flutist Margaret Swinchoski, clarinetist Donald Mokrynski and pianist Ron Levy, is a 501 (c)(3) organization established to promote and enrich the repertoire for flute, clarinet and piano and present concerts that include existing and newly-commissioned repertoire for this configuration (each of their concerts includes a work commissioned by the ensemble), supplemented by solos, duos and larger works featuring guest artists. Volumes One, Two, Three and Four of their renowned New American Masters CD series are available from Albany Records.

The Virtuosi began their series of concerts in Ridgewood, New Jersey in 2003, when there were relatively few works composed for their instrumentation. So, their 'Mission to Commission' was born. 10 seasons later, there are an additional 60 works of concert repertoire for their ensemble as a direct result of their mission. They include a commissioned work in each of their concerts. Composers who have written for the group include Eric Ewazen, Carlos Franzetti, Paul Moravec, Melinda Wagner, Gwyneth Walker and Lee Hoiby. See the complete list at

Visit The Palisades Virtuosi at For photos of the ensemble, go to photos.html.

For other press inquiries about the Palisades Virtuosi, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or





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