Friends of Music

37th Anniversary Season


The Ringwood Friends of Music

Announces our LIVE Summer Concert Series

Social Distancing, Masks and

Advance Registration is Required

2021 Ringwood Friends of Music LIVE Summer Concert Series

These are a series of three 45-minute concerts that will be held outdoors and are limited to the first 25 family units to respond. Please RSVP names of attendees at least three days prior to the concert date via email to ringwoodfriendsofmusic@gmail.com

Bring your own chair. Social Distance and Face Cover REQUIRED.

Location: Community Presbyterian Church - Labyrinth Garden - 145 Carletondale Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456 - Info: (973) 224-4323, 358-2793

In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, June 27, 2021 4:00pm & 5:15pm EDT

Trio Dreieck

Adelya Nartadjieva - violin, Maren Rothfritz - viola, Madeline Fayette - cello


Jean Françaix - String Trio in C Major

Jessica Meyer - String Trio "I only speak of the sun"

Ludwig van Beethoven - String Trio in C Minor Op. 9, No. 3

About the Artists

Beethoven composed his masterful String Trios Op. 9 when he was 27 years old. Similarly, French composer Jean Françaix composed his String Trio when he was 21 years of age. What could be better than to have these youthful compositions performed by talented young performers - distinguished graduates of top conservatories including Yale School of Music, New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and the youth in your family to hear a unique and exceptional chamber music event.

“They are wonderful players ... at the highest level. It makes me very optimistic about the future of music...” — Sir Simon Rattle

Sunday, July 11, 2021 4:00pm EDT

Bach Parallels

Makoto Nakura, Marimbist


J.S. Bach - Solo Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV1006

J.S. Bach - Three Chorales

Philip Lasser (1963- ) - Bach Echoes for marimba

Additional performances will be added (5:15-6:00pm & 6:30-7:15pm), if needed based on demand for this event.

About the Artist

Marimbist Makoto Nakura is a musician whose artistry and astonishing virtuosity has been mesmerizing audiences for a quarter of a century. In 1994, Makoto moved from his native Japan to New York City, becoming the first marimbist to win first prize in the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions. His critically acclaimed performances around the world have included venues in London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Montreal, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.

“Some might say that Nakura’s artistry transcends his instrument, but this is wrong. Rather, he has taken his instrument and transformed it into an extraordinary tool for the most unique expression.” - South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

“Last Saturday’s concert blew apart the boundaries for the entire audience. He almost swept us from our seats with stunning kaleidoscope of shimmering sound revealing wonderfully controlled dynamics.” - The Chronicle, England

Sunday, August 22, 2021 4:00pm EDT

"The French Connection"

Amir Farsi - Flute, Matthew Cohen - Viola, Parker Ramsay - Harp


Debussy – Sonata

Ravel – Sonatine Arr. Carlos Salzedo

Ibert - Deux interludes

Devienne - Duo

Additional performances will be added (5:15-6:00pm & 6:30-7:15pm), if needed based on demand for this event.

Coming up this fall:

Sunday, September 19, 2021 3:00pm EDT

Samuel Hasselhorn, Baritone


♪ Art songs by Schubert & Schumann

Registration for this virtual event will open in September

We rely on supporters like you to help fund these events.

Donations can be sent via U.S. Postal mail to the address below.