PV's 80th New Work @ USR - April 7, 2018 - "Opus 15"

PV's Spring Concert - Join us of the final concert of our 15th Season!! 

Ever since our first season and first commission in November 2003 we have consistently created new works for flute, clarinet & piano each year through our Mission to Commission® and with this concert we reach the landmark number of 80 new pieces in just 15 seasons!  

Presented on this program, our 80th newly created work is "5 x 3", a set of five miniatures by renowned tubist and composer Mike Forbes! (visit him at http://www.mikeforbesmusic.com)

Also featured on the program: PV's 15th commissioned work, "Palisades Suite" by Eric Ewazen (released on Albany Records' New American Masters, Volume 3, TROY1195) and several other #15 pieces by Brahms, Burgmuller, Chopin and Mouquet among others. 

We will also present our 2017-18 Young Artist Recognition Award Winner at this performance! 
This award is presented each year to a Bergen County High School student who exemplifies the highest levels of leadership and excellence in music, and comes with an honorarium and a chance to perform on one of our series concerts. 

Don't miss our popular Pre-Concert talk at 7:15pm and the reception with artists and composer following the performance!

But your tickets in advance and save!! visit https://opus15.brownpapertickets.com

ADVANCE SALE: $20 - General Admission, $15 - Student & Senior Citizen, $10 for 12 & Under.

AT THE DOOR: $25 - General Admission, $20 - Student & Senior Citizen, $10 for 12 & Under

Directions, more info at our SCHEDULE page. 

  Composer Mike Forbes

Composer Mike Forbes

PV Receives 2018 Bergen County Award!

We are thrilled to announce that we have once again been selected to receive a grant from the Bergen County Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to assist with the commissioning of new works in 2018. The funding for this grant comes from the State of New Jersey and is administered through the county. We are proud to say that we are celebrating our twelfth award - each year since 2006 the county has partnered with PV to help create new and varied works of music and bring them to the audiences in Bergen County. 

In addition to the works we have been able to commission with the assistance of the county, we have also received other works, both as gifts and as third party commissions over the years. So this year's grant is very special because it will help to fund our 80th new work for Flute, Clarinet & Piano!  Please Join us as we mark this historic moment with "5 x 3" by New Jersey composer, tubist & composer, Mike Forbes!

SAVE THE DATE! April 7, 2018. Don't Miss it! (Tickets available at https://opus15.brownpapertickets.com)

Fred Messner (1926-2018)

PV mourns the loss of great friend and supporter, Fred Messner.  Fred was a talented musician, pianist and composer who was a dedicated patron of our organization, serving on the board for many years and as President of the Board for 3 years. He and Vye came to nearly every performance and hosted our fund raising "House Concerts" in their home several times over the years.  He wrote two pieces for the trio, "Eine Kleine Abendmusik" which we recorded on our third volume of new music, and "More or Less Merengue" in honor of our pianist's 60th Birthday! We are so glad that we were able to perform his pieces for him in a concert at the VA in December, we feel it was very meaningful to him.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they gather to say farewell to him this weekend.  Please take a moment to reflect with us on a life well lived and a legacy left with us.  

12-10-17 - PV Holiday Gala @USR

We were so thankful that everyone was able to switch our concert from Saturday December 9th to the next evening at the Unitarian Society.  Due to the snow we had to make the change in order to keep everyone safe.  It was such a fun evening and we had a very nice crowd! Steve Perillo's new trio was a huge hit! And guest artist, Katy Wong charmed us all with her beautiful harp playing! Here are scenes from the evening - enjoy! And don't miss our next concert on January 18th at Montclair State University! 

10-7-17 - PV Goes to the Opera - USR, Ridgewood

PV made a triumphant return to its original "home base", the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, on Saturday October 7th to celebrate its 15th Anniversary Season.  The program featured Metropolitan Opera Star Barbara Dever, mezzo-soprano, in the World Premiere of Thomas Juneau's "Songs of the Laurel Tree", a set of five songs centered on poems about Daphne and Apollo. It was PV's 78th new work since the inception of its "Mission to Commission"(R) in 2003, and the work's glorious harmonies and colorful textures delighted musicians and audience alike.  Other works on the program included a medley of arias from Mozart's Magic Flute, a transcription of the Overture from Scott Joplin's only opera, Treemonisha, the famous "Flower Duet" from Lakme by Leo Delibes and Barbara Dever's show-stopping rendition of "Mon Coeur" from Saint-Saens' Samson & Davila.  Here are pictures of the artists after the concert.

PV Announces 2017-18 Concerts - 15th Anniversary Season!

Palisades Virtuosi returns to their original home at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood for their 15th Season of concerts in Bergen County!! 

Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming dates:

"PV Goes to the Opera!"

Saturday October 7th - 8:00pm

Pre-Concert Talk @ 7:15pm


Metropolitan Opera star, Barbara Dever, mezzo, will join PV for its first ever commissioned work with voice. "Songs of the Laurel Tree" by New Jersey composer, Thomas Juneau will be premiered along with works by Bizet, Delibes, Mozart, Puccini and Verdi. Come early at 7:15 for our increasingly popular Pre-Concert Talk with the artists & composer, and stay after the concert to enjoy a free reception!

Watch Barbara Dever in performance!  More about composer Thomas Juneau.


"Holiday Gala Concert"

Saturday December 9th - 7:30pm


PV's Annual tradition returns with Special Guest Artists and the presentation of the 2017 High School Young Artist Recognition Award winner!  Join us for the Sounds of the Season!

Holiday favorites and the premiere of a Newly Commissioned Work by New Jersey composer, Steve Perillo. Delectable refreshments will be served at the reception following the concert!



"Opus 15"

Saturday April 7th - 8:00pm

Pre-Concert Talk @ 7:15pm

Join us as we celebrate our 15th Season!! 

We will perform PV's 15th commissioned work on this program and our 80th new piece for flute, clarinet & piano as well; a brand new surprise will be premiered along with several #15 pieces! Music by Chopin, Dvorak, Ewazen, Schumann and Mouquet among others. Don't miss the Pre-Concert talk at 7:15pm and the reception with artists and composer following the performance. 


visit the PALISADES VIRTUOSI website

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PVMT BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President - Jon Martin, Vice President - Julie Greller, Secretary/Treasurer - Patrick Finley, Nadine Posnansky
ADVISORY BOARD: Dae Bennett, Margaret Cook Levy, Elaine Douvas, JoAnn Falletta, Matthew Halper, Trudy Kane, Ron Levy, Bob McGrath, David Messer, Donald Mokrynski, John Palatucci, Steve Perillo, Paul Mack Somers, Margaret Swinchoski, Sen. Loretta Weinberg


PV @ Forte Piano 5-13-17

PV was thrilled to release its 6th album of New American Masters at the lovely concert hall inside Forte Piano, Paramus, NJ.  Our thanks to Vladimir & Dina for making everything easy for us!  This is a great little hall with wonderful acoustics! Our audience was treated to some of our favorite pieces in addition to selections from all seven of the works on our new CD. We even premiered a new piece by Jacob Craig which was commissioned for us by our beloved friend, Jean Geisler. Here are a few photos from the evening---

PV presents 2016 Young Artist Recognition Award winner!

PV with 2016 Award winner, Jeffrey Grenier

For ten years Palisades Virtuosi has been promoting young artists from Bergen County.  Each year a local high school is selected from a random draw and the music director at that school is asked to select a senior (or a junior) student who exemplifies excellence in artistic ability and also great leadership qualities.  This year the award has been given to Jeffrey Grenier, a senior at Ridgefield Memorial High School in Ridgefield, NJ.  With the award comes a chance to perform on a Palisades Virtuosi concert, a beautiful plaque contributed by the Trophy King in Teaneck, NJ and a small honorarium.  

Jeffrey Greiner is a Baritone who studies privately with Montclair University's Professor George Spitzer and hopes to one day attend college as a vocal music education major. He is active in many music related extracurricular activities including his school’s select choir, men’s choir, jazz band, marching band, percussion ensemble, and his annual musicals. On one recent competition trip, he was awarded a Jazz Flugelhorn improvisation solo award. He also participates in numerous honors choirs each year including 4 years of Bergen County Choir, 3 years of North Jersey Regional Choir (yet to audition for his 4th year), and finally 3 of 3 years in All-State Choir. On October 22, he placed first for upper High School classical men in the NJ NATS Annual Doris Lenz Festival for High School singers.

Jeffrey performed an aria by Handel to great applause on the recent Palisades Virtuosi concert at the Fair Lawn Community Center theater.  We congratulate him and wish him well in his future endeavors!

PV @ Fair Lawn - 11-4-16

We had a great time on Friday night at our concert in Fair Lawn.  A new World Premiere by composer Joseph M. Russo, two new PV "corruptions" - "Friendship Rag" by David Greenfield Bowie [originally for solo piano] and a medley of Beatles tunes we had fun transcribing for flute, clarinet & piano.  Also we presented our 2016 award winner, Jeffrey Grenier - more on that in a separate post.  Here are a few photos from the evening!