The critically-acclaimed Palisades Virtuosi and friends will present their annual Holiday Gala Fundraising Concert on Friday, December 16 – 7:30 PM at Lambert Castle Museum, 3 Valley Road in Paterson, New Jersey.

Special guests will be the Pascack Valley High School Chamber Choir, directed by Argine Safari, PV Board Treasurer and Music Director at Pascack Valley High School.

The program will feature the World Premiere of In the Spotlight, composed for The Virtuosi by William Vollinger, with the composer as narrator, Chanuka (Variations on Maoz Tzur) by Henry Pool, transcribed for PV by the composer, and a selection of Holiday favorites.

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Tickets for the December 16 event are $35 per person. Admission includes a post-concert Meet the Artist reception. Seating is limited, so advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. For more information, call 201-488-4983. Download a ticket order form at: http://www.palisadesvirtuosi.org/performanceschedule.html. More about Lambert Castle, including travel directions, at http://www.lambertcastle.org/.

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 and Three of their New American Masters CD series are available from Albany Records. Visit them at http://www.palisadesvirtuosi.org/.