Lynn Needle, Founder/Artistic Director of Art of Motion Dance Theatre, or Art of Motion, Inc. a conservatory and home to the AOMDT, makes a presentation.
Art of Motion’s other founder/artistic director, Olivia Galgano, mentioned the meaningfulness of the event falling on her birthday. “We’ve been here for 14 years, so it’s very nice to be recognized. We’re very touched,” she said. “We try very hard to bring the arts to Ridgewood.”
Needle gave a presentation that highlighted some of the venues where Art of Motion’s dancers have performed, including Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress and Bergen Community College.
Explaining why Art of Motion was chosen as an honoree, Pucciarelli said, “Art of Motion is a widely recognized dance studio school in Ridgewood exploring the body and mind as a creative instrument.”
“Students always come back because it’s been a home for them," Galgano said. "It’s not a competitive environment, it’s for the love of having students grow their appreciation of dance. People remember our studio with such good feelings.”
The ceremony coincided with the Parlance Chamber Concerts' 10th year in existence.
“It’s certainly an honor to be featured in the Ridgewood Arts Foundation’s inaugural event,” said Michael Parloff, artistic director for Parlance Chamber Concerts. “This event corresponds well with the history of our organization as it takes place during our celebratory 10th anniversary season.”
Parloff is a flutist who played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 30 years. The concept of the Parlance Chamber Concerts stemmed from gatherings that he and his wife Inmo Parloff hosted at their home.
“My idea was to do what I could to break down the perceived barriers that so many people feel stand between them and the full enjoyment of classical music,” he said. “We thought it’d be worthwhile to expand the experience of informality and intimacy to a community-wide setting.”
The concerts, which primarily feature classical and jazz music, are held at the West Side Presbyterian Church. Previous performers have included soprano Susanna Phillips, flutist Sir James Galway and the Emerson String Quartet.
Parlance Chamber Concerts place a priority on ensuring that the concerts are accessible to everyone.
“Attending the performance is convenient, parking is free and tickets are reasonable,” Pucciarelli said. “You can sit within 20 feet of these performers, which you wouldn’t be able to do at the Met. This is world class art within our midst.”
The name Parlance Chamber Concerts is a reference to Parloff and his role as host. “During our concerts, I introduce the performers and tell the audience members a bit about the composers and how they came to write the music that’ll be heard,” he said.
Parloff addressed the importance of arts funding.
“The Ridgewood Arts Foundation’s mission is vitally important,” he said. “We live in a time when people who love the arts and believe in arts education often find themselves in the position of having to justify their passions. It’s gratifying to have a grassroots arts foundation here in Ridgewood that’s focusing directly on these issues.”
Each honoree received an engraved glass vase. A local artist, Sasha Robinson, contributed a painting of East Ridgewood Avenue to the foundation’s silent auction.
To learn more about these organizations, visit their websites: ridgewoodartsfoundation.org; parlancechamberconcerts.org; and artofmotion.org.