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Ridgewood Concert A Homecoming For Boston Symphony Performers

Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, Elizabeth Ostling and John Ferrillo, left to right, at a Boston-area performance earlier this season.
Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, Elizabeth Ostling and John Ferrillo, left to right, at a Boston-area performance earlier this season. Photo Credit: Coming

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- A June concert in Ridgewood will be an area homecoming for two performers visiting from the Boston Symphony Orchestra -- principal oboe John Ferrillo and associate principal flute Elizabeth Ostling.

Ferrillo lived in Ho-Ho-Kus during 16 years as the principal with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Ostling is a Ridgewood native and Ridgewood High School graduate.

They will be joined by pianist Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, who chairs the music department at Middlesex Community College, for the performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Ave., Ridgewood. Admission is free, with an offering to benefit Young Life Bergen County.

Ferrillo and Ostling have led their respective orchestral sections under many of this generation’s most renowned conductors at Symphony Hall in Boston, the Tanglewood summer festival, Carnegie Hall, on national and international tours and for many recordings and broadcasts.

The program includes three works by J.S. Bach, Igor Stravinsky’s witty “Pulcinella” suite that evokes 18th Century Italian music, an offertory by W.A. Mozart, two brief contrasting pieces by French modernist Olivier Messiaen, Charles-Marie Widor’s Romantic era suite for flute and Enrique Iturriaga’s “Vendor’s Call and Dance” performed by Rodriguez-Peralta, a specialist in the music of her native Latin America.

Ostling also is the principal flute of “America’s Orchestra,” the Boston Pops.

Ferrillo has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony and a concerto soloist with the Boston Symphony.

Ostling, who studied locally with Mary Ann Archer, formerly of Ridgewood, is offering a June 10 student discussion at Ridgewood High School. During high school she was the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra piccoloist, principal flute of the All-State Orchestra, first-chair flute of the All-Eastern Band, a concerto competition winner at the Juilliard Pre-College, and then studied at the Curtis Institute.

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