Concert Information

Friday, February 7, 2020
8:00 PM
West Side Presbyterian Church

Prelude Concert – 7:30 PM

Featured Soloists

Kim Laskowski – Bassoon
Associate Principal, New York Philharmonic

Kristen Plumley – Soprano

Prelude Concert

Ramapo High School Band
Jacqueline Sarracco, Director 

Kim Laskowski

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Kim Laskowski – Bassoon

Kim Laskowski joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2003 as Associate Principal Bassoon. Born in Brooklyn, she attended the High School of Music and Art and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Harold Goltzer, former Associate Principal Bassoon of the New York Philharmonic. While at Juilliard she won the Walter and Elsie Naumburg Award for Orchestral Excellence. She completed a master’s degree at Juilliard while playing in the National Orchestral Association, and has also participated in the Tanglewood and Spoleto festivals. Recipient of a Fulbright grant for foreign study, she attended the Conservatoire National Superieure de Paris, where she was a student of Maurice Allard. While at the Conservatoire, she toured Europe as a member of the Orchestre des Prix.

As an active player on the New York musical scene, Ms. Laskowski has appeared with ensembles such as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony Orchestra, and Eos Orchestra. She can be heard on numerous television, radio, and film scores, and holds two platinum records for CDs recorded with the rock group 10,000 Maniacs. As a chamber player, she has performed and recorded several CDs with Music Amici in classical, jazz, and 20th-century works for mixed ensembles.

Before joining the Philharmonic, Ms. Laskowski played second bassoon in the New York City Ballet Orchestra. She was principal bassoon of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra from 1999 through 2003.

Kim Laskowski resides in Manhattan with her husband, Zaharis Kalaitzis, and her two children, Lana and Theo

Artist Spotlight

Hometown: Brooklyn
Where You Live Now: Manhattan
Favorite Saying or Motto: Just be yourself
Most Memorable Musical Moment: Playing under maestro Bernard Haitink
Favorite Piece of Music To Play: Mahler 9
Favorite Piece of Music To Listen To: Suite No. 5 by Antoine Forqueray for Bass Viol.
What is in your CD/MP3 Player/Playlist Right Now? Goldberg Variations
Who Would Play You In A Movie: Gilda Radner
Hobbies Outside of Music: Cooking
Most Influential Teacher: Albert Fuller, harpsichordist and baroque specialist
3 Things Always Found In Your Refrigerator: Cheese, tomatoes, fresh fruit
Place You Would Most Like To Be Stranded: Patmos, Greece
Best Place to Eat in NYC: My home

Solo with NJWS:
Favorite Part About the Solo: it was written when Mozart was 19 years old
Most Challenging Part About the Solo: playing Mozart on what is essentially an instrument dating back to the renaissance period.

Kristen Plumley

Kristen Plumley – Soprano

Described as possessing a “shimmering soprano” (The New York Times) with “sparkle and precision” (The Washington Post), Connecticut native Kristen Plumley has performed with many opera companies throughout the country, including New York City Opera (Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro), Virginia Opera (Norina in Don Pasquale and Zerlina in Don Giovanni), Chautauqua Opera (Sophie in Werther), Lyric Opera of Cleveland (Despina in Così fan Tutte), Amarillo Opera (Musetta in La Bohème), Greensboro Opera (Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore and Gilda in Rigoletto), Opera Festival of New Jersey (Nannetta in Falstaff and Amor in Orfeo ed Euridice, Boheme Opera (NJ) (Adele in Die Fledermaus), Opera Memphis (Yum-Yum in The Mikado) and Nevada Opera (Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore). On the concert stage Kristen has performed a broad spectrum of works, from classical pieces (Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War at Carnegie Hall, Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony) to An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Richmond, Memphis and Minnesota. She also greatly enjoys pops concerts, and her favorite is Sci-Fi Spectacular (music from science fiction movies and television shows, hosted by Star Trek series luminaries such as George Takei, Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis), which she has performed with the Cleveland, Indianapolis, Seattle, Baltimore, Edmonton and Ottawa Symphonies, under the baton of Maestro Jack Everly. In 2011 Kristen performed in the North American premiere of Handel’s first opera, Almira, with operamission in New York City. Kristen is currently involved with the Infinite Lights Ensemble, a group of musicians who write and perform new works, especially Jewish liturgical music. She makes time to pay it forward by being president of the Ridgewood Friends of Music, which supports the music programs in Ridgewood’s public schools, and greatly appreciates the support of her husband, Jeff, and fourteen-year-old twins, Annie and Henry. Please visit her website at

Program Highlights

Concerto For Bassoon – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Scarecrow Overture – Joseph Turrin
Places We Can No Longer Go – John Mackey
Affirmation – Wayne Oquin
Moth – Viet Cuong
Bullets and Bayonets March – John Philip Sousa