Music at the J

Classical music will come to South Jersey to soothe and enrich our souls.  Chamber music is comprised of a small group of instruments—traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber or a large room.  Because of its intimate nature, chamber music has been described as “the music of friends”.

We are pleased to partner with Michael Ludwig and Rachael Ludwig of the Philly Pops, who will lead the series that is part of our 25th Anniversary celebration.  The Ludwigs will direct the series, create the concert programs, and invite distinguished artists to perform.

Roxborough Orchestra Performance

Sunday, April 24  •  3-5pm – Katz JCC Social Hall 

The performance, led by Concertmaster Michael Ludwig of the Philly Pops, will feature the Roxborough Orchestra and performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Alexander Kerr and Meredith Kufchak and will feature the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. This performance is the preview event of the JCC’s upcoming six-part music series.

Event Sponsored by Sue and Eric Baelen

Additional Support Provided by Elyse and Andrew Mulberg 

Cost: $18/student, $20/members, $25/guests

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The Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, written by Mozart in 1779, is scored in three movements for solo violin, solo viola, two oboes, two horns and strings. It is considered to be Mozart’s most successful realization of a cross-over genre between symphony and concerto.

Michael Ludwig

Michael Ludwig enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician. A highly sought-after soloist, he has performed on four continents, including appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, KBS Symphony in Seoul, Korea, Beijing Symphony, and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, collaborating with such conductors as Sir Georg Solti, John Williams, and JoAnn Falletta, among others. He has recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Virginia Symphony. Michael Ludwig is the Music Director of the Roxborough Orchestra, a position he has held since 2015. Michael has served as Artist-in-Residence Professor of Violin at Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music as well as Adjunct Professor of Music (Violin) at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Additionally, he has served as Assistant to the Music Director at Drexel University. Michael was a member of the jury for the 2017 HKIVS Shlomo Mintz International Violin Competition and gave master classes at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. He has frequently served as an adjudicator for the Philadelphia Young Artists Concerto Competition, as well.

Meredith Kufchak joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as principal viola in 2019. Prior to her move to Dallas, she spent one season as a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She completed her undergraduate studies in viola performance at Rice University, where she studied with Ivo-Jan van der Werff at the Shepherd School of Music. Ms. Kufchak received her Master’s degree in chamber music performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Jodi Levitz. Kufchak also holds an artist diploma from the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, where she studied with San Francisco Symphony violist Matthew Young. While living in the Bay Area, she held positions with the Fresno Philharmonic as principal viola, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and performed frequently with the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Kufchak has made appearances at festivals including Yellow Barn, Sun Valley Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center.


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Alexander Kerr’s expressive and charismatic style has made him one of the most accomplished and versatile violinists on the international music scene today. In 1996 at the age of 26, Mr. Kerr was appointed to the prestigious position of Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After nine successful years at that post, he left in June, 2006 to assume the endowed Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Music as Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in Bloomington, he maintains a busy concert schedule appearing with orchestras and in recital and chamber music performances throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2008 he began his tenure as Principal Guest Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and in September 2011, he assumed his role as Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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