About the West Side Concert Series

History of the West Side Concert Series

The West Side Concert Series is an outreach ministry of The West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey. We believe that:

  • Music is an expression of God's grace and beauty.
  • Music is a means of enriching life and promoting a wider sense of community among people.
  • Programming for the series should include internationally acclaimed artists. The concerts should also provide a venue for outstanding performers from within our local community.
  • Concerts should be free and open to the public with childcare provided for pre-school children to encourage young families to attend.

Through the generosity of our benefactors, we maintain a no admission fee policy and childcare for pre-school children. There is ample free parking at the church.

History of the West Side Concert Series

The 2017 - 2018 concerts mark the 42th season of the West Side Concert Series, formerly known as The West Side Patron Series. The series was initiated in 1976 to showcase a rebuild of the Austin Sanctuary Organ. Even after fire destroyed the church building in 2002, concerts continued uninterrupted, thanks to the generosity of our neighbors, The Ridgewood United Methodist Church and Immaculate Heart Academy. Throughout the long history of the series, we have offered a varied palette of solo, instrumental and ensemble concerts in the classical, African-American and jazz traditions. Since its installation in October of 2007, the new, three-manual Nichols & Simpson Sanctuary Pipe Organ has been featured in each season. The acoustically favorable sanctuary also houses a Steinway Grand Piano and a Peter Fisk two-manual harpsichord, instruments used frequently in the series.