“Many orchestras talk up the idea of adventurous programming—
Riverside Symphony has been putting the concept into practice for decades.”

  • Time Travel

    Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, 8pm

    at Merkin Concert Hall

    featuring Elizabeth Farnum, contralto

    Concerto No. 12
    ANDERSON Djuna Barnes Settings
    World Premiere
    BARTÓK Divertimento
    DELIUS Air and Dance

    • Subtly evoking the early 18th-century musical world inhabited by Charles Avison and Domenico Scarlatti, American composer William Anderson’s hypnotically beautiful songs also conjure up sound worlds as diverse as Japanese koto, indie rock, and nursery rhyme. Further, Bartók’s timeless essay, marrying Baroque and Classical technique with Hungarian folk song, and Delius’ perfumed nostalgia provide two distinct visions of bygone days.
    • “…a radiant voice and a sparkling personality to match…” Albany Times
      “ethereal… a lovely soaring soprano…” —Georgia Guardian
      “…impressive control and a crystalline clarity of tone…” —Southampton Press
  • Trial and Triumph

    Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, 8pm

    at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin

    featuring Rachel Schutz, soprano

    In collaboration with:
    The New York Virtuoso Singers
    Harold Rosenbaum, Director

    COPLAND In the Beginning
    Laura Mercado-Wright, soloist
    Harold Rosenbaum, conductor
    IMBRIE Adam
    New York Premiere
    HANDEL Utrecht Jubilate

    • Genesis and war provide the themes for three stunning rarities for chorus—in this case New York’s leading contemporary vocal ensemble—and orchestra. Like Copland, American master Andrew Imbrie explores Old Testament “original sin” in his hair-raising oratorio, later widening the lens to embrace both fury and longing in selected American Civil War poetry. Handel’s opus celebrating the end of the War of the Spanish Succession concludes the program in thrilling fashion.
    • “…diamantine high notes, witty characterization, and giddily delirious coloratura.” —Boston Globe
      “…a great, focused voice… with vibrant, convincing stage presence…” —San Francisco Examiner
  • An Undying Tradition

    Friday, Apr. 1, 2016, 8pm

    at Alice Tully Hall

    featuring Keith Bonner, flute

    GANDOLFI Points of Departure
    NIELSEN Flute Concerto
    MOZART Symphony No. 40

    • American composer Michael Gandolfi’s beguiling, shapely opus and Danish master Carl Nielsen’s kaleidoscopic showpiece both bear witness to Classicism’s enduring appeal while inviting a fresh hearing of Mozart’s incandescent masterpiece.
    • Riverside Symphony’s principal flutist is among the vanguard of New York’s instrumental elite, widely in demand in multiple musical genres.
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