From programming to performance to education and outreach, discovery is at the heart of Riverside Symphony’s artistic credo. Drawing on the legendary breadth and depth of New York City’s freelance musical community, conductor George Rothman and composer Anthony Korf, who co-founded the orchestra in 1981, have forged a team of supremely accomplished instrumentalists, comfortable in an amazingly wide range of styles and periods.
The orchestra’s success owes much to the special bond between this virtuoso ensemble and its imaginative and dedicated conductor, a relationship apparent to even the most inexperienced concertgoer. The orchestra’s musicians thrive on the challenge of preparing and performing new and unusual repertory, and the delight and enthusiasm they take in performing it is conveyed to Riverside Symphony’s “equally adventurous audience” (Musical America). This spirit of freshness and discovery also informs the performance of the traditional works featured on every program, providing a new context for the familiar.
Beyond its success in the concert hall, Riverside Symphony is also well known for its citywide educational efforts. For over a decade, the orchestra has brought the joys of music to New York City public schools with its enriching Music Memory program, while engaging adults with its popular Salon Series and Hear Hear! preview performances.
- Performs boldly envisioned concerts distinguished by extraordinary yet rarely heard orchestral works from all musical periods;
- Showcases up-and-coming soloists and composers of exceptional promise at major concert venues;
- Commissions and records important new works;
- Provides dynamic, substantive education programs for children and adults.
In all its endeavors, Riverside Symphony strives to serve the art form and inspire adventurous listeners of all backgrounds to engage with classical music.
- Numerous premieres of major orchestral works by today’s most important composers, six of them Riverside Symphony commissions;
- Performances of rarely heard orchestral compositions by such masters as Haydn, Prokofiev, and Ravel;
- The presentation of more than 50 world-class young soloists, many in their New York orchestral debuts;
- Six internationally acclaimed recordings of contemporary orchestral works, one a 2000 Grammy Award nominee;
- The Riverside Symphony International Composer Reading Project, a forum for composers worldwide, with a special competition for American composers.
Photos: Peter Schaaf