Mark Mandarano, Artistic Director


April 5th, 2020 (Sunday) at 12:30PM



The Sinfonietta returns to the gorgeous setting of Wave Hill for a concert featuring two extraordinary soloists. Tenor Dominic Armstrong, whose singing has been called “nothing short of thrilling” (South Florida News) in performances across the US and abroad, joins the Sinfonietta for a performance of Benjamin Britten’s lyrical Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. The horn soloist for this work will be the fabulous Leelanee Sterrett, currently the associate principal horn of the New York Philharmonic, who will also perform the world premiere of a new work commissioned by the Sinfonietta, Concerto for Horn, Harp and Strings by California-based composer, Byron Adams. 

Tickets available here.

Location: Wave Hill, Armor Hall, 675 W 252nd St, The Bronx, NY 10471




Free Family Concert (date and time TBD)

Introduce those you love to the power and pleasure of live music! Now an annual tradition, the musicians of the Sinfonietta present lively and entertaining bite-sized performances of great music from the familiar to the adventurous, delivered with a great sense of fun and community. Hosted by Mark Mandarano, who delivers educational commentary and encourages audience participation, this special 1-hour program is for children of all ages (esp. 4 – 12), and their parents, grandparents and anyone who is a child at heart.  Sponsored by the office of Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz. 


Hebrew Institute of Riverdale

3700 Henry Hudson Pkwy, Bronx, NY 10463

Sponsored by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz through funds awarded via the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.




Tickets for the October Concert are on sale now. Those who purchase tickets for the October concert will receive a code that will allow them to make an advance, discounted purchase for the concert at Wave Hill (which will be sold through Wave Hill at a later date). Wave Hill concerts tend to sell out — so make sure you buy your October ticket when they become available!

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Proud sponsors of the Sinfonietta of Riverdale

Our compact disc, now available on Albany Records


The Sinfonietta of Riverdale’s new CD is a product of our commitment to music by American composers. The program features music by Ellen Zwilich, Walter Piston, John Corigliano and two pieces commissioned by the Sinfonietta: the Serenade for Nine Instruments by Byron Adams and a work for string orchestra by Oliver Caplan, Lunastella Fuga. The CD is currently available via Albany Records and Amazon and will be for sale at future Sinfonietta concerts.

Sinfonietta of Riverdale


Music by Richard Wagner and J. S. Bach
Music by Richard Wagner and J. S. Bach

Theodora Hanslowe joins the Sinfonietta of Riverdale in a performance of two songs from Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder (in a world-premiere arrangement by Mark Mandarano). And the strings of the Sinfonietta perform Bach’s Ricercar from the Musical Offering (arr. Helmut May) and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (arr. Eugene Ormandy).

Available On iTunes


More music performed by The Sinfonietta of Riverdale is available on iTunes and Amazon. Hear the Sinfonietta perform music by 3 selections by French composers, released by Arabesque Recordings in 2011.


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About the Sinfonietta

Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director and Conductor Mark Mandarano, The Sinfonietta of Riverdale is a distinctive ensemble—large enough to perform chamber symphonies and small enough that each of its world-class musicians is a featured soloist. With a repertoire that extends from Bach to the present day, its reputation for fine musicianship and stimulating programming has been deemed “Off-the-hook fabulous” by Time Out New York, and as offering “Some Big Music for Little Riverdale” by The New York Daily News. “High culture has flowed northward into the Bronx,” concluded The New Yorker. The ensemble has performed the music of world-renowned composers, most notably Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Corigliano and Ellen Zwillich, who have attended its concerts; it has commissioned works from leading young composers, including Roger Zare, David Bruce, Alan Fletcher, Byron Adams and Oliver Caplan. The Sinfonietta has had two recordings released on Arabesque. Their first CD on Albany Records, New World Serenade features music by several generations of American composers and has received critical praise in the press (“The Sinfonietta of Riverdale under the direction of Mandarano brings all of [the music] off exceedingly well, with stellar playing…Exquisitely beautiful…highly recommended all around.” Fanfare Magazine).

The Sinfonietta seeks to enhance the artistic environment of Riverdale and the surrounding community by presenting great classical and modern music in our own neighborhood. We also serve as an educational resource by presenting children’s concerts and by collaborating with local schools and youth organizations.

Recent Performances

JANUARY 20, 2018

Songs of Innocence
AARON KERNIS, Simple Songs
GUSTAV MAHLER, Symphony No. 4 (Arr. Stein)

NOVEMBER 3, 2018

The King of Instruments
POULENC, Organ Concerto
Aaron David Miller, organist
SCHOENBERG, Transfigured Night

JANUARY 19, 2019

Siegfried Idyll
works by Wagner, Mozart, Schumann and David Conte


October 19th concert takes place at 7:00pm:

Christ Church Riverdale

5040 Henry Hudson Parkway East
Bronx, NY 10471

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