Mark Mandarano, Artistic Director

The Celebration Continues into the 2018-19 Season

Join in the festivities as the Sinfonietta continues its celebration of 10 years of great music in Riverdale. This season’s concerts will feature a terrific variety of music performed by our spectacular musicians. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Tickets on sale now.


Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at 8pm

Francis Poulenc, Organ Concerto with Aaron David Miller, soloist

Arnold Schoenberg, Transfigured Night

No other instrument has the dramatic power, the vibrant color, the extensive range of the pipe organ. In Christ Church Riverdale, we have a newly restored, historic organ within a church that is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Joining us for Poulenc’s rich Organ Concerto will be Aaron David Miller, who has been a prize winner of several prestigious competitions, including the top prize at the AGO National Improvisation Competition, and the Bach and Improvisation prizes at the Calgary International Organ Festival Competition. Plus, the Sinfonietta will perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night  which has all the intensity of the most romantic music, elevated to the highest level of expression.


Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 8pm

Richard Wagner, Twilight of the Gods Fantasy (arr. Farrington)

David Conte, Sinfonietta

Götterdämmerung, the final opera of Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” is know for its many orchestral highlights including Dawn, the Rhine Journey and Siegfried’s Funeral March. All of these moments are woven together into a lush instrumental suite that distills the musical highlights for a virtuosic chamber-sized ensemble. In contrast to this is the bright, energetic new music for Sinfonietta by American composer David Conte, whose finely-crafted music has been performed worldwide.

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Sponsored in part by State Senator Jeffrey Klein and the NY State Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Preservation.


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.


WNYC is a media partner 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.






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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

OCTOBER 30, 2016

Sinfonietta at Wave Hill
P. TCHAIKOVSKY, Serenade in C
OLIVER CAPLAN, Lunastella Fuga
KAREL HUSA, Divertimento

MAY 20, 2017

Immigrant Initiative Concert
works by Mozart, Verdi, Bartok and Dvorak

JANUARY 20, 2018

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

APRIL 2018

Free Family Concert
works by Beethoven, Mozart, Anderson and more


November 3rd concert takes place at 8:00pm:

Christ Church Riverdale

5030 Henry Hudson Parkway East
Bronx, New York 10471

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