October 25, 2015 SOULFUL STRINGS
Philip Glass, Company
Wolfgang Rihm, Erscheinung
Anton Bruckner, Quintet in F Major (arr. for string orchestra)
Known for his massive, ecstatic symphonies, Anton Bruckner composes music of grand, Romantic passions, like his contemporaries Wagner and Mahler. His lush Quintet will be performed in a new arrangement for string orchestra. Complementing the Bruckner will be two works that also explore the spiritual aspect of music by contemporary composer, German Wolfgang Rihm and the father of American minimalism, Philip Glass.
January 12, 2016 MOZART & SALIERI
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Mozart and Salieri (opera in one-act)
W. A. Mozart and Antonio Salieri, Works TBA
Everyone knows about Salieri’s jealousy of Mozart and his effort to kill him from Amadeus, the movie. More than a century before, Pushkin wrote a verse drama about envy titled Mozart and Salieri, which was then turned into a one-act opera by Rimsky-Korsakov. Performed in a new English translation, it is sure to delight. Also on the program – actual music by Mozart and Salieri, of course!
April 10, 2016 JAZZ MASTERS
Randall Bauer, new work for jazz pianist and Sinfonietta
Chris Byars, Riverdale Suite
Chris Byars and his jazz quintet return with the triumphant Riverdale Suite, raucously premiered by the Sinfonietta in January 2013. Randall Bauer, a composer and spectacular jazz improviser will compose a new work to be premiered by him at the piano and accompanied by the Sinfonietta.
The Sinfonietta of Riverdale’s latest digital download has been released by Arabesque Records.
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).
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’s most recent recording of works by J. S. Bach and Richard Wagner was released by Arabesque Recordings in September 2014; its debut release, featuring music by Debussy, Honegger and Massenet, was released in the fall of 2011 and both are available for download from iTunes and Amazon.
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.