Mark Mandarano, Artistic Director



January 18, 2015            LIGHT AND SHADE

Join us on a journey through shadowy mists of sound that emerge into brilliant shafts of uplifting light. This concert will begin with the famed Cantata by J. S. Bach, Ich habe genug (I have enough) which contemplates the fulfillment of life and the imminent departure into realms unknown. This is followed by the mysterious and intriguing sounds of the rarely heard Chamber Concerto by Gyorgy Ligeti. Finally, the music of Bach returns us to life with an uplifting song of sunshine Wiechet nur, berubte schatten (Vanish now, brooding shadows!), also known as the “Wedding Cantata.” Soprano Allison Charney is the featured soloist in what is sure to be a moving experience brought to you by the Sinfonietta of Riverdale.




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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).

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January 18, 2015            SHADOWS AND LIGHT

This program explores timeless themes of mystery and revelation, empty darkness dispelled by light, death followed by resurrection. To begin, Bach’s Cantata “Ich habe genug” confronts the completion of life and a longing for rest. Ligeti’s music then explores the realm of mystery through ever-shifting sounds. Finally, we emerge from darkness into joyful light with Bach’s “Wedding Cantata.” Joining us for the Bach will be soprano Allison Charney who has performed with New York City Opera, the Philadelphia Orceshtra and the Boston Pops and about whom the NY Times proclaimed: “Allison Charney looked wonderful and produced the right sort of fresh, vulnerable sound.”

April 12, 2015                   SINFONIETTA ORIGINS

The Sinfonietta returns to its roots with a performance that features strings and winds together with harp in classic music by Mozart and Clementi, (Beethoven’s contemporary). These are paired with the brilliant Opus 1 by Benjamin Britten and a charming Nonet by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu.

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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.

Sinfonietta artistic director Mark Mandarano

2014 – 2015 SEASON

OCTOBER 26, 2014

Antonin Dvorak, Serenade, Op. 44
Richard Strauss, Serenade, Op. 7
Bruce Adolphe, Chiaroscuro
Alec Wilder, Serenade

JANUARY 18, 2015

J. S. Bach, Two Cantatas
Gyorgi Ligeti, Chamber Concerto
featuring Allison Charney, soprano

APRIL 12, 2015

Benjamin Britten, Sinfonietta, Op. 1
Bohuslav Martinu, Nonet
W. A. Mozart, Adagio and Fugue
Muzio Clementi, Nonetto

Music for Strings and Harp, and Serenades concerts take place at 2:30pm at:

Riverdale Temple

4545 Independence Avenue
(at 246th Street)
Bronx, New York 10471

Tickets are $35 ($25 for seniors and Riverdale Temple members, $15 for students).

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