Mark Mandarano, Artistic Director


April 12, 2015            SINFONIETTA ORIGINS

The Sinfonietta goes back to its roots as a mixed ensemble of strings and winds in a  program of great breadth and vitality. Benjamin Britten’s Op. 1, not coincidentally entitled “Sinfonietta,” was featured on our very first program in January 2009. The Sinfonietta takes up this lively work again alongside nonets by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu and Italian classical pianist and Beethoven-contemporary, Muzio Clementi. Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue (in an arrangement by Mark Mandarano) rounds out what will be a virtuosic and uplifting program.

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The Sinfonietta of Riverdale





Sinfonietta Of Riverdale



The Sinfonietta of Riverdale’s latest digital download has been released by Arabesque Records.


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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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.

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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