Mark Mandarano, Artistic Director

The Sinfonietta Returns!

This Saturday, June 25th, 2022, the Sinfonietta will give its first live performance since 2019. Hear our spectacular musicians perform music by Beethoven, Haydn, Lalo and Massenet in the beautiful Christ Church Riverdale. Click here for more information and tickets.






The Sinfonietta performs at Wave Hill House

see also:

Samuel Coleridge Taylor Novelette Op. 52 no.2 in C Major, Larghetto 

Astor Piazzolla, La muerte del ángel (arr. for strings by Mark Mandarano) 

Elgar, Serenade for Strings

i. Allegro piacevole 

ii. Larghetto 

iii. Allegretto 


Giovanni Spinelli, Sipario (world premiere of string orchestra version) 


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

Compact disc 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).

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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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The Sinfonietta of Riverdale is a non-profit organization. Only a part of our operational budget will be covered by ticket sales. We rely on the generosity of our supporters to help us bring this world-class music to our neighborhood. Please consider making a donation.

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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.




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Recent Performances

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 19, 2019

Pictures at an Exhibition, by Mussorgsky
plus works by Debussy and Ravel

Our next concert takes place at 8:00pm:

Saturday, June 25th, 2022

Christ Church Riverdale

5040 Henry Hudson Parkway East
Bronx, NY 10471

Board of Directors

Jianying Hu, Chair
Robert Heisler, Treasurer
Theresa Santiago, Secretary
Wilhelmina Smith
Mark Mandarano, Artistic Director and President

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