Education & Outreach Initiative sponsored by Union Savings Bank
Improving the Quality of Life in our Community | We at the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, as an integral part of our mission, provide innovative education and outreach programs that touch the lives of many in our community. We also partner with local business and other non-profits to help fulfill the RSO mission.
RSO – SPHERE partnership
The RSO is dedicated to providing world-class music to everyone in our community. That’s why our partnership with Ridgefield’s SPHERE (Special People Housing, Education, Recreation) is so important to us.
We believe that everyone can benefit from an encounter with great music and, in the case of our special friends at SPHERE with developmental disabilities, these benefits can be especially profound. Music has the ability to inspire and to heal. Through our partnership with SPHERE, we are working to enrich and ultimately transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our community.
A three-pronged program of instruction, concert attendance and performance, our partnership seeks to not only expose this underserved segment of our population to live orchestral performance – a chance that many would not otherwise have – but to afford the opportunity for in-depth instruction by our professional musicians. The opportunity for the Performing Arts Group to share the stage with RSO musicians in concert is an irreplaceable opportunity for both personal accomplishment as well as intellectual and emotional growth.
This innovative partnership is the only one of its kind by an orchestra nationwide, and we are proud, and extremely happy, to be able to offer this unique program to our community.
Members of the SPHERE Performing Arts Group participated, in collaboration with the musicians of the RSO, in performing the world premier of Chris Brubeck’s “Sphere of Influence” at our 2016-17 season opening concert on October 1, 2016.
RSO musicians perform with SPHERE members at SPHEREtacular
SPHERE Performing Arts Group performs in concert with the RSO