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 musicians perform with SPHERE members at SPHEREtacular
SPHERE Performing Arts Group performs in concert with the RSO
Watch video: RSO at SPHEREtacular
Watch video: RSO & SPHERE Performing Arts Group
A Perfect Partnership
The RSO is absolutely 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. And the ultimate objective – performance in concert with RSO musicians – 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.
A Learning Experience
Our popular RSO Goes to School Program incorporates two components involving professional RSO musicians – classroom visits and concerts. Musicians visit classrooms to expose students to various instrument families – strings, winds, brass and percussion. The classroom visits are followed by the performance of an RSO ensemble, also in the school. Through both the visits and performances, the RSO brings the entire musical experience closer to the students and gives them first-hand, up close experience of music making of the highest, professional order. RSO Goes to School is primarily timed to coincide with elementary school students’ first involvement in instrumental music programs in the 4th and 5th grades. With the RSO “experience” fresh in young minds, it is hoped that students will be inspired to participate in their school orchestra and band programs and to study music privately.
An Appreciation Enhanced by Knowledge
Music is the most insubstantial of the arts – truly existing only as sound, floating ethereally in the air, elusive and ephemeral, difficult to grasp. Yet at the same time, it arguably is the most powerful and moving of all forms of artistic expression.
Like anything else in the world, the more knowledge you possess the more you appreciate and understand. Using that simple premise as our guide, the RSO is proud to offer our pre-concert talks prior to all Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra performances.
Hosted by acclaimed conductors, musicians and scholars, these talks delve deeply into the music performed in that evening’s performance. With an exceptionally broad and deep knowledge of the arts and humanities, our speakers place composers and compositions into a broader social and cultural context. No art is created in a vacuum, and a discussion of the cultural milieu in which that evening’s works were composed truly brings the music to life in new and enlightening ways.
Pre-concert talks are the perfect compliment to an RSO performance. The talks are free and are held in the auditorium at 7:00 pm prior to all RSO performances. We look forward to seeing you there!