Concerts & Tickets

YOUR MUSIC, YOUR ORCHESTRA  |  The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to world-class performances of the greatest music ever written is our history and our future. Dvořák, Bruch, Brahms, Handel, Shostakovich, Beethoven and more –  will be played in wonderful live performances by the talented musicians of the RSO during our 2016-17 Season. All concerts are held in the Anne S. Richardson Auditorium at Ridgefield High School, 700 North Salem Road, Ridgefield CT 06877.  Concerts begin at 8:00pm. 

Purchasing tickets is convenient! View the seating chart below to see section areas and pricing. Order online, call the RSO Box Office at 203-438-3889 or buy tickets in person at the RSO Office. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and are located at 90 East Ridge Road in downtown Ridgefield.


Heroic Masterpieces    May 13, 2017 – Michael Lankester, Conductor

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A World of Possibilities    October 1, 2016 – Barbara Yahr, Conductor

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Celebrate!    December 3, 2016 – Kevin Fitzgerald, Conductor

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“Triple Play was rollicking good fun … led by bassist, trombonist and pianist Chris Brubeck,

the trio stole the show with its flair and virtuosity.” – Mark Swed, L.A.Times

Triple Play is the name given to three outstanding and versatile musicians, Peter Madcat Ruth (on harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion & vocals), Joel Brown, (folk and classical acoustic guitar and vocals) and Chris Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, piano & vocals). Collectively they bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity, and American spirit to the folk, blues, jazz and classical music they perform. They are delighted to be playing their brand of blues, jazz, along with some Brubeck classics and creative originals at The Ridgefield Playhouse!

Conductors & Guest Artists


About Michael Lankester

Michael Lankester enjoys an eminent, international conducting career that also includes work as composer, arranger and commentator for special projects in opera, theater and broadcasting.

In May 2000, he completed a highly successful tenure as Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Hartford Chamber Orchestra. His fifteen years with the HSO were notable for elevating the artistic standards of the orchestra, increasing its subscriber and donor bases and introducing several innovative series, among them “Classical Conversations” and “Saturday Family Matinees.” Hailed by one critic as ” the most articulate explicator and advocate of classical of music on the planet ….” his Classical Conversations series was a supreme triumph

Since leaving the HSO, Mr. Lankester has been active as a guest conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, and the orchestras of Seattle, Syracuse, Indianapolis, S W Florida, Edmonton, etc. His close work with chamber orchestras has continued with concerts for the Shakespeare Society of New York, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and numerous other ensembles.  .

In his native England, Michael Lankester has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra (with which he has also recorded for Argo Records), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared at numerous European festivals including the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts in London and in America at the Blossom Festival. He has also led the Orchestra Communale di Firenze on a tour of Tuscany, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra (with which he has also recorded for MSR Classics) and he returns annually to conduct at the Festival La Gesse in Toulouse, France. In Asia, Mr. Lankester has led the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra at its International Festival of Music.

Born in London, Michael Lankester studied at the Royal College of Music with Sir Adrian Boult and was awarded a conducting scholarship by Sir Malcolm Sargent. Subsequently, he joined the faculty of the Royal College of Music as Professor of Conducting and Head of Opera. For twelve years, he conducted Contrapuncti, his own chamber orchestra, giving numerous performances in London and on tour throughout Great Britain and Europe.

Fundamental to Michael Lankester’s driving force as a musician is his continuing work with young people. In addition to his many years as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Orchestra and his annual festivals with the Northern Junior Philharmonic Orchestra in England he has performed literally hundreds of concerts with and for children of all ages – testament to his passionately held belief that it is only by young people actually taking part in performances that we can begin to secure the future of great orchestral music.

Michael Lankester holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Connecticut and has just completed a year as guest professor of orchestral studies at New York University.

About Adrian Daurov

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia and now living in New York City, cellist ADRIAN DAUROV is one of the most dazzling artists of his generation.

Adrian Daurov, at the age of 15, made his debut as soloist with the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently, he earned top honors at three international competitions – Bulgaria’s 1st International Music Competition “Coast of Hope” (First Prize, 1996); The Netherlands’ Peter De Grote International Music Competition (Grand Prix, 2002); New York City’s L.I.S.M.A. International Music Competition (First Prize, 2004). In 2004, he toured  as soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, performing in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw and throughout Germany, and was appointed to the dual position of principal cellist and soloist with the Bayreuth Youth Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Peter Gulke. 2008 heard him as a featured participant in a gala Carnegie Hall concert celebrating Russia’s Independence Day, a program that included the distinguished Russian singers Yelena Obratztsova and Vladimir Galouzine.

After studying at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Adrian Daurov was awarded the Jerome L. Greene Scholarship for advanced studies at The Juilliard School with the renowned cello pedagogue David Soyer (of the Guarneri Quartet). At Juilliard, he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, graduating in 2009. While still in school, he was appointed principal cellist of The Chamber Orchestra of New York; a year later, in 2008, he formed his own ensemble – now the award-winning Voxare String Quartet, with which he still tours. Mr. Daurov has also collaborated in chamber music programs with pianists Alexander Ghindin , Olga Vinokur and Di Wu, violinist Mark Peskanov and flutist Eugenia Zukerman. In 2012, he teamed up with the award-winning pianist Spencer Myer to form the Daurov/Myer Duo.

Passionately devoted to the music of our own time, Adrian Daurov has already presented the world premieres of two important works – In 2008, Fountains of Fin for flute, violin and cello by the Persian composer Behzad Ranjbaran and, in 2009, The Epistle – Concerto for Cello & Chamber Choir by the Siberian composer Yuri Yukechev, written for Mr. Daurov and the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, Nikolai Kachanov, Artistic Director.

Adrian Daurov’s artistry has been heard on several radio and television stations, including WNYC, WQXR and NTV-America. He is also featured on a recent album by the young New York City-based jazz star Romain Collin.

Adrian Daurov performs on a magnificent 1989 cello crafted by John Terry in Florence, Italy.

Program Notes

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Heroic Masterpieces

Michael Lankester, Conductor

Adrian Daurov, Soloist


Glinka – Overture from Ruslan and Lyudmila

Shostakovich – Cello Concerto No. 1

Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”


Program Notes by Courtenay Caublé

Seating Chart



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