Mission & History

The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra is a regional professional orchestra founded in 1964 with the mission to enrich the cultural life of the citizens of Ridgefield and surrounding communities by presenting professional live orchestral concerts. The RSO also strives to increase the appreciation for music through community involvement and educational programs for people of all ages and abilities.


Past Music Directors:

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Gerald Steichen  –  2008-2016

Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra

Sidney Rothstein  –  1996-2006

Beatrice Brown

Beatrice Brown  –  1970-1995

  • 1986 – The orchestra’s name was changed to the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra.
  • 1976 – The orchestra’s name was changed to the Ridgefield Orchestra.

Salvatore Princiotti  –  1967-1969

Marcus Fischer  –  1964-1966

  • 1964 – The orchestra, originally called the Ridgefield Symphonette, was founded by Marcus Fischer, Marguerite Fischer, George Leeman Sr., Agathea Filgate and Bill Rodier.

About The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra

Recent Primary Repertoire:

2017-2018

Dawn – Paul Frucht

Cello Concerto – Elgar

Scheherazade – Rimsky-Korsakov

Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini – Rachmaninoff

Symphony No. 5 – Tchaikovsky

Overture to Don Giovanni – Mozart

Concerto for Violin No. 4 – Mozart

Symphony No. 41 – Mozart

Le Tombeau de Couperin – Ravel

Violin Concerto No. 1 – Prokofiev

Symphony in D minor – Franck

 

2016-2017

Hungarian Dance No. 1 – Brahms

Violin Concerto No. 1 – Bruch

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95  –  Dvorak

Winter from the Four Seasons – Vivaldi

Arias from Messiah – Handel

Exsultate, jubilate – Mozart

Symphony No. 1 – Brahms

Overture from Ruslan and Ludmila – Glinka

Cello Concerto No. 1 – Shostakovich

Symphony No. 3 – Beethoven

 

2015-2016

Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor  –  Borodin

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25  –  Mendelssohn

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36  –  Tchaikovsky

Overture to Der fliegende Hollander  –  Wagner

Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61  –  Schumann

Schererazade  –  Rimsky-Korsakov

Symphony No. 67 in F Major  –  Haydn

Concerto in E-flat Major for Two Horns  –  Telemann

Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385  –  Mozart

Music for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet  –  Diamond

Vier letzte Lieder (Last Four Songs)  –  Strauss

Symphony No. 1 in C Major  –  Mahler

 

2014-2015

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39  –  Sibelius

Overture to Le nozze de Figaro  –  Mozart

Piano Concert in A minor, Op. 16  –  Grieg

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62  –  Beethoven

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33  –  Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95  –  Dvorak

Rosamunde Ballet Music, Op. 26  –  Schubert

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125  –  Beethoven

 

2013-2014

Dances of Galanta  –  Kodaly

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63  –  Prokofiev

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92  –  Beethoven

Overture to Iphigenie en Aulide  –  Gluck

Concerto for Trombone and Orchesta  –  Tomasi

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74  –  Tchaikovsky

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80  –  Brahms

Pictures at an Exhibition  –  Mussorgsky/Ravel

Ride of the Valkyries from Dei Walkure  –  Wagner

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14  –  Berlioz

 

2012-2013

Overture to Der Freischutz, Op. 77  –  von Weber

Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21  –  Chopin

Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88  –  Dvorak

Espagna, Rhapsody for Orchestra  –  Chabrier

Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op. 21  –  Lalo

Molambo from Estancia  –  Ginastera

Andalucia Suite  –  Lecuona

Rapsodie espagnole  –  Ravel

 

2011-2012

Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43  –  Beethoven

Violin Concert in D Major, Op. 61  –  Beethoven

Symphony No, 5 in C minor, Op. 67  –  Beethoven

Eine Kleine Nachtmusic. K. 525  –  Mozart

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 BWV 1048  –  Bach

“Summer” from The Four Seasons  –  Vivaldi

Air on the G String  –  Bach

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major  –  Haydn

Overture to l’Italiana in Alegri  –  Rossini

Symphony No. 40 in G Major, K. 550  –  Mozart

Symphony No. 104 in D Major  –  Haydn

Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56A  –  Brahms

Suite from the Nutcracker  –  Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73  –  Brahms

Enigma Variations  –  Elgar

 

2010-2011

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor  –  Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759  –  Schubert

Classical Symphony, Op. 25  –  Prokofiev

Semiramide Overture  –  Rossini

Serenade for Strings  –  Tchaikovsky

Liesbeslieder Waltzes  –  Brahms

Te Deum  –  Haydn

Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90  –  Brahms

Symphony No. 1 in C Major  –  Bizet

Bacchanale fro Samson et Dalila  –  Saint-Saens

Masques et bergamasques, Op.112  –  Faure

La vales  –  Ravel

 

2009-2010

Overture to Guillaume Tell  –  Rossini

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37  –  Beethoven

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43  –  Sibelius

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21 and 61  –  Mendelssohn

Symphony No. 4 in e minor, Op. 98  –  Brahms

Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy  –  Tchaikovsky

Habanera (from Carmen)  –  Bizet

Bolero  –  Ravel

Festival Overture  –  Shostakovich

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85  –  Elgar

First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12  –  Barber

The Fountains of Rome  –  Respighi

 

2008-2009

Carnival Overture, Op. 92  –  Dvorak

Introduction & Rondo Carpriccioso, Op. 28  –  Saint-Saens

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68  –  Brahms

Roman Carnival (Overture)  –  Berlioz

Oboe Concerto in D Major  –  Strauss

Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68  –  Beethoven

Concerto in E-flat Major  –  Stravinsky

Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor  –  Haydn

The Moldau  –  Smetana

Pavane pour une infante defunte  –  Ravel

Capriccio espagnole  –  Rimsky-Korsakov

Candid Overture  –  Bernstein

Appalachian Spring  –  Copland

Concerto for Orchestra  –  Bartok