A Brief History of the RSO
The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra (RSO) performed its debut concert on April 4, 1965. Now approaching its 50th anniversary, the RSO is a fully professional orchestra with a rich history. Under the direction of Gerald Steichen, Music Director, the RSO consistently presents top quality performances to rave reviews and near-capacity audiences. Rich and varied programming includes well known classics, exciting contemporary music and lighter fare for orchestra newcomers. Collaborations with arts organizations in Ridgefield and the surrounding area have included the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, the Ridgefield Chorale, the Fairfield County Chorale, the Ridgefield Garden Clubs and the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra. An exciting community outreach program includes preconcert lectures by Jerry Steichen at Founders Hall, Meadow Ridge, the Ridgefield Public Library and the Anne S. Richardson Auditorium before most performances. In addition, RSO musicians perform during services at houses of worship in Ridgefield. A vibrant education program presents musician visits and concerts at public and private schools in Ridgefield and nearby towns.
Beatrice Brown founded the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, originally known as the Ridgefield Symphonette, in 1964. In 1996, Maestro Sidney Rothstein assumed leadership as the Music Director and molded the RSO into an outstanding professional orchestra. A rigorous audition and rehearsal process coupled with a deep and broad repertoire enabled the RSO to attract first-rate musicians from more than 30 communities. The high quality of the orchestra attracts well known concert soloists whose performances with the RSO delight enthusiastic audiences.
The RSO offers a full subscription series each year. Three classical concerts are offered this season, along with two additional concerts featuring the music of John Williams and Big Band. The RSO is proud to feature a family/education concert this season demonstrating the many connections between math and music.