Concerts

CelloI really enjoy concerts — especially by symphony orchestras. I made some notes about some concerts over the years and eventually put the information in a database. I had thought I would keep it up to date but it ended up taking too much time. The web does a better job than I could at reviewing concerts and the social networks take care of sharing the information. I wish I could remember all of the great concerts from my very first which I believe was by the Philadelphia Orchestra in the 1970’s. There are some concerts here that are not by symphonies, and there are others that do not appear here.

 

Concert List:

Denim and Diamonds with Clint Black

Author: Clint Black
Genre: Country
Rating: 5
Comments: Annual Playhouse Gala. Clint Black was awesome. Very down to earth. Six guys in the band were also great.


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra

Author: Sergei Vassilievich Rachmaninoff
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: We will all remember Rui Shi's rendition of Rachmaninoff in Ridgefield under the direction of Sidney Rothstein.


The Boys Choir of Harlem

Author: The Boys Choir of Harlem
Genre: Variety
Rating: 4
Comments: The performance was great but the best part is that the students almost all graduate from high school and go on to college. It was easy to tell that the standing ovation came from the heart.


Conducting Beethoven

Author: John Patrick conducting Beethoven
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: Not that I was a 5 but the orchestra was


Barge Music

Author: Dmitri Alexeev
Genre: Classical
Rating: 4
Comments: The unsung hero of the evening was Olga Bloom -- a very unpretentious 87 year-old former symphony violinist who greeted us as we boarded the barge and offered a glass of wine


New York Philharmonic

Author: Mozart's Symphony No. 40, the "Great" G minor symphony. "Eroica", Beethoven's Symphony No. 3
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: The strength of every section of the orchestra was overwhelming and the great acoustic characteristics in the Zoellner Center just amplified them to perfection.


Mama Mia

Author: The Cast
Genre: Pop
Rating: 5
Comments: Not as far in the past as Mozart et al but a lot of nostalgia.


UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

Author: Maxim Vengerov, Conductor and Violinist
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: He is less than half the age of Lorin Maazel but has the same potential. He conducted with a bow in hand and also performed the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4. He then conducted the Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 2 and the great Sinfonia concertante -- all without a score.


New York Philharmonic

Author: Lorin Maazel. All-Brahms program with the Academic Festival Orchestra and Julia Fischer
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: I now know why reviewers have described her as "not a talent, but a full-fledged phenomenal violinist".


Broadway and the Theatre with the Boston Pops

Author: Conducted by Keith Lockhart. Several guest vocalists.
Genre: Broadway
Rating: 3
Comments: Hollywood and Broadway are not my favorite composers nor was this the kind of music I like. Nevertheless, the performers and conductor were outstanding as usual and the standing ovations brought two encores and a wrap-up with Stars and Stripes Forever. Hard to top that!


Doo-Wop Spectacular

Author: The Passions ("Just to be with You"), Kenny Vance and the Planotones ("Looking for an Echo"), Vito Picone and the Elegants ("little Star", The Del-Vikings ("Come go with Me"), and Cleveland Still and the Dubs ("Could This Be Magic?")
Genre: Doo-Wop
Rating: 5
Comments: Amazing how these guys keep going, some of them have been singing for more than fifty years!


Wildflower Music Festival

Author: Time For Three
Genre: Variety
Rating: 5
Comments: All three were trained at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. It was an amazing performance which blended bluegrass, classical, jazz and original compositions from Brahms to the Beatles. The talent and creativity were electrifying.


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Sidney Rothstein

Author: Lesginka. Aram Khachaturian (1903-1970). Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18. Sergei Rachmaninoff. Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: Performed by Santiago Rodriguez. World class artistry. Charming to meet. Second time I have heard him and met him. He is truly outstanding.


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Sidney Rothstein

Author: Overture to Hermann and Dorothea. Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major. Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: Performed by Rui Shi. Chinese 16 year old girl. She was truly an outstanding performer to hear and charming to meet.


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Sidney Rothstein

Author: Overture to The Flying Dutchman, Richard Wagner. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37. Ludwig van Beethoven. Symphony No. 3 in D minor. Gustav Mahler
Genre: Classical
Rating: 4
Comments: Marcantonio Barone, pianist


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra - RSO Goes Jazz. Conducted by Sidney Rothstein

Author: Marvin Stamm quartet. Ellington, Bernstein, Copland, Kern, and more.
Genre: Jazz
Rating: 5
Comments: Fantastic concert. Marvin Stamm (trumpet), Rufus Reid (bass), Bill Mays (piano), and Ed Soph (drums) were brilliant. Maestro Rothstein blended the orchestra and the Jazz quartet masterfully.


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Sidney Rothstein.

Author: Fanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas. Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Pastoral) by Ludwig van Beethoven. Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 77. Guest soloist Elissa Lee Koljonen, violinist.
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: Masterful job by Maestro Rothstein in perfectly blending the outstanding orchestra with the brilliant performance of Ms. Koljonen.


Jose Feliciano in Concert at the Opening Night of The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts.

Author: Wide assortment of light rock, spanish, and music composed by the performer. With Tyler McHugh, Keyboard, Tyger McNeal, Drums, Scott Breadman, Percussionist, and Kenny Owens, Bass.
Genre: Light Rock
Rating: 4
Comments: Extraordinary talent. Incredible guitar work on both electric and acoustic. Brilliant execution as a group. Flawless.


Stamford Syphony Plays Pops

Author: Guest conductor Jeff Tyzik. One O'Clock Jump, Sophisticated Lady, Caravan, The Man I love, Miller Memories et al.
Genre: Jazz
Rating: 4
Comments:


Marcus Roberts at Avery Fisher Hall

Author: Solo Piano by Marcus Roberts. Introduced by Wynton Marsalis.
Genre: Jazz
Rating: 5
Comments: Incredible jazz improvization. Fantastic renditions. Amazing talent. It was spectacular.


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