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:

The Bacon Brothers at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Author: Kevin and Michael Bacon
Genre: Pop
Rating: 4
Comments: Mostly written by Kevin or Michael. Great melodies and harmonizing vocals.


An Evening of Caberet at the Ridgefield Playhouse

Author: Debbie Gravitte with Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
Genre: Caberet
Rating: 3
Comments: Incredible talent which lives in Ridgefield. Annual Gala Benefit.


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra - Slavonic Dances. Conducted by Sidney Rothstein.

Author: Scenes from the Csarda and Symphony No. 2 by Jean Sibelius. Dvorak, Jeno Hubay with soloist Charles Castleman, and Jean Sibelius
Genre: Classical
Rating: 4
Comments: Commenced with "God Bless America" with arrangement by an anonymous person from Reading, Pennsylvania.


Tito Puente Orchestra

Author: Tito Puente Orchestra
Genre: Latin American
Rating: 3
Comments: Latin American music. Combination Latin and Jazz. A very enjoyable change of pace in my musical listening.


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra - An Evening of Opera. Conducted by Sidney Rothstein.

Author: Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Aida ,Richard Wagner: Siegfried and Die Gotterdammerung. Heather Thomson, soprano, Perry Price, tenor, The Connecticut Master Chorale
Genre: Opera
Rating: 4
Comments: Outstanding vocal performance with excellent orchestra as bonus.


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra - Marvelous Mozart. Conducted by Sidney Rothstein.

Author: Symphony #No. 1 in E-flat Major, Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, and Symphony No. 41 in C (The Jupiter). Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Pianist Rui Shi.
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: Incredible Mozart concert. Sold out attendance. Rui Shi is a rising young star from China. She is winning awards left and right around the world.


Festival of Song Gala by the Ridgefield Opera Company

Author: Opera singing from Mozart, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Donizetti, Puccini, et al.
Genre: Opera
Rating: 4
Comments: Great local performers.


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra - Russian Romantics. Conducted by Sidney Rothstein

Author: Andrew Armstrong - pianist. Prokofiev's Concerto No. 3. Spartacus by Khachaturian. Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: Incredible evening. Brilliant performance by all. Most complex piano piece I have ever heard.


The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra - An evening of Broadway and Pop - Conducted by Keith Lockhart

Author: Berstein, Chadwick, Copland, Gershwin and others
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: Briliant conducting by Lockhart. An outdoor concert with a very patriotic flavor.


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra - Conducted by Sidney Rothstein

Author: Wagner, Rachmaninoff, Martucci, Respighi
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: Features were Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by Emi Nakajima and The Pines of Rome by Respighi


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra - Overture to The Magic Flute, Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, Symphony No. 25, Symphony No. 2. Conducted by Sidney Rothstein

Author: Mozart, Spohr, Shumann.The Tourmaline Quartet.
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: My first conducting experience.The Quartet was awesome.


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra - "Marvelous Mozart" - Conducted by Sidney Rothstein

Author: All Mozart. Robert Dias and Elissa Lee Koljonen.
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments:


Mozart and Ravel quartets

Author: The Takacs Quartet
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: Incredible performance. Best quartet I have ever heard anywhere.


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra - Energetic Music to Love. Conducted by Sidney Rothstein

Author: Domenico Cimarosa. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D performed by Aaron Rosand. BrahmsSymphony No. 1
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments:


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra - "Marvelous Mozart - III ". Conducted by Sidney Rothstein

Author: All MozartOverture to Cosi fan tutte, Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, Symphony No. 36 in C Major
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments:


Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra - More of Music to Love. Conducted by Sidney Rothstein

Author: Overture to L'italiana in Algeri by Rossini, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor by Saint-Saens, Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven.
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments:


8th Annual Doo-Wop and Oldies Spectacular

Author: Various
Genre: Doo-Wop
Rating: 5
Comments: Classics of the 50s & 60s.Featuring Emil Stucchio and the Classics (Till Then), The Shangri-Las, (Leader of the Pack and Remember Walking in the Sand), Kenny Vance and the Planotones, (Looking for an Echo), and the Emotions, ("The Nearest Thing To Heaven").


The Temptations

Author: The Temptations
Genre: Motown
Rating: 5
Comments: The real thing. Motown with a contemporary flair.


9th Annual Doo-Wop and Oldies Spectacular

Author: Classics of the 50s & 60s.Featuring Emil Stucchio and the Classics, Kenny Vance and the Planotones, (Looking for an Echo)
Genre: Doo-Wop
Rating: 5
Comments: This was another great trip down memory lane.


HippieFest 2006

Author: Mitch Ryder, Rare Earth, Country Joe McDonald, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, The Lovin' Spoonful, Mountain with Leslie West and Corky Laing, Badfinger with Joey Molland, Melanie, Canned Heat, and Denny Laine
Genre: Rock
Rating: 4
Comments: Great music, but ear plugs needed


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