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Mozart’s Music Warms Ridgefield Audience

Review of Ridgefield Orchestra Concert—January 10, 2003—Jim Pegolotti The Danbury News-Times Early January is a time when orchestras usually are silent, so it was a particular pleasure to attend an all-Mozart concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday evening. The Ridgefield Orchestra, scaled down to an appropriate classical era size of 26 instrumentalists, planned to […]

Marvelous Mozart

There are so many wonderful composers in the world, but Mozart remains my favorite. The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra planned a “Marvelous Mozart II” concert for Saturday night at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The “II” is because they did the same thing last year (see favorite concerts page). The “planned” is because Mother Nature intervened in a […]

Conducting Mozart – part 5 (reviews)

The conducting lessons and the concert are over but I will cherish the experience for the rest of my life. I walked off the stage in a euphoric and exhilarating state. Friends and family offered their praise but I knew of things I could have done better. I was thrilled with the praise but could […]

Conducting Mozart – part 4 (finale)

The conducting lessons with Maestro Sidney Rothstein were over. He had taught me a lot in a short time and was about ready to push me out of the nest to raise the baton and conduct. The first rehearsal broke the ice and I realized it was actually possible for me to conduct not just […]