Riverside Orchestra grew out of a chamber music series, organized by Dr. Ephraim Rubin, a scientist who loves to play the clarinet. The group started playing orchestra concerts in 1971 and has been managed by its founder ever since. Although mainly a community orchestra with volunteer players, some of the members are professional musicians. Most players have – or are retired from – other careers, but enjoy playing the symphonic repertoire with other enthusiastic instrumentalists. There is a core group of players who have been in the orchestra since the 1970’s, and many of those who joined later quickly become equally committed. Most of our concerts include a concerto or operatic performance with widely renowned soloists.
After playing in local youth symphonies or college orchestras, our members find in Riverside a rare place that affords them the simple joy of continuing to play in an orchestra. The camaraderie of rehearsing (and of sharing juice and cookies mid-rehearsal!) is as important to the members as making music.
The audience is as loyal. With a long term and friendly relationship to the Trinity School, one of the oldest private schools in New York City, Riverside has become an Upper West Side institution, attracting many classical music-lovers who live not just there but come from all over the NYC metropolitan area. And they bring guests from all over the world!