The riverside Orchestra


Celebrating over 40 Years of Bringing Great Classical Music to the Upper West Side

Welcome to our concerts and our community.

Since 1971, the talented musicians of the Riverside Orchestra have delighted thousands of classical music lovers through our regular Upper West Side concerts. We are a community of players who love music, a love shared by our loyal audience. We are proud to have served as the training grounds for so many emerging conductors and honored by our collaborations with amazing soloists, often members of the New York Philharmonic and other great orchestras.


Upcoming Performances

Announcing our December Concert

Friday, December 18, 2015
The Trinity School
139 W 91st St (at Columbus Avenue), 7:30pm

Opening with Beethoven's inventive Name Day Overture, the orchestra welcomes back the talented and dynamic young cellist Julian Schwarz in Tchaikovsky's romantic Variations on a Rococo Theme.  Before the orchestra's ever-popular end-of-concert party, hear Mendelssohn's grand and picturesque Symphony No. 3, Scottish, conducted by Reuben Blundell.

All tickets are $20 and available at the door.
As always, children are admitted free!

Outstanding! I was enthralled. . . swept away by the music.
— William Salchow, Bowmaker

Join us

We are always looking for talented new musicians.

Please contact us maryolsson@aol.com for more information about how to join the orchestra for a concert, a season, or more! String players are almost always needed and other availability of other positions varies.

Tell us a little about yourself - your experience with other orchestras, interests, level of playing ability - whatever you think will be helpful. We do not have a formal auditioning process but we do expect players to maintain a high level of playing ability -- and to practice!