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 November Concert -- a new season begins!

Friday, November 6, 2015
St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church
263 W 86th St (at West End Avenue), 7:30pm

Opening with Beethoven's characterful Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, and Schubert's Entr'acte and Ballet music from Rosamunde, the orchestra is then joined by New York Philharmonic Flutist and friend of the orchestra Mindy Kaufman in Reinecke's romantic Ballade for Flute and Orchestra.  Before the orchestra's ever-popular end-of-concert party, hear Mozart's cheery Symphony No. 35, Haffner, 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!