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

March Performance
Friday, March 17, 2017

Trinity School, 101 W. 91st Street at Columbus Ave, 7:30pm

Hear the Riverside orchestra play two great audience favorites.  Collaborating with the New York Philharmonic through their "New World Initiative," we perform Dvorak's ever-popular and dramatic New World Symphony, composed during Antonin Dvorak's sojourn in the United States. The concert opens with Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, featuring guest soloist Chelsea Xia, a star of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College division and their Concerto Competition winner.
This concert is in honor of Dick and Polly Leonard, long-time supporters of the orchestra.

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!