The Rivers Symphony Orchestra was established in 1996 to promote performance opportunities for talented adult and advanced students in the community.
Sunday November 24, 2019, 3 pm, Campion Center, Weston, MA
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 1 and 4
Johann Strauss II: An der Schonen Blauen Donau / Wiener Blut
Astor Piazzolla: Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas
Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3 pm, Christ Episcopal Church, Needham, MA
W. A. Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor
W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor
Sunday May 10, 2020, 7 pm, Jordan Hall, Boston, MA
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Concerto Competition Winners
The Rivers Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1996 by then music director David Tierney. David realized that the strength of any orchestra was to have a strong string section. David had some of the string faculty of Rivers join the orchestra and they remain a part of the orchestra to this very day.
As the orchestra grew in numbers as well as musicianship, the orchestra started playing more challenging works. In 2016, the orchestra celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a Pops concert.
When David left in 2018, The Rivers Symphony had year long auditions for our new music director. We are fortunate to have Peyman Farzinpour as our new Music Director. Peyman has conducted orchestras and contemporary music ensembles throughout Europe and North America. He is an Associate Professor of conducting and composition at the Berklee College of Music.
We are a growing orchestra and are always introducing new music into our repertoire. We are looking forward to working with Peyman for years to come.
Peyman Farzinpour enjoys a diverse career as a conductor, composer, and music educator. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and he also serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of contemporary and multimedia music group, ENSEMBLE / PARALLAX and Music Director and Conductor of the Rivers Symphony Orchestra. Over the past three years, he has been awarded Berklee College of Music’s prestigious Faculty Fellowship Award, Faculty Development Grant, and Faculty Recording Grant. He has been awarded the Fellowship Merit Award in Music Composition by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts as well as grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and American Composers Forum.
He has previously served as Music Director and Conductor of Erato Philharmonia in Los Angeles and the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra in Massachusetts. He has also held the position of Conductor in Residence with Opera Cabal, with which he led the world staged premiere of the Georg Friedrich Haas opera ATTHIS in NYC. The sold-out performances were hailed as a “mesmerizing production” by the New York Times. He has also served as a guest conductor with orchestras and ensembles throughout North America and Europe including the Congress Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, the New Symphony and the Pleven Philharmonic in Bulgaria, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, the Banff Chamber Orchestra in Canada, the St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles, the Cygnus Ensemble, at the Berklee College of Music, the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Paris, and with two of Italy’s foremost new music groups, the Divertimento Ensemble and the MDI Ensemble of Milan. He also appears regularly as a guest conductor at Tufts University, leading concerts of contemporary music.
Prior to moving to the east coast, Farzinpour served as Director of New Music Programs for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where he was responsible for creating highly innovative concerts that were awarded first place by ASCAP/Chamber Music America for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. As Artistic Director and conductor of Erato Philharmonia, Farzinpour created programs that intertwined standard repertoire, 20th century, and contemporary music in conjunction with multimedia such as video, dance, and live painting.
Farzinpour’s compositional activity is evidenced by performances of his works throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe by groups such as the MDI Ensemble of Milan, the Cygnus Ensemble, Janus Ensemble, the June in Buffalo Chamber Orchestra, the St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Verdi String Quartet, the Empyrean Ensemble, by Piano Spheres, at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Paris, and at the Tufts University Festival of Contemporary Music. He has also been composer in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Between 2011 and 2015, Farzinpour was a Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he headed the composition studio. He has also served as a lecturer and pre-concert speaker and interviewer for the Pasadena Symphony as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was the Manager of the Education and Community Programs. He holds a B.M. in classical guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory, a B.A. in English Literature from the Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in composition from U.C. Davis. He did post-graduate studies in Italy, where he studied conducting with Emilio Pomarico and Sandro Gorli, and composition with Giacomo Manzoni. He has also studied conducting with Gustav Meier at the International Conductors Workshop.
The RSO is looking for bassoons and string players. Interested musicians should make an appointment through RSC to interview/audition. The RSO rehearses on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. during the academic year.