The Danbury Symphony Orchestra performs works from symphonic literature, collaborates with the Danbury Concert Chorus in an annual performance of Messiah and a special concert in May, as well as accompanying the Nutcracker Ballet. Though the DSO is a volunteer orchestra, many of its members are indeed professional musicians.
Rehearsals: Mondays, 7:30-10 pm
To Join: Highly experienced musicians should contact the Danbury Music Centre. We will put you in touch with the principal player of your section for more information about possible openings. Danbury Music Centre membership is strongly encouraged.
Music Director and Conductor, Danbury Symphony Orchestra
Born in Indianapolis, IN and raised in Riverdale, NY, violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov comes from a musical family going back three generations. He received his early musical training from his parents, Michael and Judith before attending pre-college at Manhattan School of Music. Rudiakov has been Artistic Director of the award-winning Manchester (VT) Music Festival MMF since November 2000 and has been Music Director and conductor of the Danbury (CT) since 2005. He holds viola performance degrees from SUNY Purchase (BM) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (MM), and was a scholarship student at Yale University’s masters program where he studied privately with Jessie Levine and chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet. In both capacities, Rudiakov enjoys a wide-ranging and diverse musical life, performing solo and chamber music to critical acclaim throughout the USA and abroad with many fine musicians including the Shanghai and Jupiter Quartets, current and former members of the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri quartets, pianists Ruth Laredo, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Andre Michel Schub, Adam Neiman, Vassily Primakov among many others. He has participated in solo and chamber music master classes with violinists Felix Galimir and Raphael Bronstein, violists Michael Tree and Csaba Erdely among other noted musicians.At the podium he has collaborated with violinists Jaime Laredo, cellists Sharon Robinson, Bernard Greenhouse, pianists David Deveau, Christopher O’Reilly and others. Additional resident and guest conducting positions have included the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Bergen and Yonkers Philarmonics, Antara Ensemble, Manchester Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players and others. He is a former member of the New York Piano Quartet and Equinox String Quartet and was a founding member and president of SONYC (the String Orchestra of New York City). Ariel conducted recording sessions with Dance Theater of Harlem for their World Premiere production of Alexander Glazunov’s ballet Raymonda.Among his recordings are the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saens and the piano quintet by Vittorio Giannini (MSR Classics), which Fanfare Magazine described as “utterly superb”. Composers Richard Lane, Philip Lasser and Coleridge Taylor Perkinson have dedicated works to Rudiakov, who is active in commissioning and recording new music. Recent commissions include a piano quintet by Stephen Dankner and Dance of the Marionettes for mixed ensemble by Sato Matsui. Ariel resides in Manchester, VT and Yonkers, NY with his wife, violinist Joana Genova and their two children; Michael Arthur and Liliana Judith. He plays a viola made by Geoffrey Ovington in 2000.
Concertmaster, Danbury Symphony Orchestra
Director, Summer Strings
Larry Deming began his study of violin in the Danbury Music Centre’s Summer Strings Program with John Burnett. He received a B.S. Degree With Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music in 1981, studying violin with Henryk Kowalski and composition with John Eaton. He played violin in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, serves as Concertmaster of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, and is first violinist of the Deming String Quartet. He has played violin and viola in many settings with musical luminaries, performing on stages from Hartford to Hong Kong with such diverse musicians as Chet Atkins, Sarah Chang, John Denver, Placido Domingo, the Electric Light Orchestra II, Luciano Pavarotti, Kenny Rogers, L. Subramaniam, James Taylor, Earl Wild and Paul Winter to name a few.
Deming loves to arrange, compose, conduct, perform and teach many types of music. Along with fellow Ives enthusiast Nancy Sudik, he helps to celebrate Charles Ives Day in Danbury every October. For several years running he has been leading a Bach Birthday Bash in March at King Street United Church of Christ in Danbury. His CD, “Journey to the East”, was released in 2005. He has been director of the Summer Strings Program at the Danbury Music Centre since 2002.
James E. Humphreville
Music Director, Emeritus
Mr. Humphreville retired in April, 2000 as Music Director and Conductor of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, a position he held since 1977. Mr. Humphreville has shaped the musical activities of the Danbury Music Centre since 1955. He is credited with the development of the Nutcracker Ballet and Messiah, two highlights of the Music Centre’s annual season. In 1992 the Music Centre Board of Directors established the James E. Humphreville Endowment Fund in his honor. Upon his retirement, Mr. Humphreville was named Music Director, Emeritus by the Board of Directors. He was also Director of the Danbury Opera for many years, and the Music Coordinator for the Danbury Public School System. Despite his retirement, Mr. Humphreville will continue to be a presence at the Music Centre, and directed Messiah, Nutcracker, and the Young Peoples’ Concert while we searched for new conductors for the DSO and DCC during the 2000 – 2002 seasons.