Dr. Ryan Ford

Double Bassist and Music Educator

Year: 2017

Romantic Virtuosity Performance

Dvorak — Carnival Overture
Tchaikovsky — Violin Concerto
Elgar — ‘Enigma Variations’

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

Romantic Virtuosity Rehearsal

Maestro Leif Bjaland and the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra musicians in rehearsals for Opening Night, Romantic Virtuosity.


Imagine Main Street ::: September


The Hartt School of Music Community Division Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional Program Showcase presents Relationship

Friday, July 14 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Beethoven, Mozart & Glantz at the Beth El Temple

Trav’lin – The 1930s Harlem Musical

Musicians Kenny Nigro, Mark Ryan, Ryan Ford and John DiPinto at TRAV’LIN East Coast premiere at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT. – May 14, 2017

TRAV’LIN is a high-octane, jazzy-soul fest that takes you back to Harlem in the 1930’s when the music was swinging, big bands ruled and the Harlem Renaissance was in high gear. This jazz infused musical follows the romantic escapades of three couples of different ages: the young lovers new to love and oh so innocent, the seen-it-all lovers who bicker and fight but darn it they love each other, and the mature folk who wonder if it’s too late to fall in love one more time. Playing the game of love, they learn enduring lessons when George, a retired Pullman porter and church deacon, meets his match in the guise of a down-and-out stranger who is not the person she pretends to be. TRAV’LIN rediscovers the music of Harlem Renaissance composer J.C. Johnson. Johnson wrote Bessie Smiths’ signature song “Empty Bed Blues” and collaborated with such artists as Fats Waller, Chick Webb, and George Whiting. His songs were recorded by such icons as Billie Holliday, Ethel Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

Music and Lyrics by J.C.Johnson Book by Gary Holmes and Allan Shapiro

Ode To Joy

Ode to Joy at NVCC Fine Arts Center. Maestro Leif Bjaland conducting Ludwig van Beethoven — Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minor (Choral), Featuring the following special guests: Vocal Quartet from the Yale Opera Program; Connecticut Choral Society, NJCS Camerata and Naugatuck Valley Community College Chorale.

Photos from Waterbury Symphony Orchestra


The Days of Wine and Roses

Once Upon A Time

“Once Upon A Time” (Family Concert) — Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Shimada / Eastern Connecticut Ballet
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Sunday, 29 January 2017 – 2:00 PM
Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty Suite
Humperdinck: Selections from Hansel and Gretel
Prokofiev: Excerpts from Cinderella

Review by The Day

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