Dr. Ryan Ford

Double Bassist and Music Educator

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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


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

Sounds of Autumn: Meditative Yoga with Live String Bass

Sounds of Autumn


Imagine Main Street

Imagine Main Street
Manchester, CT


Imagine Main Street’s mission is to revitalize the downtown historic district of Manchester, Connecticut through the economic and cultural impetus of the arts.

We envision creating a well known arts “Mecca” including performance, galleries, pop-up stores, public art and sculpture and beautification projects. Imagine Main Street strives to incorporate the rich cultural and historic heritage of Manchester with a new and creative arts culture. Imagine Main Street will work in collaboration with representatives for the Town of Manchester, Manchester Community College, the Downtown Special Services District, local business owners, non-profit organizations, artists and concerned citizens to create a culturally diverse and creative arts community catalyzing tremendous economic development and business growth for downtown historic Manchester.



Spring Soiree: Meditative Yoga with Live String Bass

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Yoga with Double Bass
May 6, 2016
Samadhi Yoga Studio, Manchester, CT


UUS:E Celebrates Easter


Benefit Concert Planned For Simsbury Teen Violinist Recovering From Hemorrhage

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Alice Li was about to start her junior year and was looking forward to being a member of the chamber orchestra and taking on AP English. But the weekend before the first day of class, Alice suddenly suffered a brain hemmorhage and faced a dire prognosis.

Read full Hartford Courant article by Jordan Otero

UUS:E Jazz Band Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The UUS:E Jazz Band helped celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with several African American Spiritual Songs.

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Aternus Chamber Orchestra

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On Saturday, October 10, 2015, the Aternus Chamber Orchestra performed at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. Larry Alan Smith, the Artistic Director of Aternus,  conducted the program. This is the ensemble’s second appearance at Hotchkiss. In March of 2013, Aternus gave its inaugural performance at the School.

The program consisted of Johann Christian Bach’s Sinfonia in D Major (Op. 18, No. 1), Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Larry Alan Smith’s Aurora (2013) and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 56. Commonly known as the “Triple Concerto,” the soloists were violinist Leonid Sigal, cellist Eric Dahlin and pianist Fabio Witkowski.

The Smith work, written for the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese in L’Aquila, Italy was performed for the first time in the United States. It was dedicated to Aurora, the goddess of dawn in Roman mythology, who each morning flies across the sky announcing the arrival of the sun.

Aternus is the Latin name for the Aterno River in the Abruzzo Region of East-Central Italy. The river forms high in the mountains and eventually empties into the Adriatic Sea. It symbolizes the continuum of human existence, as well as the unlimited possibilities that lie before us.

Aternus is an “arts cooperative” consisting of accomplished and recognized creative and performing artists who seek a 21st-Century paradigm for public performance based upon transparency, fairness and a commitment to each other. We believe that art comes before self, and we stand together to promote and nurture the classical arts. As a primary means of human expression, we believe that the performing arts are integral to a society that values beauty and civility.

(Words and photos are from Aternus’ Website)

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