Greenwich Symphony History

Initially formed in 1940, the GSO was established as the Greenwich Philharmonia in 1958 under the baton of Kenneth Wendrich and the leadership of Catherine Converse. In 1975, the organization welcomed David Gilbert as its Conductor and Music Director, an affiliation that would last forty-five years. In its 25th anniversary season, the Philharmonia formally changed its name to the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra.That same year, Mary Radcliffe began a remarkable thirty-seven-year tenure as President of the Board. Both Mary and David announced well-deserved retirements from their positions in 2020. The organization welcomed former Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei as its new Board Chair and launched an international search for the Music Director who will lead the GSO into its 64th season of extraordinary music.

The 2021/2022 season will set the stage for Greenwich Symphony’s exciting future. After an extensive worldwide search, the GSO has identified five talented and accomplished individuals as Music Director finalists. Each of this season’s five concerts will be conducted by one of our finalists. The finalists will work with our soloists, help plan their programs, and then spend a week meeting the community, rehearsing with musicians, and ultimately standing before our orchestra and discerning patrons. Greenwich audiences will be treated to wonderful music conducted by some of the orchestral world’s most talented professionals. Won’t you please join us!