When Wilton resident Chris Brubeck and his band Triple Play take the stage at the Ridgefield Playhouse on April 15 for a benefit concert in support of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra (RSO), it will be a fitting coda to a yearlong collaboration. Chris Brubeck, son of the late jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, is a Grammy-nominated composer with an impressive body of symphonic and contemporary work. He was commissioned by the RSO last spring to compose a piece incorporating the full orchestra and the SPHERE organization (Special People’s Housing, Education, Recreation, and Employment) of Ridgefield. The resulting piece, Sphere of Influence, was performed to a capacity audience at the RSO’s season-opening concert in October to much acclaim.
After such a successful collaboration, the RSO decided to forgo a traditional dinner-dance gala for its annual fund-raiser and ask Brubeck to headline a benefit concert instead.