When Wilton resident Chris Brubeck and his band Triple Play take the stage at the Ridgefield Playhouse on April 15 for a benefit concert supporting the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra (RSO) it will be a fitting coda to a year-long collaboration.

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. Brubeck was commissioned by the RSO a year ago to compose a piece incorporating the full orchestra and Ridgefield’s SPHERE organization (Special People’s Housing, Education, Recreation, and Employment). 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 venture the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra decided to forgo a traditional dinner-dance gala for its annual fundraiser and ask Brubeck to headline a benefit concert instead.

“Chris and Triple Play are incredibly talented and versatile musicians,” says Laurie Kenagy, RSO executive director. “We hope everyone will join us for an evening of great, live music to support live music.”

Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, and piano) is joined by fellow Triple Play members Peter Madcap Ruth (harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, and percussion) and Joel Brown (folk and classical acoustic guitar). Collectively they bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity, and American spirit to the music they perform. Their performances have been described as “rollicking good fun” with “show-stealing flair and virtuosity” by the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune calls Chris “a 21st century Leonard Bernstein.” They are delighted to be playing their brand of blues, jazz, along with some Brubeck classics and creative originals at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Two-time L.A. Music Critic Award-winner and Chappaqua resident Frank Shiner will kick off the festivities with his special brand of blue-eyed soul, performing selections from his new album, Lonely Town, Lonely Street.

Tickets for the concert fundraiser are $75 through the Ridgefield Playhouse website or by calling 203.438.5795. Proceeds support the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the residents of Ridgefield and surrounding communities by presenting live orchestral concerts.