RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School Adds 2 Board Members and 4 New Hires

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School welcomes the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors and three new staff members. Joining the RI Philharmonic Board are Ralph Wales, of Providence, the newly-retired head of school of the Gordon School, and Dr. W. Scott Walker, of Riverside, a gynecologist for Lifespan Physician Group—Ob-Gyn Associates and director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology Services.

The new staff members include Danielle Kemsley, of Smithfield, who joins the RI Philharmonic & Music School as director of development. Amanda Mann, of Cranston, has been named box office and sales manager; Chepachet’s Marissa Danville, is the newly hired part-time accounting assistant; and Rebecca Shays, Providence, is the student services supervisor.

“I wholeheartedly welcome Ralph and Scott to our RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School volunteer family, and Danielle, Amanda, Marissa and Rebecca to our staff. Ralph and Scott understand how important music and music education are to our region. I look forward to their guidance on how we can continue to serve even more people in our region.

“I’m also thrilled to announce that Danielle will be leading our development and fundraising effort. She was an enthusiastic choice by our staff, board and donors and has tremendous experience in the performing arts. Marissa, Amanda and Rebecca are great additions to our staff. The Orchestra’s audience has grown 44 percent in the last five years, and we are seeing increased enrollment and reaching out to more Southern New England young people through our Music School. We expect growth to continue as we begin a new era with our soon-to-be-announced music director.”

–David Beauchesne
Executive Director
RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

New Board Members
walesRalph Wales, of Providence, is the newly-retired, former head of school of the Gordon School, where he worked since 1994. Over that time, Gordon received national attention for its achievements in creating and sustaining a decidedly diverse faculty, staff and student body. During Ralph’s tenure, the school established an endowment that now exceeds $11 million. Wales holds a B.A. in American History from Harvard, and a Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a trustee at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass., the President of the Association of Independent Schools in New England and a member of the WGBH Community Advisory Board. Ralph and his wife Martha are the proud parents of three daughters–all Gordon alumni. He is an avid reader, a regular bicyclist and, in his words, “a not particularly talented guitar player” (unless you ask the nursery students who, when he plays, see stars in their eyes).

W. Scott Walker, MD, FACOG, who lives in Riverside, is a gynecologist for Lifespan walkerPhysician Group—Ob-Gyn Associates and Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology Services. A clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, he graduated from Harvard University and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas. Dr. Walker completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Medical Association and Alpha Omega Alpha. He has three grown children and is an avid sailor. Scott has a passion for music, and plays the piano, the guitar and the five-string banjo.

New Staff Members
© Cat LaineDanielle Kemsley, director of development, hails from London, England, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Warwick, and worked for the Warwick Arts Centre, the BBC and the British Film Institute. She completed an internship in General Management at Trinity Rep in 2001, and after emigrating to Rhode Island in 2004, returned to work at Trinity first in Administration, then in Development and External Relations until 2011. She served as the Director of Membership & Development for the Providence Athenaeum for the past seven years, and in this role, she led all fundraising efforts for the organization; oversaw the growth of the Annual Fund by 94 percent; and launched a legacy giving society. In May 2018, she received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Tufts University/The Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Kemsley lives in Smithfield with her husband Andrew and two young sons, Jack and Max.

Amanda Mann (003)Amanda Mann, box office and sales manager, was the box office manager for Trinity Rep from 2015-17. Prior to managing the box office, she held lead ticketing sales positions at Trinity starting in 2007. Her previous work experience includes creative roles for David Bettencourt Videography, Southeastern Massachusetts Arts Collaborative and Midway Pictures. She lives in Cranston and has a B.A. from Rhode Island College.

Rebecca Shays Photo (002)Rebecca Shays, student services supervisor, is a resident of Providence. She recently graduated from Syracuse University where she studied music history, and worked in the fields of education, community organizing and local government. Shays spent time in South Africa by way of a nonprofit research program, studying the different perspectives of a post-apartheid society through a music activism lens. Her professional experience includes positions as an Education Finance and Personal Loan Specialist for Citizens Bank, Cranston; an English tutor for Syracuse University; and a teaching assistant for the Jean Rostand High School in Strasbourg, France. She has worked as a legislative page for the Rhode Island House of Representatives. A former Music School scholarship recipient, Shays studied Suzuki violin beginning at age four.

marissa-picture.jpgMarissa Danville, part-time accounting assistant, has worked in accounting for more than 10 years. Her previous professional experience includes working as an asset manager for Vesta Corp., a financial reporting specialist for State Street Corp., and a staff accountant for Picerne Real Estate Co. She has an MBA from Bryant University and a B.S. from Rhode Island College. She is a resident of Chepachet and volunteers her time with the Sand Dam Reservoir Association.

The RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School’s mission is to enrich and transform Rhode Island and our region through great music performance and education. During the past four seasons, audiences for the Orchestra’s TACO Classical and Amica Rush Hour series have increased by 42 percent. In the same period, the Philharmonic Music School’s enrollment has grown by 39 percent, and the School’s education and engagement programs have doubled, serving more than 20,000 children annually. In addition, the Orchestra and Music School’s combined community impact has grown exponentially, and it has become the largest symphony orchestra in the nation to devote more than 50 percent of its programmatic budget to music education and engagement.

 

 

 

 

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Youth Wind Ensemble presents a concert at Seekonk Public Library Meadows, June 29

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Summer Wind Ensemble (RIPYSWE) of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Musical School performs on Friday, June 29, (rain date: June 30) 6:30pm, at the Seekonk Public Library Meadows. It is open to the public and admission is free.

The concert includes music from the Broadway productions of Dear Evan Hansen and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and traditional band music by John Philip Sousa. RIPYSWE and the East Bay Summer Winds (EBSWE) will perform individually and then will come together for a joint performance. RIPYSWE is conducted by David Neves, Ph.D., and John F. Knasas, Jr., and EBSWE is led by David Marshall, director of bands for Somerset (Mass.) Berkley Regional High School.

***At a Glance***

RIPYSWE Concert
6:30pm, Friday, June 29
Rain Date: Saturday, June 30
Seekonk Public Library Meadows
410 Newman Ave, Seekonk, Mass.
Free

Parking available onsite with auxiliary parking at Hurley Middle School and on Walker Street.
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The Rhode Island Philharmonic Wind Ensembles (RIPYSWE) consists of select members of the RI Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE). During the school year, RIPYWE provides a quality wind ensemble rehearsal and performance experience for talented young musicians from southern New England. RIPYWE Symphonic Winds is designed for advanced middle- and high-school students, and Wind Ensemble is for intermediate to advanced middle- and high-school students.

For more information or to schedule an audition, visit musicschool.riphil.org or contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

 The mission of the East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble (EBSWE) is to provide community musicians of all ages and levels with a quality summer music experience while providing first-rate traditional and contemporary music performance to neighboring communities. Organized in 1976 by its founder and conductor, Lt. Col. Steven Grimo (retired Commander/Conductor of The United States Air Force Academy Band), the nonprofit offers a community education music program to residents of the East Bay area of Rhode Island, and a chance for them to become actively involved in cultural activities. EBSWE is led by David. M. Marshall, of Bristol (R.I.), and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and American International College.

RI Philharmonic Orchestra Announces 4 Free Summer Concerts

Performances are scheduled for the following locations and dates
Narragansett Town Beach, July 13
Providence’s Roger Williams Park, August 10
Bristol’s Independence Park, September 2
Pawtucket’s Slater Park, September 8

6 RI Philharmonic 8-18-2016 John A SimonettiRI Philharmonic Orchestra’s Resident Conductor Francisco Noya leads the Orchestra at last year’s Rhode Island Foundation Presents RWP Pops at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park. This year’s concert is on Fri., Aug. 10. Rain date is Sat., Aug. 11. The concert is free. Photo by John A. Simonetti.


The RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School announced 2018’s Summer Pops concert series, which will include four concerts: Narragansett (Friday, July 13), Providence (Friday, Aug. 10), Bristol (Sunday, Sept. 2) and Pawtucket (Saturday, Sept.8). The concerts are free and open to the public.

Francisco Noya, RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s resident conductor, will conduct the performances. Among the familiar compositions will be a selection of pieces from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story; John Williams’ Harry’s Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

 

***At A Glance***

Summer Pops Concerts

Friday, July 13
Rhode Island Philharmonic Summer Pops presented by Citizens Bank: Narragansett Town Beach, 39 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett. 248-7000, riphil.org. 8 p.m. Rain date: Saturday, July 14, 8 p.m. Free

Friday, August 10
Rhode Island Foundation Presents RWP Pops with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra: Roger Williams Park, Temple to Music, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. 248-7000, riphil.org. 7 p.m. Rain Date: Saturday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. Free

Sunday, September 2
Rhode Island Philharmonic Summer Pops presented by TACO/The White Family Foundation: Independence Park, Thames Street, Bristol. 248-7000, riphil.org. 6 p.m. Rain Date:  Monday, Sept. 3, 6 p.m. Free

Saturday, September 8
Pops in the Park: Rhode Island Philharmonic presented by the Pawtucket Teachers’ Union, Bristol County Savings Bank, and the City of PawtucketSlater Memorial Park, Armistice Boulevard, Pawtucket. 248-7000, riphil.org. 5:30 p.m. Rain Date: Sunday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m. Free.

Summer Pops Program
Please note that this program is subject to change.
Pieces are not performed in the order listed below.

  • Hector Berlioz: Hungarian March
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin Polonaise; None but the Lonely Heart; 1812 Overture
  • Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.6
  • Arturo Márquez: Danzón No.2
  • Leonard Bernstein: Selections from West Side Story
  • William Walton: Crown Imperial March
  • John Williams: Harry’s Wondrous World
  • Ennio Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe
  • John Philip Sousa: Hands Across the Sea, and Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Alan Silvestri: Captain America March

Francisco Noya has been the resident conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra for 20 seasons. He serves as “cover” conductor and is the leader of pre-concert talks for the classical series concerts. Mr. Noya conducts the RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Link Up education series, Pops and Summer Pops concerts.

 

 

Meet Vocalist Morgan James; Performs Bernstein for the RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s Gala, June 3

Morgan James joins the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra for
Leonard Bernstein’s classics, June 3, 
3:00pm, at The VETS

To salute music legend Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Broadway’s Morgan James is on stage with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra for its annual fundraiser–featuring Bernstein’s famous Broadway compositions, West Side Story, On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide and more.

Morgan JamesAbout Morgan James

“A phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep….This woman is on fire.”—The New York Times

  • A graduate of Juilliard.
  • Broadway credits include Motown: The Musical, The Addams Family, Godspell and Wonderland.
  • Released several albums.
  • Well known for her collaborations with the jazz collective Postmodern Jukebox.

Buy Tickets

Concert tickets ($25-$75, including all fees) can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by calling 401.248.7000 (M-F 9am-4:30pm, closed Memorial Day). 

Gala Dinner tickets ($750) include premium concert seating, cocktail reception and dinner, and are available by calling Laurie Johnson-Carvalho at 401.248.7034, or by emailing ljohnson-carvalho@riphil.org.

Meet Teddy Abrams; Conducts RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s fundraiser, June 3

 Teddy Abrams joins the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra to perform
Leonard Bernstein’s classics, June 3, 
3:00pm, at The VETS

To salute music legend Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Conductor Teddy Abrams leads RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual fundraiser–featuring Bernstein’s famous Broadway compositions—West Side Story, On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide and more.

LO-Teddy-Abrams-Iroquois-1024x683About Teddy Abrams

  • Known for versatility.
  • Is the Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Orchestra.
  • An established pianist, clarinetist, and composer.
  • Youngest conducting student ever accepted at Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Michael Tilson Thomas, Otto-Werner Mueller and Ford Lallerstedt.
  •  Work this season includes debuts with the Los Angeles and Malaysian philharmonics.

Buy Tickets

Concert tickets ($25-$75, including all fees) can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by calling 401.248.7000 (M-F 9am-4:30pm, closed Memorial Day). 

Gala tickets ($750) include premium concert seating, cocktail reception and dinner, and are available by calling  401.248.7034.

Students from 99 area schools perform with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, May 24 and 25

In Partnership with Carnegie Hall, Trinity Rep’s Mia Ellis
hosts RI Philharmonic Link Up concerts

 Trinity Rep’s Mia Ellis hosts RI Philharmonic & Carnegie Hall’s Link Up concerts

Performance celebrates year of music education
 to students and support for music teachers

SMALL RIPhil.logoNEW.blue.Nearly 12,000 third, fourth and fifth graders representing 99 schools will perform with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra at The VETS on Thursday (May 24) and Friday (May 25) between and 9 a.m. and noon. The Link Up concerts mark the culmination of a school-year-long music education program throughout Southern New England. Mia Ellis of Trinity Rep is the celebrity host.

Each participating student received a quality soprano recorder and workbook, as part of a 12-unit curriculum on basic music literacy through performance. In addition, the program provides professional development for all participating teachers.

****At a Glance****

Link Up Concerts with Trinity Rep’s Mia Ellis
9 a.m.-noon, Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

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“Link Up is one of our most important programs! It is a key strategy toward achieving our goal of music literacy for every child in our state, regardless of the zip code they grow up in. We partner with mayors, superintendents, principals and teachers, as well as our wonderful funders, which include Taco and Hasbro, to reach more than 20,000 school children annually with critical music education.”

–David Beauchesne, Executive Director
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

The 2018 program, called The Orchestra Sings, is themed around melody, one of the universal elements of music. Students join the Orchestra for the following: Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Dvořák’s New World Symphony, and American Folk Songs by Brackett, Copland, and even a Woody Guthrie song arranged by Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Horn, Kevin Owen.

Concluding its seventh season, Link Up, a music education curriculum developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, is one of several programs included in Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School’s FLEX program (Foundations in Learning Exploration). Funding for Link Up comes primarily from businesses, foundations and individuals. For more information on the FLEX program, click HERE.

The FLEX Program is made possible by our generous sponsors. They are:

  • Hasbro Children’s Fund
  • TACO/The White Family Foundation
  • Victoria Alviti Music Foundation
  • Deborah and Charles Royce
  • Knickerbocker Music Center
  • June Rockwell Levy Foundation
  • Jeffrey Osborne Foundation
  • NewportFed Charitable Foundation
  • BankNewport
  • Bank RI
  • Mary Dexter Chafee Fund
  • Collette Foundation
  • Frederick C. Tanner Memorial Fund Inc.
  • Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
  • O’Hanian-Szostak Family Foundation
  • The Rhode Island Foundation
  • The Pacifica Foundation
  • The John Clarke Trust
  • Navigant Credit Union
  • The United Theater

RI Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates  Leonard Bernstein with a Concert Fundraiser and Gala, June 3

 Teddy Abrams and Morgan James join
the
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra to perform
Leonard Bernstein’s classics

 PPAC’s J.L. “Lynn” Singleton receives John Hazen White, Sr.
Leadership in the Arts Award at post-concert celebration and dinner

To salute music legend Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Conductor Teddy Abrams and Broadway vocalist Morgan James join the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra on stage for a program featuring songs and music from Bernstein’s famous Broadway compositions—West Side Story, On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide and more. The concert is at 3:00pm on Sunday, June 3, at The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence.

“We are looking forward to honoring Bernstein’s irresistible American classics with a rare performance featuring Teddy and Morgan, who are two inspiring and versatile artists. Teddy is a noted music director and musician, and Morgan is a highly regarded   Broadway singer and songwriter. What promises to be a spectacular concert at The VETS is our largest fundraiser of the year. The money raised goes to music and music education throughout the region. Join us as Teddy and Morgan team up with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra for a memorable exploration of Bernstein.”

David Beauchesne
Executive Director of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

The concert will be immediately followed by the Bernstein on Broadway: Glitter and Be GALA celebration and dinner at the Renaissance Providence Hotel, which is adjacent to The VETS. During the post-concert Gala, J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) and a leader of Providence’s artistic renaissance, will be honored with the prestigious John Hazen White, Sr. Leadership in the Arts Award.

“Lynn is a visionary who embodies the meaning of this special award. We are pleased to be saluting—among many of his outstanding accomplishments—his unwavering commitment to important artistic partnerships, his philanthropy, and his invaluable guidance in reviving The VETS.”

–David Beauchesne
Executive Director of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

This year, the funds raised from the concert and the Bernstein on Broadway: Glitter and Be Gala will go toward scholarships, and education and community outreach programs. The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School is committed to ensuring access to the Gala concert to musicians, students and music lovers. A block of tickets will be reserved for lottery distribution to students and faculty of the Music School, elementary teachers participating in the Philharmonic’s FLEX/Link Up, and students and faculty of Community MusicWorks and the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for Performing and Visual Arts.

The Gala is made possible through the generous support of Taco/The White Family Foundation, Amica Insurance, The Washington Trust Co., Collette Foundation, University Orthopedics, Murray Family Charitable Foundation, Capital Properties Inc., E.W. Burman Inc. and (add)ventures.

*** At a Glance***

Best of Bernstein’s Broadway
Teddy Abrams, Guest Conductor
Morgan James, Guest Artist

Sunday, June 3
3:00pm Concert
The VETS
One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

Concert tickets ($25-$75, including all fees) can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by calling 401.248.7000 (Mon.-Fri. 9am-4:30pm, closed Memorial Day).

Gala Celebration Dinner
Immediately following the concert is the Gala Dinner honoring PPAC’s J.L. “Lynn” Singleton at the Renaissance Providence Hotel, adjacent to The VETS

Gala Dinner tickets ($750) include premium concert seating, cocktail reception and dinner, and are available by calling Laurie Johnson-Carvalho at 401.248.7034, or by emailing ljohnson-carvalho@riphil.org.

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About Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Leonard BernsteinComposer, conductor, pianist, teacher, thinker and adventurous spirit, Leonard Bernstein transformed the way Americans and people everywhere hear and appreciate music. Bernstein’s successes as a composer ranged from the Broadway stage—West Side Story, On the Town, Wonderful Town, and Candide—to concert halls throughout the world, where his orchestral and choral music continues to thrive. Few composers capture their time and become the iconic voice of their age. Leonard Bernstein found his “voice” in the early 1940s and projected the sound of urban and urbane America from the period of World War II to the anti-war movements of the 1970s and the fall of the Berlin Wall and Soviet communism.

Composer, conductor, pianist, teacher, thinker and adventurous spirit, Leonard Bernstein transformed the way Americans and people everywhere hear and appreciate music. Bernstein’s successes as a composer ranged from the Broadway stage—West Side Story, On the Town, Wonderful Town, and Candide—to concert halls throughout the world, where his orchestral and choral music continues to thrive. Few composers capture their time and become the iconic voice of their age. Leonard Bernstein found his “voice” in the early 1940s and projected the sound of urban and urbane America from the period of World War II to the anti-war movements of the 1970s and the fall of the Berlin Wall and Soviet communism.

About Teddy Abrams, conductor
LO-Teddy-Abrams-Iroquois-1024x683Known as a versatile musician, Teddy Abrams, the music director of the Louisville Orchestra and music director and conductor of the Britt Orchestra, is an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer. He was the youngest conducting student ever accepted at Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Michael Tilson Thomas, Otto-Werner Mueller and Ford Lallerstedt, and at the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with David Zinman. His work this season includes debuts with the Los Angeles and Malaysian philharmonics; the Milwaukee, Fort Worth, Princeton, and Omaha symphonies; and The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Recent highlights include engagements with the San Francisco, Houston, Vancouver, Colorado and Phoenix symphonies; Florida Orchestra; the Louisiana and New Mexico philharmonics; and the Kennedy Center.

About Morgan JamesMorgan James

“A phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep….This woman is on fire.”—The New York Times

A graduate of The Juilliard School, James’ Broadway credits include Motown: The Musical, The Addams Family, Godspell and Wonderland. She has released several albums with Epic Records, and she is well known for her collaborations with the jazz collective Postmodern Jukebox.

About J. L. “Lynn” Singleton
In 1983, Lynn Singleton arrived at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) as President and successfully reversed the theatre’s financial situation from near bankruptcy. Since 1984, PPAC has been considered one of the most successful, not-for-profit theatres in North America. Under his direction, attendance at PPAC has increased from 57,000 in 1983 to nearly 500,000 this year, and the number of events has tripled, resulting in PPAC being voted by Performance Magazine the top 3,000-seat theatre in the nation in 1985 and 1987. Recently, PPAC has received Tony Awards as producers of Once, Kinky Boots, and Dear Evan Hansen, winners of Best Broadway Musical.

In 2012, Lynn successfully sought passage of legislation to expand Rhode Island’s existing film tax credit to include opening of pre- and post-Broadway national tours in the state. As a result, since 2012, PPAC has opened nine national tours, opening three in 2013—Evita, Once, and The Phantom of the Opera. Rhode Island was only the second state to expand their film tax credit to include opening of Broadway shows.

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J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) and a leader of Providence’s artistic renaissance, is to be honored with the prestigious John Hazen White, Sr. Leadership in the Arts Award. Photo by Shane Photography.

Lynn initiated and completed PPAC’s $8 million stage expansion and $5 million historically-accurate restoration of the Grand Lobby, Arcade, Auditorium, and electronic marquee/vertical sign. These improvements to the facility allowed the presentation of blockbuster shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King, Wicked and Jersey Boys. In recognition, Lynn became the first recipient of the City of Providence Renaissance Award for Highest Achievement in the Arts. As Associate Producer of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby, Lynn was nominated for a 1999 Tony Award in the Best Revival of a Musical category. Most recently, he received the Best Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program Emmy Award for A&E’s cable television version of this production starring Cathy Rigby.

In 1988, Lynn founded Professional Facilities Management, Inc. (PFM, http://www.pfmcorp.com) and serves as President and CEO. Today, PFM, a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of PPAC,  has national management/booking contracts with eleven facilities in eight states. Last year, PFM presented over 1,300 major national and international cultural and contemporary performances and attractions. Their 2,700-seat theatre in Durham, N.C., was ranked 5th in Pollstar magazine, 4th in Billboard magazine, and 3rd in Venues Today magazine in 2016.

In May of 2012, Lynn received Trinity Repertory Company’s Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts. Lynn sits on the Government Relations Committee of the Broadway League and is a voting member for the Tony Awards. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Broadway League’s Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management. In 2011 and again in 2016, Lynn was named as one of the 25 “driving forces” in the Rhode Island business community over the past 25 years by Providence Business News. Lynn will be honored as the recipient of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School’s prestigious John Hazen White Sr. Leadership in the Arts Award at its upcoming fundraiser, Bernstein on Broadway: Glitter and Be GALA, on Sunday, June 3, at The VETS.

About the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School
As the largest fully integrated orchestra and music school in the United States, its mission is to enrich and transform Rhode Island and Southern New England through great music performance and education. The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School strives to be the national model for the 21st-century symphony orchestra, providing performances and education programs that are of exceptional quality, and are relevant and accessible. The Philharmonic’s 73rd season offers eight TACO classical concerts and four Amica Rush Hour concerts. A search is in progress for the Philharmonic’s new music director, following Larry Rachleff’s retirement in 2017.

During the past four seasons, audiences for the Orchestra’s TACO Classical Concerts and Amica Rush Hour series have increased by 42 percent. Throughout the same period, the Philharmonic Music School, which encourages lifelong engagement with music through comprehensive music education and community partnership programs taught by Orchestra members and other faculty, has seen its enrollment grow by 39 percent, and the Music School’s education and engagement programs have doubled, serving more than 20,000 children annually. In addition, the Orchestra and Music School’s combined community impact has grown exponentially, and it has become the largest symphony orchestra in the nation to devote more than 50 percent of its programmatic budget to music education and engagement.

Music School alumni include principal players in the nation’s finest orchestras, skilled music educators, esteemed composers and conductors, CEOs, doctors, lawyers, mathematicians, academicians and a former Miss Universe. As one of the largest community music schools in the nation, it has one of finest music education facilities in the Northeast–the Carter Center for Music Education and Performance in East Providence–in addition to branches in East Greenwich and Westerly.

Buy Tickets

Concert tickets ($25-$75, including all fees) can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by calling 401.248.7000 (M-F 9am-4:30pm, closed Memorial Day). 

Gala Dinner tickets ($750) include premium concert seating, cocktail reception and dinner, and are available by calling Laurie Johnson-Carvalho at 401.248.7034, or by emailing ljohnson-carvalho@riphil.org.