Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School announces Youth Wind Ensembles Concert, Jan. 13

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The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind ensembles presents first concert
in 2019 Sunday (Jan. 13) Rhode Island College, Sapinsley Hall

The performances include RIPYWE Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Dr. David Neves, and RIPYWE Wind Ensemble, under the direction of John Knasas. The Symphonic Winds performs works by Holst, Cichy and Mozart. The Wind Ensemble features pieces by Holst, Bach and Stalter. The two ensembles end the concert with a joint performance of Fillmore’s The Klaxon.

Click here for a listing by town of the participating students

***At a Glance***

RI Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) Concert
3 p.m., Sunday (Jan. 13)
Rhode Island College, Sapinsley Hall, Providence

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students, 18 and under, and senior citizens. Tickets will be available on the day of the concert from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased the Rhode Island College box office online at: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=21971&schedule=list

About The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Ensembles: The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Ensembles (RIPYO, RIPYWE, RIPYJazz, & Chamber) provide quality rehearsal and performance experience for talented young musicians from Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. Students range in grade from elementary school through high school.

 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. For more information on the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Music School, visit musicschool.riphil.org for information on more Philharmonic Music School activities and performances.

 

 

 

 

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Music School students rehearse a medley of songs from ‘Polar Express’

RI Philharmonic Music School celebrates the holiday by bringing all of its students together to perform music from the 2004’s Polar Express featuring music by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri, arranged by Michael Story. About three years ago, the Youth Orchestra’s conductor Alexey Shabalin (as seen on the ladder) spearheaded the idea for a giant upbeat all-school concert.

Innovative Free After-School Strings Program Holds Annual Holiday Concert

 RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School partners
with the Victoria Alviti Music Foundation
and a Pawtucket elementary school
to provide free after-school strings instruction 

Victoria’s Dream Project kicked off its first concert of the season with strings students at Pawtucket’s Agnes E. Little Elementary School performing holiday classics—such as Silent Night. The free intensive strings instruction is a partnership with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, Victoria Alviti Music Foundation and Agnes E. Little Elementary School. Now entering its third year, the program’s mission is to combine music education and after-school care for these Pawtucket students and provide a pathway to the RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestras.

About the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School: Its mission is to enrich and transform Rhode Island and our region through great music performance and education. The Music School offers private lessons and youth ensembles at the Carter Center in East Providence and music education programs in partnership with schools across the region. For more information visit riphil.org or call 401.248.7000.

About Victoria Alviti Music Foundation: The Foundation funds music education programs that offer opportunities for active participation in music. The programs impact the lives of nearly 2,000 students each year through partnerships with schools across Southern New England. For more information, visit victoriaalviti.org;

About the Victoria Alviti: A vibrant, larger-than-life 22-year-old, Victoria lived for music quite literally. Weeks before she passed away, she shared her vision to create a foundation committed to keeping music programs in schools. She wanted students to learn the value and beauty of music – and for teachers to have the tools to teach them. She felt that when creativity has the means to thrive, the world can be a more positive, more harmonious place. It was her belief that every student should have the opportunity to experience the positive benefits music can bring.

Learn the story behind Handel’s ‘Messiah’ featuring the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, 4 soloists and Providence Singers, Dec. 15

Christine Noel returns to The VETS to conduct Handel’s Messiah
featuring Hallelujah chorus, For Unto Us a Child Is Born, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth and other favorites

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At a Glance

Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

Christine Noel, conductor
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano
Marc Molomot, tenor
Nicholas Laroche, bass
Providence Singers, Christine Noel, Artistic Director

Messiah
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)

Handel settled permanently in England in 1712. He wanted to make his reputation and fortune there as an opera composer. For many years, he was successful in that endeavor, and he became the director of the Royal Academy of Music, an enterprise sponsored partially by the King for the production of Italian-style opera, Handel’s specialty. Public taste always changes, however, and Handel became the victim of the fickle crowd in 1728, when London went crazy over the first English ballad opera, The Beggar’s Opera. Little by little, the Academy’s loyal subscribers lost interest in stilted Italian opera in favor of the more earthy and entertaining ballad operas, which were capturing the city’s theaters.

Handel was not the sort of composer to dabble in such lowbrow pastiches, no matter how financially successful they had become. Steadfast, he clung to his operatic enterprise, which he operated by himself. The company struggled along, producing more failures than successes. Then during Lent in 1732, an event took place that affected the future direction of Handel’s career and permanently changed English musical history. Handel’s Esther was performed. It was the first oratorio ever given in London, and it created a real stir. That May, Handel presented six more performances of Esther, which the public received enthusiastically, in spite of his Italian singers that “made rare work with the English tongue you would have sworn it had been Welch,” according to one review.

Handel still did not give up Italian opera, however, and he continued to write new operas and revive the old ones. Each spring also brought some new (or revised) oratorio including Alexander’s Feast, Saul and Israel in Egypt.

By the spring of 1741, it looked as though Handel had worn out his welcome in England. Rumors spread in London that Handel was considering moving back to the continent. Then in August, he received an invitation to present a concert for the benefit of Dublin’s charities. Using a libretto by Charles Jennens (author of Saul), Handel composed Messiah between August 22 and September 14—a period of only 24 days! The astonishing thing is that a work written in such haste should be such a consistent, peerless masterpiece. One might even speak of divine inspiration, for Handel once declared, “When I composed the Hallelujah Chorus, I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God Himself.”

The resounding success of Messiah and other Handel works in Dublin during 1741-42 virtually inaugurated a new career for the composer, though it also had its difficulties. The London premiere of Messiah in 1743 had to be billed simply as “a new sacred oratorio,” since its title might be offensive to the puritanical element. Unfortunately, that was not all. Messiah was a failure at first, and only began to gain some success in 1750 when Handel conducted it for charity. Messiah, however, more than any other oratorio, set the trajectory for Handel’s re-emergence as a composer in England. Of course, it turned out to be the trajectory of a rocket to the stars for Handel’s future position in music and in the hearts of his listeners.

      Program Notes by Dr. Michael Fink ©2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $15-$100, and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org or from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence–in person or by phone 401.248.7000 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day and the day following). On concert day, tickets are available at The VETS Box Office 3 p.m.-showtime. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Questions can be emailed to boxoffice@riphil.org.

Tickets Available Now! ‘STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE IN CONCERT’ WITH THE RI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA TO FEATURE ICONIC SCORE PERFORMED LIVE TO FILM, MARCH 9

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Audience Experiences Composer John Williams’ Complete Score
for Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) Performed Live to Film
by
RI Philharmonic Orchestra at PPAC, March 9

Tickets available at PPACRI.ORG

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Tickets for Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert are on sale  now via PPACRI.ORG, (401)421-ARTS (2787), or at the Providence Performing Arts Center Box Office at 220 Weybosset Street, Providence.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra presents Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert featuring a screening of the complete 1977 film with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film. The film in concert will be led by acclaimed conductor Lucas Richman on Saturday, March 9, at 8 p.m. at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

Since the release of the first Star Wars movie over 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by John Williams. Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved film in a live symphonic concert event.

Legendary composer Williams is well known for scoring all eight of the Star Wars saga films to date, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope for which he earned an Academy Award® for Best Original Score. His scores for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and most recently Star Wars: The Last Jedi were each nominated for Best Original Score.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and 23 Grammy Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the Academy’s most nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’ score to 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to A New Hope also was preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry, for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, the National Medal of Arts in 2009 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams has composed the scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office.

ABOUT LUCAS RICHMAN, CONDUCTOR 

Grammy award-winning conductor Lucas Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and held the position as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. In 2010, John Williams invited him to lead the three-month national summer tour of Star Wars in Concert. He has appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras including New York, Los Angeles, Oslo and Zagreb philharmonics, Boston Pops, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Baltimore and Indianapolis symphonies, Canada’s National Arts Centre, Toronto, Iceland, Zhejiang symphony orchestras, Russian National Orchestra, SWR Radio Orchestra of Kaiserslautern and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. Guest conducting highlights for the 2018-19 season include programs with the Orlando Philharmonic and the Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem.

The Star Wars: Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox and Warner/Chappell Music.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM

 ABOUT DISNEY CONCERTS

Disney Concerts is the concert production and licensing division of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and presenters on a worldwide basis. Disney Concerts’ concert packages include a variety of formats, such as “live to picture” film concerts and themed instrumental and vocal compilation concerts, and range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring live vocalists and choir. Current titles include the Star Wars Film Concert Series (Episodes IV-VII), Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (Episodes I-IV), and Silly Symphonies, which last year collectively accounted for over 400 performances in many of the world’s top concert venues, including Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum and the Hollywood Bowl. Numerous new concert packages and touring productions from Disney’s portfolio of studios, including Disney’s feature animation and live action studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel, are currently in development.

 

Meet the 4 soloists for Handel’s ‘Messiah’ featuring the RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers, Dec. 15

Christine Noel returns to The VETS to conduct Handel’s Messiah
featuring  Hallelujah chorus, For Unto Us a Child Is Born, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth and other favorites

At a Glance

Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

Christine Noel, conductor and Providence Singers’ Artistic Director
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano
Marc Molomot, tenor
Nicholas Laroche, bass

About the soloists

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  • Commended by the Boston Globe for her “crystalline tone and graceful musicality.”
  • Recent highlights:
    • Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernis barbarie (Abra and Ozias)
    • Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (La Fortuna and Giunone, Grammy-nominated recording with Linn Records)
    • Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (First Lady) with Boston Baroque.
  • Appeared with the Handel and Haydn Society in Bach’s St. John Passion (soprano soloist), Purcell’s King Arthur (Cupid) and Handel’s Samson (Israelite Woman); Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Blue Hill Bach Festival (Galatea); Knussen’s Symphony No.2 for high soprano with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and her Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center debuts, both with the New York City Chamber Orchestra.
  • Won second place in the 2014 American Prize competition’s art song and oratorio division.

MESSIAH MARGARET LIASMargaret Lias, mezzo-soprano

  • Celebrated for her “warm, arresting and rich-toned” singing.
  • Frequent soloist under the baton of Harry Christophers since her Boston Symphony Hall debut in 2011 with the Handel and Haydn Society.
  • Received praise in 2015 for her Lincoln Center solo debut singing Mozart’s Requiem.
  • Solo appearances in 2018 and 2019 include:
    • Boston Baroque
    • Handel and Haydn Society
    • Masterworks Chorale
    • the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Coro, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    • Bach Festival
    • Emmanuel Music.

Marc Molomot, tenor

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  • Possessed of a rare high-tenor voice and a winning stage persona that comfortably embraces both comedic and dramatic roles.
  • Enjoys an international career in opera and on the concert stage.
  • Known for appearances with the world’s leading early music ensembles and conductors including William Christie, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nicholas McGegan and Andrew Parrott.
  • Praised as “an excellent actor-singer” in repertoire of all eras.
  • Recent and upcoming engagements include:
    • Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Chicago Opera Theater, COT co-production, Long Beach Opera
    • Bard Music Festival, Busoni’s Turandot
    • Berg’s Wozzeck, Houston Symphony Orchestra
    • Bach’s Magnificat, Israel Camerata Jerusalem
    • Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Mobile Symphony Orchestra
    • Britten’s Serenade, Omaha Symphony
    • Berkshire Choral Festival.

Nicholas Laroche, bass

Nicholas Laroche

  • Established as a new voice in New England.
  • Featured soloist in oratorio and opera engagements including:
    • Bach B-Minor Mass and St. John Passion
    •  Mozart’s Requiem
    • Handel’s Messiah
    • Mendelssohn’s Elijah
    •  Britten’s Albert Herring and The Rape of Lucretia
    •  Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites
    • Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
  • Performed solo and choral repertoire with area ensembles including Schola Cantorum of Boston, Capella Nova Mundi, Collegium Ancora, Ecclesia Consort, Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, and Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $15-$100, and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org or from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence–in person or by phone 401.248.7000 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day and the day following). On concert day, tickets are available at The VETS Box Office 3 p.m.-showtime. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Questions can be emailed to boxoffice@riphil.org.

Meet Conductor Christine Noel; Celebrate the season with Handel’s ‘Messiah’ featuring Providence Singers, RI Philharmonic Orchestra and four soloists, Dec. 15

Christine Noel is delighted to return to The VETS for Handel’s Messiah
featuring Hallelujah chorus, For Unto Us a Child Is Born, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth and other favorites

At a Glance
Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

Christine Noel, conductor
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano
Marc Molomot, tenor
Nicholas Laroche, bass
Providence Singers, Christine Noel, Artistic Director

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About Christine Noel, Conductor and Artistic Director, Providence Singers

  • Conducted the Singers with the Orchestra in J.S. Bach’s Cantata 140, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore and Haydn’s Nelson Mass.
  • Led the Providence Singers through world premieres, commissions and, most recently, the Singers’ fourth commercial recording—Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living.
  • Served on the music faculty and as director of choral activities at Clark University, Worcester, and as musical director at Trinity Repertory Company.
  • Prepared choruses for Larry Rachleff, Robert Page and Bramwell Tovey.
  • Founded the award-winning Rhode Island Children’s Chorus, which has performed at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators’ National Conference, and will make its debut at Carnegie Hall this season.
  • Holds a Master of Music and a Doctorate in Musical Arts in conducting from Boston University, where she studied with Ann Howard Jones.
  • Undergraduate degree is in music education from Rhode Island College, where she was awarded a grant from the Ridgway F. Shinn, Jr. Study Abroad Fund, enabling her to spend a year of study at the Kodály Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary.
  • Completed the superior level of Italian studies at the Università degli Studi di Firenze and served as assistant conductor and vocal coach for two Italian choirs, Animae Voces and Coro Polifonico di Caricentro di Firenze.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $15-$100, and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org or from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence–in person or by phone 401.248.7000 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day and the day following). On concert day, tickets are available at The VETS Box Office 3 p.m.-showtime. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Questions can be emailed to boxoffice@riphil.org.