Meet soloist Yefim Bronfman: Kicks off season No. 75 featuring Bramwell Tovey’s inaugural, Sept. 28

Pianist Bronfman performs
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3

Artistic Advisor Bramwell Tovey conducts

TACO Classical concert, Saturday (September 28), 8 p.m.
 

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YEFIM BRONFMAN

About Yefim Bronfman, piano

  • Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists.
  • Stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series.
  • Commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.
  • In 1991, he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Mr. Bronfman’s first public performances there since his emigration to Israel at age 15 in 1973.
  • Studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, The Juilliard School, Marlboro School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, under Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serkin.
  • Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists, Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in piano performance from Northwestern University and an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.

At a Glance


Bramwell Tovey Inaugural: Bronfman Plays Rachmaninoff
Sept. 28, 8 p.m.
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, pianist
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

BUY TICKETS

Tickets start at $15 (including all fees), and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by phone 401.248.7000 (Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). On day of concerts only, tickets are also available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30 p.m.–showtime; Saturday, 4 p.m.-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Questions can be emailed to boxoffice@riphil.org.

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Meet Artistic Advisor Bramwell Tovey: RI Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off Season 75, Sept. 28

Pianist Bronfman performs
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3

The TACO Classical concert is at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at The VETS

“I am tremendously excited to be back in Rhode Island to begin my first full season with this wonderful Orchestra. I am especially thrilled that my friend ‘Fima’ Bronfman is joining us for his Providence debut. He is one of the great artists of our time, and is fantastic to work with. I know the audience will love him just as much as the Orchestra. This opening concert is a great example of what we’re working to do all season long—bring incredible music and artists to the stage of The VETS and deliver unforgettable performances. We’ve programmed masterworks, pieces seldom heard, and a good many pieces and artists that will be featured in Rhode Island for the first time. We hope everyone in the community is as excited as we are for opening night!”

Bramwell Tovey
Artistic Advisor and Conductor

About Bramwell Tovey, Artistic Advisor and Conductor

  • As Artistic Advisor and Conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, Bramwell Tovey embarks on his first full season leading the Orchestra.
  • Since his appointment last September, Mr. Tovey has collaborated closely with staff and musicians to plan for this and future seasons.
  • During the 2019-20 season, he will lead the Orchestra in 19 performances, and nine concert programs.
  • A Grammy and Juno award winning conductor and composer, Mr. Tovey added the title of Artistic Director of Calgary Opera Company to his role as Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and Artistic Advisor to the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
  • Currently Music Director Emeritus of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) following his 18-year tenure as Music Director. Under his leadership, the orchestra toured Asia, Canada and the United States.
  • During the 2019-20 season, Mr. Tovey returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra for its annual Christmas concerts and New Year’s Eve Gala and will lead the New York Philharmonic’s Parks Concerts in summer 2020. In addition to monthly appearances in London, his guest conducting will take him to Scandinavia, San Diego and Sarasota.
  • A favorite guest conductor of the world’s finest orchestras, Mr. Tovey has led the New York Philharmonic more than 150 times.
  • Has appeared with the New York Philharmonic several times on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center and on tour throughout the United States and China. 
  • In 2007, he won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra for a recording of violin concertos by Barber, Korngold and Walton with violinist James Ehnes. His song cycle, Ancestral Voices, which addresses the issue of Reconciliation, was written for acclaimed Kwagiulth mezzo-soprano Marion Newman and premiered in June 2017.
  • Mr. Tovey splits his time among Calgary, London and Providence. He credits his devotion to music education to his children, who have inherited his love of music. His daughter, Jessica, is studying violin at Boston University; daughter Emmeline is a voice student at Royal Northern College of Music in England. His son, Ben, is a guitarist who lives in London.

***At a Glance ***


Bramwell Tovey Inaugural: Bronfman Plays Rachmaninoff
Sept. 28, 8 p.m.
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, pianist
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

BUY TICKETS

Tickets start at $15 (including all fees), and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by phone 401.248.7000 (Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). On day of concerts only, tickets are also available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30 p.m.–showtime; Saturday, 4 p.m.-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Questions can be emailed to boxoffice@riphil.org.

RI Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off Season 75 featuring Bramwell Tovey’s inaugural and guest artist Grammy-winner Yefim Bronfman, Sept. 28

 

 

Pianist Bronfman performs
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra ushers in its 75th season with conductor Bramwell Tovey on Saturday, Sept. 28, for his inaugural concert. The season is Tovey’s first in his role as Artistic Advisor for the Orchestra and its Music School. He will conduct 19 concerts during the 2019-2020 season.

The season opener features Grammy-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3, which is known as one of the most challenging pieces of classical music to perform. Tovey and the Orchestra will also perform Bartók’s popular Concerto for Orchestra.

The TACO Classical concert is at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at The VETS.

“I am tremendously excited to be back in Rhode Island to begin my first full season with this wonderful Orchestra. I am especially thrilled that my friend ‘Fima’ Bronfman is joining us for his Providence debut. He is one of the great artists of our time, and is fantastic to work with. I know the audience will love him just as much as the Orchestra. This opening concert is a great example of what we’re working to do all season long—bring incredible music and artists to the stage of The VETS and deliver unforgettable performances. We’ve programmed masterworks, pieces seldom heard, and a good many pieces and artists that will be featured in Rhode Island for the first time. We hope everyone in the community is as excited as we are for opening night!”

Bramwell Tovey
Artistic Advisor and Conductor

“This season we celebrate two great milestones: 75 years of symphonic music-making, and the start of a new era with internationally renowned Bramwell Tovey leading us on the podium and in the community. Last season Tovey programmed and led a spectacular all-Tchaikovsky gala. Now we get to experience an entire season of his own design,” said . “He is among the best in the world at inspiring orchestras and audiences. You won’t want to miss a single concert—especially not the first one!”

David Beauchesne
Executive Director

About Bramwell Tovey, Artistic Advisor and Conductor

As Artistic Advisor and Conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, Bramwell Tovey embarks on his first full season leading the Orchestra. Since his appointment last September, Mr. Tovey has collaborated closely with staff and musicians to plan for this and future seasons. He conducted two stunning programs last season, and in May spent time with our education community: visiting local schools; attending our full week of Link Up education concerts with area elementary school students; and holding masterclasses at the Philharmonic Music School’s Carter Center. During the 2019-20 season, he will lead the Orchestra in 19 performances, and nine concert programs.

A Grammy and Juno award winning conductor and composer, Mr. Tovey added the title of Artistic Director of Calgary Opera Company to his role as Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and Artistic Advisor to the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He is currently Music Director Emeritus of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) following his 18-year tenure as Music Director. Under his leadership, the orchestra toured Asia, Canada and the United States. His tenure included the establishment of the VSO School of Music, its annual festival of contemporary music and a comprehensive summer orchestral training program for young musicians.

During the 2019-20 season, Mr. Tovey returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra for its annual Christmas concerts and New Year’s Eve Gala and will lead the New York Philharmonic’s Parks Concerts in summer 2020. In addition to monthly appearances in London, his guest conducting will take him to Scandinavia, San Diego and Sarasota.

A favorite guest conductor of the world’s finest orchestras, Mr. Tovey has led the New York Philharmonic more than 150 times. In addition to his performances as a conductor, he has performed with them as a solo pianist and has been commissioned as a composer. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic several times on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center and on tour throughout the United States and China. This season the RI Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Mr. Tovey’s Urban Runway, a piece co-commissioned by the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics in 2008.

In 2003, Mr. Tovey won the Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. In 2007, he won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra for a recording of violin concertos by Barber, Korngold and Walton with violinist James Ehnes. His song cycle, Ancestral Voices, which addresses the issue of Reconciliation, was written for acclaimed Kwagiulth mezzo-soprano Marion Newman and premiered in June 2017. His trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony for principal trumpet, Andrew McCandless, and performed in 2014 by Alison Balsom with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia and the London philharmonic orchestras. A recording of his opera, The Inventor, commissioned by Calgary Opera, features the original cast, members of UBC Opera and the VSO.

Mr. Tovey was previously music director of Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg where he led the world premiere of Penderecki’s Eighth Symphony on the opening of the principality’s new concert hall, the Philharmonie. He won the Prix d’or of the Academie Lyrique Française for his recording of Jean Cras’s 1922 opera Polyphème with OPL.

Mr. Tovey splits his time among Calgary, London and Providence. He credits his devotion to music education to his children, all of whom have inherited his love of music. His daughter, Jessica, is studying violin at Boston University; daughter Emmeline is a voice student at Royal Northern College of Music in England. His son, Ben, is a guitarist who lives in London.

 About Yefim Bronfman, piano

Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.

In 1991, he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Mr. Bronfman’s first public performances there since his emigration to Israel at age 15. Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman emigrated to Israel with his family in 1973, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University.

In the United States, he studied at The Juilliard School, Marlboro School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, under Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serkin. A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists, in 2010 he was further honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in piano performance from Northwestern University and in 2015 with an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.

About the concert: stories behind the music

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1833-1897)
Piano Concerto No.3

Challenging: Because of the concerto’s difficult and unrelenting solo part, no pianist would touch it for a long time, not even the great Joseph Hofmann to whom the work was dedicated.
Listen for this: Following the sumptuous first section comes a spirited scherzando middle section for piano and pizzicato strings on a melody clearly derived from the first movement’s main theme.

Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Concerto for Orchestra
Most famous
: Béla Bartók introduced the world to his Concerto for Orchestra, which was destined to become his best-known music, and one of the 20th century’s great symphonic masterpieces.
Listen for this: His five-movement plan reflects the Classic-period symmetry of the divertimento, with a slow movement surrounded by two quicker movements (II and IV), which are in turn surrounded by an Introduction and a Finale.


***At a Glance ***


Bramwell Tovey Inaugural: Bronfman Plays Rachmaninoff
Sept. 28, 8 p.m.
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, pianist
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

BUY TICKETS

Tickets start at $15 (including all fees), and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by phone 401.248.7000 (Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). On day of concerts only, tickets are also available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30 p.m.–showtime; Saturday, 4 p.m.-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Questions can be emailed to boxoffice@riphil.org.

Bramwell Tovey returns to the podium

Conducts TACO Classical concert with
soloist, Grammy winner Yefim Bronfman, Sept. 28
 

Rhode Island Philharmonic’s Artistic Advisor and Conductor Bramwell Tovey returned to the podium Friday and Saturday (Aug. 9-10) to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular. Later this month, he will lead the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London in a concert tribute to Proms-founder Henry Wood. The Proms celebrates its 150th Anniversary this year.

On Sept. 28, Tovey will be on the podium at The VETS for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s 75th season opener featuring Grammy-winner pianist Yefim Bronfman performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3. The season marks the first planned and led by Tovey. He will conduct 11 classical concerts, the Orchestra & Music School’s Season 75 Gala, which features violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth, Handel’s Messiah and eight Link Up education concerts.

“We are thrilled that Bramwell is on the mend, after taking only a brief hiatus from conducting. We talk and Skype frequently and have continued our planning efforts as we prepare to launch a new era of growth for the Orchestra & Music School.”

— David Beauchesne, Executive Director, Rhode Island Philharmonic

“It’s tremendously exciting to be nearing our first concert in September. It’s our first season together and the Orchestra’s 75th, so we’ve planned meaningful, memorable and inspiring concerts that explore the depth and breadth of this wonderful Orchestra. I intend to spend a lot time out in the community as well, and can’t wait!”

–Bramwell Tovey, Artistic Advisor, Rhode Island Philharmonic

At a Glance

Bramwell Tovey Inaugural: Bronfman Plays Rachmaninoff

Sept. 28, 8 p.m.
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, pianist

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Tickets start at $15 (including all fees), and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by phone 401.248.7000 (Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed Labor Day). On day of concerts only, tickets are also available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30 p.m.–showtime; Saturday, 4 p.m.-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Open Rehearsal
Friday, Sept. 27, at 5:30 p.m.
General Admission is $15. Tickets are available at tickets.riphil.org or 401.248.7000 (M-F 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed Labor Day).

 

 

RI Philharmonic Music School’s Youth Wind Ensemble performs at E.P.’s Weaver Library, Aug. 21

Recent East Providence High School graduate premieres an original music composition

Listing of participating students by town

Teddy Mason

Edward “Teddy” Mason, who grew up in East Providence, attends Rhode Island College.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Summer Wind Ensemble (RIPYSWE) of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School performs in a free concert at East Providence’s Weaver Public Library on Aug. 21 (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. The concert will feature an original composition by East Providence’s Edward “Teddy” Mason, who is a rising sophomore at Rhode Island College. Mason is a former longtime student of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and a 2018 graduate of East Providence High School.

“My piece called The Neighbor’s Death celebrates the life of my late neighbor Eileen Periera (of East Providence), who I used to call Tee-Tee. She was family to me and even now thinking back I only remember good times—how she would have dinner at our kitchen table nightly; how I would visit her throughout the day; and how she and my aunt would always tune into Judge Judy together at the same time every day. You couldn’t have met a more gentle person. So this piece is a tribute to my neighbor, friend and family member.

–Teddy Mason, Composer

The concert includes selections from Les Miserables, marches by John Philip Sousa, The Star Spangled BannerAmerican Riversongs and more. RIPYSWE is conducted by David Neves, Ph.D., and John F. Knasas, Jr.

About Teddy Mason

When Edward “Teddy” Mason debuted his original music composition a Boy and his Sister, it marked the culmination of perseverance at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School in East Providence. With an interest in music, at age 9, he started teaching himself to play the trumpet on a low-quality instrument. He was also writing his own warm ups and little pieces. As a Riverside Middle School Viking and East Providence High School Townie, he kept practicing and performing with the trumpet and continued to write his own pieces—now for small ensembles.

Impressed with his trumpet playing, he was encouraged to apply to the Music School for private lessons. He was accepted into the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, and began studying trumpet under then Orchestra member trumpeter Gene Crisafulli and composition with film composer Roger Cichy. Currently, he is a music student at Rhode Island College with a double major in music education and composition. His original compositions have been performed  in concert by the East Providence High School, RI Philharmonic Youth Winds Ensemble and Rhode Island College Orchestra.

***At a Glance***

RIPYSWE Concert
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21
Rain Date: Wednesday, Aug. 28

East Providence Weaver Public Library
41 Grove Ave., East Providence
Free

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.

 

 

Conductor Bramwell Tovey and Executive Director David Beauchesne talk about the Orchestra’s exciting Season 75

Tickets now on sale
Subscriptions available for as few as 4 concerts

Guest artists include Grammy-winners Yefim Bronfman (for season opener)
James Ehnes (October concert) 
and violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth (featured soloists for the annual gala in June) 

Tovey takes to the podium for 12 classical and 8 education concerts
for his inaugural season

Tickets available now!
Learn more at riphil.org

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The RI Philharmonic has announced the Orchestra’s Season 75, which marks the first planned and led by newly named Artistic Advisor Bramwell Tovey. Tovey will conduct 12 classical concerts, the Orchestra & Music School’s Season 75 Gala, which features violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth, Handel’s Messiah, and eight Link Up education concerts at The VETS.

“I am tremendously excited to get started this September. Given that it’s our first season together and the Orchestra’s 75th, we are planning a meaningful, memorable and inspiring experience. We have planned concerts that feature repertoire which explores the depth and breadth of this wonderful Orchestra. Some great friends make their Providence debuts, like pianist Yefim Bronfman and violinist James Ehnes.

“At the request of management, you’ll also get to hear one of my pieces, Urban Runway, which was co-commissioned by the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics in 2008. I am looking forward to collaborating with the wonderful Providence Singers and their superb Artistic Director Christine Noel. On my first visit to Rhode Island in 2016 we performed Mozart’s Requiem together. I’m thrilled to be able to conduct three works that feature the Singers this coming season and  concluding our 75th season with my friends Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth will be stunning.”

 Bramwell Tovey, Artistic Advisor
RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

In addition to the RI debut of world-renowned violinist Ehnes, who in 2007 along with Tovey was awarded the Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance, Grammy winners Bronfman and Zukerman will have their RI inaugural performances. Other solo premieres include pianist Natasha Paremski and cellist Johannes Moser. The season features such favorites as pianists Joyce Yang and Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Karen Gomyo, soprano Andriana Chuchman and alto Susan Platts.

After her successful concert last season, acclaimed conductor Tania Miller will be back, along with Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St. Clair, who was last here in 2005.

“We can’t wait for next season to start. The two performances that Bramwell conducted with the Orchestra this past season, including our all Tchaikovsky gala, were electric. The more time Bramwell and the Orchestra have together, the more exceptional their collaboration becomes. We are thrilled to have him conduct so much of next season. His involvement in our education and community programs will be equally transformative for those involved. He has already given masterclasses and visited schools, and our students and partners are looking forward to more of that!”

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

In the Community

Tovey will lead the Orchestra for eight Link Up education concerts in May 2020, welcoming more than 12,000 students from over 100 area schools to The VETS. Link Up is the culmination of a year of in-school music education and support for teachers.

“I’m delighted to be active in the extensive education programs for both the Orchestra and the Music School. I’ll be giving masterclasses, working with the youth orchestras, getting out to schools around Rhode Island as much as possible, leading our education concerts and helping to launch the Music School’s Westerly Branch at The United Theatre.

“It can be difficult for all of us to drag ourselves out of the house at the end of a long week—but I can promise that everyone who is a part of our concerts next season will leave feeling energized, grateful for the opportunity to experience something so exceptional together and looking forward to the next time.”

Bramwell Tovey, Artistic Advisor
RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

 Buy Tickets

Subscriptions are currently available for as few as four concerts, with discounts for students, children and veterans. Subscriptions can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org or by phone at 401.248.7000 (Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed on holidays). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Single tickets are available now!

Subscriber benefits include:

  • Reserved seats for every TACO Classical or Amica Rush Hour concert, and first priority to upgrade your seats
  • Significant ticket discount–eight concerts for the price of seven
  • Priority access to special event tickets
  • Fifteen percent off on additional series tickets (some restrictions apply)

Groups of 10 or more can arrange a special rate and personalized experience. Visit riphil.org/groups or call 401.248.7076.

At a Glance

2019-20 TACO Classical Series

Saturdays at 8 p.m. at The VETS (otherwise specified)
The TACO Classical series is made possible through the generous support of Taco/The White Family Foundation.

Sept. 28: Bramwell Tovey Inaugural: Bronfman Plays Rachmaninoff
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, pianist
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Oct. 19: The Planets
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
Women of the Providence Singers, Christine Noel, Artistic Director
Tovey: Urban Runway
Barber: Violin Concerto
Holst: The Planets

Nov. 16: Romantic Tchaikovsky
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Still: In Memoriam: Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy
Tchaikovsky
: Piano Concerto No.2
Shostakovich: Symphony No.10

Jan. 25: All Mozart
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin
Mozart: The Magic Flute: Overture
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3
Mozart: Symphony No.41 (Jupiter)

Feb. 15: Romeo & Juliet
Tania Miller, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello
Wagner
: Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No.1
Copland: Appalachian Spring: Suite
Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet: Overture-Fantasy

March 14: Grieg’s Beloved Piano Concerto
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano
Kelly-Marie Murphy: From the Drum Comes a Thundering Beat…
Grieg: Concerto Piano, op.16, A minor
Dvořák: Symphony No.8, op.88, B.163, G major

April 4: Beethoven Symphony No.8
Carl St. Clair, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano
Beethoven: Egmont: Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No.8
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G-Major
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No.2

May 2: Season Finale: Verdi Requiem
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Providence Singers
Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano
Susan Platts, alto
Charles Reid, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass
Verdi: Requiem

2019-20 Amica Rush Hour Series

Fridays at 6:30 p.m. at The VETS
The Amica Rush Hour series is made possible through the generous support of Amica Insurance.

Oct. 18:
The Planets
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Tovey
: Urban Runway
Holst: The Planets
Women of the Providence Singers

Feb. 14: Romeo and Juliet
Tania Miller, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello
Wagner
: Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No.1
Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet: Overture-Fantasy

March 13: Grieg’s Beloved Piano Concerto
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano
Kelly-Marie Murphy:From the Drum Comes a Thundering Beat…
Grieg
: Piano Concerto

May 1: Season Finale Verdi: Requiem
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano
Susan Platts, alto
Charles Reid, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass
Providence Singers

2019-20 Special Concerts

Thursday, Oct. 10: Indigo Girls with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra
7:30 p.m.
Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybosset St., Providence
Tickets:  
http://www.ppacri.org ; (401) 421-ARTS (2787); PPAC Box Office (220 Weybosset Street)
Indigo Girls
RI Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, Dec. 14: Handel’s Messiah at 7 p.m.
Handel
: Messiah with Providence Singers
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Providence Singers

2020 Link Up Concerts

May 18-22
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Link Up Education Concerts at The VETS mark the culmination of a school-year-long music education program throughout Southern New England for grades 3-5.

Season 75 GALA with Pinchas Zukerman & Amanda Forsyth
Saturday, June 13
Time: TBD
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Pinchas Zukerman, violin
Amanda Forsyth, cello

Please Note: All repertoire and artists are subject to change

 

Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School Announces Youth Ensembles Auditions

Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School youth ensembles will hold auditions starting in late August. Students interested in auditioning but are unavailable on any of the dates listed below, can submit an audition application and make an appointment.

Applications and additional information can be found by clicking here. All auditions are held at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) will hold auditions for the Symphonic Winds and the Wind Ensemble on the following dates:

  • Thursday, August 22, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 27, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Founded in 2002, RIPYWE offers advanced woodwind, brass and percussion students from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut an outstanding opportunity to rehearse and perform high quality wind ensemble repertoire. RIPYWE offers these students a challenging and rewarding musical experience. RIPYWE Symphonic Winds is conducted by Music Director Dr. David Neves, and RIPYWE Wind Ensemble is conducted by John Knasas.

Both RIPYWE ensembles rehearse once per week on Wednesday evenings from September through May. They participate in two major performances per year.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) will hold auditions for the Symphony, Repertory and String orchestras, and Intermediate String and String ensembles on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 27, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 4, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 5, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. 

RIPYO provides quality orchestral rehearsal and performance experiences for talented young musicians from Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. The professional conducting staff, led by music director, symphony conductor and RI Philharmonic Orchestra member, Alexey Shabalin, is committed to providing the best educational experience for each student.

All RIPYO ensembles rehearse once per week in East Providence from September through May and present three performances. RIPYO Symphony members also perform side-by-side with RI Philharmonic musicians at a Friday night Amica Rush Hour concert at The VETS once during the season.

RIPY Chamber Ensembles

By appointment only: Contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

Chamber Music classes provide a format for intensive study and performance of standard chamber music repertoire for string quartets, woodwind and brass quintets, piano trios and quartets and mixed ensembles. Students should have a minimum of three years playing experience. Ensembles receive weekly one-hour coaching sessions, perform in recitals and participate in masterclasses. Rehearsals begin in October and run through May. Acceptance and placement is by audition with Chamber Department Chair Lois Finkel. Students are placed in groups of two, three or more, based on skill level, age and needed instrumentation.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Jazz Ensembles (RIPYJazz) will hold auditions for the RIPYJazz and Rock Combos on the following date:

  • Thursday, August 22, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

 The Jazz and Rock Department is for students inter­ested in jazz or rock study and performance. Courses are organized so that each student is placed according to his or her interests and skills, and can progress accordingly. The RIPYJazz Big Band, under the direction of Wendy Klein, performs at numerous community events including Monday Night Jazz at Bovi’s, Vernal Arts and Music Festival and the Blackstone Boulevard Summer Concert Series.

All RIPYJazz and Rock ensembles rehearse once per week from September through May and perform throughout the season.

Audition Recap

All auditions occur at the Carter Center for Music Education, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence. Auditions are available by appointment if you are unavailable for the dates below. Any questions, call 401-248-7001.

  • Youth Wind Ensembles
    • Thursday, August 22, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
    • Tuesday, August 27, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. 
  • Youth Orchestras
    • Tuesday, August 27, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
    • Wednesday, September 4, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
    • Thursday, September 5, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • RIPY Chamber Ensembles: By appointment only 
  • Youth Jazz Ensembles
    • Thursday, August 22, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

 Have questions? For audition details, visit musicschool.riphil.org, contact canderson@riphil.org or call (401) 248-7038. Audition applications can be found by clicking here.