March 3, 2017, Providence RI – Pianist Lang Lang has contracted the flu and is forced to cancel his scheduled performance with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra this Sunday. Instead, pianist Robert Levin will join the Orchestra to perform Mozart’s 24th Piano Concerto in C minor. The Orchestra will also play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, as planned.
“We are disappointed that Lang Lang is ill and unable to join us,” remarked Music Director Larry Rachleff. “Happily, our good friend Bob Levin was able to delay his departure for performances in Europe.”
Levin is widely regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of Mozart, and it is fortunate that he can join the Orchestra on such short notice. It allows the Orchestra to keep the repertoire unchanged.
This event is the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School’s biggest fundraiser. One-hundred percent of the profits go to support the Philharmonic’s extensive education and community engagement programs that serve approximately 25,000 children and youth each year.
Current ticket holders are being notified of the artist change by email. Patrons with questions can contact the RI Philharmonic Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org OR 401.248.7000.
Revised concert listing:
RI Philharmonic Orchestra 2017 Gala
Sunday, March 5, 5pm
The VETS, Providence
Larry Rachleff, conductor
Robert Levin, piano
MOZART Piano Concerto No.24
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5
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About Robert Levin
Pianist and conductor Robert Levin’s engagements include the orchestras of Atlanta, Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, Utah and Vienna. Renowned for his improvised embellishments and cadenzas in Classical period repertoire, Robert Levin is a passionate advocate of new music, having commissioned and premiered a large number of works. A renowned chamber musician and a noted theorist and musicologist, his completions of Mozart fragments are published, recorded and performed throughout the world.
About the Orchestra
2016-2017 is the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s 72nd season and Music Director Larry Rachleff’s 21st with the Orchestra. The season’s eight-concert Saturday TACO Classical Series features world-renowned guest artists. The four-concert Friday AMICA Rush Hour Series offers an earlier start time and shorter program with full performances of select repertoire from Saturday.