RI Philharmonic 2017-2018 Season: Eight guest conductors take the baton, beginning September 16

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s 73rd season offers a myriad of variety: conductors, soloists and repertoire. Beginning on September 16, eight Saturday TACO Classical concerts and four Friday AMICA Rush Hour concerts will take place at The VETS, 1 Avenue of the Arts in Providence.

Tickets are $15-$100 (including all fees) and can be purchased at tickets.riphil.org or from the RI Philharmonic Box Office at 401.248.7000 (M-F 9a-4:30p). Discounts are available for groups of 10+.

2017 2018 Season Collage

“As we search for a new music director,” said Executive Director David Beauchesne, “it’s inspiring to work with so many remarkable conductors this season – all of whom are also exceptional artistic leaders and educators – and to present them to our community. Our board, staff and musicians are looking forward to getting to know these artists – and we can’t wait to hear our audience’s impressions!”

Guest conductors Bramwell Tovey, Michael Christie and Victor Yampolsky return this season after leading the Philharmonic in concerts in 2016, 2014 and 1996, respectively.  Making their Philharmonic debuts are guest conductors James Sommerville, Eckart Preu, Ken-David Masur, Jacomo Bairos and Edwin Outwater.

The season offers symphonies by Bernstein, Beethoven, Mahler, Saint-Saens, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky, and concerti by Brahms, Korngold, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Popular favorites such as Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet suites and Stravinsky’s Firebird suites are featured with less familiar repertoire such as Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral and Miguel Del Aguila’s Conga-Line in Hell. 

The season’s eight-concert Saturday TACO Classical Series features world-renowned guest artists:

  • pianists Alon Goldstein, Inon Barnatan, William Wolfram and Spencer Myer
  • violinists Simone Porter, Elena Urioste, and Alexi Kenney
  • tenor Anthony Dean Griffey
  • Kevin Owen, horn

Each Saturday Classical concert is preceded by a pre-concert talk with Resident Conductor Francisco Noya and followed by an open Q&A session with the guest conductor and soloist.

The four-concert Friday AMICA Rush Hour Series offers a 6:30 p.m. start time and shorter program with full performances of select repertoire from four TACO Saturday Classical concerts and followed by an open Q & A session. The other four concert weekends offer Open Rehearsals on Fridays at 5:30 p.m., as conductor, Orchestra and guest artists put the finishing touches on the program for Saturday’s concert. A microphone onstage lets the audience listen in on the comments and direction happening up front. Special concerts include the holiday favorite Handel’s Messiah with Providence Singers, conducted by Christine Noel, artistic director.