RI Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial with Concert Fundraiser and Gala, June 3

 Teddy Abrams and Morgan James join
 the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra to perform classics from Candide, On the Town, West Side Story and more

 PPAC’s J.L. “Lynn” Singleton is honored with 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’s Morgan James join the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra on stage for an orchestral program featuring 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.

***At A Glance***
Bernstein on Broadway: Glitter and Be Gala!
Teddy Abrams, conductor
Morgan James, soprano

Sunday, June 3
3:00pm Concert
One Avenue of the Arts, Providence
Tickets start at $25

Concert tickets 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 9:00am-4:30pm, closed President’s Day and Memorial Day). Day of the concert, tickets may be available at The VETS’ Box Office (2:00pm-showtime).

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


About the Concert: “We are looking forward to honoring Bernstein with a rare performance of his irresistible American classics featuring Teddy and Morgan, two inspiring and versatile artists. Teddy is a noted music director and musician, and Morgan is a highly regarded  Broadway singer and songwriter,” said David Beauchesne, Executive Director of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School. “What promises to be a spectacular concert at The VETS is also our largest fundraiser of the year. The money raised supports exceptional music performance and education throughout the region. Join us as Teddy and Morgan team up with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra for a memorable evening of Bernstein classics.”

This year, the funds raised from the concert and the Bernstein on Broadway: Glitter and Be Gala! will go toward scholarships and community outreach programs that ensure equitable access to music education throughout our region.

The Gala is made possible through the generous support of Taco/The White Family Foundation, Amica Insurance, The Washington Trust Co., University Orthopedics, and Murray Family Charitable Foundation.

About the Celebration Dinner: The concert will be immediately followed by 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,” added Beauchesne. “We are pleased to be saluting—among his many outstanding accomplishments—his unwavering commitment to important artistic partnerships with the Philharmonic and his invaluable efforts to revive The VETS.”

About Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990): 

Leonard Bernstein
Bernstein on Broadway: Glitter and Be Gala! on June 3 at 3:00pm at The VETS raises funds for music and music education.

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: Known as a versatile musician, Teddy Abrams, the Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and Music Director a



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

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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 is 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.


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.

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 and has national management/booking contracts with 11 facilities in eight states.

In May of 2012, Lynn received Trinity Repertory Co.’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.

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.