Meet Artistic Advisor Bramwell Tovey; Conducts an unusual jazz-influenced pairing of Gershwin and Hindemith with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, October 19-20

Bramwell Tovey conducts the RI Philharmonic Orchestra

TACO Classical Concert is Saturday, October 20, 8 p.m.
Amica Rush Hour Concert is on Friday, October 19, 6:30 p.m.

About Bramwell Tovey, Artistic Advisor

“Leonard Bernstein called him a hero, John Adams sang his praises, and the accolades continue to pile up.…A conductor and composer renowned not just for his musical brilliance but also his great rapport with audiences, Tovey is a fierce cultural advocate and finessed cultural ambassador.” —Toronto Globe and Mail

  • Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School’s Artistic Advisor and conductor.
  • Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • Director of Orchestra and Conducting Studies at Boston University’s School of Music.
  • In 2003, winner of the Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for the choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull.
  • In 2007, won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra for a VSO recording of violin concertos by Barber, Korngold and Walton with violinist James Ehnes.
  • 18-year tenure as music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO), and now the orchestra’s music director emeritus.
  • Toured China, Asia, Canada and the United States with VSO, and established the VSO School of Music.
  • Premiered in 2007 Song cycle, Ancestral Voices, which addresses the issue of Reconciliation, and was written for acclaimed Kwagiulth mezzo-soprano Marion Newman.
  • Recording of his opera, The Inventor, commissioned by Calgary Opera, features the original cast, members of UBC Opera and the VSO.
  • Recipient of the Oskar Morawetz 2015 Award for Excellence in Music Performance.
  • Won the Prix d’or of the Academie Lyrique Française for his recording of Jean Cras’s 1922 opera Polyphème with OPL.
  • In 2013, appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for services to music. Since 2006, he has been artistic director of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

***At a Glance***

Rhapsody in Blue
TACO Classical Concert
Saturday, October 20, 8 p.m.
The VETS

Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Artistic Advisor
Aaron Diehl, piano
GERSHWIN: Cuban Overture, Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm Variations
HINDEMITH: Kammermusik No.1 and Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber

Rhapsody in Blue
Amica Rush Hour concert
Friday, October 19, 6:30 p.m.
The VETS

Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Artistic Advisor
GERSHWIN: Cuban Overture, Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm Variations
HINDEMITH:
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber

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., closed Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8). 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.

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