Meet the Soloists; Perform with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra on Jan. 20

Ken-David Masur Conducts Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Britten with
soloists tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and horn Kevin Owen
join the Philharmonic on Jan. 20

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Ken-David Masur for a program that includes Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, featuring tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and horn soloist Kevin Owen. The TACO Classical concert is Saturday (Jan. 20) at 8:00pm.

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Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey is a four-time Grammy winner.

Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey

  • Has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world.
  • Appears regularly with the New York, Los Angeles and Berlin philharmonics, the Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, London, Japan’s NHK Symphony and Saito Kinen orchestras, and Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo.
  • Peforms at the world’s most prestigious opera houses in roles including the title roles in Peter Grimes, Idomeneo and Oedipus Rex, Florestan in Fidelio, Erik in Die Fliegende Holländer and Alfred in Die Fledermaus.
  • With the Houston Grand Opera, created the role of Uncle Billy in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life.
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Kevin Owen is the Principal horn for the RI Philharmonic.

Horn Kevin Owen

  • Performs with symphony orchestras, chamber music groups, swing bands, rock bands, jazz ensembles and in the recording studio.
  • Principal horn for the RI Philharmonic, Boston Pops Esplanade, and Boston Landmarks orchestras, the Boston Lyric Opera and the Boston Philharmonic.
  • Featured as a soloist by the Boston Pops, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic, and many other regional orchestras.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $15-$150 (including all fees), and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org or from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence; by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9am-4:30pm, closed Martin Luther King Day). On day of concerts, tickets are available at The VETS Box Office (Saturday, 4pm-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

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The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School Announces Youth Winter Recitals

Youth Chamber Ensembles Perform, Jan. 26
Youth Jazz and Rock Ensembles Perform, Jan. 20 & 28

The RI Philharmonic Music School’s youth ensembles will present their first recitals of the season starting with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Chamber Groups on Friday (Jan. 26) at 7:00pm. The Rhode Island Youth Jazz and Rock Ensembles will perform on Saturday (Jan. 20) at 3:30pm and Sunday (Jan. 28) at 1:00pm. Wendy Klein is the Director of the RIPYJazz Big Band.

All performances will be at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, 667 Waterman Ave., in East Providence. They are free and open to the public.

RI Philharmonic Youth Chamber Music
Friday, Jan. 26, 7:00pm,

RI Philharmonic Youth Jazz and Rock Ensembles
Saturday, Jan. 20, 3:30pm & Sunday, Jan. 28, 1:00pm

For more information on the Music School’s youth ensembles and groups, call 401.248.7038 or email Chelsea Anderson, youth ensembles manager, canderson@riphil.org. Visit musicschool.riphil.org for information on more Philharmonic Music School activities and performances.

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School Announces Youth Winter Concerts

Youth Wind Ensembles performs at RIC’s Sapinsley Hall, Jan. 21
The Youth Orchestras appears at RIC’s Roberts Hall, Feb. 3

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School’s Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) will present its first concerts of the season on Sunday (Jan. 21) at 3:00pm at Rhode Island College’s Sapinsley Hall. On Saturday (Feb. 3), the Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) will perform at 2:00pm at Rhode Island College’s Roberts Hall.

Tickets are $11 for adults; $6 for students under 18 and senior citizens, and are available through the Rhode Island College box office, 401.456.8144 or online at http://www.ric.edu/pfa/Pages/orderinfo.aspx

RI Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles Concert
Sunday, Jan. 21, 3:00pm
Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College

RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestras Concert
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2:00pm
Roberts Hall, Rhode Island College

The Youth Orchestras includes the top-level Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Alexey Shabalin; Repertory Orchestra under the direction of Vincent Mattera; String Orchestra led by Irina Naryshkova; and Intermediate Strings with Erin Erban. Dr. David Neves is the Youth Wind Ensembles’ music director and symphonic winds conductor, and John F. Knasas Jr. oversees the Youth Wind Ensembles.

For more information on The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School’s Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) or Youth Orchestras (RIPYO), call 401.248.7038, or email Chelsea Anderson, youth ensembles manager, canderson@riphil.org. Visit musicschool.riphil.org for information on more Philharmonic Music School activities and performances.

Meet Guest Conductor Ken-David Masur; Performs with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra on Jan. 19 & 20

Amica Rush Hour Concert features Side-by-Side performance
with the RI Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra, Jan. 19

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KEN-DAVID MASUR will be the guest conductor on Saturday (Jan. 20). The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, and features tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and horn soloist Kevin Owen.

“fearless, bold, and a life-force”—San Diego Union-Tribune

  • Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony.
  • Has led the Munich Symphony as Principal Guest Conductor in Munich and on tour in Italy.
  • Received his B.A. from Columbia University in New York City where he served as the first Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus.
  • Studied conducting primarily with his father Kurt Masur.
  • Masur was hired as Resident Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony in 2007 by then Music Director Larry Rachleff.
  • This appearance will be his first conducting the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

“A brilliant and commanding conductor with unmistakable charisma”—Leipzig Volkszeitung

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $15-$150 (including all fees), and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org or from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence; by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9am-4:30pm, closed Martin Luther King Day). On day of concerts, tickets are available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30pm–showtime; Saturday, 4pm-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

RI Philharmonic Music School’s Youth Orchestra Joins RI Philharmonic Orchestra for Annual Side-by-Side, Jan. 19

As part of Amica Rush Hour program on Friday (Jan. 19) at 6:30pm at The VETS, the RI Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra (RIPYO) will perform for its annual Side-by-Side concert with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Glinka’s opera Ruslan and Lyudmila. Guest conductor Ken-David Masur will conduct the concert that also will include Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and Brahms’ Tragic Overture performed by the RI Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth
Amica Rush Hour
Friday, Jan. 19, 6:30pm
Ken-David Masur, conductor

BRAHMS Tragic Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4
GLINKA Ruslan and Lyudmila: Overture, RIPYO Side-by-Side performance

Tickets are $15-$62 (including all fees) and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org or from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence; by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9 am-4:30 pm, closed Martin Luther King Day). On day of concerts, tickets are available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30pm–showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

RIPYO at Carnegie Hall

RIPYO at Carnegie Hall in 2017.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras, for nearly 60 years, has provided quality orchestral rehearsal and performance experiences for talented young musicians from Rhode Island, nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. RI Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Alexey Shabalin serves as Music Director and conducts the top-level Youth Symphony Orchestra. For more information, visit musicschool.riphil.org or contact Chelsea Anderson at 401.248.7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School encourages lifelong engagement with music through comprehensive music education and community partnership programs taught by Orchestra members and outstanding faculty. Quality, access, diversity and collaboration are the Music School’s core values. If you have any questions, call 401.248.7001 or email cartercenter@riphil.org.

 

Meet David Nando Rodgers, Carter Center Branch Coordinator

David Nando RodgersWhat is your favorite part of your job?
Helping parents understand the registration process. I feel happiest when I make things happen. And of course, the many conversations I get to have.

Please share a Fun Fact about you:
I worked on Broadway as an usher; studied in Vienna and London; am friends with celebrities; and have traveled all over Europe. I also act pretty much full time outside of here, and I like to write.

What is your favorite thing about Rhode Island?
The work/life balance afforded by its proximity to nature and major cities. The food is also exceptional. Most especially, being here means I see my paternal grandparents often.

Ken-David Masur Conducts Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Britten, Jan. 19-20

Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and horn soloist Kevin Owen
join the Philharmonic, Jan. 20
RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestra appears Side-by-Side, Jan. 19

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Ken-David Masur for a program that includes Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, featuring tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and horn soloist Kevin Owen. The TACO Classical concert is Saturday (Jan. 20) at 8:00pm.

The Amica Rush Hour concert, on Friday (Jan. 19) at 6:30pm, features Tchaikovsky and Brahms. Friday night’s concert also showcases the popular annual Side-by-Side performance with the RI Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra, the highest level of the Music School’s five youth orchestras. Joining their professional counterparts on stage, the student musicians will perform the Overture to Mikhail Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila.

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KEN-DAVID MASUR, Guest Conductor

 “We are thrilled to be able to welcome to The VETS Ken-David Masur, an exciting conductor with many impressive accomplishments—including recent and critically acclaimed performances leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and upcoming engagements with the Munich Symphony, where he is principal guest conductor. We are looking forward to exploring Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Britten and Glinka with such a remarkable talent. What an incredible treat for the young musicians in the Youth Orchestra who will perform Side-by-Side under the direction of Ken-David with the Philharmonic Orchestra during Friday’s Amica Rush Hour Concert.”

David Beauchesne, Executive Director
RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

Tickets are $15-$150 (including all fees), and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org or from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence; by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9am-4:30pm, closed Martin Luther King Day). On day of concerts, tickets are available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30pm–showtime; Saturday, 4pm-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth
TACO Classical Concerts
Saturday, Jan. 20, 8:00pm

Ken-David Masur, conductor
Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor
Kevin Owen, horn

BRAHMS Tragic Overture
BRITTEN Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth
Amica Rush Hour
Friday, Jan. 19, 6:30pm
Ken-David Masur, conductor

BRAHMS Tragic Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4
RIPYO Side-by-Side performance of the Overture to GLINKA’s Ruslan and Lyudmila

About Ken-David Masur, guest conductor

“Fearless, bold, and a life-force”—San Diego Union-Tribune
“A brilliant and commanding conductor with unmistakable charisma”—Leipzig Volkszeitung

Currently, Masur is Associate Conductor of the Boston Symphony; Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony; and Founder/Artistic Director of the Chelsea Music Festival, a two-week multi-media production of new music, art and cuisine. This season, he is conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood and Symphony Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Milwaukee, Colorado, Portland and Maine symphonies, and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Japan. He was previously Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre National de France in Paris, Resident Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, and the first Music Director of New York’s Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus, which toured Germany and released an acclaimed album of symphonies and cantatas by W.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and J.S. Bach. Masur’s conducting mentors include his father Kurt Masur, Larry Rachleff, Stefan Asbury, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Jorma Panula and Christopher Seaman.

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About Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor
American tenor and four-time Grammy-winner, Griffey has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world. He appears regularly with the New York, Los Angeles and Berlin philharmonics, the Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, London, Japan’s NHK Symphony and Saito Kinen orchestras, and Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. Griffey has appeared in the world’s most prestigious opera houses in roles including the title roles in Peter Grimes, Idomeneo and Oedipus Rex, Florestan in Fidelio, Erik in Die Fliegende Holländer and Alfred in Die Fledermaus. With the Houston Grand Opera, he created the role of Uncle Billy in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life.

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About Kevin Owen, horn
Musician and educator Kevin Owen performs with symphony orchestras, chamber music groups, swing bands, rock bands, jazz ensembles and in the recording studio. Principal horn of the RI Philharmonic, Boston Pops Esplanade, and Boston Landmarks orchestras, the Boston Lyric Opera and the Boston Philharmonic, Owen has been featured as a soloist by the Boston Pops, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic, and many other regional orchestras.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras, for nearly 60 years, has provided quality orchestral rehearsal and performance experiences for talented young musicians from Rhode Island, nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. RI Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Alexey Shabalin serves as Music Director and conducts the top-level Youth Symphony Orchestra. For more information, visit musicschool.riphil.org or contact Chelsea Anderson at 401.248.7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

About the concert: stories behind the music
Tragic Overture, Op.81
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Inspiration: “One of them weeps, the other laughs,” wrote Brahms to a friend, of two overtures composed as companion pieces. With a commission for an “academic” piece for his honorary doctoral ceremony, Brahms balanced the frivolity of that overture with the sober seriousness of another work. He wrote: “I could not refuse my melancholy nature the satisfaction of composing an overture for a tragedy.”

Listen for this: The overture begins with stabbing chords, followed with the sobbing outcry of the first theme; the impulsive transition to a ravishing second theme; stentorian concluding material; and a spiky fugato dominating the development. Rarely has Brahms written so much directly from the heart and plumbed the human soul so deeply.

Serenade for Tenor Solo, Horn and Strings, Op.31
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Inspiration: In May 1939, a disillusioned and discontented Britten left England to live in the United States. In 1942, he returned to England more cognizant and appreciative than ever of his native roots. For his next two vocal essays, A Ceremony of Carols (1942) and Serenade (1943), he selected British poetry.

Listen for this: In Pastoral (text by Cotton), a falling arpeggio for the voice is answered immediately in the horn. The “scotch snap” rhythm of the strings in Nocturne (Tennyson) makes oblique reference to the Scottish countryside described in the poem, and voice and horn carry on a dialogue in arpeggios, evoking the bugle mentioned in the text. Hymn (Ben Johnson) is a neo-Baroque gigue, featuring virtuosic interwoven acrobatics from horn and tenor. In Keats’ Sonnet, a lyrical adagio, the repeated string harmonies and vocal monotone in the final line suggest drowsiness, as the horn player heads offstage for the Epilogue.

Symphony No.4 in F Minor, Op.36
Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Inspiration: After a loveless marriage, attempted suicide and subsequent nervous breakdown, Tchaikovsky’s doctors ordered him to rest and recover in Europe. The Fourth Symphony began to take shape during his recuperation in Venice and San Remo.

Listen for this: Tchaikovsky wrote the following to his patron about the Introduction: “The seed of the whole symphony. . . is that fateful force which prevents the impulse to happiness from attaining its goal. . . .Daydreams little by little envelop the soul completely. Everything gloomy, joyless is forgotten. There she is, there she is — happiness! No! These were daydreams and fate wakes you from them.”

About the fourth movement: He also wrote, “If within yourself you find no reasons for joy, look at others. Go among the people. . . do not say that everything in this world is sad. There are simple but strong joys. Rejoice in others’ rejoicing. To live is still possible!”