Meet Pianist Inon Barnatan; Performs with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, Nov. 18

“One of the most admired pianists of his generation”
-New York Times

Inon Barnatan 2014- PianistPhoto: Marco Borggreve

INON BARNATAN

  • Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence and consummate artistry.
  • As a soloist, he has performed with many major orchestras including the New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St Louis, Toronto and Royal Scottish orchestras.
  • He has done solo recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre, and New York’s 92nd Street Y, among others.Awards he has won:
    -Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award in 2015, recognizing “young artists of exceptional accomplishment.”-Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009.
  • Recently completed his third and final season as the inaugural Artist-in-Association with the New York Philharmonic.

“The complete artist: a wonderful pianist, a probing intellect, passionately committed, and a capable contemporary-music pianist as well.”

-Former New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert

  • Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Barnatan started playing the piano at the age of 3 and made his orchestral debut at 11-years-old.

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 9 am -4:30 pm). They are available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30pm–showtime; Saturday, 4pm-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

 

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Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School  announces 2 new hires and 2 staff changes

 Faye Zuckerman as communications & government relations manager
 Deborah Gilstein Jaffe as part-time business partnership & special events
Danielle Bouchard adds marketing to her work

Erin Flood promoted to Enrollment Manager

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School announced today the hiring of Faye B. Zuckerman, of Riverside, as manager of communications and government relations and Deborah Gilstein Jaffe, of Barrington, as part-time business partnerships and special events manager. Danielle K. Bouchard, of Cumberland, has expanded her role as group sales manager to include marketing. Bouchard’s new title is manager of marketing and group sales, and Erin Flood is now enrollment manager.

“For the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, these staff changes are necessary to meet the needs of a growing organization. Both the School and the Orchestra have dramatically increased their reach over the last four years, and we expect that growth to continue and intensify with the hiring of a new Music Director at the end of this season. By putting the right people in place, we ensure that we will continue to move the organization forward to serve our mission and meet the musical needs of our community. On behalf of the staff, faculty, orchestra and board, I am thrilled to welcome Faye and Debbi to our family, and proud we can offer new opportunities to Danielle and Erin.”

David Beauchesne, Executive Director,
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

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FAYE ZUCKERMAN

About Faye Zuckerman: Zuckerman is a former Providence Journal reporter and editor who most recently worked at the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island as the nonprofit’s head of communication, marketing and government relations. She held the position of assistant state director for advocacy and government relations for AARP Rhode Island, and was the director of communications for the Office of Governor Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island Housing and United Way of Rhode Island. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and did her graduate work in journalism at California State University, Northridge.

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DEBORAH GILSTEIN JAFFE

About Deborah Gilstein Jaffe: For 15 years, Jaffe worked as the chief development officer for The Miriam Hospital Foundation where she led the philanthropy effort. During her tenure, she successfully oversaw the hospital’s largest capital campaign in its history. Her previous professional experience includes roles in marketing and communications at Lifespan, and as an account manager for Trainor Associates. She is an avid volunteer who has donated her time to The Miriam Hospital Foundation, the hospital’s Women’s Association, Barrington Education Foundation and Nayatt School in Barrington. She is a graduate of Syracuse University where she studied at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

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DANIELLE BOUCHARD

About Danielle Bouchard: In addition to Bouchard’s four years of overseeing the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office, she has more than 10 years of experience in arts administration. She previously held positions with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Trinity Rep. She has a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College.

Erin Flood

ERIN FLOOD

About Erin Flood: Prior to her promotion to Enrollment Manager, Flood worked as the school’s branch coordinator and then registrar and enrollment supervisor. She previously held positions at the YMCA and Walt Disney World Resorts. She was a teaching assistant for the RI Children’s Chorus, and she holds a B.A. in music performance from Rhode Island College.

 

 

 

Bramwell Tovey returns to conduct Brahms and “Enigma” on Nov. 18

Pianist Inon Barnatan joins RI Philharmonic in Brahms Concerto No. 1

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Bramwell Tovey back to the podium for a program including Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 featuring pianist Inon Barnatan, and Berlioz’s Le Corsaire Overture. The TACO classical concert is Saturday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m, with an Open Rehearsal on Friday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

“Bramwell Tovey made a powerful impression last October when he conducted a stirring Mozart Requiem with your RI Philharmonic and the Providence Singers,” said David Beauchesne, executive director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School. “We’re so thrilled that he’s back to explore Brahms, Elgar and Berlioz with all of us.”

Tickets are $15-$150, and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence or by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m., closed Veterans Day). On day of concerts, tickets are 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. Email questions to boxoffice@riphil.org.

Brahms & “Enigma”
TACO Classical Concert
Saturday, November 18, at 8 p.m.

The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence
Tickets start at $15 and are available at tickets.riphil.org or 401.248.7000 (M-F 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

BERLIOZ Le Corsaire: Overture
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.1
ELGAR Enigma Variations

Bramwell Tovey Rehearsal w RIPO Fall 2016

Bramwell Tovey rehearses with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra at The VETS.

About Bramwell Tovey

Conductor: Recent guest appearances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic and the symphonies of Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Melbourne and New Zealand. Mr. Tovey has worked with leading choirs including Los Angeles Master Chorale, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Melbourne Symphony Chorus and Pacific Chorale in a wide range of repertoire from Bach and Britten to Part and Penderecki.

Composer: In 2003 Mr. Tovey won the Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. Commissions include the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, the Toronto Symphony and Calgary Opera who premiered his first full-length opera The Inventor in 2011.

Pianist: He has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras including the New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St Louis, Toronto and Royal Scottish orchestras. In the summer of 2014, he played and conducted Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic, and in Saratoga with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Inon Barnatan 2014- PianistPhoto: Marco Borggreve

Pianist Inon Barnatan

About Inon Barnatan, piano

“One of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times), Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence and consummate artistry. He received Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award in 2015, recognizing “young artists of exceptional accomplishment,” as well as the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009. He recently completed his third and final season as the inaugural Artist-in-Association with the New York Philharmonic, a position created by former Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, who calls him “the complete artist: a wonderful pianist, a probing intellect, passionately committed, and a capable contemporary-music pianist as well.”

Barnatan is a regular performer with many of the world’s most celebrated orchestras, including the Chicago, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Seattle, Nashville, San Diego, Fort Worth Symphony, Minnesota, Cincinnati, London and Helsinki Philharmonic orchestras, and solo recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre, and New York’s 92nd Street Y, among others. He recently played a new concerto by Alan Fletcher with the commissioning LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl under the baton of Ken-David Masur, and he will play it again with the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Spano. Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Barnatan started playing the piano at the age of three and made his orchestral debut at 11-years-old.

About the concert: stories behind the music
Le Corsaire: Overture
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

Berlioz may have been inspired by his own sea adventures to write The Corsaire (The Pirate) Overture. On a journey to Italy in 1831, a sudden storm nearly wrecked the small vessel in which he was sailing. Later that year, he tried to drown himself after being jilted by his fiancée. Recuperating in Nice, he sketched the concert overture which he later named Le Corsaire, for James Fenimore Cooper’s novel, The Red Rover (Le corsaire rouge).

Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, op. 15
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

 First steps:  This concerto, also Brahms’ first work for orchestra, began in 1854 as a “sonata” for two pianos. Composing for two pianos was Brahms’ method for sketching orchestral music and it might have become his first symphony. Ever the intense self-critic, he revised the piece repeatedly and finally decided to convert the work into his First Piano Concerto. After the premiere, public reaction was lukewarm, as the work was neither entertaining nor dazzlingly virtuosic. A profound symphonic statement, it made the audience think.

Love letter: When composing the Adagio, Brahms wrote to Clara Schumann (a brilliant pianist-composer and widow of Brahms’ early mentor, Robert Schumann), “I am painting a lovely portrait of you; it is to be the Adagio.” This is probably as close as this shy man ever came to a declaration of love for Clara.

Variations on an Original Theme (“Enigma”), op. 36
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Party game?  Elgar improvised a theme at the piano, and explored using it to create musical caricatures of some of his friends. His wife and friends were fascinated by the exactness of these characterizations, which they could easily identify. Elgar marked the theme, “Enigma,” and in the score each variation bore some mark or initials to identify the person it illustrated. The composer saved his own variation for last. By musically exploring the personalities of those closest to him, he gained new insight into himself.

Meet Esternesha Marzan, the RI Philharmonic Carter Center Branch Coordinator

Esternesha MarzanConozca a Esternesha Marzan,
Coordinadora de la filial del Centro Filarmónico Carter de RI

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is the fact that we’re trusted with our job duties, treated with respect, all the great people I work with and whom I’ve come to grow close to.

¿Cuál es tu parte favorita de tu trabajo?

Mi parte favorita de mi trabajo es que confiamos en nuestras obligaciones laborales, tratamos con respeto, con todas las personas con las que trabajo y con quienes he crecido.

Please share a Fun Fact about yourself

I can sing!

Por favor comparte un hecho divertido sobre ti

Puedo Cantar muy bonito!

What is your favorite thing about Rhode Island?

My favorite thing about Rhode Island is how historic it is and the fact that I was born here. It will always be home for me.

¿Cuál es tu cosa favorita de Rhode Island?

Lo que más me gusta de Rhode Island es lo histórico que es y que nací aquí. Siempre será mi hogar.

It’s Hallowe’en! Mychal Gendron Has It Covered at the Music School

Every year, on the Saturday before Hallowe’en, The Music School hosts a parade of witches, goblins and other characters. Guitar Instructor, Music School Suzuki Program and Early Childhood Department Chair, Mychal Gendron, leads lessons and this annual event through the hallways of the Carter Center. Thank you, Mychal, for the spooktacular Hallowe’en Parade! It’s such a great tradition!

Meet Matt Lynch, RI Philharmonic Music School Faculty

Matthew LynchWhat is your favorite part about teaching at the RI Philharmonic Music School?

“My favorite part of teaching at the RI Philharmonic Music School is seeing students gain confidence in their abilities and musical instincts. I love being surprised by their musical decisions. I teach music production, and in many ways I view electronic music as the folk music of the 21st century; it’s accessible, there’s so much room for experimentation and expression, and there are as many genres as cities in the world. Making electronic music requires not just musicianship and facility on an instrument (or with software), but the technical understanding and discipline to approach the hundreds, sometimes thousands of decisions made in each song. Nothing’s better than helping a student lay that foundation, and then watching them create something totally unique in a way I wouldn’t have thought of. I learn as much from them as they do from me.”

Meet Pianist Alon Goldstein

  • Alon+6685Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive artists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence and dynamic personality
  • He made his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta
  • Mr. Goldstein graduated from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Leon Fleisher and served as his assistant
  • He made his Carnegie Hall debut in the Mozart Triple Concerto
  • He is the winner of numerous competitions, among them the Arianne Katcz Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Nena Wideman Competition in the Unites States and the Francois Shapira Competition in Israel
  • Mr. Goldstein recently performed at the Ravinia Festival and New York’s International Keyboard Festival, followed by a tour of China with the Amber String Quartet

Saint-Saëns’ Thundering “Organ Symphony” and pianist Alon Goldstein
Guest Conductor: Eckart Preu

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