Meet violinist Benjamin Beilman: Soloist for RI Philharmonic’s season finale 1812 Overture, May 3-4

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BENJAMIN BEILMAN, VIOLIN

The RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert includes Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, May 3-4

The TACO Classical Series concert is on Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m.
The Open Rehearsal is on Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m.

For the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s season finale, the Orchestra welcomes conductor Alexander Mickelthwate to The VETS for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony with Benjamin Beilman performing Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto.

Benjamin Beilman
VIOLIN

  • 2017-18 season included performances with the Houston, Oregon, North Carolina and Indianapolis symphonies, and Orchestra St. Luke’s, as well as a multi-city tour of California playing and directing the New Century Chamber Orchestra in a program including Bach, Stravinsky and Andrew Norman.
  • Premiered a new work written for him by Frederic Rzewski and commissioned by Music Accord, presented by Boston Celebrity Series and Shriver Hall, and on tour throughout the United States during the last two seasons.
  • Made his Australian concerto debut with the Sydney Symphony where he performed Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto, and debuted with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony.
  • Performed the European premiere of Frederic Rzewski’s new work at the Heidelberg Spring Festival and returned to the Wigmore Hall in recital.
  • For the 2016-17 season, returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and on tour with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
  • Premiered a new work by Elizabeth Oganek as a soloist during the Chicago Symphony’s new music series and returned to the San Francisco Symphony with Juraj Valčuha.
  • Performed with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta and Grand Rapids, and made recital debuts in San Francisco and Vancouver.
  • In Europe, Mr. Beilman has performed with many of the major orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Zurich Tonhalle, and two seasons ago made his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Krzysztof Urbański, City of Birmingham Symphony and Vassily Sinaisky, and  Orchestre National de Capitole de Toulouse and Rafael Payare. He also appeared in recital on a ten-city tour of Australia—including debut appearances in Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Received several prestigious awards including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award.
  • In 2010, he won first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
  • As the top winner of the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition and winner of the People’s Choice Award, Beilman recorded Prokofiev’s complete sonatas for violin on the Analekta label in 2011.
  • In 2016, he released his first disc for Warner Classics entitled Spectrum, featuring works by Stravinsky, Janáček and Schubert.
  • Studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago, Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy.
  • Mr. Beilman plays the Engleman Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

***At a Glance***

TACO Classical Series Concert
Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No.1
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.9

Amica Rush Hour Series
Friday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.9

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.). 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. Questions can be emailed to boxoffice@riphil.org.

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Meet Alexander Mickelthwate: Conducts RI Philharmonic season finale 1812 Overture, May 3-4

Alexander Mickelthwate conducting

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor

The RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert includes Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, May 3-4

The TACO Classical Series concert is on Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m.
The Open Rehearsal is on Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m.

For the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s season finale, the Orchestra welcomes conductor Alexander Mickelthwate to The VETS for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony with Benjamin Beilman performing Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto.

His (Mr. Mickelthwate’s) interpretation of Bruckner’s Symphony No.7 prompted pianist Anton Kuerti to write a letter to the newspaper saying, “I would like to call attention to the stunning performance heard after the intermission. To play Bruckner’s Symphony No.7 with the passion, profundity, emotional intensity, subtlety and degree of perfection achieved by conductor Alexander Mickelthwate and the Winnipeg Symphony can only be called miraculous.”

Alexander Mickelthwate
CONDUCTOR

  • Newly appointed Music Director of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Music Director Emeritus of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
  • Started his career in North America as Assistant Conductor for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and then associate conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen.
  • Guest conducted the New York and Rochester philharmonics, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Vancouver, Milwaukee and Toronto symphonies.
  • Made his European debut in 2006 with the Hamburg Symphony, and conducted the Stuttgart Radio and Royal Scottish National orchestras, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and NDR Hannover.
  • In South America, he conducted Sao Paulo Symphony and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.
  • Made his Australian debut with the Adelaide and Tasmanian symphony orchestras where he recorded the Mozart piano concerti Nos.7 and 10 with the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo. He has conducted two world premieres of percussion concerti by Vincent Ho with Dame Evelyn Glennie.
  • Rooted in his German heritage, Mr. Mickelthwate began his tenure in Winnipeg with an inventive Beethoven cycle, pairing these great symphonies with other revolutionary compositions.
  • Contributed to the critically acclaimed Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Indigenous Festival. Passionate to connect with all cultures, he created artistic collaborations between the First Nations and Western cultures that culminated in the performances of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Revueltas’ Les Noches de los Mayas with new choreographies of contemporary and First Nations dance.
  • Broadened the repertoire of Winnipeg New Music Festival, an international institution, by forming new collaborations and connecting with different audiences.
  • Born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany, he hails from a musical family. He received his degree from the Peabody Institute of Music and studied conducting under Frederik Prausnitz and Gustav Meier as well as with Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Daniel Barenboim and Robert Spano at Tanglewood.

***At a Glance***

TACO Classical Series Concert
Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No.1
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.9

Amica Rush Hour Series
Friday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.9

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.). 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. Questions can be emailed to boxoffice@riphil.org.

Meet the RI Orchestra members performing with Judith Lynn Stillman, Trinity’s Curt Columbus, April 27

April in Paris with Poulenc: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra is at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at Carter Center for Music Performance & Education

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School hosts April in Paris with Poulenc: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra with a special appearance by Trinity Repertory Company’s Curt Columbus. Pianist Stillman and Columbus perform with Orchestra members Rachel Braude, flute, Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe, Ian Greitzer, clarinet, Kevin Owen, French horn, Ronald Haroutunian, bassoon.

About RI Philharmonic Orchestra members

Rachel Braude, flutist and piccoloist

  • Active performer and teacher in the Boston area.
  • Performs with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Pops and Boston Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Portland Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Opera Boston.
  • Former principal piccoloist of the St. Louis Symphony.
  • Teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music (Prep Division) and maintains a private studio.
  • Debut solo recording can be heard on the album In Media Res in a piece written especially for her by composer Lisa Biewala, long-time BMOP collaborator and Prix de Rome winner.
  • During the summer, Braude performs at the New Hampshire Music Festival and teaches at the Greenwood Music Camp (Junior Division).
  • Braude and her husband, violinist Charles Dimmick, concertmaster for the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, have a young daughter, Chloe, and two naughty cats who occasionally object to her practicing high notes on the piccolo.

Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe

  •  Holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory.
  • Member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Hilltop Oboe Trio and is the Oboe/English horn instructor at Rhode Island College.
  • Oboist for the Mechanics Hall kids concert series since its inception in 1994.
  • English Horn Soloist for the Star Wars in Concert Orchestra.
  • Toured extensively throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.
  • Orchestral work has included The Filarmonica de Caracas in Venezuela, where she performed in many Venezuelan cities and Islands in the Caribbean.
  • Performs with the Portland (Maine) Symphony, RI Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Chorus of Westerly and Providence Singers.

Ian Greitzer, clarinet

  • Serves as principal clarinetist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, RI Philharmonic and Boston Classical Orchestra.
  • Performs with the Boston Symphony, Cantata Singers, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Collage New Music.
  • Holds both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory and was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
  • Devoted performer of contemporary music, he is a member of the Boston Musica Viva, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston.
  • Appeared at the Rockport (Maine) Chamber Music Festival, Blossom Festival, Ravinia, Rockport (Mass.) Chamber Music Festival, Wolf Trap and Tanglewood Music Festival.
  • Performed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Recital Hall and Edinburgh Festival. Greitzer has also appeared in concert with the Blair, Manhattan, Lydian and Vermeer string quartets as well as being a member of the Zephyr Wind Quintet.
  • Faculty member at the Boston Conservatory and Boston University College of Fine Arts.

Kevin Owen, French horn

  • Principal horn for the RI Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Soloist for the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic.
  • Soloist for New Haven Symphony, Portland (Maine) Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, North Shore Philharmonic, Boston University Symphony Orchestra.
  • Appeared on the David Letterman and Conan O’Brien shows with the rock groups Guster and My Morning Jacket.
  • Toured internationally with the Boston Symphony, Empire Brass, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and was a first-place winner in five chamber music competitions with the Boston Wind Quintet.
  • Composes and arranges music for the educational programs of the Portland Symphony.
  • Orchestra arrangements have been performed by the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
  • Taught at Brown University, Brandeis University, Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music of Bard College and Rhode Island College.

Ronald Haroutunian, bassoon

  • An active performing artist in the New England area.
  • Teaches bassoon at Boston University, University of Connecticut, MIT, Tufts and NEC Prep.
  • Performs with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, extra bassoon with Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra and Boston Ballet.

***At a Glance***

April in Paris with Poulenc: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
8 p.m., Saturday, April 27
RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Performance & Education
667 Waterman Ave., East Providence

Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director and pianist
Curt Columbus, Francis Poulenc

RI Philharmonic Orchestra members
Rachel Braude, flute
Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe
Ian Greitzer, clarinet
Kevin Owen, French horn
Ronald Haroutunian, bassoon

Poulenc: Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon
Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano
Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet

BUY TICKETS

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students 18 and under or with a college ID, $10 for RI Philharmonic Music School students and family members. Tickets 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.). Day of concert tickets will be available at the Carter Center starting at 7 p.m. Questions and for information email.

April in Paris with Poulenc: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
1 p.m., Monday, April 22, Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College
Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10, and tickets are available at the door.

 

 

Meet Judith Lynn Stillman: Joins Trinity’s Curt Columbus and 5 members of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra for April in Paris with Poulenc , April 27

Judith-Lynn-Stillman-at-Piano

JUDITH LYNN STILLMAN

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School hosts April in Paris with Poulenc: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra with a special appearance by Trinity Repertory Company’s Curt Columbus. Pianist Stillman and Columbus perform with Orchestra members Rachel Braude, flute, Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe, Ian Greitzer, clarinet, Kevin Owen, French horn, Ronald Haroutunian, bassoon.

The concert is 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Performance & Education, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence.

“Francis Poulenc epitomizes French culture and the Parisian arts scene, from the literary café to the music hall. With Curt Columbus brilliantly inhabiting the persona of Poulenc, the composer’s extraordinary and oftentimes divergent qualities are brought to life. An eccentric, erudite, witty and colorful character, he was paradoxically both religious and risqué, saucy and serious, sublime and silly. It’s been said that there’s a little bit of Poulenc in each of us.”

–Judith Lynn Stillman

About Judith Lynn Stillman

  • Hailed as an “artistic visionary.”
  • Is the artist in residence and a professor of music at Rhode Island College.
  • Appeared with Wynton Marsalis, Borromeo, Shanghai, Muir, Cassatt and Lydian string quartets, the Beach Boys, in a BOSE commercial with Herbie Hancock, as visiting guest artist at major conservatories in China, Russia and the Czech Republic, and as music director in Rome and Verona, Italy.
  • Won 18 piano competitions in addition to the first Pell Award in the Arts and the Christiana Carteaux Bannister Award for Civil Service in the Arts.
  • Holds a Ph.D. from The Juilliard School, where she won the Juilliard concerto competition and the Dethier Prize for Outstanding Pianist. 
  • Garnered awards including Grand Jury Prize: Best Music Video, Best Multimedia Film, Best Music Score and Audience Choice in international film festivals in Los Angeles, Montréal, New York and the United Kingdom.
  • Iconic duo recording with Wynton Marsalis on Sony Classical was on the Top Ten of the Billboard charts.

***At a Glance***

April in Paris with Poulenc: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
8 p.m., Saturday, April 27
RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Performance & Education
667 Waterman Ave., East Providence

Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director and pianist
Curt Columbus, Francis Poulenc

RI Philharmonic Orchestra members
Rachel Braude, flute
Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe
Ian Greitzer, clarinet
Kevin Owen, French horn
Ronald Haroutunian, bassoon

Poulenc: Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon
Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano
Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet

BUY TICKETS

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students 18 and under or with a college ID, $10 for RI Philharmonic Music School students and family members. Tickets 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.). Day of concert tickets will be available at the Carter Center starting at 7 p.m. Questions and for information email.

April in Paris with Poulenc: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
1 p.m., Monday, April 22, Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College
Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10, and tickets are available at the door.

 

 

Judith Lynn Stillman, Trinity’s Curt Columbus and 5 members of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra team up for ‘April in Paris with Poulenc’–April 27

Trinity Rep’s Curt Columbus is featured in Stillman’s new play-within-a-concert

Judith-Lynn-Stillman-at-Piano

JUDITH LYNN STILLMAN

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School hosts April in Paris with Poulenc: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra with a special appearance by Trinity Repertory Company’s Curt Columbus. Pianist Stillman and Columbus perform with Orchestra members Rachel Braude, flute, Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe, Ian Greitzer, clarinet, Kevin Owen, French horn, Ronald Haroutunian, bassoon.

“Francis Poulenc epitomizes French culture and the Parisian arts scene, from the literary café to the music hall. With Curt Columbus brilliantly inhabiting the persona of Poulenc, the composer’s extraordinary and oftentimes divergent qualities are brought to life. An eccentric, erudite, witty and colorful character, he was paradoxically both religious and risqué, saucy and serious, sublime and silly. It’s been said that there’s a little bit of Poulenc in each of us.”

–Judith Lynn Stillman

Together they present the premiere of Stillman’s play-within-a-concert, April in Paris with Poulenc, in which Curt Columbus is featured in the role of French composer and pianist Francis Poulenc (1899–1963). His portrayal is interlaced with the performance of three of Poulenc’s masterworks. The event is 8 p.m. on Saturday (April 27) at the Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence. (On Monday, April 22, at 1 p.m., an abridged version will be performed at Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College.)

***At a Glance***

April in Paris with Poulenc: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
8 p.m., Saturday, April 27
RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Performance & Education
667 Waterman Ave., East Providence

Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director and pianist
Curt Columbus, Francis Poulenc

RI Philharmonic Orchestra members
Rachel Braude, flute
Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe
Ian Greitzer, clarinet
Kevin Owen, French horn
Ronald Haroutunian, bassoon

Poulenc: Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon
Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano
Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet

BUY TICKETS

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students 18 and under or with a college ID, $10 for RI Philharmonic Music School students and family members. Tickets 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.). Day of concert tickets will be available at the Carter Center starting at 7 p.m. Questions and for information email.

April in Paris with Poulenc: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
1 p.m., Monday, April 22, Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College
Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10, and tickets are available at the door.

About Judith Lynn Stillman, pianist, composer and filmmaker: Judith Lynn Stillman has been hailed as an “artistic visionary,” is the Artist-in-Residence and a Professor of Music at Rhode Island College. She has performed throughout the world, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Marlboro, Tanglewood, Grand Teton Festival and at the Grammy’s celebration in honor of Rostropovich. She has appeared with Wynton Marsalis, Borromeo, Shanghai, Muir, Cassatt and Lydian string quartets, the Beach Boys, in a BOSE commercial with Herbie Hancock, as visiting guest artist at major conservatories in China, Russia and the Czech Republic, and as music director in Rome and Verona, Italy. Winner of 18 piano competitions, the first Pell Award in the Arts, and the Christiana Carteaux Bannister Award for Civil Service in the Arts, Stillman holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School, where she won the Juilliard concerto competition and the Dethier Prize for Outstanding Pianist. Stillman, as filmmaker-composer-pianist, has garnered awards including Grand Jury Prize: Best Music Video, Best Multimedia Film, Best Music Score and Audience Choice in international film festivals in Los Angeles, Montréal, New York and the United Kingdom. Her iconic duo recording with Wynton Marsalis on Sony Classical was on the Top Ten of the Billboard charts: “Stillman and Marsalis make an impeccable duo. The playing consistently dazzles.”

About RI Philharmonic Orchestra members

Rachel Braude, flutist and piccoloist, is an active performer and teacher in the Boston area. She can often be seen performing with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Pops and Boston Symphony, and she currently holds positions in the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Portland Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Opera Boston. She is the former principal piccoloist of the St. Louis Symphony. An active teacher, she teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music (Prep Division) and maintains a private studio. Former teaching positions include the University of Massachusetts (Boston) and Rhode Island College. Braude is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School; her principal teachers include Trevor Wye, Bradley Garner, Geralyn Coticone and Lois Schaefer. She can be heard on the Chandos, Naxos, New World and BMOP Sound labels. Her debut solo recording can be heard on the album In Media Res in a piece written especially for her by composer Lisa Biewala, long-time BMOP collaborator and Prix de Rome winner. In the summers, Braude performs at the New Hampshire Music Festival and teaches at the Greenwood Music Camp (Junior Division). Braude and her husband, violinist Charles Dimmick, concertmaster for the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, have a young daughter, Chloe, and two naughty cats who occasionally object to her practicing high notes on the piccolo.

Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe, a native of Pittsburgh, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory. She is a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Hilltop Oboe Trio and is the Oboe/English horn instructor at Rhode Island College. Plaza-Martin has been oboist for the Mechanics Hall kids concert series since its inception in 1994. As English Horn Soloist with the Star Wars in Concert Orchestra, Plaza-Martin has toured extensively throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Orchestral work has included The Filarmonica de Caracas in Venezuela, where she performed in many Venezuelan cities and Islands in the Caribbean. She freelances throughout New England at venues including the Huntington Theatre, Xfinity Center, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos, the Cape Cod Melody Tent and Boston TD Garden. Plaza-Martin also performs with the Portland (Maine) Symphony, RI Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Chorus of Westerly and Providence Singers. She has performed with the Hartford Symphony, Plymouth and Cape Cod symphonies, United States Coast Guard Band and Newport Music Festival.

Ian Greitzer, clarinet, serves as principal clarinetist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Boston Classical Orchestra. He performs with the Boston Symphony, Cantata Singers, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Collage New Music. Greitzer holds both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory and was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. A devoted performer of contemporary music, he is a member of the Boston Musica Viva, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. Greitzer has appeared at the Rockport (Maine) Chamber Music Festival, Blossom Festival, Ravinia, Rockport (Mass.) Chamber Music Festival, Wolf Trap and Tanglewood Music Festival. He has performed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Recital Hall and Edinburgh Festival. Greitzer has also appeared in concert with the Blair, Manhattan, Lydian and Vermeer string quartets as well as being a member of the Zephyr Wind Quintet. He was a founding member of the New England Woodwind Quintet, Arada Trio and Extension Works New Music Ensemble. Greitzer is a faculty member of both The Boston Conservatory and Boston University College of Fine Arts. He has recorded for the Phillips, CRI, Koch International and Northeastern Records labels.

Kevin Owen, French horn, is principal horn and has been a soloist for the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic. He has also been a soloist for New Haven Symphony, Portland (Maine) Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, North Shore Philharmonic, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, as well as other orchestras. He has appeared on the David Letterman and Conan O’Brien shows with the rock groups Guster and My Morning Jacket. He has toured internationally with the Boston Symphony, Empire Brass, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and was a first-place winner in five chamber music competitions with the Boston Wind Quintet. Kevin composes and arranges music for the educational programs of the Portland Symphony, and his orchestra arrangements have been performed by the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He has taught at Brown University, Brandeis University, Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music of Bard College and Rhode Island College.

Ronald Haroutunian, bassoon, is an active performing artist in the New England area. He teaches bassoon at Boston University, University of Connecticut, MIT, Tufts and NEC Prep. He performs with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, extra bassoon with Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra and Boston Ballet.

 About Curt Columbus, Artistic Director, Trinity Repertory Company: In January 2006, Curt Columbus became Trinity Repertory Company’s fifth artistic director. He is also the artistic director of the Brown/Trinity MFA programs in acting and directing. His directing credits for Trinity include Ragtime, Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, Middletown, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Merchant of Venice, His Girl Friday, Camelot, Cabaret, Blithe Spirit, A Christmas Carol, Cherry Orchard and the world premieres of The Completely Fictional, Utterly True, Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allen Poe and Social Creatures. Trinity has been home to the world premieres of three of his plays, Paris by Night, The Dreams of Antigone, and Sparrow Grass. Trinity has also produced his translations of Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard and Ivanov as well as Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear and Lope de Vega’s Like Sheep to Water (Fuente Ovejuna).

Mr. Columbus’ adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (with Marilyn Campbell) has won awards and accolades at theaters around the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. His translation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, developed at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, is now published by Dramatists Play Service, as is his play, Sparrow Grass, and his translations of Chekhov’s other major plays, Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Cherry Orchard and Ivanov. Mr. Columbus lives in Providence with his husband, Nate Watson.

 

 

 

 

SEASON FINALE: The RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s concludes 2018-19 season with Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, May 3-4

Alexander Mickelthwate conducting

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor

Alexander Mickelthwate conducts; soloist Benjamin Beilman
performs Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto

 The TACO Classical concert is on Saturday (May 4) at 8 p.m.
The Amica Rush Hour concert is on Friday (May 3) at 6:30 p.m.

For the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s season finale, the Orchestra welcomes conductor Alexander Mickelthwate to The VETS stage for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Soloist Benjamin Beilman performs Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto.

“I’m thrilled to be conducting the season finale. It’s such a wonderful Orchestra with a great reputation. Personally, it’s a real honor. I have known Larry Rachleff and Bramwell Tovey for many years, two maestros for whom I have the highest respect. The program is truly Russian with the 1812 Overture being the ultimate blockbuster. Again and again I’m amazed at Tchaikovsky’s genius for writing melodies that are so beautiful, fun and timeless. And, of course, there is no other work with cannon shots, church bells and La Marseillaise. Benjamin Beilman is a star and the real deal. To have him play Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto will be an absolute treat. The amazing thing about the piece is that Prokofiev was able to write a work that combines high virtuosity, soulful melodies and Russian Impressionism. The Ninth Symphony of Shostakovich has its own place in history as Shostakovich struggled with the question of how to ever write ‘his’ Ninth Symphony after Beethoven’s. Shostakovich’s solution? To create a piece, completely personal, with biting wit, as a showcase for the virtuosity of the individual instruments.”

–Conductor Alexander Mickelthwate

***At a Glance***

TACO Classical Series Concert
Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.9
PROKOFIEV:Violin Concerto No.1
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture

Amica Rush Hour Series
Friday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Alexander Mickelthwate
, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.9
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture

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About Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor

Alexander Mickelthwate is the newly appointed Music Director of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Music Director Emeritus of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He started his career in North America as Assistant Conductor for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and then Associate Conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen. He has guest conducted for the New York and Rochester philharmonics, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Vancouver, Milwaukee and Toronto symphonies.

Mr. Mickelthwate made his European debut in 2006 with the Hamburg Symphony, and conducted the Stuttgart Radio and Royal Scottish National orchestras, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and NDR Hannover. In South America, he conducted Sao Paulo Symphony and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. He made his Australian debut with the Adelaide and Tasmanian symphony orchestras where he recorded the Mozart piano concerti Nos.7 and 10 with the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo. He has conducted two world premieres of percussion concerti by Vincent Ho with Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Deeply rooted in his German heritage, Mr. Mickelthwate began his tenure in Winnipeg with an inventive Beethoven cycle, pairing these great symphonies with other revolutionary compositions. His interpretation of Bruckner’s Symphony No.7 prompted pianist Anton Kuerti to write a letter to the newspaper saying, “I would like to call attention to the stunning performance heard after the intermission. To play Bruckner’s Symphony No.7 with the passion, profundity, emotional intensity, subtlety and degree of perfection achieved by conductor Alexander Mickelthwate and the Winnipeg Symphony can only be called miraculous.” Mr. Mickelthwate has since led the orchestra on the first out-of-province tour since 1979, with an all-Tchaikovsky program at the National Arts Center in Ottawa.

For three years, Mr. Mickelthwate significantly contributed to the critically acclaimed Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Indigenous Festival. Passionate to connect with all cultures, he created artistic collaborations between the First Nations and Western cultures that culminated in the performances of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Revueltas’ Les Noches de los Mayas with new choreographies of contemporary and First Nations dance. Mr. Mickelthwate broadened the repertoire of Winnipeg New Music Festival, an international institution, by forming new collaborations and connecting with different audiences.

Born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany, he hails from a musical family. He received his degree from the Peabody Institute of Music and studied conducting under Frederik Prausnitz and Gustav Meier as well as with Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Daniel Barenboim and Robert Spano at Tanglewood.

About Benjamin Beilman, violin

Highlights of Mr. Beilman’s 2017-18 season include performances with the Houston, Oregon, North Carolina and Indianapolis symphonies, and Orchestra St. Luke’s, as well as a multi-city tour of California playing and directing the New Century Chamber Orchestra in a program including Bach, Stravinsky and Andrew Norman. In recital, he premiered a new work written for him by Frederic Rzewski and commissioned by Music Accord, presented by Boston Celebrity Series and Shriver Hall, and toured throughout the United States during the last two seasons. Abroad, Mr. Beilman made his Australian concerto debut with the Sydney Symphony where he performed Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto, and debuted with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony. He performed the European premiere of Frederic Rzewski’s new work at the Heidelberg Spring Festival and returned to the Wigmore Hall in recital.

Mr. Beilman has received several prestigious awards such as a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award. In 2010 he won first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. As the top winner of the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition and winner of the People’s Choice Award, Beilman recorded Prokofiev’s complete sonatas for violin. In 2016, he released his first disc for Warner Classics entitled Spectrum, featuring works by Stravinsky, Janáček and Schubert. Mr. Beilman plays the Engleman Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

Stories behind the music

1812 Festive Overture
Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Composed to celebrate: The events of 1812 were to be celebrated in 1881 with the dedication of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow (demolished by Stalin in 1931), and the authorities were looking for suitable music. About the same time, there was to be a grand Exhibition of Industry and the Arts, which also needed appropriately festive opening music. Through Nicolai Rubinstein, commissions were offered to Peter I. Tchaikovsky for an orchestral work. He chose the exhibition as his patron but referred indirectly to the cathedral through the music’s program and the inclusion of a sacred hymn at the beginning.
Listen for this: Chief among the main themes is the French national anthem, La Marseillaise. However, bombast in the coda is 1812 Overture’s real glory. The last gasp of La Marseillaise to the accompaniment of rushing scales, percussion and cannon fire prepares the way for the Russian national anthem (at that time), God Save the Czar, which peals from the woodwinds, brass and a separate brass band.

Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major, Op.19
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Style inclinations: The musical style of Sergei Prokofiev ran to extremes—often within the same composition. In his late autobiography, he identified no fewer than four major trends in his music: (1) lyrical and melodic; (2) innovative and emotional; (3) toccata elements, chiefly driving, motoristic rhythms; and (4) classical elements.
Listen for this: Prokofiev’s intent in the first movement of this work incorporates the first and second trends. Marked Andantino, the music focuses on a dreamy principal theme, the mood of which dominates everything.

Symphony No.9, Op.70
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Reflects humanism: The Ninth Symphony was Shostakovich’s personal celebration of the war’s ending. It holds a vast range of emotion and philosophy from the dance of life to the grief of death. The work is a complete humanistic portrait.
Listen for this: Descriptive comments on the symphony by Grigori Schneerson, a prominent, very objective Soviet musicologist of the time, included: “The opening bars of the first movement transport us at once to a bright and pleasant world. There is joyous abandon, the warm pulsation of life, and the exuberance of youth in those whimsical dance themes and rhythms….” 

 

RI Philharmonic Music School announces Youth Ensembles Concerts

SYMPHONY ON STAGE

RIPYO performs on May 5
RIPYWE concert is on May 19

The students in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras perform their final concert of the season on Sunday (May 5), 1 p.m., at The VETS, Providence. The Youth Wind Ensembles’ concert is on Sunday (May 19) 3 p.m., at Rhode Island College, Sapinsley Hall.

The orchestras feature the top-level Symphony Orchestra conducted by Music Director Alexey Shabalin; Repertory Orchestra under the direction of Vincent Mattera; String Orchestra under the direction of Irina Naryshkova; and the Intermediate String Ensemble and String Ensemble under the direction of Erin Quinton Erban.

The Youth Symphonic Winds is conducted by Dr. David Neves, and the Wind Ensemble is  under the direction of John Knasas.

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 RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) Concert
1 p.m., May 5, 2019
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

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Tickets for the Youth Orchestras are $12  for adults, $7 for students and seniors, 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 (M-F 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). On day of concerts, tickets are also available at The VETS’ Box Office.

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RI Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) Concert
3 p.m., May 19, 2019
Rhode Island College, Sapinsley Hall, Providence

Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students, 18 and under, and senior citizens, and available through the Rhode Island College box office at 401-456-8144 or online at: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=21971&schedule=list

About The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Ensembles: The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Ensembles (RIPYO, RIPYWE, RIPYJazz, & Chamber) provides quality rehearsal and performance experience for talented young musicians from Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. Students range from elementary through high school.

 For more information or to schedule an audition, visit musicschool.riphil.org or contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org. For more information on the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Music School, visit musicschool.riphil.org for information on more RI Philharmonic Music School activities and performances.