Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School Announces and Summer Ensembles, Workshops and Camps

RIPhil.logoNEW.blue.MAINA listing of summer workshops, ensembles and camps for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School this spring and summer is below. All ensembles, summer camps and workshops are held at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence.

Chamber Music Camp
Monday-Friday, June 25-29, 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

This one-week intensive chamber music workshop is for young people and adults who play strings, woodwinds, brass or piano. Although prior chamber music skills are not required, applicants should have good music reading skills. In addition to daily coaching, the program includes rehearsals, masterclasses and performances. Already established chamber groups are welcome, and we offer a one-day enrollment for adults.

 Applications for the Chamber Music Camp are due May 15. Applications received after May 15 will be handled on a space-available basis.

Alternative Strings Ensemble
Tuesdays, July 10-August 28, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Alternative Strings Ensemble explores alternative styles and different string playing techniques used in rock, jazz and folk music. Come learn to chop, improvise and play chords on your instrument along with a drummer and keyboard player, then incorporate these into some familiar songs. This group is open to string players with more than three years of experience. Perfect for older strings players that want to have fun and a great challenge for younger players.  No audition required!

Piano Plus & Piano Kids
Monday-Friday, July 30-August 3, 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Piano Plus is an opportunity for intermediate and advanced students to enjoy their piano studies in a varied workshop that includes piano four hands, coaching, accompaniment, supervised practicing and music appreciation class. There are daily discussions on many aspects of piano playing including effective practicing, performance preparation, music memorization and more. Piano Plus Workshop will conclude with a recital of all the participants who will be featured accompanying soloists and playing piano pieces for four, six or eight hands.

Piano Kids is designed for beginners between the ages of six and 10 who are just starting their piano studies. The day will begin with warm-up piano exercises. Then it will be filled with musical games, daily composer sessions and learning simple duets, which will be performed in a recital.

 Applications for Piano Plus and Piano Kids are due May 15. Applications received after May 15 will be handled on a space-available basis.

Jazz Rock & Blues Camp
Week 1: Monday-Friday, July 30-Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Week 2: Monday-Friday, Aug. 6-10, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

This one or two-week intensive summer workshop gives middle and high school music students the opportunity to develop musicianship, collaborate with other musicians and gain confidence in performance. Curriculum includes music theory, improvisation, introduction to a recording studio, styles class for drummers and Latin percussion. Prior jazz, rock and blues experience is not required.

 Applications for Jazz Rock & Blues Camp are due June 15. Applications received after June 15 will be handled on a space-available basis.

Trombone Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, August 14-16, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Trombone Workshop provides the fundamentals of brass playing and performance of innovative repertoire for low brass ensemble. Alexei Doohovsky is a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s trombone section and serves on the faculties of Rhode Island College and Brown University. This workshop welcomes middle and high school students who play trombone, euphonium or tuba.drivw

 

At-A-Glance

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Chamber Music
Monday-Friday, June 25-29, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Applications are due May 15. Applications received after May 15 will be handled on a space-available basis.

Alternative Strings Ensemble
Tuesdays, July 10-August 28, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Piano Plus & Piano Kids
Monday-Friday, July 30-August 3, 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Applications are due May 15. Applications received after May 15 will be handled on a space-available basis.

Jazz, Rock & Blues
Week 1: Monday-Friday, July 30-Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Week 2: Monday-Friday, Aug. 6-10, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Applications are due June 15. Applications received after June 15 will be handled on a space-available basis.

 Trombone Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, August 14-16, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

 All ensembles, summer camps and workshops are held at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence.

 

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The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School Announces Youth Ensembles Auditions

RIPhil.logoNEW.blue.MAINA listing of auditions for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School this spring and summer is below. All ensembles, summer camps and workshops are held at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) will hold auditions by appointment for the Symphony, Repertory and String orchestras, and Intermediate String and String ensembles on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 29, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 31, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 1, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday June 7, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 8, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

RIPYO provides quality orchestral rehearsal and performance experiences for talented young musicians from Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. The professional conducting staff, led by music director, symphony conductor and RI Philharmonic Orchestra member, Alexey Shabalin, is committed to providing the best educational experience for each student.

All RIPYO ensembles rehearse once per week in East Providence from September through May and present three performances. RIPYO Symphony members also perform side-by-side with RI Philharmonic musicians at a Friday night Amica Rush Hour concert once during the season.

RIPY Chamber Ensembles
By appointment: Contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

Chamber Music classes provide a format for intensive study and performance of standard chamber music repertoire for string quartets, woodwind and brass quintets, piano trios and quartets and mixed ensembles. Students should have a minimum of three years playing experience. Ensembles receive weekly one-hour coaching sessions, perform in recitals and participate in masterclasses. Rehearsals generally begin in October and run through May. Acceptance and placement is by audition with Chamber Department Chair Lois Finkel. Students are placed in groups of two, three or more based on skill level, age and needed instrumentation.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Jazz Ensembles (RIPYJazz) will hold auditions for the RIPYJazz and Rock Combos on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, May 30, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • By appointment, contact the Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

The Jazz and Rock Department is for students inter­ested in jazz or rock study and performance. Courses are organized so that each student is placed according to his or her interests and skills, and can progress accordingly. The RIPYJazz Big Band, under the direction of Wendy Klein, performs at numerous community events including Monday Night Jazz at Bovi’s, Vernal Arts and Music Festival and the Blackstone Boulevard Summer Concert Series.

All RIPYJazz and Rock ensembles rehearse once per week from September through May and perform throughout the season.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) will hold auditions for the Symphonic Winds and the Wind Ensemble on the follow dates:

  • Wednesday, May 30, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 31, 4:00 p.m.-8:00p.m.

Students interested in auditioning but not available on May 30 and 31 can submit an audition application. Auditions will be scheduled at the earliest convenience. Contact the Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

Founded in 2002, RIPYWE offers advanced woodwind, brass and percussion students from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut an outstanding opportunity to rehearse and perform high quality wind ensemble repertoire. RIPYWE offers these students a challenging and rewarding musical experience. RIPYWE Symphonic Winds is conducted by Music Director Dr. David Neves, and RIPYWE Wind Ensemble is conducted by John Knasas.

Both RIPYWE ensembles rehearse once per week on Wednesday evenings from September–May. They participate in two major performances.

***Auditions Recap***

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO):

  • Tuesday, May 29, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 31, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 1, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday June 7, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 8, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

 RIPY Chamber Ensembles

  • By appointment, contact the Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Jazz Ensembles (RIPYJazz):

  • Wednesday, May 30, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • By appointment, contact the Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE):

  • Wednesday, May 30, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 31, 4:00 p.m.-8:00p.m.

 

 

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School Announces Youth Spring Recitals in May

 

Youth Jazz and Rock Ensembles Perform, May 11, 12 and 19
Youth Chamber Ensembles Perform, May 19 and 21

The RI Philharmonic Music School’s Youth Ensembles will present spring recitals starting with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Jazz and Rock Ensembles performing on Friday, May 11, 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, 5:15 p.m.; and Saturday, May 19, 2:30 p.m. The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Chamber Ensembles will perform on Saturday, May 19, 4:45 p.m., and Monday, May 21, 7:00 p.m.

At A Glance 

RI Philharmonic Youth Jazz Recitals
Friday, May 11, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, 2:30 p.m.

RI Philharmonic Youth Chamber Music Recital
Saturday, May 19, 4:45 p.m.
Monday, May 21, 7:00 p.m.

All performances are free and open to the public, and will be at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Education and Performance,
667 Waterman Ave., East Providence
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The Jazz and Rock Department offers a complete educational program for students inter­ested in jazz or rock study and performance. Courses are organized so that each student is placed according to his or her interests and skills, and can progress accordingly. The RIPYJazz Big Band, under the direction of Wendy Klein, performs at community events—including the Vernal Arts and Music Festival and the Blackstone Boulevard Summer Concert Series. All RIPYJazz ensembles rehearse at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center, in East Providence, once per week from September through May, and present various performances throughout the season.

RI Philharmonic Youth Chamber Groups classes provide a format for intensive study and performance of standard repertoire for string quartets, woodwind and brass quintets, piano trios and quartets and mixed ensembles. Students should have a minimum of three years playing experience. Ensembles receive weekly one-hour coaching sessions, perform in recitals and participate in master classes with musicians from around New England. Rehearsals generally begin in October and run through May.

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.

 

The Stories Behind the Music for the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Conducted by Edwin Outwater, May 5

The RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s TACO Classical’s season finale features
Mendelssohn, Mahler and Jessie Montgomery–former Providence String Quartet member 

Violinist Elena Urioste performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

***At a Glance ***

Mahler & Mendelssohn
TACO Classic Concert
Saturday, May 5, 8:00pm
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

Edwin Outwater, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin

MONTGOMERY: Starburst
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 (Titan) 

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 (M-F 9am-4:30pm). On day of concerts, tickets are also available at The VETS’ Box Office (Friday, 3:30pm–showtime; Saturday, 4:00pm-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Open Rehearsal
Friday, May 4, 5:30pm

General Admission is $15. Tickets are available at tickets.riphil.org or 401.248.7000 (M-F 9 am-4:30pm).

 

 

About the concert: stories behind the music

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JESSIE MONTGOMERY

Jessie Montgomery
Starburst

Eclectic approach: Composer-violinist-educator Jessie Montgomery (1981-) hails from New York’s Lower East Side, where her father managed a music studio. She was, in her words, “constantly surrounded by all different kinds of music.” Thus, her own compositions have drawn from many diverse influences, such as African-American spirituals, civil rights anthems, improvisational styles, modern jazz and film scores. From 2004-2009 Jessie was a member of the Providence String Quartet, a pioneering ensemble in community-based music education.
A thoughtful piece: Starburst was commissioned by the Sphinx Organization and premiered by its resident Sphinx Virtuosi in 2012. She said, “I wrote the piece with their dynamic in mind.”
Listen for this: This brief one-movement work for string orchestra is a play on imagery of rapidly changing musical colors. Exploding gestures are juxtaposed with gentle fleeting melodies to create a multidimensional soundscape. A common definition of a starburst, she added, “The rapid formation of large numbers of new stars in a galaxy at a rate high enough to alter the structure of the galaxy significantly.”

Felix Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64

Born from a friendship: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) studiously avoided any comparison with Beethoven. Mendelssohn’s concerto was born of a long and deep friendship between him and Ferdinand David, a professional violinist. Repeatedly, David had asked Mendelssohn for a concerto, but it was frequently put off due mainly to the composer’s many professional commitments. In July 1838, Mendelssohn wrote to David, “I would like to write you a violin concerto for next winter. One in E minor keeps running through my head, and the opening gives me no peace.”
The long game: The concerto did not come to fruition for nearly seven years. When he showed a partly complete score to David, the violinist exclaimed, “This is going to be something great!” David contributed many ideas to the work. Finally, it premiered in March 1845 at the Gewandhaus (Leipzig).
Listen for this: The violin has a ravishing melody played right at the beginning. The cadenza is controlled virtuosity—in spirit, a blend of Spohr’s classical reserve and Paganini’s flashy display. When the orchestra re-enters with the main theme, roles are reversed with the violin accompanying the orchestra. A single note in the bassoon joins the first movement to the second.

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No.1 (Titan)

Radical score: The First Symphony of Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) originated as a five-movement work under the generic title, Symphonic Poem. In that form, it had its 1889 premiere in Budapest. The work was not a critical success. Before the next performance in Hamburg in 1893, Mahler revised the score, renaming it Titan, a Tone Poem in the Form of a Symphony, and added programmatic titles and comments to all the movements. For the 1899 publication, the composer also reduced the number of movements to the more traditional four.
Fairy tale inspired: The third movement begins oddly as a grotesque parody of the children’s round Frère Jacques scored for some solo instruments with brief sarcastic comments from others. Mahler explains this strange opening and unusual later developments in his note. “The composer received the external stimulus to this movement from the parodical picture, The Huntsman’s Funeral, well known to all children of Austria from an old book of fairy tales. The animals of the forest accompany the coffin of the dead hunter to its tomb.”
Listen for this: Without pause, a cymbal crash announces the opening of the fourth movement. Full of dramatic contrasts and orchestration wizardry, this movement has themes of its own but is noteworthy for reminiscences and transformations of melodies from the previous movements. The length and power of this concluding essay shows Mahler at his best, tying up the ends of the symphony’s portrayal of innocence.

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 (M-F 9am-4:30pm). On day of concerts, tickets are also available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30pm–showtime; Saturday, 4:00pm-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Season Finale: Meet Violinist Elena Urioste; Performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the RI Philharmoic Orchestra, May 5

Soloist Elena Urioste joins Conductor Edwin Outwater and the RI Philharmonic Orchestra for the TACO Classical concert, May 5
Open Rehearsal is on May 4 

About Elena Urioste

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ELENA URIOSTE, soloist

“Plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor”
The Washington Post

  • Was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2012-2014.
  • First-place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition.
  • Given acclaimed performances with major orchestras throughout the United States
  • Made her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium in 2004.
  • Co-founder and artistic director of Intermission Sessions & Retreat, a new program that combines music and yoga.
  • Graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School.
  • Instruments being used are: an Alessandro Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1706, and a Nicolas Kittel bow.

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 (M-F 9am-4:30pm). On day of concerts, tickets are also available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30pm–showtime; Saturday, 4:00pm-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Glocester-native named RI Philharmonic Music School’s 2017-2018 Concerto & Aria Competition winner

To perform with RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, May 5

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School named Pianist Maddox Realejo, of Glocester, winner of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School’s 2017-18 Concerto & Aria Competition. Realejo will perform the third movement from Beethoven’s Concerto No.2 in B-flat major with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra, Alexey Shabalin, conducting. The concert will be at 2:00pm, May 5 (Saturday), at The VETS.

In February, David Gasper, director and artistic administrator for the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, and Francisco Noya, resident conductor, adjudicated the competition held at the Carter Center for Music Education. Realejo was one of four finalists chosen from a field of current students at the RI Philharmonic Music School.

****At-a-Glance****

Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Alexey Shabalin, conductor
Maddox Realejo, piano

May 5
Saturday, 2:00pm
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts

Tickets are $11 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and available on day of concert at The VETS Box Office from noon until the end of the concert.
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maddox (2)About Maddox Realejo, piano
Since 2016, Glocester-native 16-year-old Maddox Realejo has been studying piano with Irina Tchantceva at The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School. He is a member of the Music School’s chamber group. Currently, he is a junior at Ponaganset High School, and has been involved with the music program since his freshman year when he participated in its production of The Music Man. Maddox is a percussionist and pianist in the school’s wind ensemble under the direction of Daniel Coyne. He is a student member of the RI Chopin Club. For the last six years, Maddox has participated in the RI Music Education Association’s Solo and Ensemble Music Festival at Rhode Island College, earning superior scores each year, with an invitation to perform in the Honors Recital in 2016. He has participated in various masterclasses, recitals and performances for organizations throughout Rhode Island. At age nine, he started playing the piano. In addition, he is a member of the school’s varsity soccer team, and its indoor and outdoor track teams.

For more information on the Music School’s youth ensembles, groups and Concerto & Aria Competition, 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 spring 2018 Youth Ensemble Concerts

RIPYO performs on May 5; RIPYWE concert is on May 20

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) presents its final concert of the season on Saturday, May 5, 2:00pm, at The VETS in Providence. The Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Khachaturian, Schubert and Beethoven. They will be joined by the RI Philharmonic Concerto & Aria Competition winner, pianist Maddox Realejo, of Glocester.

The concert features 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.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $11 for adults, $6 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 9am-4:30pm). On day of concerts, tickets are also available at The VETS’ Box Office.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) holds its final concert of the season on Sunday, May 20, 3:00 pm, Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College. The concert will include RIPYWE Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Dr. David Neves, and RIPYWE Wind Ensemble, under the direction of John Knasas.

RIPYWE provides a quality wind ensemble rehearsal and performance experience for talented young musicians from Rhode Island and Massachusetts. RIPYWE Symphonic Winds is designed for advanced middle school and high school students and Wind Ensemble is for intermediate to advanced middle and high school students.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $11 for adults, $6 for students, 18 and under, and senior citizens. Tickets are available through the RIC box office http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=21971&schedule=list or 401-456-8144.

**** At a Glance****

RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) Concert
2:00pm, May 5, 2018
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

 RIPhilharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) Concert
3:00pm, May 20, 2018
Rhode Island College, Sapinsley Hall, Providence

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 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 Philharmonic Music School activities and performances.