Meet Molly McCaffrey, RI Philharmonic Music School Faculty

Molly McCaffreyWhat is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of teaching is watching my students progress, and how their confidence grows with each new piece. To me, teaching music is much more than learning the notes, and it has a bigger responsibility and outcome because of this. Through music you teach your students how to prepare and overcome challenges. You teach how hard work can by gratifying, and only through such work how beautiful music can be created. Most of all, my favorite part of being an educator is watching the love of music grow within each student.

How did you decide to teach at the Philharmonic?
As a college student in Rhode Island, I was drawn to the Philharmonic’s classical concerts. As a professional musician I continue to be drawn to the Philharmonic. It is the center of classical music in Rhode Island. This in turn, provides an incredible education for the many students that are enrolled at the school.

Please share a Fun Fact about you:
I also own (and play) a bright blue electric harp. This is not your typical classical harp!

What is your favorite thing about Rhode Island?
My favorite thing about RI is the summer and the lovely beaches.

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Innovative Free After-School Strings Program in Pawtucket Held Annual Holiday Concert

  RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School partners
with the Victoria Alviti Music Foundation and a Pawtucket elementary school
to provide free after-school strings instruction

Forty first- and second- year strings students at Pawtucket’s Agnes E. Little School on Dec. 13 performed their first concert of the season for friends, family members, and state and local officials. The after-school music education program, called Victoria’s Dream Project, is a partnership with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, Victoria Alviti Music Foundation and the elementary school.

Photos Clockwise, students in grades 3-5, who attend the Agnes E. Little Elementary School in Pawtucket, perform holiday classics. They are participants in the RI Philharmonic Music School’s premier after-school strings program, called Victoria’s Dream Project, which recently started its second year.

In attendance at the holiday performance were, from left, Mary Parella, director of the Pawtucket Child Opportunity Zone (COZ), Jane Blanchette, COZ after-school program manager, Jan Merman, the RI Department of Education, Michael Gilmore, Agnes E. Little Elementary School Principal, Cranston’s Sharon Alviti, founder and president of the Victoria Alviti Music Foundation, and David Beauchesne, executive director of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School.

From left, Mayor Donald Grebien and Mrs. Grebien pose with David Beauchesne, executive director of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, and Michael Gilmore, principal of Pawtucket’s Agnes E. Little Elementary School, following the holiday performance. 

In its second year of providing free intensive strings instruction for children in grades 3–5, the program is part of a larger ongoing effort by the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School and the Victoria Alviti Music Foundation to combine music education and after-school care for Southern New England students, as well as provide a pathway to create an even more diverse RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

 

 

 

Take the ‘Kindness Rising’ Pledge and Join the Movement!

Toys For Tots Benefits from YOU Taking the ‘Kindness Rising’ Pledge

In keeping with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School’s philosophy of creating a caring and empathetic setting where we encourage creativity and critical thinking, we invite you to join the Kindness Rising campaign. Overseen by Youth Service America (YSA) and sponsored by Hasbro’s philanthropic initiative BE FEARLESS BE KIND, Kindness Rising calls on young people to stand up for others, be inclusive and make a difference in your community.

Take the Kindness Rising Pledge
www.ysa.org/BEFEARLESSBEKIND

We encourage everyone to become part of the movement. For everyone who participates through Dec. 20, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots for families affected by the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and fires in California. Some 250,000 gifts will be distributed. Thank you in advance for joining us in taking the Pledge!

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Meet Chelsea Anderson, the RI Philharmonic Music School Youth Ensembles Manager

ChelseaWhat is your favorite part of your job?
Working with the families – the students work so hard and are truly wonderful. I enjoy working to make concerts and special events come together for them.

How did you decide to work at the Philharmonic?
I really enjoyed my time as a student of the Music School form 2007 – 2010. I wanted to become part of the place I called my second home during high school.

Please share a favorite childhood memory:
I remember my first day of trying a band instrument in 5th grade. I came home all excited, and told my mom how I wanted to join band. She told me I could play any instrument as long as it was trumpet! (My mom, brother, sister and I all play instruments).

Celebrate The Season With MESSIAH; Woonsocket Native & Current Resident Nicholas Laroche As A Soloist

Nicholas Laroche of Woonsocket Appears as a Soloist in Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at The Vets

PROVIDENCE, RI–Nicholas Laroche’s passion for music, theater and singing stretches back to his childhood growing up in the City of Woonsocket where he currently lives. He is passionate about local music, and for the second year in a row, Laroche, who graduated from Woonsocket High School in 2003, will be one of four featured soloists appearing in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers’ joint performance of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., at The VETS.

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NICHOLAS LAROCHE

Says Laroche, a baritone, the perennial beloved holiday concert, which features the Hallelujah Chorus, For Unto Us a Child Is Born and I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, “has always spoken to me. It is a treat to get to perform it, especially with such fantastic musicians,” Laroche added. “One of the most beautiful things about Messiah is that, even if you may know the piece or have heard it many times, each performance offers a fresh and nuanced approach which makes it new again. That, to me, is the key to great music—being able to tell a story over and over again, while still making it seem new and exciting to the audience.”

Laroche has been a featured soloist in many oratorio and opera engagements. He is the music director for The Chorus of Kent County. He was an adjunct voice faculty member at Rhode Island College, and was the conductor and director of the Rhode Island College Men’s Chorus. (A full biography of Laroche is below.)

“For 11 seasons – and counting – our community has enjoyed this holiday masterpiece with the Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers and wonderful soloists. We are thrilled to be able to work with so many gifted musicians including Nick, an incredible local talent. Christine Noel conducts a powerful and inspiring Baroque performance of Handel’s masterpiece, to warm the heart at this festive season.”

–DAVID BEAUCHESNE
Executive Director, RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

Tickets are $15$100, and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org or from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence – in person or by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9 a.m.4:30 p.m.). On concert day, tickets are available at The VETS Box Office 3 p.m.showtime. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Questions can be emailed to boxoffice@riphil.org.

Handel’s Messiah with Providence Singers
Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence
Tickets start at $15

Conductor
Christine Noel, artistic director of the Providence Singers

Soloists
Margot Rood, soprano
Emily Marvosh, alto
Matthew Anderson, tenor
Nicholas Laroche, bass

About Nicholas Laroche
Rhode Island baritone Laroche is establishing himself as a new voice in the New England area. Laroche has been a featured soloist in many oratorio and opera engagements, including the Bach B-Minor Mass and St. John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Britten’s Albert Herring and The Rape of Lucretia, Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Laroche has performed solo and choral repertoire with many area ensembles including Schola Cantorum of Boston, Capella Nova Mundi, Collegium Ancora, Ecclesia Consort, Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra (RICCO), and Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers. As an avid recitalist, Laroche has produced and performed numerous well-received solo concerts throughout the New England area and abroad, including Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Vienna and Salzburg. Laroche holds a Master of Music from McGill University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of New Hampshire, both in Solo Voice Performance. Recently, Laroche was the director of music ministry at Blessed Sacrament Church in Providence. He was an adjunct voice faculty member at Rhode Island College, where he was also the conductor and director of the Rhode Island College Men’s Chorus. Laroche is the music director for The Chorus of Kent County, in southern Rhode Island.

About the concert

Messiah, George Frideric Handel (16851759)
Two hundred and seventy-five years after its first performance, Handel’s Messiah remains the most frequently performed, most beloved work in the choral canon, featuring the Hallelujah Chorus, For Unto Us a Child Is Born, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth and other favorites. Handel completed the entire composition in only 24 days, and the oratorio has been performed consistently–revised, updated, staged and restored to its “period” form–ever since.

About Providence Singers
The Providence Singers celebrates the choral art through concerts of the masters and contemporary works, creative collaborations, recordings of American choral treasures, new music commissions and education programs. Collaborators include the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Kronos Quartet at the FirstWorks Festival, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the New Haven and New Bedford symphonies, Aurea Ensemble and Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Written in 2013, Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living proved to be a powerful work in performance for both the chorus and listeners attending the Singers 2014-2015 season opener. In 2017, the Singers’ members were proud to include Requiem for the Living as the fourth recording in their American Masterpieces collection.

 

 

Meet John Knasas, Conductor for RIPYWE Wind Ensemble

John KnasasWhat is your favorite part of your job?
The favorite part of my job is getting to see students’ progress and grow in their musicianship. Young students are full of energy and potential, and it is both fun and challenging to find creative ways to help students channel their energy to realize their full potential.

What made you decide to work at the Music School?
I decided to work at the Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School after being invited by my colleague, David Neves. I am excited to meet and work with students from throughout the region and from different backgrounds. Both of my sons also take piano lessons at the Philharmonic so I am familiar with its great opportunities and facilities.

Tell us a Fun Fact about yourself:
I am originally from Houston. My parents and extended family are from the Boston area but I grew up in Texas, and did all my elementary and high school there.

What is a favorite childhood memory?
A favorite childhood memory of mine is going to hear the college jazz ensemble at the university where my father is a professor (my father is not a music professor, but knew I loved music). They had a great student saxophonist and I was so inspired to practice after hearing the live concerts with my father.

What is your favorite thing about Rhode Island?
My favorite thing about Rhode Island is its small size – it’s easy to get around and everyone here seems to know each other. It also has some beautiful places.

Celebrate the season with MESSIAH on Saturday, Dec. 16, at The VETS

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The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers take a bow following their 2016 performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Christine Noel conducts the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers and 4 Soloists

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers will join forces for the perennial favorite holiday concert, Handel’s Messiah, featuring the Hallelujah chorus, For Unto Us a Child Is Born, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth and other favorites on Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., at the VETS. Christine Noel, artistic director of the Providence Singers, will conduct the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers and soloists Margot Rood, soprano; Emily Marvosh, alto; Matthew Anderson, tenor; and Nicholas Laroche, bass.

“For eleven seasons – and counting – our community has enjoyed this holiday masterpiece with the Philharmonic, Providence Singers and wonderful soloists,” said David Beauchesne, executive director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School. “Christine Noel conducts a powerful and inspiring Baroque performance of Handel’s masterpiece, to warm the heart at this festive season.”

Tickets are $15-$100, and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org or from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence – in person or by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day and the day following). On concert day, tickets are available at The VETS Box Office 3 p.m.-showtime. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Questions can be emailed to boxoffice@riphil.org.
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Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence
Tickets start at $15.
Conductor
Christine Noel, artistic director of the Providence Singers

Soloists
Margot Rood, soprano
Emily Marvosh, alto
Matthew Anderson, tenor
Nicholas Laroche, bass
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CHRISTINE NOEL HEADSHOT

CHRISTINE NOEL

About Christine Noel, conductor
Christine Noel is delighted to return to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra for the annual performance of Messiah with the Providence Singers. She recently conducted the Singers with orchestra in J.S. Bach’s Cantata 140, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, and Haydn’s Nelson Mass. She has led the Providence Singers through world premieres, commissions and, most recently, the Singers’ fourth commercial recording — Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, released in November. She has served on the music faculty and as director of choral activities at Clark University, Worcester, MA and as musical director at Trinity Repertory Company. She has prepared choruses for Larry Rachleff, Ann Howard Jones, Robert Page and Bramwell Tovey. She is founder and artistic director of the award-winning RI Children’s Chorus, which has performed at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the Music Educators’ National Conference (MENC). An active guest conductor, festival clinician, and adjudicator, she holds a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from Boston University, where she studied with Ann Howard Jones. She holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Rhode Island College, where she was awarded a Ridgway Shinn Study Abroad Grant, enabling her to spend a year of study at the Kodály Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. Dr. Noel completed the superior level of Italian studies at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (Florence) and served as assistant conductor and vocal coach for Italian choirs Animae Voces and Coro Polifonico di Caricentro di Firenze.

About the soloists

Margot Rood, soprano, hailed for her “luminosity and grace” by The New York Times, performs a wide range of repertoire across North American stages. Following her solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2011, she has been a frequent soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society. Rood was awarded third place in the 2016 American Prize Competition (Oratorio and Art Song division) and was named a 2015-2016 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music, where she is often featured on Emmanuel’s nationally-known Bach cantata series. She has performed as a soloist with some of the United States’ premier new music ensembles, and she was a 2015 recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award for her work in new music. Notable recent engagements include her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of Shawn Jaeger’s Letters Made with Gold, Kati Agocs’ Vessel and Arvo Pärt’s Passio with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Ms. Rood is a core member of Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble, an all-female vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music, and is a founding member of the Michigan Recital Project, which features commissions by emerging composers.

American contralto Emily Marvosh has been gaining recognition for her “flexible technique and ripe color,” “sterling voice” and “graceful allure” on the stages of Carnegie, Jordan, Disney and Prague’s Smetana halls, and Vienna’s Stefansdom. Recent engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s St. John Passion with the Handel and Haydn Society. Other recent solo appearances include Messiah with Charlotte Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Music Worcester, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus with L’academie, Bach’s Magnificat with Back Bay Chorale, Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Brookline Symphony, the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Chorus of Westerly, Vivaldi’s Salve Regina with the White Mountain Bach Festival, La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein with Opera Boston, and Rusalka with Boston Lyric Opera. Her contributions to 21st-century repertoire and performance include world premiere performances with Juventas New Music and Intermezzo Chamber Opera, and in 2013, Miss Marvosh created the roles of Viviane and Mother in the world premiere of Hugo Kauder’s Merlin. She is a founding member of the Lorelei Ensemble, which promotes new music for women.

Tenor Matthew Anderson has been praised for the warm tenor voice and polished musicality he brings to oratorio, opera and musical theater. An accomplished interpreter of the music of Bach, Mr. Anderson sings regularly as a soloist in Boston’s renowned Emmanuel Music Bach Cantata Series. He appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival as a soloist in the St. Matthew Passion and spent several summers at the Carmel Bach Festival, where he was featured as a Virginia Best Adams Fellow and aria soloist in the St. John Passion. He has received acclaim for his portrayals of the Evangelists in Bach’s Passions, which he has performed throughout the United States. Recent performances include Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Mark Morris Dance Group; Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Boston Baroque; Mozart’s Requiem with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall; Stravinsky’s Renard at Tanglewood and the Mostly Mozart Festival with the Mark Morris Dance Group; and Handel’s Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus at Carnegie Hall.

Rhode Island baritone Nicholas Laroche is establishing himself as a new voice in the New England area. Nicholas has been a featured soloist in many oratorio and opera engagements, including the Bach B-Minor Mass and St. John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Britten’s Albert Herring and The Rape of Lucretia, Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Nicholas has performed solo and choral repertoire with many area ensembles including Schola Cantorum of Boston, Capella Nova Mundi, Collegium Ancora, Ecclesia Consort, RICCO, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers. As an avid recitalist, Mr. Laroche has produced and performed numerous well-received solo concerts throughout the New England area and abroad, including Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Vienna and Salzburg. Nicholas holds a Master of Music from McGill University and a Bachelor of Music from The University of New Hampshire, both in Solo Voice Performance. Recently, Nicholas was the Director of Music Ministry at Blessed Sacrament Church in Providence as well as an adjunct voice faculty member at Rhode Island College, where he was also the conductor and director of the Rhode Island College Men’s Chorus. Nicholas is the Music Director for The Chorus of Kent County, in southern Rhode Island.

About the concert
Messiah
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Two hundred and seventy-five years after its first performance, Handel’s Messiah remains the most frequently performed, most beloved work in the choral canon, featuring the Hallelujah chorus, For Unto Us a Child Is Born, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth and other favorites. Handel completed the entire composition in only 24 days, and the oratorio has been performed consistently – revised, updated, staged and restored to its “period” form – ever since.

About Providence Singers
The Providence Singers celebrates the choral art through concerts of the masters and contemporary works, creative collaborations, recordings of American choral treasures, new music commissions and education programs. Collaborators include the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Kronos Quartet at the FirstWorks Festival, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the New Haven and New Bedford symphonies, Aurea Ensemble and Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Written in 2013, Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living proved to be a powerful work in performance for both the chorus and listeners attending the Singers 2014-2015 season opener. In 2017, the Singers’ members were proud to include Requiem for the Living as the fourth recording in their American Masterpieces collection.