RI Philharmonic Presents “All-Brahms” on March 18

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Larry Rachleff welcome another favorite, acclaimed violinist Augustin Hadelich, for a return engagement at The VETS, Avenue of the Arts, Providence. The Orchestra will perform Brahms’ lyrical Symphony No.2 and then be joined by Mr. Hadelich in Brahms’ Violin Concerto. The concert is Saturday, March 18 at 8:00pm with an Open Rehearsal on Friday, March 17 at 5:30pm.



About Augustin Hadelich
Grammy Award-winner Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the great violinists of his generation. He has performed with every major orchestra in the U.S., and an ever-growing number of major orchestras in the UK, Europe and the Far East, collaborating with such renowned conductors as Roberto Abbado, Thomas Adès, Marin Alsop, Alan Gilbert, Sir Neville Marriner, Jaap van Zweden and others. His chamber music partners have included Jeremy Denk, Alban Gerhardt, Richard Goode, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, Joyce Yang and members of the Guarneri and Juilliard quartets. He is consistently cited for his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity and gorgeous tone. Born in Italy, the son of German parents, Hadelich is an American citizen. He plays the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari violin.


At a glance

TACO Classical Concert
Saturday, March 18 at 8:00 pm

Larry Rachleff, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

BRAHMS Symphony No.2
RI Philharmonic Orchestra

BRAHMS Violin Concerto
RI Philharmonic Orchestra
Augustin Hadelich, violin 

Open Rehearsal
Friday, March 17 at 5:30 pm


About the concert: stories behind the music

Symphony No.2 in D major, op.73
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Sure of success:  Creating two works in the same genre simultaneously was not uncommon for composers of the Classic-Romantic era – as Brahms did with his First and Second symphonies – and often the nature of the two contrasted sharply. Writers have characterized Brahms’ First as “tragic” and have given the idyllic Second the “Pastoral” nickname. Brahms knew from the start that the Second was destined for success. Brahms completed the symphony during the summer of 1877 in the bucolic setting of Pörtschach by the Wörthersee.

Viennese waltz?  The Viennese at once took the work to their hearts, perhaps due to the waltz-like first movement. The moderate tempo and gentle grace of the movement suggest, however, more the ballet stage than the ballroom. A delicate balance between the general feeling of lightness and the uncommon heaviness of the brass section results from the unusual use of three trombones and tuba.

Violin Concerto in D major, op.77
Johannes Brahms

Violin vs. orchestra?  Mixed reviews greeted Brahms’ Violin Concerto at its 1879 premiere. Conductor Hans von Bülow stated that the concerto was written “against the violin.” Violin prodigy Bronislav Hubermann later countered with the remark that it is a concerto “for violin against orchestra — and the violin wins.”

Copying Beethoven:  Brahms had modeled much in his concerto on that of his idol, Beethoven. In its day, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto had also been accused of unwarranted difficulties, and early audiences often missed its profound content. As analyst John Horton has put it: “That Brahms should have ventured upon a Violin Concerto in D with the sound of Beethoven’s…in his ears was in itself an act of faith and courage; that he should have produced one…worthy to stand beside it, is one of the triumphs of Brahms’ genius.”

Eugene Nadeau, Season Ticket Holder for 71 Years!

gene-nadeau-blog-photoSince the RI Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1945, there have been two constants: a) wonderful classical music played by world-class musicians, and b) Gene Nadeau standing in the balcony applauding and shouting, “Bravo!” to the Orchestra.

As a young boy, Gene fell in love with classical music and opera after tuning it in on his radio. At 14, he attended his first RI Philharmonic concert and was completely hooked. From Francis Madeira’s first  to Larry Rachleff’s latest, he’s been a season ticket holder every year.

“I believe that the Philharmonic is something truly special in our community and for all of Rhode Island. I just think that it is beautiful when you see and hear the Orchestra today. Larry, the musicians and everyone here at RIPO&MS have built something that we can respect, be proud of and enjoy. Attendance is up and exciting stuff is happening here.”

Not only has he attended nearly every concert for 71 years, but Gene makes it a point to introduce others to the RI Philharmonic by talking to young people about the Orchestra and Music School. If you know him or have met him, he has probably invited you to join him at a concert. As Rhode Island’s oldest elected official (Warwick Public Schools Board) and “pushing 85,” Gene feels strongly that the love of music needs to be nurtured and cultivated from a young age.

So, next time you are at a RI Philharmonic Orchestra concert and you hear someone shouting, “Bravo!” to the Orchestra, turn toward the balcony and give Gene Nadeau a wave.


Congratulations to Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble!

We would like to congratulate Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble, our two youth wind groups for their fantastic concert on January 24th. We would also like to thank Mr. Aaron Bush, Wind Ensemble conductor, and Dr. David Neves, Symphonic Winds conductor, for their hard work and preparation of our youth groups. We still have some openings in our youth wind ensembles for the remainder of the 2016-2017 season!

You can also see these groups perform on May 21 at Rhode Island College at their end of the year recital. Please contact Chelsea Anderson, Youth Ensembles Manager at canderson@riphil.org or 401.248.7038 for more information.

Youth Orchestras’ Concert a Rousing Success!

We would like to congratulate three of our youth orchestras. They played a terrific concert on January 22. We’d like to thank Ms. Irina Naryshkova (String Orchestra), Mr. Vince Mattera (Repertory Orchestra), and Mr. Alexey Shabalin (Symphony Orchestra) for their hard work and preparation for these performances. Some openings are still available in our youth orchestras for the remainder of the 2016-17 season!

You can see all five orchestras perform on May 6 at The Vets in Providence at their end of the year recital. Please contact Chelsea Anderson, Youth Ensembles Manager at canderson@riphil.org or 401.248.7038 for more information.


Youth Orchestra to Perform at Viennese Masters Orchestra Invitational in New York, NY

ripyo-spring2017-carnegiehallinvitation4In a national celebration of music, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra has been invited to perform in the 2017 Viennese Masters Orchestra Invitational in New York City. The festival will take place at the world renowned Carnegie Hall on Friday, June 23, 2017.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra is featured among four accomplished symphony orchestras selected to perform in this historic, world class concert venue. The 2017 Viennese Masters Orchestra Invitational is produced by concert tour management company Music Celebrations International in partnership with Carnegie Hall.

Tickets will be available in April. Please call the Carnegie Hall Box Office to purchase your tickets: 212-247-7800.

RIPYO provides quality orchestral rehearsal and performance experience for talented young musicians from Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information or to schedule an audition, visit musicschool.riphil.org or contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401.248.7038.


DATE:                       June 23, 2017
TIME:                       7:30pm
LOCATION:            Carnegie Hall in New York, NY
TICKETS:                Carnegie Hall Box Office: 212-247-7800

Visit musicschool.riphil.org for information on more Philharmonic Music School activities and performances.


The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School encourages lifelong engagement with music through comprehensive music education and community partnership programs taught by orchestra members and other outstanding faculty. We prioritize artistry and education equally. Quality, access, diversity and collaboration are core values.

The Philharmonic Music School serves students of all ages and ability levels, and provides instruction in all kinds of music, from jazz and rock to classical and folk, through private lessons, chamber music classes, and large and small ensembles. More than 70 dedicated teachers comprise the faculty, many with degrees from some of the finest music schools in the world. The majority of Philharmonic Music School programs take place at the state-of-the-art Carter Center in East Providence. Completed in 2008, the Carter Center is the largest dedicated community music school facility in New England. We also offer lessons in a welcoming, well equipped environment at our East Greenwich branch.