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 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 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 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

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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.

RI Philharmonic Presents Beethoven’s “Eroica” on February 18 Robert Levin & Ya-Fei Chuang in Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Larry Rachleff welcome acclaimed pianist Robert Levin for a return engagement at The VETS. Levin is joined by his wife, renowned pianist Ya-Fei Chuang, and the Orchestra for Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos. The concert is Saturday, February 18 at 8:00pm and also features Beethoven’s Eroica – the Third Symphony – and Messiaen’s Forgotten Offerings. The Friday AMICA Rush Hour (Feb 17 at 6:30pm) concert features Beethoven’s Eroica and the Philharmonic’s annual side-by-side performance with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra – performing the final movements of Stravinsky’s Firebird suite.



About Robert Levin

Pianist and conductor Robert Levin’s engagements include the orchestras of Atlanta, Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, Utah and Vienna. Renowned for his improvised embellishments and cadenzas in Classical period repertoire, Robert Levin is a passionate advocate of new music, having commissioned and premiered a large number of works. A renowned chamber musician and a noted theorist and musicologist, his completions of Mozart fragments are published, recorded and performed throughout the world.

About Ya-Fei Chuang

Acclaimed by critics internationally for performances of stunning virtuosity, refinement and communicative power, Ya-Fei Chuang has appeared at numerous international festivals, as well as the Celebrity Series and Symphony Hall in Boston, the philharmonic halls of Berlin and Cologne, the Berlin Schauspielhaus and Philharmonie, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the Orchestra of the Teatro Argentino in La Plata, Argentina and many others.  She has given the world premieres of works by John Harbison, Stanley Walden, Thomas Oboe Lee and Pulitzer prizewinner Yehudi Wyner. She is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory Preparatory Division.


At a glance

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

Larry Rachleff, conductor
Robert Levin, piano
Ya-Fei Chuang, piano

MESSIAEN Les offrandes oubliées (Forgotten Offerings)
POULENC Concerto for Two Pianos
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3 (Eroica)

AMICA Rush Hour Concert
Friday, February 17 at 6:30pm

STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite
Berceuse (Lullaby)
     Side-by-Side with Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3 (Eroica)


About the concert: stories behind the music

Les offrandes oubliées (Forgotten Offerings)
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Outside the box:  Messiaen defies classification. One of France’s most important and influential composers of the 20th century, his style employed medieval modes, serial procedure, Indian ragas and bird songs.

First big break: Les offrandes oubliées, Messiaen’s first major work performed publicly and published, revealed his great creative potential and showed his penchant for expressing religious emotion in music. In the published score, the composer offered this guide to the music’s meaning: “Thou lovest us, Gentle Jesus, but we had forgotten.”

Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Eclectic finesse:  The 1932 concerto typifies Poulenc’s eclecticism. With themes ranging in style from jazz to Rachmaninoff, the mosaic-like form jumps from one to another with finesse: we can hear flavors of Stravinsky, “music hall,” Russian, even Balinese Gamelan music that Poulenc had heard in 1931. About the second movement, Poulenc wrote, “I allowed myself to return to Mozart, for I cherish the melodic line and I prefer Mozart to all other musicians.”

Symphony No.3 in E-flat major, op.55 (Eroica)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Not for Napoleon:  In 1804, Beethoven had just finished a new symphony. Musically revolutionary, it was longer than any the world had known. It was to be the “Bonaparte” Symphony, dedicated to Napoleon and, implicitly, to the spirit of the French Revolution. But when Napoleon proclaimed himself the French Emperor, Beethoven condemned his hero’s treachery. According to his student, Beethoven threw out the dedication, crying, “Is he then, too, nothing more than an ordinary human being? Now he will trample on all the rights of man and indulge only his ambition. He will exalt himself above all others and become a tyrant!” The work’s new title page read Sinfonia eroica, “composed to celebrate the memory of a great man.”

What to listen for:  Following two sharp chords, we are swept up in the rhythmic momentum. The music is alternately heroic, turbulent and tragically tender. Next, the funeral march movement explores heroic grieving and spiritual contemplation through variations and fugue in one of his profoundest musical essays. The third movement, a jovial Scherzo, lifts the listeners from these depths with its buoyant rhythms and raucous outbursts. In the central passage, Beethoven employs three horns in passages both memorable and heroic. The finale begins with variations on a theme, followed by an andante section that explores the tragic and noble possibilities of the lyrical theme, interrupted by the final, triumphal finish.


About the Orchestra

2016-2017 is the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s 72nd season and Music Director Larry Rachleff’s 21st with the Orchestra. The season’s eight-concert Saturday TACO Classical Series features world-renowned guest artists. The four-concert Friday AMICA Rush Hour Series offers an earlier start time and shorter program with full performances of select repertoire from Saturday. On March 5, the Orchestra is joined by the stunning pianist Lang Lang for a Gala Celebration.

All programs and artists are subject to change without notice.