Larry Rachleff Opens 18th Season Directing Rhode Island Philharmonic Tonight
The opening night of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra's 69th season is just a month away. September 21 marks the beginning of Music Director LARRY RACHLEFF's 18th season with the Orchestra. Concerts will take place on four Fridays and eight Saturdays at The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts in Providence.
"This season will appeal to everyone," said David Beauchesne, executive director, "our loyal fans as well as those who are planning to hear this great orchestra for the first time. There is no question that we are giving people in Rhode Island and beyond the opportunity to hear incredible music performed at the highest level, right here in Providence all season long!" The season offers symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Mozart, Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, Gustav Holst's The Planets, and concerti by Prokofiev, Schumann, Ravel, Stravinsky, Mozart, and Beethoven. Rarely heard pieces include percussionist Michael Udow's Shattered Mirror Suite (1986). Twentieth-century highlights include works by Hindemith, Ives, Bartok and Rachmaninoff.
"Choosing the music for each concert in a season is a wonderful challenge," said Larry Rachleff, music director. "In many, many planning sessions, we consider music that will offer our audience new experiences and great masterpieces, to hopefully inspire audience and orchestra members alike. It's like planning the menu for an eight-course meal!"
Seven popular and well-known guest artists will perform with the orchestra, including returning violinists Jennifer Frautschiand Philippe Quint, cellist Colin Carr and pianists Alon Goldstein, Cecile Licad and the world-renowned Mozart expertRobert Levin. Pianist Jean-Philippe Collard will make his debut with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Michael Christiewill be the guest conductor for the October concert. Mr. Christie is Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder and the Minnesota Opera.