Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Presents LEVIN PLAYS MOZART Tonight
Renowned Mozart interpreter ROBERT LEVIN returns to join Music Director LARRY RACHLEFF and the RHODE ISLAND PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA for Mozart's Piano Concerto, No.20 in D minor tonight April 12.
The orchestra will also perform Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony No.5 in D minor, and the rarely-heard twentieth-century American gem, Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question. The concert takes place Saturday April 12 at 8:00pm at The Vets in Providence. The concert is sponsored by Taco/The White Family Foundation, and Mr. Levin's appearance is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Ronald DeLellis. WPRO News Talk 630 is the media sponsor. Tickets (starting at $15) are available at riphil.org/tickets, by phone at 401.248.7000, and in person at the RIPO box office, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence.
The AMICA RUSH HOUR performance featuring selections from Saturday's program - and a side-by-side performance with members of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra - is Friday April 11 at 6:30pm.
LARRY RACHLEFF, music director, said: "I love this program so much, because I get to collaborate with one of my best friends! Bob Levin is perhaps the greatest classical pianist of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven in the world today. Bob has been with us before, but not for a long time, and he'll join us for Mozart's 20th piano concerto. Robert will improvise it like a jazz pianist, making up his cadenzas and adding notes all over - it's really a Mozart/Levin concerto. Interestingly," he added, "the last time the Philharmonic performed this concerto was a long time ago, on November 23, 1963, the day after President Kennedy was assassinated."
Rachleff continued: "The concert opens with the iconic New England composer Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question, a work for strings, four flutes and an off-stage trumpet, who intones the very question for which the strings provide the answer, perhaps. It's a touching and haunting piece, written at the beginning of the twentieth century: it sounds as if it could have been written two weeks ago."