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Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Presents SEASON FINALE: BEETHOVEN WITH ALON GOLDSTEIN Tonight

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Presents SEASON FINALE: BEETHOVEN WITH ALON GOLDSTEIN Tonight

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and music director LARRY RACHLEFF celebrate the finale of the Philharmonic's 69th season tonight, May 10. Pianist ALON GOLDSTEIN makes a return engagement with a performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 1. The orchestra will also performRichard Strauss' Don Juan, and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé Suites, with the PROVIDENCE SINGERS, CHRISTINE NOEL, artistic director. The concert takes place Saturday May 10 at 8:00pm at The Vets in Providence. The concert is sponsored by The Joseph and Rosalyn Sinclair Foundation. Mr. Goldstein's appearance is sponsored by The Joseph and Rosalyn Sinclair Foundation, Dr. Herbert Rakatansky and Ms. Barbara Sokoloff, and The Sage and Sgro Families. 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. There is an Open Rehearsal Friday May 9 at 5:30pm.

LARRY RACHLEFF, music director, said: "This concert pairs the love story of Richard Strauss's Don Juan with that of Ravel's Daphnis and Chloé. Ravel's ballet suites comprise fifty minutes of glorious French sound. 150 musicians will be on stage, a huge orchestra and chorus; we're glad to collaborate with the Providence Singers again. After the tender ecstasy of Ravel's French impressionism, Strauss's tone poem asks the orchestra to play with uncommon speed, dexterity, electricity and fire. You certainly hear the fervor of Don Juan in this athletic romp." Rachleff continued: "Our friend Alon Goldstein returns with Beethoven's first piano concerto. Alon is a frequent collaborator of ours, most recently with Grieg's piano concerto. It's interesting to compare this first concerto of Beethoven with the twentieth of Mozart, which we heard Bob Levin play in our April concert. The two concerti reach towards each other, across the years."

Pianist ALON GOLDSTEIN has performed with major orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Israel and as a recitalist in major music centers around the world. His 2012-13 season included a tour of Central and South America with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and performances with the Tokyo Quartet, as well as nation-wide performances with the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio. A graduate of the Tel-Aviv academy and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where he studied with the legendary Leon Fleisher, Alon is the winner of numerous competitions. He received the America Israeli Cultural Foundation scholarships for 10 years. Mr. Goldstein is a favorite with the Philharmonic audience, and in the spring of 2012 he assisted the artistic staff in the selection of the new Steinway Grand piano.

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