Rhode Island Phil and Violinist Phillippe Quint Present STRAVINSKY'S VIOLIN CONCERTO and More Tonight
East Providence, RI -- Violinist PHILIPPE QUINT joins Music Director LARRY RACHLEFF and the RHODE ISLAND PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA for STRAVINSKY'S VIOLIN CONCERTO today, March 22. The orchestra will also perform TCHAIKOVSKY'S SIXTH SYMPHONY, the passionate Pathétique. The rarely-heard suite from Udow's virtuoso percussion piece The Shattered Mirror (1999) begins the program. The concert takes place Saturday March 22 at 8:00pm at The Vets in Providence. The concert and Mr. Quint's appearance are sponsored by Robert and Lynn Manning. Mr. Quint's appearance is also sponsored by Barbara Dreyer. 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 a full performance of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony and selections from the Stravinsky Violin Concerto, is Friday March 21 at 6:30pm.
LARRY RACHLEFF, music director, said: "Tchaikovsky's brooding, optimistic, and plungingly passionate Sixth Symphony, the Pathétique, is no less a warhorse than his colossal Fifth Symphony, which we performed last season. Beginning quietly in the darkness of the human soul, ending quietly in that same darkness, on the way Tchaikovsky offers us the light of his most famous tunes, his great feeling for waltz, and his lopsided march in 5/4 time." Rachleff continued: "Paired with the Pathétique, we have another Russian work, Igor Stravinsky's rarely heard Violin Concerto, with Philippe Quint returning after his fabulous performance of the Korngold concerto in 2010. Stravinsky's concerto was certainly influenced by his Hollywood times: angular, rhythmic, full of dance." Rachleff concluded: "We're excited to open the concert with an American work, Michael Udow's TheShattered Mirror Suite. This work is a fabulous amalgam - mixing the sounds of romantic opera and a gamelan orchestra, so full of timbres and noises, shocking at one moment and with great Javanese beauty the next. Happily, we are also recording The Shattered Mirror Suite."
Violinist PHILIPPE QUINT created a sensation in his 2010 debut with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He is a multi-faceted artist whose wide range of interests has led to several Grammy nominations, performances with major orchestras throughout the world and a leading role in a major independent film, Downtown Express. In demand worldwide, recent appearances include performances with the orchestras of Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Minnesota, Bournemouth, Houston, China National, Orpheus, Berlin Komische Oper and Cape Town Philharmonic, among many others. He has given solo recitals and chamber music performances at the Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Ravinia, Aspen, Lincoln Center, and Chautauqua festivals. After studying and performing as a child in Russia, he earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Juilliard. He is Founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Series at Mexico Festival in Mexico City, as well as the Quint Quintet, a group dedicated to the music of Astor Piazzolla and Argentine tango.