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2018-2019 Season

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s 74th season presents a variety of soloists, repertoire and guest conductors, in addition to appearances by our new Music Director-designate, who will be named toward the end of the summer. The season starts on September 22, and will feature eight Saturday TACO Classical concerts and four Friday Amica Rush Hour concerts. All performances are at The VETS in Providence. 

Selections for the season include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, Dvořák’s Fifth Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, as well as concerti by Philip Glass, Elgar, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and Prokofiev. Also featured will be favorites from the heart of grand opera—“Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot, scenes from the classic La bohème and Rossini’s thrilling William Tell Overture

To mark 100 years since the end of World War I, the Providence Singers will join the Orchestra on Saturday, November 17, for Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem. On Saturday, December 15, the Singers return to The VETS and joins the Orchestra for the perennial holiday favorite Handel’s Messiah, conducted by the Singers’ Artistic Director Christine Noel.

Soloists include violinist Jennifer Koh in a return engagement to open the season on September 22. In 2014, she gave a riveting performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, which captivated a record-setting audience. Also re-appearing with the Orchestra is Benjamin Beilman whose 2015 Sibelius Violin Concerto was hailed as “soulful… passionate, even dramatic but never showy, tossing off blazing scale passages without breaking a sweat.” Also returning are cellist Colin Carr and audience favorite, violinist Jennifer Frautschi. Making their debut with the Orchestra are pianists Sara Davis Buechner, Fabio Bidini, and Jazz virtuoso Aaron Diehl in a stunning program of Gershwin’s greatest works.

Saturday TACO Classical concerts feature symphonic masterworks performed by world renowned soloists and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. On select Fridays, the Amica Rush Hour series provides an early start time and a short 75-minute program with full performances of select repertoire from the Saturday program along with musical discussion. Each other concert weekend offers a Friday Open Rehearsal where the conductor, Orchestra and guest artists put the finishing touches on the program for Saturday’s concert. A microphone onstage lets the audience listen in on the Orchestra rehearsal experience.