Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin: Polonaise
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1

Gala Dinner Packages • $500

Join Maestro Tovey at the Renaissance Hotel next door for a post-concert cocktail reception, dinner and award presentation to George Wein, creator of the Newport Folk and Jazz festivals. Packages also include premium concert seating and valet parking.

All proceeds advance our mission to enrich and transform the region through exceptional music performance and education. They also provide critically needed funding for music education to children in our underserved communities.

To purchase or for more information please contact
Laurie Johnson-Carvalho at
[email protected] or 401.248.7034.

Become a Sponsor

Support from the local community is critical to advancing our mission to enrich and transform the region through exceptional music performance and education. Gala sponsorships start at $3,000. Participation as a business sponsor enhances your visibility by putting your company name and logo in front of 1,800 concert attendees, 300 community leaders at the Gala dinner, and tens of thousands through traditional, digital and social media outlets. It also provides you with the opportunity to invite colleagues, clients and other guests to join you for an outstanding concert followed by dinner. A sponsorship can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Sponsorships from individual supporters are also welcomed. We invite you to learn more about the different sponsorship levels and recognition and benefits for each below.



Bramwell Tovey

Bramwell Tovey

Artistic Advisor and Conductor

We are thrilled to welcome Bramwell Tovey as our newly named Artistic Advisor. A true champion of connecting orchestras with the communities they serve, Tovey has been hailed as the very model of a modern orchestral maestro. Tovey is Music Director Emeritus of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a Grammy winner, and has released many acclaimed recordings. Mr. Tovey is a frequent conductor of the New York Philharmonic, performs often as a piano soloist, and is an active composer.

Olga Kern

Olga Kern


Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists. She jump-started her U.S. career with her historic gold-medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, the first woman to do so in more than 30 years. Ms. Kern frequently gives masterclasses and serves on the piano faculty of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Her discography includes Grammy-nominated recordings of Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Chopin.

George Wein

George Wein

2019 John Hazen White Sr., Leadership in the Arts Award

Jazz impresario George Wein is as much of a legend as his festivals. He has spearheaded hundreds of music events annually since 1954 when he produced the first Newport Jazz Festival. Five years later, Wein and folk icon Pete Seeger founded the Newport Folk Festival. Wein is also an accomplished jazz pianist, whose group Newport All-Stars has toured around the world and features some of the greatest musicians in the history of jazz.