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RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School Return with Innovative Virtual and Live Offerings

September 26, 2020

The Rhode Island Philharmonic returns with new, innovative virtual and live offerings for the Orchestra and Music School. In these unprecedented times, the presence of music in people’s lives is more important than ever. For this reason, The R.I. Philharmonic will continue its mission to enrich and transform the state and the region through great music performance and education. During a six-month pause in live performances and in-person teaching, the Philharmonic has explored a variety of ways to use technology to serve the community — while ensuring optimum safety for audience, students, teachers and musicians.

The orchestra’s new season will begin on Sept. 26 at The VETS, making the R.I. Philharmonic Orchestra the first orchestra in New England to perform live in concert in overs six months – and under the strictest safety measures.

Concerts planned for the first half of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020-2021 season will have limited in-person, socially distanced attendance available to subscribers. The orchestra will simultaneously livestream all concerts in high definition video and audio.

o The first-half of the orchestra season runs from September 2020 to February 2021.

o The rescheduled season opener on Saturday, Sept. 26, will be an exclusive livestream for season subscribers.

o Starting in November, subscribers will also have the opportunity to attend in-person with social distanced seating at The VETS.

o The second-half of the season will run from March 2021 through June 2021. Programming, dates and artists will be announced in early 2021, and will be determined in part by how public health circumstances evolve. The orchestra hopes to be able to increase in-person attendance in March along with continued livestreaming.

“Audiences will experience a different energy in our performances as we explore the repertoire’s finest works for smaller ensembles and solo artists that we don’t typically perform,” says Artistic Advisor and Conductor Bramwell Tovey. “Your RI Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing the great masters of the classical repertoire alongside some of the finest composers of today.”

The VETS is taking extreme measures to ensure the facility is sanitary and safe for the public and performers. Seating will be socially distanced, audiences and staff members must wear masks and there will be symptom checks at entrance doors.

The musicians union and the RI Philharmonic have agreed to a tentative one-year contract with a Covid-19 side-letter and media guarantees that allow the orchestra to be livestreamed in high definition video and audio for the first time.

Digital Technology Reaching New Music School Students

The R.I. Philharmonic Music School, while remaining closed presently to in-person attendance, will continue all lessons and classes online.

The Music School instantly shifted to live online instruction in March 2020, and the move has been popular with students and their families. Rhode Island Monthly highlighted, in their Best of Rhode Island 2020 list, the efforts of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble to keep kids performing through a spring virtual performance.

The Music School continues to offer a wide variety of enrichment for all. Music Together Online gives families with young children (birth to age 8) the chance to connect with other families for music, laughter and learning together. New online classes like Jazz History and Race in America, Intro to Diction for Singers and Positive Strategies for Dealing with Negative Habits strengthen the relationship between music and life for students. And, of course, private lessons continue to be available to hone a musician’s skills on any instrument and at any age.

Fall semester classes and lessons at The Music School have begun, and they are filling up quickly. For more information on the Philharmonic Music School, call 401.248-7001 or go to riphil.org/musicschool for more information and availability.

To learn more about how to subscribe to this historic, recast R.I. Philharmonic Orchestra season, visit riphil.org or call 401.248.7000

For other offerings coming back on line at The VETS, go to thevetsri.com or call 401.421.ARTS

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