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The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra announces its 2021-2022 Season
October 16, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
One event on October 16, 2021 at 8:00 pm
One event on November 13, 2021 at 8:00 pm
One event on December 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Celebrating 77 years of brilliant music-making and music education!
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School presents its extraordinary 2021-2022
Season at The VETS, programmed by Artistic Advisor and Conductor Bramwell Tovey. “We have an
exceptional new season in store for you featuring several amazing guest artists such as mezzo-soprano
Susan Platts, violinist Jennifer Frautschi, pianist Natasha Paremski, violinist Benjamin Beilman,
pianist Joyce Yang, cellist Oliver Herbert, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, the Providence Singers led by
Artistic Director Christine Noel, fabulous guest conductors Kensho Watanabe and Lina González-Granados, and magnificent music by a wide range of incredible composers. We’ll perform the East Coast premiere of a new work by Gabriela Lena Frank, works by Florence Price, Joan Tower, Brown
University’s Eric Nathan and former Providence String Quartet member Jessie Montgomery. We’ll
also feature familiar favorites from Brahms, Beethoven, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin,
Mahler and more!” exclaims Maestro Tovey.
“Taco/The White Family Foundation is immensely proud to be the title sponsor of the Rhode Island
Philharmonic Orchestra’s 21/22 Classical Series! Music brings so much joy and healing to our
community. It is essential in every way. It is our great pleasure to be an integral part of the new
season,” says John Hazen White, Jr., Executive Chairman of Taco Comfort Solutions and Taco/The
White Family Foundation.
“Amica has been a proud supporter of the Rhode Island Philharmonic for years, and we’re so looking
forward to the upcoming season, including the Amica Rush Hour Series. Times have been very
challenging and we all need this…an opportunity to experience beautiful music and the feelings it can
evoke. We’re looking forward to seeing you at The VETS,” says Vince Burks, Vice President and
Season 77 launches Saturday, Sept. 18 with The Music Returns! Mezzo-soprano Susan Platts,
Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Montgomery’s Banner, Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, and Brahms’ Symphony
No.4 start things off.
Next up on Saturday, Oct. 16 is Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, the return of violinist Jennifer Frautschi and Maestro Tovey featuring Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 (Pathétique).
Saturday, Nov. 13 ushers in Romantic Rachmaninoff with Guest Conductor Kensho Watanabe and pianist Natasha Paremski in a program of Price’s Dances in the Canebrakes, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No.2.
Sunday, Dec. 12 brings Handel’s Messiah featuring the Providence Singers with Artistic Director Christine Noel led by Maestro Tovey.
2022 kicks off with Beethoven’s Fifth on Saturday, Jan. 22 helmed by Maestro Tovey with violinist Benjamin Beilman performing Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in a Side-by-Side concert with students from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, Brahms’ Violin Concerto, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.5.
On Saturday, Feb. 12 is Scheherazade! led by Guest Conductor Lina González-Granados with cellist Oliver Herbert featuring Frank’s Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra, Barber’s Cello Concerto, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
Next up on Saturday, March 19, Maestro Tovey leads Grieg’s Piano Concerto with pianist Joyce Yang in a program of Liszt’s Les Préludes, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Nathan’s the space of a door, and R. Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.
April ushers in spring on Saturday, April 9 with American Classics and the return of pianist Jon Kimura Parker performing Gershwin’s Overture to Strike Up the Band, Price’s Symphony No.3, an East Coast premiere by Gabriela Lena Frank, and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in Fled by Maestro Tovey.
The season finale will be Beethoven’s Ninth on Saturday, May 7, featuring the Providence Singers with Artistic Director Christine Noel led by Maestro Tovey performing Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Brahms’ How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place from A German Requiem, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 (Choral).
All Taco Classical Series concerts will be presented Saturdays at 8 p.m., all Amica Rush Hour Series
concerts will be presented Fridays at 6:30 p.m., and Handel’s Messiah will be presented at 3 p.m. at The
VETS. There will also be Open Rehearsals on select Fridays at 5:30 p.m. throughout the season. The
8 p.m. Taco Classical Series concerts will be available to the public via livestream. If you are interested
in subscribing, please call 401-248-7000 to explore purchase options.
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing safely at The VETS with live audiences
since Oct., 2020, without incident. Its Season-ending Gala will take place on Saturday, June 12 with pianist Emanuel Ax, Maestro Tovey, an expanded orchestra and audience, and works by Beethoven. Tickets will go on sale in May, and will be available for purchase at tickets.riphil.org or 401-248-7000. The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School is open for virtual lessons, virtual ensembles and virtual classes. Details on what’s currently available can be accessed at www.riphil.org/Spring
In-person offerings will return this summer, and will be announced soon.
2021-2022 Taco Classical Series Season Overview:
The Music Returns! Sept. 18, 2021 8 p.m.
Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Oct. 16, 2021 8 p.m.
Romantic Rachmaninoff Nov. 13, 2021 8 p.m.
Handel’s Messiah Dec. 12, 2021 3 p.m.
Beethoven’s Fifth Jan. 22, 2022 8 p.m.
Scheherazade! Feb. 12, 2022 8 p.m.
Grieg Piano Concerto March 19, 2022 8 p.m.
American Classics April 9, 2022 8 p.m.
Beethoven’s Ninth May 7, 2022 8 p.m.
2021-2022 Amica Rush Hour Series Season Overview:
Romantic Rachmaninoff Nov. 12, 2021 6:30 p.m.
Beethoven’s Fifth Jan. 21, 2022 6:30 p.m.
Scheherazade! Feb. 11, 2022 6:30 p.m.
Beethoven’s Ninth May 6, 2022 6:30 p.m.