The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra presents the first Classical Series concert of the new year this Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. Music Director Larry Rachleff and the Philharmonic Orchestra are joined by pianist Alon Goldstein on a “sojourn” to eastern and northern Europe as they perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16, Bartók’s Dance Suite and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, op.88. Before the concert from 7-7:25 Resident Conductor Francisco Noya presents an informal talk about the concert program in the auditorium.
Admired for his musical intelligence and dynamic personality, Goldstein is one of the most sensitive artists of his generation. His artistic vision and innovative programming have made him a favorite with audiences and critics alike throughout the United States, Europe and Israel.
Tickets for all Philharmonic Classical concerts may be purchased 24/7 at the Philharmonic website, www.riphil.org, using MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover and at www.vmari.com. Tickets for this concert may also be purchased at the Philharmonic Box Office at 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence, until Friday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m., either by phone (248-7000) using MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover or in person during regular box office hours. Tickets are also available at the PPAC Box Office, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, either by phone (421-2787) or in person during regular box office hours.
On the day of the concert, tickets are available onsite at the Vets Box Office, in person or by calling 421-2787 from 12 noon until 8:30 p.m. Ticket prices for the concert range from $30 to $70 for adults with discounts in selected areas of the hall for full time students and groups of 10 or more. At 7:30 p.m. if there are tickets remaining, a full-time student presenting a valid student ID may buy one ticket for $12. There is free parking for all Philharmonic Classical concerts at designated lots along Smith Street with limited ADA parking just past Avenue of the Arts on Park Street. The Philharmonic provides a free shuttle bus to and from the parking lots before and after the concerts. Parking is also available at the Providence Place Mall garage for $2 for up to five hours.
The Rhode Island Philharmonic has several events surrounding the Jan. 28 classical concert featuring Goldstein, who will perform Grieg’s stunning Piano Concerto in A minor on that concert.
On Thursday afternoon, Mr. Goldstein will hold a master class for piano students at the Philharmonic Carter Center, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence. The participating students are Music School students Felipe Ferreras, Doris Xu and Brown University students Rudy Chen and Taylin Im. The Masterclass is free of charge and open to the public. There is free parking at the Carter Center.
On Friday, from 5:30-8 p.m., the Orchestra holds an open rehearsal at the VETS, Providence. This rehearsal runs as the orchestra rehearses for the Saturday night concert. The rehearsal presents an opportunity to observe the process of putting together a symphony orchestra concert. The conductor is miked so that people in the audience can hear his discussion and collaboration with Goldstein and members of the orchestra. Because this is a rehearsal and not an actual concert, there will likely be stops in the music as the conductor goes over specific sections, rather than the orchestra playing the music straight through from start to finish. There is also no guarantee that all of the music for the Saturday concert will be rehearsed during the open rehearsal. Tickets for the open rehearsal are $12 for adults and $7 for students.
On Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. Goldstein, with members of the Philharmonic Orchestra and selected Music School students, will present a recital at the Carter Center in East Providence. There is a cocktail reception immediately following the recital. Admission for this recital is $100 per person. Sponsorship level reserved seats are $250. To reserve seats, contact Liz Scanlon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 248-7004. All proceeds from this event will be used to expand and enhance Music School programs for underserved, low-income students and their families through our Music for our Schools programs.