Orchestras unite for Saturday concert


This Saturday, April 28, the Warwick Symphony Orchestra will join forces with the Fall River Symphony Orchestra (FRSO), a collaboration that will unite more than 100 local musicians. The event will include classical orchestral works, music of the jazz era, Broadway show tunes and more.

Catherine Gagnon, musical director for the Warwick Symphony Orchestra (WSO), said there will be “music for every taste.”

The two orchestras will present “A Festival Prelude” by American composer Brian Balmages, “Intermezzo” by the Italian opera composer Pietro Mascagni, “A Salute to the Big Bands” arranger Calvin Custer, “Curtain Up!” a medley of Broadway showstoppers, and more.

“Live musical experiences are getting further and farther between,” said Gagnon, who urges everyone to come experience the sounds of the WSO and FRSO.

Gagnon, who took over the WSO just under a year ago, said collaborations with other musical and non-musical organizations were a priority. Gagnon said she and FRSO musical director, Ann Danis, had been friends for a while, so a collaboration between the two groups made sense.

The two orchestras have been rehearsing separately, and will come together twice before their public performances.

Gagnon said the members of the WSO play at a high level but don’t typically play professionally. This creates a diverse group of musicians from many industries and occupations.

“They bring to us a diversified audience that may not normally come out to hear orchestral music,” she said.

This concert will also feature Warwick’s own Dr. Audrey Kaiser, a pianist and CCRI assistant professor of music. Kaiser will perform Mendelssohn’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and the world premiere of music by Gershwin for piano and orchestra, which she arranged.

The WSO and FRSO will perform this Saturday at the Scottish Rite Cathedral on the corner of Broad Street and Rhodes Way in Pawtuxet Village, Cranston at 7:30 p.m. A repeat performance will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. at Durfee High School in Fall River, Mass. Tickets for this event can be obtained in advance or at the door, but seating is limited. Admission is $10 per person.

For more information on the WSO, visit www.WSORI.org.


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