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RI Philharmonic Orchestra plans 'fantastic series' of May, June concerts

Posted 4/29/21

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra's 2021 Spring Season at The Vets presents a momentous May with three stellar concerts and a spectacular June Gala Celebration with Emanuel Ax. The exhilarating season continues on Saturday, May 1, with conductor

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RI Philharmonic Orchestra plans 'fantastic series' of May, June concerts

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The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2021 Spring Season at The Vets presents a momentous May with three stellar concerts and a spectacular June Gala Celebration with Emanuel Ax.

The exhilarating season continues on Saturday, May 1, with conductor Bramwell Tovey’s triumphant return to lead “String Kingdom” with Elgar’s “Introduction and Allegro,” Purcell’s Chacony in G minor (ed. Britten), Britten’s “Simple Symphony,” Wirén’s “Serenade: March” and Coleridge-Taylor’s “Novelette No. 1.”

Saturday, May 15, features Mahler, with a chamber orchestra arrangement of his “Symphony No. 4” featuring soprano Laquita Mitchell, led by Tovey.

Next up on Saturday, May 22 is an “Orchestra Showcase” led by guest conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya highlighting principal harp Hyunjung Choi in Debussy’s “Sacred and Profane Dances for Harp,” principal trumpet Joseph Foley and English horn player Jane Murray in Copland’s “Quiet City,” as well as Mendelssohn’s “String Symphony No. 2” and Shostakovich’s “Chamber Symphony.”

Saturday, June 12, at 5 p.m. is the Annual Gala Celebration led by Tovey with Grammy Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax in an all-Beethoven program including the Overture to Egmont and his Emperor Concerto, with a sumptuous outdoor dinner to follow.

Limited in-person single tickets are available for purchase for the 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. May concerts. Both livestream and limited in-person single tickets for the 5 p.m. June Gala concert will be available for purchase in May. Premium ticket and sponsorship packages are on sale now. Packages begin at $750 and include concert tickets, dinner, parking and cocktails.

For more information or to purchase, contact Laurie Johnson-Carvalho at (401) 248-7034. This is based on recent updates to the state of Rhode Island’s live event guidelines. Tickets start at $35 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call (401) 248-7000 or visit tickets.riphil.org to purchase tickets. The 8 p.m. May performances and 5 p.m. June Gala are available to the public via livestream. If you are interested in viewing these concerts live at home, please call (401) 248-7000 or visit StreamRIPhil.org to explore purchase options. Virtual season subscriptions are available for $150. A virtual single-ticket purchase option is available at $40 per household.

“I am thrilled to return to my beloved Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra colleagues and greatly look forward to sharing this magnificent music with the community here,” Tovey said.

“We have a fantastic series of concerts coming up this May and June and are extremely grateful to welcome back audiences to the hall with enhanced safety protocols for Orchestra members, guest artists and patrons,” Executive Director David Beauchesne said. “The RI Philharmonic is grateful to former Gov. Raimondo, Gov. McKee and the state of Rhode Island, to The Vets, and to the American Federation of Musicians, the Providence Federation of Musicians and Orchestra members for their efforts in making a safe return to the stage, and the safe participation of our audience possible.”

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