Guest conductors and artists are all in place for the 79th season of the Rhode Island Philharmonic as the orchestra searches for its next conductor following the untimely death of the beloved …
Guest conductors and artists are all in place for the 79th season of the Rhode Island Philharmonic as the orchestra searches for its next conductor following the untimely death of the beloved Bramwell Tovey.
The season includes the most diversified field of guest conductors in the history of the Philharmonic.
If Friday night’s open rehearsal concert was any indication of the quality of the 2023-2024 season, we are in for one diverse, inspiring and magnificent year of music.
There are three more open rehearsals scheduled this season. The cost is only $20 and there is open seating.
Executive Director David Beauchesne said that last year had been the saddest and most trying of his 23 plus years with the Philharmonic with the deaths of past conductor Larry Rachleff and current conductor Bramwell Tovey.
“It was a year of incredible grief as we lost not only two very talented people, but two very close friends as well,” Beauchesne said. “But there was joy in knowing that the orchestra continued making music and fulfilling Bramwell’s wishes, and solace as we all felt that both Bramwell and Larry were still with us.”
Beauchesne discussed the extensive search to find the right candidate to lead the orchestra in the coming years.
“Many people are involved in the process, including the Artistic Committee, Search Committee, Board of Directors, staff and audience members,” Beauchesne said. “Guest conductors from last year and this year and conductors recommended to us are all considered. Not everyone may be interested, and we may not be interested in everyone. The person may be a phenomenal conductor but not the right fit.
“There are so many factors to consider, including availability, chemistry with the orchestra, staff and audiences and experience. There is no set timetable. We will know when the stars align. It could be during or after the season. It is a very fluid process.
“We’ve been lucky in lining up this year’s diverse season. Last year’s “Messiah” was such an incredible event, with Bramwell and Christine Noel working together to carry on a legacy that keeps moving forward and growing. I’m looking forward to this year’s concert.”
David is pleased with the way the Philharmonic has progressed through and after the pandemic (The first orchestra to perform live).
He encourages those who have not been to a concert to attend the November program which will feature Morihiko Nakahara, the conductor of the South Carolina Philharmonic.
“We strive to reach a more diverse audience through our many outreach programs, Music School, and affordable Rush Hour concerts which are family friendly.”
Tickets for all concerts may be purchased by calling 248-7000 or going on line at riphil.org.
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