The Philharmonic Orchestra

RI Philharmonic Orchestra

2017-2018 Season

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s 73rd season offers a myriad of variety: conductors, soloists and repertoire. Beginning on September 16, eight Saturday classical concerts and four Friday Rush Hour concerts will take place at The VETS, 1 Avenue of the Arts in Providence.

Guest conductors Bramwell Tovey, Michael Christie and Victor Yampolsky return this season after leading the Philharmonic in concerts in 2016, 2014 and 1996, respectively.  Making their Philharmonic debuts are guest conductors James Sommerville, Eckart Preu, Ken-David Masur, Jacomo Bairos and Edwin Outwater.

The season offers symphonies by Bernstein, Beethoven, Mahler, Saint-Saens, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky, and concerti by Brahms, Korngold, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Popular favorites such as Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suites and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite are featured with less familiar repertoire such as Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral and Miguel Del Aguila’s Conga-Line in Hell.

The season’s eight-concert Saturday TACO Classical Series features world-renowned guest artists:

  • pianists Alon Goldstein, Inon Barnatan, William Wolfram and Spencer Myer
  • violinists Simone Porter, Elena Urioste, and Alexie Kenney
  • tenor Anthony Dean Griffey
  • Kevin Owen, horn

The four-concert Friday AMICA Rush Hour Series offers a 6:30 p.m. start time and shorter program with full performances of select repertoire from four TACO Saturday Classical concerts and musical discussion. The other four concert weekends offer Open Rehearsals on Fridays at 5:30 p.m., as conductor, orchestra and guest artists put the finishing touches on the program for Saturday’s concert. A microphone onstage lets the audience listen in on the comments and direction happening up front. Special concerts include the holiday favorite Handel’s Messiah with The Providence Singers, conducted by Christine Noel, artistic director.