By DON FOWLER They're back! And so is Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra artistic director and conductor Bramwell Tovey, as chipper as ever as he spends an hour with the press and supporters, talking about the exciting upcoming season. "We have an
And so is Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra artistic director and conductor Bramwell Tovey, as chipper as ever as he spends an hour with the press and supporters, talking about the exciting upcoming season.
“We have an exceptional new season in store for you featuring several amazing guest artists, fabulous guest conductors, and magnificent music by a wide range of incredible composers, Tovey said.
“We have a program that will welcome you back,” he said, “bringing back pieces we had planned for last season, along with some new selections from less familiar and local names. It will be a more inclusive season, with women composers and conductors.”
He added: “We want to respond to what people want, and we feel that, after the pandemic, they are looking for familiarity.”
The 2021-22 season commences on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. with Brahms Symphony No. 4 and Oct. 16 with Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique.”
For a complete listing of the monthly programs, including four Rush Hour events (Friday nights at 6:30 p.m.), visit riphil.org.
I attended last Saturday’s “String Kingdom” concert led by Tovey, who warmly welcomed the limited audience back, taking time to tell a bit about each of the five string pieces in his usual homey and humorous manner.
Tovey will be back on May 15, both live and livestreaming with soprano Laquita Mitchell and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.
Rhode Island is blessed with this world-class orchestra. Audiences continue to grow as allowed by the state edicts, and a full house is anticipated for the September concert.
Be assured of a seat by becoming a season subscriber. Call (401) 248-7000 for information and reservations.
With both the Philharmonic at Vets and the Broadway series at PPAC, the fall arts season will come alive again.