The Philharmonic Orchestra

2019-2020 Season

Our 75th season of bringing incredible music to Southern New England provides tremendously exciting milestones. This celebratory season marks the first planned and led by Artistic Advisor Bramwell Tovey who conducts 12 classical concerts and eight Link Up concerts. Together we have programmed a meaningful, memorable and inspiring experience, and developed concert repertoire, which explores the depth and breadth of this terrific Orchestra. The season starts on September 28, and will feature eight Saturday TACO Classical concerts and four Friday Amica Rush Hour concerts. All performances are at The VETS in Providence.

Among the selections this season are Bramwell’s critically acclaimed piece Urban Runway, which was co-commissioned by the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics in 2008. Our partners the Providence Singers, Christine Noel, Artistic Director, will join the Orchestra on stage at The VETS three times this season. For the perennial holiday concert Handel’s Messiah, Bramwell stands on the podium and conducts the Orchestra along with the Singers. The women of the Providence Singers team up with Bramwell and the Orchestra for The Planets (as a homage to the moon walk 50 years ago), and the chorus closes the season with Verdi’s Requiem, featuring soloists Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano, Susan Platts, alto, Charles Reid, tenor, and Kevin Deas, bass.

Grammy-winners pianist Yefim Bronfman, and violinists James Ehnes and Pinchas Zukerman make their RI debuts this season. Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth will be appearing together for The Orchestra & Music School’s Season 75 Gala. In addition to the RI debut of world-renowned artists Bronfman, Zukerman and Ehnes, who in 2007 along with Bramwell was awarded the Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance, other solo premieres include pianists Natasha Paremski and Anne-Marie McDermott and cellist Johannes Moser. The season includes the triumphant return of pianists Joyce Yang and violinist Karen Gomyo. After her successful concert last season, acclaimed conductor Tania Miller will be back, along with Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St. Clair, who was last here to conduct in 2005.

Saturday TACO Classical concerts feature symphonic masterworks performed by world renowned soloists and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. On selected Fridays, the Amica Rush Hour series provides an early start time and a short 75-minute program with full performances of select repertoire from the Saturday program along with musical discussion. Generally, non-Amica Rush Hour weekends offer a Friday Open Rehearsal where the 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 Orchestra rehearsal experience.