The RI Philharmonic Orchestra and the Music School return with innovative virtual and live offers



The Rhode Island Philharmonic returns with innovative new virtual and live offerings for the orchestra and music school. In these unprecedented times, the presence of music in people’s lives is more important than ever. For this reason, the Rhode Island Philharmonic will continue its mission of enriching and transforming the state and region through great musical performances and education.

During a six-month hiatus from live performances and in-person teaching, the Philharmonic explored a variety of ways to use technology to serve the community – while ensuring optimal safety for the public, students, teachers and musicians.

The orchestra’s new season kicked off on September 26 at The Vets, making the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra the first New England orchestra to perform in concert in over six months – and under the strictest security measures. .

Concerts scheduled for the first half of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020-21 season will have limited in-person and social distancing participation available to subscribers. The orchestra will simultaneously broadcast live all of its concerts in high definition video and audio.

The first half of the orchestral season runs from September 2020 to February 2021.

The rescheduled season opener on September 26 was an exclusive live broadcast for season subscribers.

Starting in November, subscribers will also have the option to attend in person with social distancing seats at The Vets.

The second half of the season will run from March 2021 to June 2021. The lineup, dates and artists will be announced in early 2021 and will be determined in part by changing public health circumstances. The orchestra hopes to be able to increase in-person attendance in March as well as the continued live broadcast.

“Audiences will feel a different energy in our performances as we explore the best works in the repertoire for smaller ensembles and solo artists that we typically don’t perform,” said artistic advisor and conductor Bramwell Tovey. “Your RI Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the great masters of the classical repertoire alongside some of today’s best composers. “

The RI Philharmonic’s public announcement that the Orchestra is due to take over the stage at The Vets comes just days after the start of its season.

“It was essential to ensure safety protocols for orchestra members, guest artists and patrons, while forging a new role for the media as we serve our community,” said Chief Executive Officer David Beauchesne . “The RI Philharmonic is grateful to Governor Raimondo and the State of Rhode Island, veterinarians and the American Federation of Musicians, the Providence Federation of Musicians and members of the orchestra for their efforts to make a comeback. safely on stage, and the safe participation of our audience is possible.

Veterinarians take extreme measures to ensure that the facility is hygienic and safe for the public and performers. Seats will be socially distanced, the public and staff will be required to wear masks, and there will be symptom checks at the entrance gates.

The musicians’ union and the RI Philharmonic have agreed to a one-year interim contract with a COVID-19 cover letter and media guarantees that allow the orchestra to be broadcast live in high-definition video and audio for the first time.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, while currently remaining closed to in-person attendance, will continue all classes and online courses.

“The music school has had remarkable success with virtual classes and lessons throughout the summer, and expectations are high for the fall semester,” said school of music principal Annette. Mozzoni. “We are offering a wide variety of unique classes this fall to enhance our students’ love for music in new ways. Thank you to our students and families for their continued partnership and to our wonderful faculty for their innovative new lesson plans. “

The RI Philharmonic Music School instantly made the switch to live online teaching in March 2020, and the move was popular with students and their families. Rhode Island Monthly highlighted in its Best of Rhode Island 2020 list the efforts of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble to keep children performing in a virtual spring performance.

The music school continues to offer a wide variety of enrichment for all. Music Together Online gives families with young children (ages 0-8) the chance to connect with other families for music, laughter and learning together. New online courses like Jazz History and Race in America, Intro to Diction for Singers, and Positive Strategies for Dealing with Negative Habits strengthen the relationship between music and life for students. And, of course, private lessons continue to be available to hone a musician’s skills on any instrument and at any age.

The school and orchestras also work in the community. The Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Link Up educational concert was distributed digitally in May to over 8,700 area children in grades 3 to 5.

Fall semester classes and classes at the Music School have started and are filling up quickly. For more information on the Philharmonic Music School, call 248-7001 or visit for more information and availability.

To learn more about how to subscribe to this revamped historic season of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, visit or call 248.7000

To see what other offers are coming back online at The Vets, visit or call (401) 421-ARTS.


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