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RIC Symphony Orchestra to feature guest violist Patricia McCarty, Oct. 10

One of America’s finest violists, Patricia McCarty, will perform with the Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Edward Markward, who is beginning his 39th year at the college. The event will take place on Monday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall. McCarty will be the featured soloist in the Rhode Island premiere of William Walton’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. The Concerto was written in 1929 and revised in 1962, and it is the revised edition that will be performed.

Edward Markward
Also on the program are selections from G. F. Handel’s "Water Music" and and Bedřich Smetana’s tone poem “Die Moldau,” the second movement from Smetana’s monumental “Ma Vlast” (My Homeland), a series of six symphonic poems that depict an aspect of the countryside, history or legends of Bohemia.

At the age of 18, McCarty received international recognition when she won the First Silver Medal and Radio Prize in the Geneva International Competition. She has gone on to critical acclaim as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist who has appeared throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Australia and Venezuela.

Her recital appearances include five International Viola Congresses and a debut at London’s Wigmore Hall. The latter was described by the Times as “an outstanding exhibition of string playing of the highest American class.”


Patricia McCarty
McCarty has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grants and the John Knowles Paine Award for performance of new American music.

Her recordings for the Ashmont, ECM and Northeastern labels have also received recognition, including Gramophone’s Critics Choice and Strad’s Selection CD.

Among the musicians she has collaborated with are composer Lou Harrison and his gamelan ensemble, Joseph Silverstein, Maureen Forrester, and jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, whose work "Bridge of Light" for viola and orchestra McCarty commissioned, premiered and recorded for ECM.

McCarty, formerly assistant principal viola of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, leads master classes throughout the U.S. and abroad, and her translated articles have appeared in Korean and Dutch string teaching publications.

She currently teaches viola, chamber music and professional orchestral audition preparation at the Boston Conservatory and at the Meadowmount School of Music.

General admission to this concert is $10; seniors and non-RIC students, $5; RIC students, faculty and staff, free. For tickets, contact the RIC Box Office at (401) 456-8144.