RIC Wind Ensemble concert with Foley, Barron set for Nov. 30  

RIC Wind Ensemble

The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble will explore “Theme and Variations – Journeys in Melodic Imagination” in a Nov. 30 concert, with RIC Professors Joseph D. Foley and Ron Barron featured on trumpet and trombone, respectively.

The ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the auditorium at Roberts Hall on the RIC campus.

Robert Franzblau, wind ensemble conductor and professor of music at RIC, said works to be performed include pieces by Mozart, Eric Ewazen, Steven Bryant, Joseph Turrin and James Barnes.

Among the concert highlights: student conductor Nicole Pimentel will conduct Mozart’s “Allegro” from Serenade No. 12 in C Minor; Foley and Barron will be featured in a rendition of “Fandango” (2000) by Turrin; Barron on trombone will perform in Ewazen’s “Visions of Light” (2004).  

Robert Franzblau

Foley is in charge of studio instruction for undergraduate and graduate trumpet students at RIC. He is also principal trumpeter in the R.I. Philharmonic and a frequent performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops. His first solo CD is due out this year.

Barron is the newest addition to the college’s adjunct music faculty. He was principal trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1975 until 2008 and, in 2005, the International Trombone Association recognized him for his “distinguished career” and impact on trombone performance. 

Tickets for the concert are $10, with discounts for seniors and non-RIC students; free for RIC faculty, alumni, students and staff. For your convenience, tickets can be purchased as follows: in advance via Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; or in person at the Nazarian Center Box Office in Roberts Hall. The Box Office is also open for sales two hours prior to performance start time in the appropriate show venue.