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RIC Symphony Concert to Feature 3 RIC Faculty Soloists, Dec. 3      

RIC Symphony Orchestra

RIC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Markward

The Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, led by Edward Markward in his 40th year as conductor, will present works by J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy and Robert Schumann in a concert spotlighting three RIC faculty members as soloists.

The concert, the orchestra’s second of the season, will be held Monday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium at Roberts Hall on the RIC campus.

“Three of our outstanding music faculty will be featured as soloists in J.S. Bach’s stunning ‘Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major,’” Markward said. The six Brandenburg concertos, dating from 1721, are among Bach’s “most treasured” compositions, he noted.

Soloists are flautist Mary Ellen Kregler, a member of the R.I. Philharmonic Orchestra who teaches flute and music theory at RIC; John Sumerlin, violinist, founder and leader of Proteus, the faculty string quartet, who teaches violin and chamber music at the college; and Stephen Martorella, harpsichordist, an adjunct professor of music at RIC and minister of music at the First Baptist Church, Providence.

In other works, the orchestra will perform “Nuages (Clouds)” and “Fetes (Festivals)” from Debussy’s “Nocturnes,” “an evocative and impressionistic set” long a staple of the modern symphony orchestra, Markward said.

Rounding out the program will be what Markward called Schumann’s “endearing and enduring paean” to the people of the Rhine Valley, Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (“Rhenish”). The symphony and its five-movement scheme, Markward noted, “capture Schumann’s response to the Rhineland at its most euphoric.”

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.