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Spring Warms up With Student Music

RIC Chorus

RIC Chorus

 

Evenings come alive this spring with student performances by the RIC Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Combo and Opera Workshop.

On Friday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall, the RIC Wind Ensemble presents “Fusion,” a fresh blend of musical styles that include, jazz, classical, Broadway and big band. Among the works being performed by the 56-member student ensemble are three Joplin rags from “The Red Back Book,” Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez,” Donald Grantham’s “J’ai Ete au Bal” (Suite of Old American Dances) and Frank Tichelli’s “Blue Shades.” RIC Professor Rob Franzblau conducts the ensemble. General admission is $10.

On Monday, March 3, at 8 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall, the RIC Symphony Orchestra holds the “19th Samuel and Esther Chester Performance Award Concert” led by Adam Boyles, conductor of the MIT Symphony Orchestra. This concert features Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1, Chadwick’s “Symphonic Sketches Suite for Orchestra” and Haydn’s Synfonia No. 95. Admission is free.

The Spring Choral Concert, performed by the 47-member RIC Chorus, the 13-member Chamber Singers and the 15-strong Women’s Chorus, is scheduled for Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. The singers present selections from the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic and contemporary periods under the direction of RIC Professor Teresa Coffman, with instructor Christina Breindel as pianist and assistant conductor. General admission is $10.

The RIC Chamber Orchestra and Small Ensembles, led by Professor John Sumerlin, appear on Sunday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forman Theatre. Admission is free.

Directed by RIC Adjunct Professor Greg Abate, student musicians in the RIC Jazz Combo Concert play jazz classics from “The Great American Songbook” on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Forman Theatre. Admission is free.

Composer, conductor and Yale University Professor Thomas Duffy leads the RIC Wind Ensemble in a concert on Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. General Admission is $10.

The RIC Symphony Orchestra performs the annual Bicho Family Memorial Scholarship Concert on Monday, April 28, at 8 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. Admission is $10.

On Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall the RIC Chorus presents the Annual Bon Voyage Choral Concert, showcasing graduating senior vocal music majors. Admission is $10.

RIC’s season ends with an accent on opera. Students in the RIC Opera Workshop depict favorite scenes from some of the world’s great operas on Sunday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. The suggested donation is $10.

For tickets, call the Box Office at (401) 456-8144, or visit www.ric.edu/pfa. Both the Sapinsley Hall and Forman Theatre are located on the RIC campus, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence.