Youth ensembles to take the stage at RIC Nov. 24

Grade-school students are set to take the stage at Rhode Island College in a collaborative concert featuring the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) and the Junior Providence Singers. The performance is on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

The RIC Wind Ensemble will introduce the younger performers, playing “Variants on a Medieval Tune,” composed by Norman Dello Joio.

The concert will bring 220 performers together, 42 junior performers from the RIPYWE (grades 7-9), 54 senior performers from the RIPYWE (grades 10-12), 59 Junior Providence Singers (grades 9-12) and 65 performers from the RIC Wind Ensemble.

“This concert gives the students in these ensembles an opportunity to share their love of music with each other, their families and the community at large,” said concert organizer Christine Eldridge, who serves as the community ensembles director for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music school. “We are thrilled to be able to include both instrumentalists and singers on this concert, and for the opportunity to share the stage with a college ensemble.”

Robert Franzblau, conductor of the RIC Wind Ensemble, said the concert would be “a great outreach opportunity” allowing the Wind Ensemble to perform for an audience that might not otherwise attend the concert.

“If the students and parents involved with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth ensembles begin to think of Rhode Island College as a good place to continue studying music beyond high school, so much the better,” Franzblau added.

Founded in 2002, the RIPYWE was created to give woodwind, brass and percussion students from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut an opportunity to rehearse and perform a high-quality wind ensemble repertoire. Students are selected by audition.

The Junior Providence Singers (JPS) is a choral training and performance program for high school singers from southern New England. Like the RIPYWE, students are chosen by audition.

General admission for the concert is $10. For more information about upcoming performing and fine arts events at RIC go to