RIC Performing Arts Series – spring 2010 preview

The Series at Rhode Island College offers a wide variety of exciting world, dance, theatre and music performances you won’t likely see anywhere else in Rhode Island.

Muir String Quartet
For nearly 50 years, The Series has been a leading venue for the performing arts in Rhode Island. This year, we have made improvements that give you more choices and flexibility in planning your entertainment season.

The 2009/2010 Performing Arts Series continues on Jan. 25, when the Muir String Quartet returns to RIC, along with special guest Marcus Thompson on viola. The evening’s program includes Mozart’s “Dissonant” String Quartet K. 465; Beethoven’s The Harp, Op. 74; and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet in B Flat Major, Op. 87.

On March 22, the quartet will perform Barber’s String Quartet, Op. 11; Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1; and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2.

Masters of the Fiddle (Photo: ©CAMI)
Treat your valentine to a special afternoon concert! Steven Mayer will present his valentine of American popular and classical music in a solo piano concert on Feb. 14.

On March 4, two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers, husband and wife team Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will present Masters of the Fiddle, a whirlwind of music, song and dance.

These two living legends are routinely selling out houses three times the size of RIC’s Roberts Hall Auditorium, so plan to secure your tickets soon for this sure-fire hit concert.

Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations® returns to RIC with another award-winning “concert with commentary.” On April 13, Siegel will present Chopin and the Future, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth.

Kenny Werner
The program will feature works of Chopin that enchant the ear and point to the future – nocturnes and etudes – and the music of composers inspired by him, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Scriabin and Szymanowski.

The Kenny Werner Jazz Quintet will perform on April 19 with a lineup featuring world renowned musicians Kenny Werner on piano, Randy Brecker on trumpet, David Sanchez on tenor sax, Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will close out the 2009/10 season on May 1. This contemporary ballet troupe with a European twist will perform an eclectic repertoire by some of the world’s foremost choreographers.

The Series brochure

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
(Photo: Lois Greenfield, ©CAMI)
Tickets for all Performing Arts Series events can be charged by telephone at the Box Office (401-456-8144) or purchased online at www.ric.edu/pfa Visit our website to download our most recent brochure highlighting all the exciting details of our 2009/10 season.

AAA and WGBH Member Discount Cards honored. The Performing Arts Series is made possible with generous support from the RIC Performing and Fine Arts Commission; the RIC Foundation; the Adams Foundation of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; the Rhode Island Foundation; and patrons like you!