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RIC Music, Theatre, and Dance Events

JANUARY 2020

Friday, Jan. 24
Music: RIC Chorus
“Young Men’s Choral Festival”
7 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
Admission free
The Young Men’s Choral Festival is a collaboration between the Providence Singers, the Rhode Island College Concert Chorus, the RIC chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and Bishop Hendricken High School. This joyful celebration of “Real Men Sing” consists of young men from local high schools who rehearse all day with guest clinician Rob Rappa. The day culminates with this celebratory free concert.

FEBRUARY 2020

Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 16
Dance: RIC Dance Company
“Annual Spring Dance Concert”  
Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
General admission $15
RIC students $5
This concert features works by choreographers Adrienne Hawkings of Impulse Dance, Kat Pantos of the Pantos Project, RIC Associate Professor Jessica Pearson, Billy Seigenfeld of Jump Rhythm and Daniel Singh of Dakshina.

Saturday, Feb. 22  
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra
John Sumerlin, director
Isaiah Hopper, violin soloist
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
Admission free
This program focuses on the Romantic period, with compositions by Felix Mendelssohn and Pablo de Sarasate.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, March 1
Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre: “Awake and Sing!” by Clifford Odets
Mark Peckham, director
Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General admission $15
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $12
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC alumni must call box office for discounted ticket
The battle lines for a lower-middle-class Jewish family in the Depression-era Bronx are drawn between the string-pulling parents, who think they know best, and their resistant offspring who have hatched their own dreams of the future. Desiring financial stability in tough times, the family is torn between realism and idealism as they try to navigate their lives.

Friday, Feb. 28   
Music: Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble
“Celebrating the Music of Gregory Fritze”
Joseph Foley, music director      
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
General admission $10
Non-RIC students and seniors $5
RIC students, faculty and staff (with ID) free
RIC alumni must call box office for free ticket
A prolific and award-winning composer, Fritze recently won the 2020 American Prize. He has written more than 40 compositions for orchestra, band, chamber music and soloists. He is also a conductor and educator, who recently left the position of chair of composition at the Berklee College of Music after 14 years tenure. As a performer, he was principal tubist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and a former member of the Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble and Colonial Tuba Quartet.

MARCH 2020

Tuesday, March 3
Music: RIC Symphony Orchestra
“Nourishing Young Talent”
Alexey Shabalin, conductor
Cecilia Rose McCormick, piano soloist
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
General admission $10
RIC students, faculty and staff (with ID) free
This concert features a student composition. In addition, Cecilia Rose McCormick, Bronze Medalist at the National Young Maestro Piano Competition, performs Shostakovitch’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a work written in 1957 as a gift for the composer’s then 19-year-old son, Maxim. Ravel’s “Mother Goose” orchestral suite is a perfect way to see the world through a child’s eyes.

Friday, March 6
Music: RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus
“RIC Spring Choral Concert”
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
Teresa Coffman, conductor
Michelle Beaton, pianist and assistant conductor
General admission free
This performance features works by important composers throughout Western music history, as well as nontraditional and lesser-known composers and pieces, including Francis Poulenc’s Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence.

Monday, March 16
Music: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
“Playing with Fire: Music by Women Composers in Celebration of the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote”
12:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
Another performance will be held on Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School’s Carter Center.

Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27
Dance: RIC Dance Company
“END IT! Modern Day Slavery”
Created by Angelica Vessella   
7:30 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
A dance theater performance to bring awareness to human trafficking. Any high school interested in bringing students should contact Angelica Vessella at acardente1@ric.edu.

APRIL 2020

Wednesday, April 15 
Music: RIC Jazz Combos Concert
Greg Abate, director
7:30 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre

Thursday, April 16, through Sunday, April 19
Theatre: Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
April 16-18, 7:30 p.m.
April 18-19, 2 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
Bill Wilson, director
Angelica Vessella, choreographer
Stephen DeCesare, musical director
General admission $20
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $16
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC alumni must call box office for discounted ticket
Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved fairy tales and the classic animated film, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends – Flounder, the fish; Scuttle, the seagull; and Sebastian, the crab – to restore order under the sea.

Friday, April 17  
Music: RIC Wind Ensemble
“By Request”
Joseph Foley, music director   
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
General admission $10
Non-RIC students and seniors $5
RIC students, faculty and staff (with ID) free
RIC alumni must call box office for free ticket
This program features repertoire selected by members of the ensemble and will also feature student soloists.

Tuesday, April 21
Music: RIC Opera Workshop
Rene de la Garza and Susan Rodgers, co-directors
Philip Martorella, coach/pianist
Kerry de la Garza, costumer
7:30 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
Admission free
The Opera Workshop presents a selection of fully staged and costumed opera favorites.

Tuesday, April 21
Music: RIC Symphony Orchestra   
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
Alexey Shabalin, conductor
Sergey Antonov, cello soloist
General admission $10
RIC students, faculty and staff (with ID) free
RIC alumni must call box office for free ticket
Sergey Antonov, winner of the Tchaikovsky international competition, presents Sergey Rachmaninoff’s most nostalgic composition, “Vocalise” and Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei,” a concert piece for cello and orchestra using sacred music from the center of Jewish tradition. The concert also includes Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem “Island of the Dead,” which was inspired by Arnold Bocklin’s painting.

Sunday, April 26
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra
John Sumerlin, director   
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
Program to be announced

Monday, April 27
Music: Jazz Rhythm Section Master Class with Carl Allen
Carl Allen, featured clinician
Joseph Foley, music director of RIC Concert Jazz Band
3:30-5 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
Admission free and open to the public
Carl Allen, a gifted drummer who has performed with a who’s who of jazz legends, will coach local students on the nuances of playing in a great rhythm section.

Tuesday, April 28
Music: RIC Concert Jazz Band
“An Evening with Jazz Drummer Extraordinaire, Carl Allen”
Joseph Foley, music director
Carl Allen, drums
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
General admission $10
Non-RIC students and seniors $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) free
With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur and educator Carl Allen has provided soulful and syncopated support to great bands for nearly three decades.

Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1
Dance: RIC Dance Company
Student Choreography Showcase
7:30 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General admission $15
RIC students $5
This concert represents the culmination of yearlong explorations in choreography classes and teacher-mentored rehearsals by RIC dancers. Now the students have the opportunity to see their work performed in a professional setting.​

MAY 2020

Friday, May 1        
Dance: RIC Dance Company     
“Student Choreography Showcase”
7:30 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General admission $15
RIC students $5
This concert represents the culmination of yearlong explorations in choreography classes and teacher-mentored rehearsals by RIC dancers. Now the students have the opportunity to see their work performed in a professional setting.​

Friday, May 1
Music: RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Chorus
“RIC Bon Voyage Concert”
Teresa Coffman, conductor
Michelle Beaton, pianist and assistant conductor
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
Admission free
This concert celebrates graduating senior choristers. It is the final concert before choral members embark on their May 2020 concert tour of France. Works performed are by important composers, lesser-known composers, nontraditional and throughout western music history.

Friday, May 8, through Sunday, May, 10
Theatre: RIC Growing Stage Theatre
“I and You” by Lauren Gunderson
Saturday, May 8 and 9, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 10, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General Admission $5
Housebound because of illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months. Confined to her room, she has only Instagram and Facebook for company. That is until classmate Anthony arrives unannounced in Caroline’s bedroom to collaborate on an English project due the next day. As these two let down their guards, this seemingly mundane project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. “I and You” is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

Dates and locations are subject to change.

Page last updated: February 05, 2020