This Sunday, internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins the Rhode Island Philharmonic for a concert to kick off the orchestra’s seventieth season.
Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender spoke with the orchestra’s executive director David Beauchesne to talk about the concert, the state of the orchestra at seventy, and building the next generation of musicians.
This Saturday the Rhode Island Philharmonic tackles Mahler’s massive second symphony. Around 200 musicians will assemble at Veterans Memorial Auditorium Saturday, May 8th, to perform this gigantic work.
This is Gustav Mahler’s second symphony. The Resurrection. It’s a powerful piece of work, that requires a huge number of performers. And it has impact. It was recently performed by the New York Philharmonic for the tenth anniversary of September 11th. As Rhode Island Philharmonic conductor Larry Rachleff says, it’s a symphony about life.