Thousands of people gathered at Roger Williams Park on Friday for a night of live music with the RI Philharmonic pops orchestra.
The ensemble played selections from movie scores, classical hits, and even an American premiere of a new composition.
During the intermission RIPR took a deep dive into the world of classical music. In three stories we met some local craftsmen who repair stringed instruments like violins and violas. We met a working composer, who talked about a life dedicated to classical music. And we took closer listen to a very familiar piece, the 1812 Overture, and found out there’s much more to this music than meets the ear.
Take a listen to all three stories below.
In One South Kingstown Shop, Violin Repair Is A Family Affair
Luthiers are woodworkers specially trained to build and repair stringed instruments like violins, violas, cellos and basses. At Beekman Violin in Peace Dale, Steve Beekman and his daughter Hannah Beekman hone this craft and fit young musicians with instruments.
Bringing Venezuela, Vienna And Modern Classical Music To Providence
A new piece of classical music got its American premiere Friday at the Rhode Island Philharmonic pops concert in Roger Williams Park. Composer Paul DeSenne wrote the piece as an updated take on a traditional Viennese polka. It was commissioned by famed conductor Gustavo Dudamel, then rejected by musicians in Vienna, and played for the first time on American soil by the RI Philharmonic.
Revisiting That American Summer Staple, Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture'
Every summer, many American audiences are reintroduced to a classic, the "1812 Overture." The only problem is this piece by Peter Tchaikovsky isn’t American at all. In fact, it has nothing to with the U.S.A. We look at how a piece of music about France and Russia became a staple at American pops concerts and patriotic celebrations.