The Rhode Island Philharmonic’s 2016-17 season, Larry Rachleff’s 21st and final season as music director, will feature “some favorite pieces that mean a lot to him and the orchestra, and some new pieces they’ve always wanted to do together. And we’ve expanded the budget to bring back many of his favorite soloists,” says Executive Director David Beauchesne. The orchestra’s season-opening concert on September 17 will feature Rachleff leading Smetana’s The Bartered Bride Overture, Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with soloist Garrick Ohlsson. The season will include Christopher Theofanidis’s Dreamtime Ancestors, Barber’s Violin Concerto (Alexander Kerr, violin), Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”), Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos (pianists Robert Levin and Ya-Fei Chuang), Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8, and Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony. Rachleff also serves as director of orchestras at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston.
Posted September 16, 2016