The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra presents an All-American Classical concert on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. at The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. Music Director Larry Rachleff and the Philharmonic are joined by violinist Alexander Kerr on a “journey to New York City” as they perform the world premiere of James Stephenson’s Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra and Bernstein’s Serenade. The program begins with Copland’s "Appalachian Spring Suite" and ends with Gershwin’s "An American in Paris."
Before the concert from 7:00-7:25 Resident Conductor Francisco Noya presents an informal talk about the concert program in the Vets auditorium. The Taco/White Family Foundation sponsors this concert. WPRO News Talk 630 is the media sponsor for the season.
Raised in Alexandria, Va., Kerr balances an orchestral career with solo and chamber engagements throughout Europe, North America and the Far East. In 1996 he was appointed concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has also served as concertmaster of the Cincinnati and Charleston Symphonies and is currently Principal Guest Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony.
Kerr has appeared as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe and as a chamber musician at some of the world’s premier music festivals. He has collaborated with a number of the world’s top musicians, including Grammy winners Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer. He recently toured Europe with acclaimed violinist Sarah Chang and members of the Berlin Philharmonic. Mr. Kerr is a faculty member of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado.
Tickets for all Philharmonic Classical concerts may be purchased 24/7 on the Philharmonic website, www.riphil.org, using MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover and at www.vmari.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the Philharmonic Box Office at 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence until Feb. 24 at 4 p.m., either by phone (248-7000) using MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover or in person during regular box office hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the PPAC Box Office, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, either by phone (421-2787) or in person during regular box office hours, Mon.-Fri.10 a.m.-5 p.m.
On Feb. 25, the day of the concert, tickets are on sale at the Vets Box Office, in person or by calling 421-2787 from 12 noon until 8:30 p.m. Ticket prices for the America the Beautiful concert range from $30 to $70 for adults with discounts in selected areas of the hall for full-time students and groups of 10 or more. At 7:30 p.m. if there are tickets remaining, a full-time student presenting a valid student photo ID may buy one ticket for $12. There is free parking for all Philharmonic Classical concerts at designated lots along Smith Street with limited ADA parking just past Avenue of the Arts on Park Street. The Philharmonic provides free shuttle buses to and from the parking lots before and after the concerts. Parking is available in the Providence Place Mall for $2 for up to five hours.