On Saturday, July 30, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Resident Conductor Francisco Noya, joins WaterFire Providence to present a spectacular evening of live orchestral music performed in the heart of downtown Providence. (Rain date: Sunday, July 31, same time.)
The Orchestra will perform at Turk’s Head Plaza, beginning at 9 p.m. Approximately 3,000 chairs will be placed in the plaza for audience members. Tens of thousands more people can listen to the concert while enjoying the flames of WaterFire from anywhere along the WaterFire rivers. The program includes Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” excerpts from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and Mendelssohn’s Scherzo from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Soprano Diana McVey will join Philharmonic on Fire! again this season, singing Dvorak’s “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka, the Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Cellos and Puccini’s O mio babbino caro.
Francisco Noya has served as resident conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra for 14 seasons. He joins Music Director Larry Rachleff, representing the Philharmonic artistically and educationally throughout the Rhode Island community.
McVey is an artist whose consummate skills as a singer and actress have made her highly visible in opera, oratorio and as soloist with symphony orchestras. The beauty of her voice and her intelligent artistry have also made her much sought after for both the standard repertoire and new works.
The Philharmonic on Fire! concert is made possible in part by generous donations from the Taco/White Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Capital Properties, Textron, Providence Place Mall, the Rhode Island Foundation and the Rhode Island General Assembly. Additional sponsors and donors are still being sought to support this exciting evening. Interested donors should contact Betty Ann Kearney (248-7022 or firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Rhode Island Philharmonic. For more information about this exciting summer event, log on to www.riphil.org or www.waterfire.org.