RI Philharmonic Open Rehearsal
Like classical music but could do without the penguin suits and the sometimes lofty prices? It won’t surprise you that for every Rhode Island Philharmonic concert, they do a dry run the evening before – and you’re invited.
Outside of the smaller crowds and the less formal atmosphere, the program is exactly what you’ll hear at the Saturday performances, adding an hour for the rehearsal process, which gives you an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the world of classical musicians. In this case, the performance is all Mozart – The Overture from his opera The Magic Flute; Violin Concerto No. 3; and Symphony 41 (Jupiter). The talent is first-rate – the concert is conducted by Bramwell Tovey and features soloist Karen Gomyo, an international star who has performed all over the world and played with famed orchestras from Philadelphia to Perth, Australia. While she’s mostly committed to contemporary works, she’s equally at home with Mozart, playing with what the Chicago Tribune calls “vitality, brilliance and intensity.”
Rehearsal performance is on Friday at 5:30, with tickets going for $20. Expect it to run about two-and-a-half hours, which includes a 20-minute break at the conductor’s discretion. If you’d rather reduce that to an hour-and-a-half, with a regularly scheduled 20-minute intermission, the Saturday 8 pm TACO concert is for you: tickets range from $15 to $154.