PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra will begin its 69th season on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
The new season will open with a performance to include Brahms Fourth Symphony, led by music director Larry Rachleff and featuring returning violinist Jennifer Frautschi.
“We’re opening a new season with a great program of friendly favorites,” said Rachleff. “Jen Frautschi will join us for Prokofiev’s glorious Second Violin Concerto. She’s played with us the Sibelius and Berg concertos, and we’re so glad to have her back playing this colorful work from the 1930s.”
Frautschi has performed with a number of orchestras, including the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Kansas City Symphony and the Louisville Orchestra, in addition to touring the U.S. with the Czech Symphony Orchestra. She debuted at the 2004 Carnegie Hall Distinctive Debuts series in New York.
This year’s R.I. Philharmonic season will consist of eight classical concerts held on Saturday nights at 8 p.m.
Four of the eight concerts will be preceded by Friday-night Amica Rush Hour concerts — shorter and more informal than the classical concerts — and four will be preceded by Friday-night open rehearsals.
The open rehearsals will give concert-goers a chance to see how the conductor collaborates with guest performers and musicians before a classical concert.
The first Amica Rush Hour concert will be held Friday, Sept. 20, before the season’s opening concert on Sept. 21.
Concert tickets are priced between $15 and $100. Subscriptions for the eight-concert season are available for $210.