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Tchaikovsky’s Fourth January 19 & 20

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Ken-David Masur to the podium at The VETS for a program including Brahms’ Tragic Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings featuring soloists Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor, and RI Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Horn Kevin Owen.

TACO Classical
Saturday, January 20 • 8:00pm

The VETS, Providence

 Ken-David Masur, conductor
Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor
Kevin Owen, horn

BRAHMS: Tragic Overture
BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.4

Before & After the Concert
7:00pm Pre-concert talk with Francisco Noya
Post-concert talk with Ken-David Masur

Amica Rush Hour
Friday, January 19• 6:30pm
The VETS, Providence

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Security at The VETS
Heightened security measures have been implemented at The VETS to include Providence Police detail at all events. Please be advised that all bags may be inspected at the discretion of VETS security and/or the police officer on site. Items confiscated will not be returned. Suitcases, briefcases, large bags, laptops and outside food and drinks are not allowed in the building.

Contact the Box Office:


The Carter Center
667 Waterman Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Monday, January 15: CLOSED
Saturday, January 20: 10:30am – 12:30pm

1 Avenue of the Arts
Providence, RI 02903
Friday Concert Days: 3:30pm – Showtime
Saturday Concert Days: 4pm – Showtime

Supper Club

Enjoy a special buffet at the Renaissance Hotel, adjacent to The VETS, at 6pm on Classical Saturdays. Francisco Noya gives a pre-concert talk at 6:30pm,
then take your seat for the 8pm performance!

$45 per person
cash bar available

RI Philharmonic Supper Club • January 20

Renaissance Haydn Room
6pm ~ Cocktails
6:30pm ~ Pre-concert Talk
7pm ~ Dinner Buffet

For reservations, email
Deadline for reservations and cancellations is Wednesday, January 17!
*Please note that Renaissance valet parking has increased
from $15 to $17 effective January 1, 2018*

About the Conductor

Ken-David Masur

Currently, Masur is Associate Conductor of the Boston Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony, and Founder/Artistic Director of the Chelsea Music Festival… Read more…

About the Artists

Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor

American tenor and four-time Grammy-winner, Griffey has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world.
Read more…

Kevin Owen, horn

Musician, educator and RI Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Horn Kevin Owen performs with symphony orchestras, chamber music groups, swing bands, rock bands, jazz ensembles and in the recording studio. Read more…

About the concert: stories behind the music

  • Of his Tragic Overture, Brahms wrote “I could not refuse my melancholy nature the satisfaction of composing an overture for a tragedy.”
  • In 1939, a disillusioned and discontented Britten left England for the United States. Four years later, after returning to England, he composed his Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.
  • After a loveless marriage, attempted suicide and subsequent nervous breakdown, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony began to take shape during his recuperation in Venice and San Remo.

Read more about next week’s program