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The Rhode Island Wind Ensemble (RIWE) is a dynamic performing group of more than forty skilled professional and amateur musicians. All the members are volunteers: people with a wide age range, from all walks of life. The Rhode Island Wind Ensemble provides a forum for this diverse membership to perform and share their love of music with the community. In this setting, the director elicits and continues to develop the finest musicianship. Selected as our new director beginning in January 2009, Dr. Robert Franzblau continues the tradition of the founder of our group, Frank Marinaccio, in offering a wide repertoire of music: orchestral transcriptions, opera and symphonic pieces, ethnic, contemporary and traditional band repertoire, jazz, musical and movie themes.

This Ensemble has considerable experience playing in concert halls and at outdoor venues, with annual concerts throughout Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. We have collaborated with choral, instrumental, community and school groups, including Providence College Ensembles. Our concerts often feature instrumental and vocal soloists drawn from our group and from the professional community.



The Ensemble rehearses at the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at Rhode Island College in Providence (directions).



October 9th



Joint Concert with Rhode Island College Band @ Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College
General admission is $10, Non RIC students and seniors are $5, and RIC students, faculty, and staff are free.

November 1st

Sunday 2PM Cranston Temple Sinai
February 14th Sunday 7PM Newport Marriott
Suggested donation of $10
April 30th Saturday

6PM Doors at 5

Our Lady of Light

June 5th

Sunday 2PM

St. Anne's Art & Cultural Center

June 9th Thursday 6:30PM Bristol Veterans Home
June 12th Sunday 11AM Barrington Arts Festival
June 25th TBD 2:30 Tockwotton on the Waterfront

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Our thanks to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Champlin Foundation for providing partial support of our concert seasons. We also acknowledge all advertisers in our seasonal printed programs, our concert sponsors and faithful audiences.