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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
rehearses at the John Nazarian Center for the
Performing Arts at Rhode Island
College in Providence (directions).
2014 - 2015 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
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.