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ABOUT US

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.

 

LOCATION

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

  

2014 - 2015 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

November 9th

Sunday

2PM

Cranston Temple Sinai
Free to public

January 8th

Thursday

7PM

Blackstone Millville Regional HS

February 15th

Sunday

TBD

Newport Winter Festival
Free to public

April 19th

Sunday

2PM

Stadium Theater - Woonsocket
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June 11th Thursday TBD Tentative Concert

June 13th

Saturday

TBD

Boston Festival of Bands

June 21st Sunday TBD

Tentative Concert

June 24th

Wednesday

TBD

Tentative Concert

 


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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.