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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).



Late October



High School Concert

November 6th / 13th

TBD TBD Cranston Temple Sinai
February 19th Sunday 7PM Newport Marriott
Suggested donation of $10
April or June TBD


St/ Anne's Art & Cultural Center

June 10th

Saturday TBD

Boston Festival of Bands

June 11th Sunday TBD Barrington Arts Festival
June 17th/18th TBD TBD Tockwotton on the Waterfront
June 28th Wednesday 6:30pm Chepachet

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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.