9th to the Nth is the final concert in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra's 2009–2010 classical series. Led by acclaimed conductor Larry Rachleff, the longtime music director for the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the orchestra will allegro and adagio its way through the "Stairway to Heaven" of classical music—Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, featuring the acclaimed "Ode to Joy" choral theme and performed with the assistance of the Providence Singers. The Ninth Symphony was Beethoven's final complete symphony, and, at over an hour, it is his longest. In the 186 years since its original premiere, it has gone on to be one of the world's most recognizable non-Ohio Players pieces of music. Also appearing on the "9th to the Nth" program is Decoration Day, written by American composer Charles Ives.
To travel the world, Rhode Islanders need only go as far as The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance. Here, teachers and students alike help preserve the traditional arts of far-flung and local cultures alike. Artists undulate in belly-dance classes, issue bluesy warbles in Singing Sirens, and drum like members of the Ghanese Ga in West African ensemble at this multifaceted arts academy.
The troubadours at Filedheacht Music School imbue students with the skills and self-confidence to let their inner music out as part of solo or ensemble performances. Offering private instruction in voice, guitar, brass, and woodwind instruments, Filedheacht helps aspiring musicians of all ages practice their arts as part of a supportive, instructive community. The school hosts an annual concert each June, along with a year-round rotation of choirs, glee clubs, rock ensembles, flute choirs, and competitive screaming matches.
A guitar player for 32 years and a music retailer for more than two decades, Matt earned his musical chops alongside some of the best in the business. As a member of the band Adam Bomb in the late '80s, he shared the stage with notables including Dio, Stryper, Kings X, and Iron Maiden; today, the lineup of his current band, Machines of Grace, includes members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The showroom at his Weymouth music store reflects this lifelong dedication, with shelves lined with electric and acoustic guitars, name-brand amps, and all sorts of sheet music. The shop’s soundproofed practice room provides a sanctuary for private lessons from Matt’s handpicked staff of professionally trained guitarists, drummers, pianists, woodwinders, and singers, many of whom graduated from the harmonious halls of the Berklee College of Music.
South Shore Conservatory is the largest community school for the arts in Massachusetts, offering classes in music, dance and drama, as well as an arts-based preschool and kindergarten. Concerts are open to the public, and its Evenings Under the Stars summer concert series attracts concertgoers throughout Greater Boston.
Spotlighted in Time magazine and the New York Times, Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals is a nationally renowned program offering a unique take on musical education for children 6 months to 5 years old. Classes consist of 45 minutes of singing, dancing, and musical storytelling. Children's songsmith David Weinstone, whose insectivorous curriculum has exploded in popularity since 1997, passes the baton to Mid-Atlantic Songwriter's Award-winner Stacey Peasley so the tintinnabulous tones of tuneful tots might also ring out from the City on the Hill. Rather than being strict and results-driven, the teaching style at Music for Aardvarks is based on adult modeling and exposing children to ideas and sounds without dumbing them down. Parent participation is strongly encouraged for atonal squealers and former Yes drummers alike. Check the Music for Aardvarks website for the drop-in class schedules.