October 30, 2016  |  3 pm

Musique
Fantastique

Berlioz, Mussorgsky, Bach/Stokowski

McVinney Auditorium
43 Dave Gavitt Way
Providence, RI 02903

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2016-17 Concert Season 

This season promises to be our best yet!  Starting with a free public outdoor concert at the Weaver Library in East Providence, NaBSCO will perform classical favorites like William Tell Overture, Beethoven 5, Dvorak 9, and Fanfare for the Common Man.  Our October Concert will be fun and spooky with the Bach-Stokowski 'Toccata and Fugue', 'Night on Bald Mountain', and Symphony Fantastique.  Don't miss our Narragansett concert with 'Brandenburg 5', Poulenc's 'Organ Concerto', and 'Water Music Suite'.  Our chamber concert will be incredible, as will our guest soloists this season with Jesse Holstein performing Tchaikovsky's 'Violin Concerto, and Adrienne Taylor performing Dvorak's beloved 'Cello Concerto'.  Come see the future of classical community symphony right here in Rhode Island.

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About our music director

Benjamin Vickers, an exciting and innovative leader

A versatile and dynamic musician, conductor Benjamin Vickers engages audiences, musicians, and communities. He was appointed music director of the Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra in June 2014 after a year-long search.

Mr. Vickers served as the Zander Conducting Fellow at the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra; associate conductor at the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra in New Hampshire, whose 2012 Carnegie Hall debut he conducted; and assistant conductor of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

Benjamin Vickers was born and grew up in New Mexico. He attended the University of New Mexico and Arizona State University, earning degrees in cello performance. He studied conducting at the University of Michigan. Vickers was a cellist in the El Paso Symphony Orchestra as well as Staff Conductor for the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras.

He has been a participant in conducting masterclasses taught by eminent conductors including Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Gustav Meier, Jorge Mester, Larry Rachleff, and Benjamin Zander. 

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Testimonials

What our audience and members have
to say about us

I consider this the best bang for the buck in Rhode Island, not only because it is so reasonably priced but because it offers us a chance to divert from the instant and constant pressures that living these days seems to necessitate. Here, I find I am in good company, in the presence of exquisite music and extraordinary musicians. One couldn't ask for more!

Maryanne Nolin

East Providence, RI

"Finding a chance to hear high quality music is wonderful. I live on Aquidneck Island and there isn't much chamber music except for the summer. I also like that you alternate symphony and chamber programs. Both the Carter Center venue and PC are excellent. I do like that the program is posted on Facebook well in advance so one can listen to the pieces beforehand."

Repeat concertgoer from 2015 series

Narragansett, RI

I have been to many of their concerts, both as RIPCO and NaBSCO, over the years. The enthusiasm and abilities of the orchestra, guest performers, conductors and program selections over the years have provided a welcome addition to the classical musical offerings in RI. Thank you all so much!

Rene Abeles

Providence, RI

Keep classical music alive in our community! I support NaBSCO!

R.H. Jagger

Pawtucket, RI

Finding a chance to hear high quality music is wonderful. I live on Aquidneck Island and there isn't much chamber music except for the summer. I also like that you alternate symphony and chamber programs. Both the Carter Center venue and PC are excellent. I do like that the program is posted on Facebook well in advance so one can listen to the pieces beforehand.

Repeat concertgoer from 2015 series

Narragansett, RI

"Finding a chance to hear high quality music is wonderful. I live on Aquidneck Island and there isn't much chamber music except for the summer. I also like that you alternate symphony and chamber programs. Both the Carter Center venue and PC are excellent. I do like that the program is posted on Facebook well in advance so one can listen to the pieces beforehand."

Repeat concertgoer from 2015 series

Narragansett, RI

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2005

Year founded

53

Concerts performed

56

Soloists featured

76

Current musicians

growth and a new name

Our orchestra was founded in 2005 as the rhode island philharmonic community orchestra under the auspices of the Rhode Island Philharmonic & Music School. In 2012, we established ourselves as an independent 501c(3) group with a new name, Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra.