Musica Dolce to perform for benefit of the Block Island Medical Center

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 9:30am

This Sunday and Monday, Oct. 20 and 21, the Block Island community will be able to hear members of Musica Dolce in performances at St. Andrew's Parish Center and the Block Island School.  

Musica Dolce, a chamber music ensemble started more than twenty five years ago by retired University of Rhode Island music professor, Dr. Joseph Ceo, consists of classical musicians from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Musica Dolce's members also play professionally with the likes of the Boston Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and many area musical ensembles both large and small.  

The Sunday concert at St. Andrew's will feature works of Mozart, Brahms, Grieg, Gershwin and Stanford's "Songs of the Sea" sung by baritone Devon Russo. Also featured will be island orthodontist, Robert Hayden playing clarinet. The concert starts at 7:30 and there is a suggested donation of $25 per person with all donations going to the Block Island Medical Center.

Monday's school performance will be two educational outreach programs including a piece entitled "Barn Raising" by cellist Steve Lavern, who will describe the process and inspiration behind the composition. 

Musica Dolce appearances are sponsored locally by the Roosa Foundation and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.