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An East Providence Orchestra Is Second Fiddle to None

The Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra brings local musicians of all ages and skill levels together on October 29

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Originally founded in 2006 as the Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra, the Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra includes both amateur and professional symphonic musicians of all ages. Together, they share a passion for music and serving the community.

From Bernstein to Beethoven and everything in between, the orchestra plays a wide range of traditional and modern classical music. They have performed throughout Rhode Island, including for free at local libraries, nursing homes, and for music students at Johnson and Wales.

Bruce Goldstein, president of the orchestra’s board, emphasizes NABSCO’s involvement in community music education. NABSCO collaborates with the Rhode Island Philharmonic School and with Community MusicWorks, a nonprofit organization that offers after-school music programs to youth, as well as mentoring and teaching opportunities to professional musicians.

The orchestra’s mission is to provide members of the community with high-quality music at minimal costs. General admission tickets are $15, with senior and student discounts available. “Our biggest goal is to reach as many people as possible – that’s really what we’re all about,” says Bruce. The orchestra’s first concert of the season is on October 29 in Providence.