A Letter from the Music Director


Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters of RICCO,

It has been my privilege to have served as music director of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra for thirty-one years. During that time the musicians and I have shared with each other and with you the wonderment of classical music. These occasions have been in turn moving, enlightening, touching, joyous and profound, as we explored together the depths of the masterworks of the great composers both living and historic. It is my fervent hope, as we continue together on this marvelous journey in this my thirty-second and final year as music director, that we have been able to maintain the artistic standard envisioned by Dr. Louis Pichierri, founder, and so ably upheld by my predecessors Ronald Morris and Robert Bass. I share with you the words on the opening page of Beethoven’s mighty Missa Solemnis:

Vom Herzen, möge es wieder, zu Herzen gehen!”

(From the heart, may it go further to the heart!)

Thank you for the privilege of serving you.

Edward Markward, Music Director

Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra


2015 – 2016 Season