Rhode Island Foundation celebrates 100th anniversary with a free concert

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The Rhode Island Foundation is getting ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary in style by hosting an evening of music and delicious food in the park.

In honor of their 100th anniversary, they are inviting you to a free concert featuring the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra tonight, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park.

This event marks the first time since 2004 that the Philharmonic has played at Roger Williams Park.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy inspiring favorites like the 1812 Overture, Fanfare for the Common Man, Stars and Stripes Forever, and Star Wars.

The concert is free and open to the public. Parking is available throughout the park. No grills or fireworks are allowed.

Don’t forget to pack an appetite as well – many of Rhode Island’s impressive food trucks will be on site and open for business.Background on The Rhode Island Foundation:

  • Founded on June 13, 1916, with a $10,000 gift from industrialist Jesse Metcalf, the Foundation’s assets have grown to nearly $800 million. Over the past five years, the Foundation has awarded more than $165 million in grants
  • The centerpiece of the centennial celebration is a $10 million campaign to restore Roger Williams Park. The work will include improvements to the park’s entrances, new signage, expanded walkways and bicycle paths and repairs to the Museum of Natural History, the Bandstand, the Casino and the Temple to Music
  • The Foundation has also awarded $500,000 in grants in every city and town for community-building projects like outdoor theaters and historical walking tours.

This morning CEO Neil Steinberg and David Beauchesne, executive director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, joined us to talk about the big celebration.

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