<p>The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra (RIPO) is a professional orchestra in Rhode Island. Founded in 1945, Based in East Providence, Rhode Island, its performing home is Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence. Along with the annual Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts and the Providence Singers, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best examples of classical music companies in Rhode Island. RIPO is the country's largest combined professional orchestra and music school.
The RIPO was founded in 1945 by Francis Madeira who went on to be its director and conductor; he retired in 1978. Its current music director (as of July 2009) is Larry Rachleff and current Resident Conductor is Francisco Noya. Following Francis Madeira's retirement in 1978, Alvaro Cassuto led the Orchestra from 1979-1985. Andrew Massey served as Music Director from 1986-1991, followed by Zuohuang Chen who served in that capacity through the 1995-96 season.
As of 2012, the orchestra has attracted the likes of guest conductors Jahja Ling and Michael Stern, violinists Jennifer Frautschi, Karen Gomyo and David Kim, cellist Alban Gerhardt and pianists Ilya Yakushev, Jessie Chang and Jon Kimura Parker</p>