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Angélique Kidjo


FirstWorks welcomes four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo back to Providence for a concert featuring the high-octane numbers that have cemented her place on the international scene.
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The Telling

The Telling

“The Telling” is a new collection of original live works by renowned Haitian-American composer, violinist,  and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain. Through instrumental solos, dance, and chamber music, the artists reflect upon and respond to the forces of crisis and communion in our lives, telling stories of our anger, anguish, and enduring hope.
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Johnny Gandelsman This is America

This is America

Experience this live concert of selections from violinist Johnny Gandelsman’s commissioning project for solo violin written by a diverse group of American and US-based composers. Special appearance by Community MusicWorks youth musicians. Opening program: “Woodland Impressions,” a new commissioned work from EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, composed by erhu artist Jing Wang.
$30 advance / $35 day of & at door
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Professional Development


FirstWorks’ Teacher Professional Development Initiative aims to create systemic change in Providence and Central Falls school districts through accredited workshops in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Virtual Learning Series

Experience the arts wherever you are

Visit this page to access our digital learning resources which include unique video content featuring world class artists. Accompanying activities and assignments are aligned to core curricula standards.
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Supports extraordinary Rhode Island artists as they adapt their creative enterprises and inspire our community. With funding from Rhode Island Commerce, we provided a cohort of local creatives with coaching and tools to help them succeed in these challenging times. Visit this page each day for spotlight videos produced through our partnership with Steer PVD.
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Raise Your Voice


…and celebrating difference through the performing arts. For sixteen years, FirstWorks has wielded the power of the arts to build community through inclusion and celebration of diversity. We invite you to browse program highlights representing our commitment to ensure representation of our diverse audience and their cultures on stage, in Rhode Island classrooms, and in local media.
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Earth First


…From classical music to awe-inspiring spectacles, FirstWorks’ Earth First program harnesses the dynamic and engaging power of the performing arts to shine a spotlight on important questions around climate change, sustainability and civic responsibility. Browse program highlights.