Continuing its new commitment to ongoing year-round programming, Newport Classical, which recently changed its name from Newport Music Festival, announces its spring Chamber Series concerts, running from January through May 2022 at the organization’s new home venue, the Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church (42 Dearborn St.).
The organization’s new name better reflects its 53-year history of embracing the timelessness of classical music, as well as its current mission of looking toward the future and celebrating the diversity of expression within the artform through year-round programming. Newport Classical’s featured spring artists include leading Spanish concert pianist Daniel del Pino, celebrated piano and wind Poulenc Trio, New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis, 29-year-old Italian-born pianist Rodolfo Leone, and the engaging duo of harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist Alexi Kenney. Tickets are on sale at www.newportclassical.org.
The spring concerts will follow this month’s presentation of pianist Sara Davis Buechner on Nov. 19, at the Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church, in music by Gershwin, Mozart, and Federico Longa, as well as her own work, A New York Sketchbook. In December, Newport Classical presents two holiday programs – Newport Classical Holiday with up-and-coming, Providence-based chamber choir Ensemble Altera at Emmanuel Church Chapel on Dec. 3 and 4 in a program of music by Benjamin Britten, Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Strozzi, Imogen Holst, Elizabeth Poston, and Joanna Marsh; and a collaborative performance of Handel’s iconic Messiah at the Mansion at Rosecliff (548 Bellevue Ave.) on Dec. 12 at 4:00pm and 6:30pm featuring the Professional Choristers of The Choir School of Newport County, Brown University Chorus, and Providence Baroque Orchestra performing on period instruments.
Newport Classical’s Chamber Series continues on Jan. 21, 2022, with leading Spanish concert pianist Daniel del Pino performing Suite Iberia composed by Isaac Albéniz. The Poulenc Trio – the most active touring piano-wind chamber ensemble in the world – will perform music for the classically curious including selections by Poulenc, André Previn, Juri Seo, James Lee III, and Octavio Vasquez, on Feb. 18. On March 11, New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis, an Avery Fischer Career Grant recipient, performs music of darkness and light for piano and violin by Janáček, Messiaen, Lera Auerbach, Fauré, and Brahms.
The brilliant 29-year-old Italian-born pianist and first-prize winner of the 2017 International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna Rodolfo Leone performs a program of Brahms and Schumann for his debut in Newport on April 22. On May 13, harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist Alexi Kenney come together for an evening of intimate and finely tuned musicality, from adaptations of the music of John Dowland and J. S. Bach to masterworks by Camille Saint-Saëns and Sebastian Currier.
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