Dec
8
12:45 PM12:45

Student POP UP performance - Big Sky Ensemble performs at Elf

The Newport String Project’s advanced orchestra the Big Sky Ensemble will be performing as a preview to the Jane Pickens Theater annual screening of the holiday favorite "Elf”. Catch the students in action on the BIG STAGE at the Jane Pickens starting around 12.45pm - movie begins at 1pm. Check the Jane Pickens theater website for ticket details…

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Dec
14
2:30 PM14:30

Student POP UP performance - Pinwheel Orchestra performs at Emmanuel Church

The Newport String Project is delighted to partner once again with the Newport County Youth Chorus on their Caroling and Crafting event at Emmanuel Church. Our intermediate ensemble the Pinwheel Orchestra will be on hand to perform some holiday classics and a few fiddle-y favorites…

Event begins at 2.30pm. Newport String Project students will perform at 3.30pm

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Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

Fall Community Barn Dance at St Michael's Country Day School

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Join the Newport String Project and Common Fence Music for a Fall Community Barn Dance. It will be an afternoon of fiddle-fuelled fun, when participants will learn how to sashay, promenade and much more with the guidance of seasoned dance caller Jim Hicks. NSP co-founder EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks will be fiddling with the Rusty Pick-Up String Band and local favorites Tom Perrotti and Mike Fischman. The dance will kick off with a performance by the young students of the Newport String Project.

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Oct
19
2:00 PM14:00

Opening Concert at the Newport Art Museum

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On Saturday, October 19 at 2pm, the Newport String Project will perform a dynamic program of works by Dvorak, Schumann and Montgomery. In celebration of the Museum’s current exhibition Forever Young: Representations of Childhood and Adolescence, the concert will feature a performance of Schumann’s “Scenes from Childhood”, arranged for string quartet. The afternoon will also include Dvorak’s autumnal String Quartet in E-flat and Jessie Montgomery’s soaring Duo for Violin and Cello.

All tickets include admission to the Museum.


Tickets $15 Museum Members; $20 Non-Members; $35 Supporter Tickets

Tickets available at https://newportartmuseum.org/events/newport-string-oct-2019/

Photo Credit: Jack Renner

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Oct
18
4:30 PM16:30

String Sessions at Innovate Newport

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Join the Newport String Project for String Sessions which will provide a sneak preview of our Opening Concert. Perfect for the audience member on-the-go or those who want a sneak peek of our concerts, String Sessions reinvent the traditional concert format - presenting short concerts (45-60 minutes of music) in unconventional spaces, that give audiences a way to experience chamber music in a relaxed and approachable atmosphere. We are thrilled to collaborate with Innovate Newport on the first of these events this season. Arrive at 4.30pm for refreshments and mingling - Music at 5pm. This is a FREE event.

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May
12
2:00 PM14:00

Mother's Day Fiddling Concert at Channing Church

Celebrate Mother’s Day with an afternoon of folk and fiddle-infused music. The Newport String Quartet will be joined by special guests Rachel Panitch (fiddle) and Mike Sokolovsky (guitar).

Head to La Forge Restaurant (186 Bellevue Ave) before or after the concert and receive 10% off your meal when you pre-purchase your ticket through Eventbrite!

$10 in advance through Eventbrite/ $15 at door

Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mothers-day-with-newport-string-project-and-la-forge-casino-restaurant-tickets-59480878910

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Apr
30
12:30 PM12:30

A Life in Music Lost and Found - a talk with Betty Hauck

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Join us for this special collaboration with the MLK Center’s Lunch and Learn series! Space is limited - please RSVP to msaunders@mlkccenter.org

A Life in Music Lost and Found - My Journey as a Musician with Hearing Loss

A Talk and Play presentation by Betty Hauck.

For 50 years Betty enjoyed a rich and rewarding career as a professional violist until the day she realized that she had to retire because of progressive hearing loss. For three years she completely turned her back on music. In this “Talk & Play” presentation she will tell the story of how various twists and turns led her back into sharing the joy of music while educating and advocating for those with hearing loss.

Her talk will be punctuated by short musical selections on both violin and viola. The program is about one hour and includes Q&A at the end.

Highlights of Betty’s career include performing for the Kennedys at the White House, playing in a string quartet with Yo-Yo Ma and, as a founding member of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, touring the Middle East annually, performing and teaching young Palestinian and Jewish music students. Betty was recently featured in an NPR story about musicians and hearing loss:

http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/04/17/classical-musicians-hearing-loss

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Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

Strings in Bloom: Apple Hill String Quartet in concert with the Newport String Quartet

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On Sunday April 14th at 3pm, the Newport String Project presents a unique collaboration with the award-winning Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music (NH).

This concert will feature the internationally acclaimed musicians of Apple Hill in a collaborative concert with the Newport String Quartet and will include works by Andrea Tarrodi and Dmitri Shostakovich, alongside a performance of Mike Kelley's enchanting "Five Animal Stories" for String Octet, a musical evocation of Armenian folk tales. This free performance at Ochre Court is a not-to-be-missed event in one of Newport’s most stunning venues.

This concert is presented in partnership with the Newport Daffodil Days Festival and Salve Regina University.

Called “dashing and extraordinary” by The Strad Magazine, the Apple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of traditional repertoire, neglected masterpieces, and music from around the world, as well as world premieres and commissioned pieces. The quartet serves as the resident quartet at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, an organization that builds long-term learning relationships between professional and student musicians of all ages, levels, and cultures. Apple Hill offers educational and mentoring programs each year to 300 students as part of its Summer Chamber Music Workshop (NH) and to thousands more throughout the world while producing approximately 60 concerts each year. Learn more at www.applehill.org

Noted for its eclectic and innovative programming, the Newport String Project is committed to presenting highly expressive performances of masterworks, alongside works by emerging and rarely heard composers in intimate, inclusive settings throughout Newport. With a dual emphasis on performance and education, the project also includes a rigorous youth mentoring program, which currently provides free lessons in violin, viola and cello to forty students in Newport. To learn more about the Newport String Project’s mission, learn more at www.newportstringproject.org

Suggested donation $10, $25 & $50+

All proceeds support the performance and educational programming of the Newport String Project.

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Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

NEW DATE AND VENUE!!!!! TREE OF LIFE - HAYDN, VOLNESS, BRAHMS

EDITED 3/5/19 We are thrilled to announce the new date and venue for this performance! JOIN US ON MARCH 31st at 2pm at TRINITY CHURCH!

Join the Newport String Quartet for an exciting program of quartets by Haydn, Brahms and Rhode Island based composer Kirsten Volness.

HAYDN String Quartet op 64, no 5, “The Lark”

VOLNESS Tree of Life

BRAHMS String Quartet No. 2 in a minor

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Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Winter Community Barn Dance

Join us for the second community barn dance of the year at Emmanuel Church! Presented in partnership with Emmanuel Church and Common Fence Music.

A high-energy event that is fun for all ages so bring the whole family. No prior dance experience necessary. Admission is free. Participants are welcome to make a donation to support the barn dances for years to come.

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Dec
1
11:00 AM11:00

Sip and Shop at J McLaughlin

Support the Newport String Project’s educational and performing activity whilst picking up some holiday purchases at J McLaughlin (180 Bellevue Ave, Newport). A portion of the days proceeds will be donated directly to the Newport String Project. Stop by in the afternoon to chat with directors EmmaLee and Ealain and enjoy some music as you browse the store.

J McLaughlin 180 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI

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Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

Fall Community Barn Dance at St Michael's Country Day School

A perennial favorite of the Newport String Project. Join us for our Fall Community Barn Dance. Join us for an afternoon of fiddle-fuelled fun when participants will be guided by seasoned dance caller Jim Hicks. NSP director EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks will be fiddling with the Rusty Pick-Up String Band and local favorites Tom Perrotti and Mike Fischman. The dance will kick off with a performance by the young students of the Newport String Project.

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Jul
31
10:30 AM10:30

Children's Songwriting Workshop and Fiddle Concert at the Newport Public Library

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Fiddlers EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks of the Newport String Project and Rachel Panitch play
the kind of infectious toe-tapping music that engages children of all ages, from 1 to 99. So
anyone is welcome to sit in on this workshop. But the program targets children from 6 to
12 in a mixture of song and dance interwoven with the magic of old-time fiddle music.
Young and old are entranced by the sizzling bows of EmmaLee and Rachel as they
demonstrate the art of traditional fiddling with brand new twists. This dynamic duo leads
children into the land of song-writing showing them how to create new lyrics for old tunes. Then it’s time to shake those wiggles out with circle dances that blend movement and fun, all to the tune of fiddle music.

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Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Season Finale Concert at the Newport Art Museum

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Join the Newport String Quartet for the final concert of the season! The quartet returns to the galleries of the Newport Art Museum for a festive program of Borodin, Beethoven and folk tunes from Denmark. The event will feature a reflection on the important milestones of our fifth season as well as sharing an update on our exciting plans for the future.

The Newport String Quartet will perform Beethoven's ethereal String Quartet op 18 no 3 (believed to be the first of his string quartets). The program also features Borodin's String Quartet No 2 in D major, a love letter to his pianist wife Ekaterina.

Reserve tickets HERE

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Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Private House Concert Event

If you are interested in supporting the work of the Newport String Project by hosting a performance at your home, please contact ealain@newportstringproject.org 

Chamber music was written for intimate spaces - a giant living room is definitely not a pre-requisite! 

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Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

String Quartets and Wine at Greenvale Vineyards

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Join the musicians of the Newport String Project for an intimate evening of chamber music at Greenvale Vineyards! Don't miss this exciting program featuring the music of Haydn, Bacewicz and George Walker!

Admission by donation. Suggested Donation $10, $25, $50+

All proceeds support the educational and performance activities of the Newport String Project.

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Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

String Quartets at Colony House

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On April 12th at 7pm at Colony House, the Newport String Project presents “Musical Pioneers”, an evocative program featuring chamber works by trailblazing composers including Franz Joseph Haydn, Grazyna Bacewicz and George Walker.

Join the musicians of the Newport String Project for an exploration of Haydn’s transformative impact on the genre of the string quartet. The event will also feature a performance of Grazyna Bacewicz’s Suite for Two Violins, which received its premiere at an underground concert in Warsaw in 1943. The program will conclude with String Quartet No. 1 by George Walker, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Admission by donation. Suggested Donation $10, $25, $50+

All proceeds support the educational and performance activities of the Newport String Project.

More information at www.newportstringproject.org

 

PROGRAM

Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet op. 1 no. 1.

Grazyna Bacewicz Suite for Two Violins

George Walker String Quartet No

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Feb
4
3:00 PM15:00

February Barn Dance at Emmanuel Church

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The fun returns to Emmanuel Church on February 4th when Common Fence Music and Newport String Project present the second barn dance of the season!

Newport String Project director EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks will be joined by the merry Rusty Pick-Up String Band as well as local legends Mike Fischman and Tom Perrotti.

Whether you're 5 or 105, this is family friendly dance is fun for all ages and no prior experience is required. Expert dance caller Jim Hicks will be on hand to make sure you know the difference between your sashay and your do-si-do...

Opening the proceedings will be the students of the Newport String Project, performing some of their favorite fiddle hits!

Donations welcome! Snacks to share appreciated!

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Jan
28
3:00 PM15:00

More Chamber Music at the Redwood Library

Join us for Part Two of our winter residency at the Redwood Library! The Newport String Project will be joined by guest musicians Jeff Louie (piano) and Elizabeth Stefan (viola) for a trio of sizzling trios! The program will include:

Beethoven String Trio in D Major op. 9 no. 2

Shostakovich Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano

Paul Schoenfeld Cafe Music

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Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

Chamber Music at the Redwood Library

The Newport String Project is delighted to return to the Redwood Library on Sunday December 17th at 3pm to present a vibrant dynamic program of works by Bacewicz, Prokofiev and Mozart.
Now in its fifth season, the project exists to make inspiring musical experiences accessible for all in Newport. The project’s first quartet-in-residence (EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, Ealain McMullin, violins; Ashley Frith, viola; Jaime Feldman, cello) will perform Prokofiev’s String Quartet No 2 in F Major, based on Russian folk melodies. The quartet will be joined by guest violist, Jesse Holstein, for one of Mozart’s final chamber works, the sublime String Quintet in D Major, K 593. Project directors EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealain McMullin will also perform the rarely heard Suite for Two Violins, by 20th century Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz. Don’t miss this afternoon of atmospheric chamber music in the beautiful surrounds of the Harrison Room at the Redwood Library!

This event is presented in partnership with the Redwood Library. Admission is by donation and all proceeds will support the work of the Newport String Project. Suggested Donation $10, $25 and $50+

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