The Newport String Project is delighted to welcome violist Ashley Frith and cellist Jaime Feldman as our new associate musicians. Together with project directors EmmaLee and Ealain they will be performing as the Newport String Project's first quartet-in-residence!
Join us for a fabulous program of works by Haydn, Schumann, Martinu and Schubert.
Admission by donation. Suggested Donation $10, $25, $50+
All proceeds support the performing and educational programs of the Newport String Project.
The Newport String Project launches Season Five with Beethoven’s String Quartet in C sharp minor, op. 131
The Newport String Project returns to the Newport Art Museum on October 1st with a concert that promises to take audiences on a musical odyssey like no other. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Beethoven’s astonishing String Quartet in c sharp minor, op. 131 – the Everest of string quartets!
Majestic, daunting and densely-packed with boldly contrasting moods and colors, op. 131 represents the pinnacle of Beethoven’s creative achievement. Like any mountaineering adventure, the piece demands endurance, skill and fortitude, while yielding spectacular rewards along the way. Intrepid Newport String Project directors EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealaín McMullin will be joined by guest musical “sherpas”, Jesse Holstein on viola and Heath Marlow on cello.
The afternoon will also feature a movement of Schubert’s beloved Cello Quintet to welcome the Newport String Project’s new cellist-in-residence, Jaime Feldman!
The concert is presented in partnership with the Newport Art Museum and begins at 2pm.
Ticket Prices: $30 Supporter Ticket, $15 Non-Member / General Admission Ticket, $10 Museum Member Ticket
Free range string quartets at the Winter Aquidneck Growers' Market at Newport Vineyards!
As well as performances by EmmaLee, Ealain and guest artists, there will also be a special appearance by the students of the Newport String Project! The quartet will be playing from 9.30 till 1pm with a short performance by the kids at 11am.
On Thursday April 6th at 5.30pm, the Newport String Project will present a unique collaboration with the Newport Historical Society and Dr. Brian Knoth, illuminating the story of the Germania Musical Society and its role during Newport’s Hotel Period (approximately 1840-1865).
Described by some scholars as the “first professional orchestra” in the US, the Germania Musical Society toured nationally with the most celebrated virtuosi of the era and played a particularly vibrant role in the cultural landscape of Newport, where they resided each summer of their existence as a touring ensemble.
Newport String Project musicians will be joined by Dr Brian Knoth for a special lecture recital in the historic surrounds of the courtroom at Old Colony House. The event will feature discussion and performances of music closely associated with the Germania Musical Society, including Newport-inspired dance music such as the “Fancy Ball Polka Redowa” and “Ocean House Polka”. In keeping with the Germania Musical Society’s promotion of works by Felix Mendelssohn, the event will close with a performance of Mendelssohn’s fiery String Quartet No. 6 op. 80 dating from 1847.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity for a glimpse into a fascinating chapter of Newport’s musical history.
Admission by donation. Suggested Donation $10, $25, $50+
All proceeds support the work of the Newport String Project and the Newport Historical Society.
The Newport String Project is a music performance and youth mentoring initiative that aims to strengthen community connections through access to inspiring musical experiences for all. More information at newportstringproject.org
Dr. Knoth’s lecture research was generously supported by a Preservation Society of Newport County research fellowship
The Newport String Project takes you on a short tour of the rich textures and colors of 20th and 21st century music.
In the hands of the dynamic Newport String Project players and guest percussionist Piero Guimareas you’ll experience a driving piece written for string quartet and marimba, by Cuban composer Igmar Alderete. The performance rests on cello and marimba in a hauntingly beautiful (soulful) piece written by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov. Then it’s on to the high-spirited energy, the complex rhythms and smoldering sensuality of the Argentinian tangos of Astor Piazzolla.
The second half of the concert takes listeners to post-Stalinist Russia with Shostakovich’ mercurial Quartet #6. You’ll hear the complex range of emotions that reflect the composer’s personal tragedies and triumphs. And you’ll be invited to experience the unique combination of sweet innocence and musical complexity that characterize this quartet.
No tickets necessary. Admission is by donation.
Bring your own drink of choice. We will provide cups, ice and openers. Free non- alcoholic beverages provided.
In partnership with Barnes and Noble Middletown, the Newport String Project will be bringing some musical fun to the bookstore on February 12th from 10am-7pm.
You can support the Newport String Project in-store and online with a percentage of the net proceeds from the bookfair going directly to support our performance and educational programs.
Stay tuned for more details!
The Newport String Project returns to the beautiful surroundings of Ochre Court at Salve Regina University for high energy program of chamber music for strings...
Newport String Project directors, Ealain and EmmaLee will be joined by new Associate Musician Josie Davis for a performance of Dvorak Miniatures for Two Violins and Viola. The afternoon will also feature Elizabeth Maconchy's String Quartet No. 3 and perennial favorite Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings.
Suggested Donation $10, $25, $50+
The Newport String Project returns to the Redwood Library for a dynamic program of works for violin and piano.
From ebullient sonatas by Mozart and Prokofiev to the unabashedly romantic world of American composer Amy Beach, this concert promises to bring listeners on a compelling journey through eclectic musical landscapes. In keeping with the literary surroundings of the afternoon’s concert, the program also features Telemann’s irresistibly whimsical Suite for Two Violins which was inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.
Newport String Project Directors and resident violinists EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealain McMullin will be joined by guest pianist Daniel Sedgwick.
For reservations, please call the Redwood Library Front Desk at 401-847-0292
Suggested Donation $10, $25, $50+ Proceeds support the performance and educational activities of the Newport String Project
Join us for our first community dance of the season at Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County, 95 Church St. Newport, RI
This story transports listeners to the frozen world of the Arctic Circle where they’ll meet a young girl named Glashka with a special ability: She can hear the ancient song of the whale that no one else can detect. When peril strikes the waters of the Chukchi Peninsula, Glashka uses the gift of her imagination to help save the whales.
Presented by the Newport String Project, this tale is based on a riveting true story that combines music with storytelling and invites audience members to participate, adding their voices to the symphony of whale songs.
Suitable for ages 4-12. This free program will take place at the Newport Public Library on November 12 at 11 am.
Celebrating the launch of its fourth season, the Newport String Project is delighted to present a vibrant afternoon of chamber music at the Newport Art Museum on October 9th. Featuring string quartets by Haydn and Schubert alongside rare duos by contemporary Icelandic composer Hildigunnar Runnársdóttir, the event will also offer an opportunity to learn more about the Newport String Project’s plans for its fourth year. Project directors and violinists, EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealaín McMullin will be joined by guest musicians Tanya Maggi and Heath Marlow.
$25 Supporter ticket price
$15 general admission ticket price
$10 discounted ticket for Museum members
All tickets include admission to the Museum
For tickets please call Callie Clarke at the Museum at 848-8200 x7983 or BUY TICKETS.
From string quartets by Haydn and Schubert to Icelandic violin duos, the Newport String Project is delighted to present a vibrant afternoon of chamber music at St Mary’s Church in Portsmouth on October 8th. Project directors and violinists EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealain McMullin will be joined by guest musicians Tanya Maggi (viola) and Heath Marlow (cello) for this special preview performance ahead of the launch of the project’s fourth season!
Join us at 3pm for an informal pop-up concert in the performance space at Empire Tea and Coffee. This event is part of the Broadway Street Fair.
Join us for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a string quartet's rehearsal process at Angelus Hall, 102, Salve Regina University. This informal event is open to the public and audience members can stay for a brief period or the whole event. Coffee and cookies will be provided courtesy of Empire Tea and Coffee.
We'll be celebrating the finale concert of our season at the Great Friends Meeting House. Join us for string quartets and a festive close to our third season! With guest artists, Jesse Holstein, viola and Chelsea Bernstein, cello
What was going through Ludwig's head when he wrote his glorious Op. 18 No. 1 String Quartet? How could he have imagined the intricate conversation between voices throughout the piece? Join the Newport Strong Project in the historic Great Hall at Rough Point and get the answers to this and other burning questions. Then sit back with your favorite drink and enjoy our performance of this golden composition from the renowned master of the string quartet. You are guaranteed to appreciate this piece even more when you learn what drove Beethoven to write it and how his tortured emotions got translated into notes on the page. To complement Beethoven's work and to pay homage to Doris Duke, we will present Gershwin's Lullaby with its colorful harmonies and syncopated rhythms. Doors open at 5, concert begins at 5:30pm. Cash bar.
With Rachel Panitch, fiddle and Mike Sokolovsky, guitar
The Newport String Project melds the prose of some of the great nature writers with fiddle and classical music.
February 27, 7pm
Jamestown Arts Center
Influenced by the folk music of Turkey, Iraq, Armenia and Hungary, three composers from the early 1900s to present, let folk rhythms and political unrest drive their inspiration. In contrast, Providence composer Kirsten Volness paints a serene metaphorical seascape in her work for violin, cello and vibraphone that will be premiered in Jamestown.
Join us to hear the unique sounds of percussion and strings, to experience a world premiere and to hear firsthand from a living composer about her work.
With Piero Guimaraes and Nick Gleason, percussion, Ariana Falk and Megan Koch, celli
The Newport String Project presents . . .
Old-time family barn dance
One way to kick up fun for the whole family is with an old-time barn dance. And that's just what's happening Sunday afternoon, February 7 from 3 to 5, at Emmanuel Church in Newport.
Fiddle champ EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and the Rusty Pickup String Band will provide the authentic hoedown music for this free event. And master dance caller Jim Hicks is coming all the way from Illinois to lead the dances.
This get-together is presented by the Newport String Project, in partnership with Emmanuel Church and Common Fence Music. A highlight of the afternoon will be a performance by the young fiddlers and violists from the Newport String Project.
Sunday's dance will mark the fourth appearance in Newport for this lively band and caller, and each previous time the hall was packed with families having a toe-tapping good time.
The dance caller, Jim Hicks, explains that his job is to teach each dance so that everyone knows what to do before the music starts.
"When you pair music with simple family-friendly dances," says Hicks, "it's a formula for a whole lot of merriment."
Hicks adds that most of the dances he teaches are traditional. They harken back to America's pioneer days when families would end a week of chores and farmwork by gathering with neighbors at a homemade hoedown.
Fiddler Holmes-Hicks grew up playing for barn dances in the Midwest. "There's nothing like an old-timey dance to bring people together," says Holmes-Hicks, co-director of the Newport String Project.
"I love to watch the dancers respond with their feet and their energy when I strike up a lively tune," Hicks says. "This music has been passed down through generations of fiddlers with just that intent--to inspire a roomful of people of all ages to join a fun
activity that everyone can do, no matter the age or experience."
It was not far from the Newport Public Library that an extraordinary little mouse was born in a cozy nest made of tufts of fur and bits of cotton cloth. The Newport String Project brings you the story of the escapades of this little mouse. Using music and origami and a wee bit of dance, they weave this tale of adventure and intrigue.
Bring the whole family and partake in a form of storytelling that invites listeners to become part of the story.
Newport Public Library. February 6 at 10:30am - Admission is free