12:30 PM12:30

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


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:


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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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2:00 PM14:00

A collaborative concert with the Apple Hill String Quartet - Venue TBA

Details of this exciting collaboration will be announced very shortly. Check back soon for more details.

About the Apple Hill String Quartet

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. As resident musicians and Co-Artistic Directors at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in rural Nelson, NH, the Quartet serves as the Music Directors and core faculty for Apple Hill’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop attended by 300 students of diverse ages, levels, and backgrounds. During the regular concert season, in conjunction with Apple Hill’s Playing for Peace program, the Quartet performs concerts and conducts residencies locally in New Hampshire, nationally in major U.S. cities, and internationally around the globe in venues as diverse as the Ketermaya refugee camp outside of Beirut, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the Conservatorio National de Musica in Lima, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and UCLA. The Quartet has collaborated with members of the Brentano String Quartet, Silk Road Ensemble, Dorian Wind Quintet, Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo, New York Philharmonic, and Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI. Most recent studio recordings include the premiere of Dana Lyn’s Suite for Fiddler and String Quartet, a revival of Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s String Quartet No. 1, and transcriptions of Purcell Fantasias. Members of the Quartet have received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, Rice University, SUNY Stonybrook, and a Fulbright Award to London, England.

Learn more about Apple Hill at applehill.org

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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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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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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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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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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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7:00 PM19:00

String Quartets and Wine at Greenvale Vineyards


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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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



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

Grazyna Bacewicz Suite for Two Violins

George Walker String Quartet No

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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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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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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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4:00 PM16:00

String Quartets at Trinity Church

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!

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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.

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2:00 PM14:00

Season Opening Concert at the Newport Art Museum

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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

All tickets include admission to the Museum. Call Museum for reservations at (401) 848-8200 or book online HERE.

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9:30 AM09:30

Quartets at the Farmer's Market

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.

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5:30 PM17:30

The Role of the Germania Musical Society during Newport's Hotel Period

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



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7:30 PM19:30

marimba+strings at the Firehouse Theater

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.

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