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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Oct
29
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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Oct
1
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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Apr
8
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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Apr
6
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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Mar
2
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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Feb
12
10:00 AM10:00

Barnes and Noble Bookfair in support of the Newport String Project

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!

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Jan
29
3:00 PM15:00

Dvorak, Maconchy and Mendelssohn at Ochre Court

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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+

 

 

 

 

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Nov
20
3:00 PM15:00

Violin Sonatas (and more!) at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum

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

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Nov
12
11:00 AM11:00

Children's Storytime - A Symphony of Whales

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.

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Oct
9
2:00 PM14:00

Season Opening Concert

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.

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Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

Season Four Preview Concert

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!

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