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Meet the Composer: Jake Heggie

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

11 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Most music lovers never get the opportunity to meet a living composer, let alone one who has collaborated with and composed for some of the world's most exceptional singers, including Frederica von Stade, Renée Fleming, and Joyce DiDonato. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to get to know award-winning composer Jake Heggie in an intimate setting, learn about his craft, and hear some of his breathtaking compositions performed live.

Meet the Composer begins with an informal presentation given by Mr. Heggie who discusses the first half of the Program, excerpts from Rise & Fall (for soprano and piano) and A Question of Light (for baritone & piano), which were created in collaboration with librettist Gene Scheer.

During intermission, there will be champagne and patisseries in anticipation of the second half of the program, the song cycle Camille Claudel: Into the Fire (for mezzo & string quartet).

As described by Heggie, “The life of the brilliant French sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943) was little known prior to the landmark film about her life, released in 1988. She was a creative genius at a time when a woman was rarely taken seriously on her own, and usually only in connection with a man."


This exciting event will culminate in audience Q & A with the composer. Don't miss out!

 

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Family Friendly Free Concert

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This concert is a special free concert for the community provided by the Newport Music Festival in collaboration with the Newport Art Museum. In case of rain, please see the posting on ww.newportmusic.org on the respective Concert Event Page for more information.

Borodin & Prokofiev

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

4 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This joint piano recital celebrates two great Russian composers, Alexander Borodin and Sergei Prokofiev. The program begins with the most significant of Borodin’s piano works, his Petite Suite, comprised of seven movements with the dedication “Little poems on the love of a young girl.” It is followed by Borodin’s Scherzo in A flat Major, that is reminiscent of his Polovetsian Dances. The brisk and pounding rhythms combined with the sensual melodies make this a true challenge for any pianist. It is considered a mini-masterpiece written to be played by a virtuoso. The second half of the concert begins with selections from his ballet Romeo and Juliet, some arranged by the NMF pianist, Frederic Chiu. This is superb music storytelling: each selection conveys character and sentiment, circumstance and consequence in 20th century music’s compelling rendition of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Sonata No. 7 in B flat Major Op. 83, closes the afternoon’s program. Also known as the “Stalingrad,” this sonata is the second of Prokofiev’s three War Sonatas. It is passionate music in which dissonance moves into resonance, discord becomes resolution. The composer’s range and expertise are magnificent, evidenced in this stunning sonata, expertly performed.

 

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French Harp & Friends

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

4 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This afternoon concert of French music opens with Fauré’s Impromptu for Harp in Db Major, a lush, haunting composition that is at once bold and dreamy. Renié’s Danse des Lutins is a stellar example of French romantic harp music, rich in melodic line and lustrous background sound. Fantaisie for Harp Op. 95 is a composition rich in harmonics and including a cadenza specifically for harp by Saint-Saëns. The melodic line shimmers in a repeating motif that develops with charming delight. Harp joins forces with flute and viola in Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp,composed in 1915 and the first major composition written for this instrumentation. Ethereal and haunting, Debussy’s lyric mastery is beautifully displayed. The afternoon program closes with Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Accompanied by a Quartet of Strings, Flute and Clarinet. A chamber music showpiece often performed in concert with a full string orchestra, this gem opens with a gentle melodic theme that moves across the instruments. This music is joyful and engaging, a perfect closing to an afternoon of enchanting French chamber music.

 

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Four Strings Around the World

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

4 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Four Strings around the World is a compelling program celebrating the diversity of cultures through the unifying voice of a single medium: the violin. It is a riveting program with music from East and West Europe, Middle and Far East, Asia, South and North America. Designed by Irina Muresanu, the journey starts in Europe with the fiddling buoyancy of pieces by Romanian, Russian and Irish composers and two titanic pillars of the solo violin repertoire: Paganini‘s Caprice No. 24 and the Bach Chaccone. 

[In Bach’s Chaccone], when the D Major section moves into D Minor, it seemed as if the violin had had its heart broken and was crying. Muresanu’s performance was simply spectacular. 
- Boston Musical Intelligencer

Muresanu specifically commissioned two pieces for this program: Oshta by the Chickasaw Nation member composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate, which was inspired by a Native American hymn, and Vak by Indian composer Shirish Korde.

 

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Family Friendly Free Concert

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This concert is a special free concert for the community provided by the Newport Music Festival in collaboration with the Newport Art Museum. In case of rain, please see the posting on ww.newportmusic.org on the respective Concert Event Page for more information.

Sergey Antonov & Ilya Kazantsev

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

4 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Musical greats Mendelssohn and Shostakovich are showcased in this afternoon concert by gifted Russian instrumentalists, cellist Sergey Antonov and pianist Ilya Kazantsev. Their mastery of this well-known repertoire is stunning and engaging. Opening with Variations Concertante for Cello and Piano Op. 17, this lyrical offering is one of Mendelssohn’s musical tributes to his younger brother, Paul, a cellist by hobby, but a banker by trade. Mendelssohn’s Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in D Major, and the second of filial tributes, follows. Cello and piano are treated as equals here also, alternating melodic prominence that creates a dazzling effect. The second half of the program is devoted to Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 40 in D Minor by fellow Russian musician Shostakovich. A lilting theme that reveals the breadth and depth of the cello’s intonation introduces this compelling and sensitive sonata. Each movement is rich and lush, revealing the composer’s genius and mastery of the cello. Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus is the cello and piano movement from Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. This is chamber music of the highest caliber, presented by two phenomenal Festival Artists who have been best friends since their youth in Moscow, Russia.

 

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