An epic symphonic journey

“THE GREAT: An epic symphonic journey” is the theme of the concerts performed by the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Music Director and Conductor Adam Flatt will lead the Orchestra in performances of two of classical music's great composers, Ernest Bloch and Franz Schubert. First on the program is Bloch's famed Concerto Grosso No. 1 for string orchestra with piano obbligato was Bloch's most popular and enduring work which he composed in 1925. Katherine George will be performing on piano. Bloch, Newport's hometown composer, was a preeminent artist in his day, and left a lasting legacy. He is recognized as one of the greatest Swiss composers in history. As well as producing musical scores, Bloch had an academic career that culminated in his recognition as Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley in 1952. In 1941, Bloch moved to Agate Beach in northern Newport and lived there the rest of his life.

The second half of this “Great” concert features Franz Schubert's Great C Major Symphony. The Symphony No. 9 in C major, known as “the Great,composed in 1849, is the final symphony completed by Schubert. Originally called “The Great C major” to distinguish it from his Symphony No. 6, the “Little C major,” the subtitle is now usually taken as a reference to the symphony's majesty.

Performances are this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-concert talk by Conductor Adam Flatt at 6:45 p.m. Sunday’s performance commences at 2 p.m. Following each concert the NSO will again feature a special complimentary Wine Down featuring select wines from the Flying Dutchman Winery of Otter Rock plus a delicious array of food items from JC Thriftway. Stay and mingle with Adam and our orchestra members.

Tickets, $27 and $42, plus fees, and $10 for students are on sale at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 541-265-2787 or online at The Center is located at 777 West Olive in Newport.