Newport Symphony features jazz artist Halie Loren

Jazz artist Halie Loren will be featured by the Newport Symphony Orchestra during concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at the Newport Performing Arts Center. (Courtesy photo)

The Newport Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adam Flatt, will feature soulful jazz artist Halie Loren during two concerts this weekend.

Loren’s repertoire features songs old and new, including “Summertime,” “Sway” and “Blue Skies,” plus her own compositions “Danger in Loving You,” “Butterfly” and “In Time.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Loren began her career as something of a prodigy at age 13, when she won a songwriting contest, gaining national attention. Before she was 19, she did a stint in Nashville, soaking up that city’s ancestry of great American songwriting. She recorded her first album at 20, and from there she was off and running, recording successive albums that garnered awards, Billboard recognition and an international following that has sent her touring around the globe, including stops in Korea, Africa, Japan, Canada and the Caribbean, to name a few locations. Her records regularly make “best of” lists, and her sublime talents as a vocalist are attested to by several albums hitting the #1 slot on Canadian and Japanese jazz charts.

Considering such success, it would have been understandable for Loren to toe the line and stick to the known path with her new album. Instead she chose to take a leap of faith, forging ahead with a vision that encompassed the full complement of her compositional talents. Her new album, “From the Wild Sky,” introduces Loren to her listeners anew, as a singer/songwriter (and composer) of considerable power and reach, as capable of breaking your heart as lifting your spirits.

Tickets for reserved seats cost $28 (plus fees) for adults and $10 for students. There will be no pre-concert talk at these performances. For more information and tickets, visit Tickets are also on sale at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office, 777 W Olive St., and by phone at 541-265-2787.

This concert series is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific.