Newport Symphony Orchestra kicks off 2020 with Mendelssohn, Bach and Handel

Special guest violinist Anthea Kreston is internationally renowned and made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy photo)

Special guest Anthea Kreston to perform on violin

The 2020 concert season of the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean kicks off this Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center with a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64,” with special guest violinist Anthea Kreston.

Music Director and Conductor Adam Flatt will lead the Orchestra in performances of Handel’s “Water Music Suite No. 2” followed by Bach’s “Ricercare,” arranged by Anton Webern. Then the Orchestra will perform “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes” by Carl Maria von Weber, an orchestral work written by German composer Paul Hindemith in America in 1943. The grand finale will be Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64,” with special guest violinist Anthea Kreston.

Kreston was a member of the internationally renowned Artemis String Quartet. She enjoys a robust concert schedule with regular appearances at major concert halls in Europe and the United States. She has received numerous awards for her chamber collaborations, including the grand prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition and Europe’s Echo Award for recording. Kreston made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and continues to tour with the Amelia Piano Trio. She has also toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, and has been recognized by Chamber Music America for her groundbreaking work with abuse survivors and people living with AIDS. Kreston holds a bachelor’s in women’s studies from Cleveland State University and a performance degree from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, is his last large orchestral work. It forms an important part of the violin repertoire and is one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos in history.

On Saturday, a pre-concert talk will be held by Flatt at 6:45 p.m. Following each concert, the NSO will, once 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 Flatt and the orchestra members.

Tickets are $27 and $42 — plus fees — and $10 for students. Purchases can be made at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 541-265-2787 or online at NewportSymphony.org. The center is located at 777 W Olive St. in Newport.

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