Acclaimed amateur pianist Vincent Schmithorst will present a concert of piano music by Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon, August 17. The recital will be played at the First Presbyterian Church, 227 NE 12th Street in Newport. All receipts from sales of tickets will benefit the Newport Symphony Orchestra. A catered reception will follow the concert.
The pianist, for his day job, performs medical research at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. Schmithorst holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cincinnati, and now uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study brain function in deaf children. His research is supported in part by an award from the National Institutes of Health.
At the same time, Dr. Schmithorst has received awards for his piano performance, winning grand prizes at the Washington D.C. and Boston amateur piano competitions. His solo career began when he was only a boy and has continued in adulthood, as he has traveled for performances with orchestras in many American and European cities. Best of all (for music lovers on the coast), his travels have even brought him to Newport; he last performed with the Newport Symphony Orchestra in 2011.
For his happy return to Newport, Dr. Schmithorst will play a solo recital as a fundraiser to benefit the NSO. The concert will open with a Prelude and Fugue (BWV 867) from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Next, a sonata by Mozart in a-minor, and variations by Mendelssohn. After intermission, listeners will be treated to Beethoven’s popular “Moonlight” sonata. Works by Rachmaninoff and Chopin conclude the afternoon concert.
Admission to this event is free. Donations accepted at the door, with all proceeds going to benefit the Newport Symphony Orchestra. Concert-goers can meet the fascinating Dr. Schmithorst, a brilliant medical researcher and exciting pianist, at the reception which follows, catered by Volta Deli. The concert is at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church.