Perfect for the heart of winter, the Newport Symphony Orchestra’s next concerts will go deep into the Romantic soul of music. And what would Romantic music be without romantic lyrics? Saturday and Sunday, the Newport Symphony Orchestra will welcome back mezzo-soprano Erica Brookhyser, a Newport native who has become an international star of opera.
Ms. Brookhyser, born and raised in Newport, rose to operatic fame when she won the title role of Carmen in an international talent-search television program that aired in Germany and France. In 2010, she was appointed principal mezzo soloist at the Staatstheater Darmstadt. In her young career, Ms. Brookhyser has also sung important roles with the Los Angeles Opera, the L.A. Master Chorale, and the Boston Lyric Opera.
After graduating from Newport High School, earning music degrees from the University of Oregon and the New England Conservatory, she spent the final two years of her training at the L.A. Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program under Placido Domingo.
Music lovers in Oregon will enjoy a rare treat as this international singing sensation returns to her hometown for a special weekend of performances with the Newport Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by the NSO’s music director, Adam Flatt, the program will feature orchestral music by Schubert and Charles Ives, Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, and songs by the Romantic master Gustav Mahler.
Tickets for the concerts, Saturday and Sunday at the Newport Performing Arts Center, are available online at NewportSymphony.org, by phone at (541) 265-ARTS, and in person at the box office, 777 West Olive Street in Newport. Tickets are only $20, preferred seating $34, or $10 for students with ID.
The Saturday evening concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., with an optional pre-concert talk at 6:45. The Sunday matinee features informal discussion by maestro Adam Flatt throughout the concert, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
David Ogden Stiers, the NSO’s beloved Resident Conductor, will be master of ceremonies for “Battle of Batons: II” on February 20, featuring novice guest conductors drawn from high schools on the central coast. Word has gone round about the great, rollicking fun had at the first such competition a year ago, and now the second promises to be even better. The “Battle of Batons II” is a benefit concert for the Newport Symphony’s endowment. Tickets are on sale now.