Newport Symphony Remembers David Odgen Stiers with Eastertime Preludes this Weekend!
The Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean, under the direction of Maestro Adam Flatt, will present a program featuring music of the Easter season this Saturday night at 7:30p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2:00p.m. in the Alice Silverman Theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
The concerts will be dedicated to the memory of David Ogden Stiers, longtime and much-loved Resident Conductor of the Orchestra, who died March 3. Music Director Adam Flatt will begin the program with a musical tribute to Stiers from the NSO.
As the final concert of the 2017-18 season the theme focuses on the music of Easter opening with Haydn’s Symphony no. 26, “Lamentatione”. Because of its association with Easter week, Haydn incorporates a melody derived from an old plainsong chant of the Passion of Christ.
Wagner’s “Good Friday Spell”, from his last opera Parsifal, is a moment of transfiguration in which the world is renewed and love and innocence are regained. Then the Orchestra features one of Mozart’s great final works, the Clarinet Concerto K.622 with special guest artist clarinetist Narek Arutyunian. He is the recipient of the 2017 Leon Russianoff Memorial Award and Winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and was presented in debut recitals at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC) and the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. According to the Washington Post Arutyunian is an artist who “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity”
What else is our life but a series of preludes to that unknown Hymn, the first and
solemn note of which is intoned by Death?” was the inspiration for the concert finale
Liszt’s symphonic poem Les Préludes.
Performances are this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-concert talk by Maestro Adam Flatt at 6:45p.m. Sunday’s performance commences at 2:00p.m.
Following each concert will again feature a special complimentary Wine Down featuring select wines from the Flying Dutchman Winery of Otter Rock plus delicious array of food items courtesy of Georgia-Pacific who will be honored for their season sponsorship of the
Orchestra. Stay and mingle with Adam, our guests artist and our orchestra members!
Tickets are on sale at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 541-265-2787 or online at NewportSymphony.org. The Center is located at 777 West Olive in Newport.
The Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean presenting sponsor for the 2017-18 season is Georgia-Pacific.