July 4 Concert Opens Newport Symphony Orchestra’s SummerFest
The Newport Symphony Orchestra opens its annual SummerFest on Wednesday, July 4 with a concert featuring patriotic music, movie themes, and music inspired by American landscapes and early folk songs. The concert begins at 4:00 PM and will be held in the Newport High School auditorium on 322 NE Eads Street in Newport. NSO Music Director Adam Flatt will conduct this free performance. SummerFest 2012 will continue on Friday, July 6 with “MidSummer Mozart” and on Saturday, July 7 with an NSO performance with David Ogden Stiers preceded by a family music event.
Among the works to be performed on July 4 are March of 1941, written for Steven Spielberg’s film “1941” by John Williams. Other music inspired by films includes Medley of Movie Marches, arranged by Henry Mancini and James Horner’s Titanic Medley. Ellington! features a medley of the Duke’s best known melodies including “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” Robert Lowden’s Armed Forces Salute has become a hallmark of the NSO’s July 4 concert and will be included in this year’s performance. Men and women who have served in any branch of the armed services have traditionally been invited to stand and represent their service’s theme song during the performance of this piece.
The July 4 concert is free and is sponsored by Mo’s, Oregon Coast Bank, Rogue Ales, Pepsi, Jeannette Hofer, and Bill and JoAnn Barton.
SummerFest continues on Friday, July 6 with “MidSummer Mozart,” a concert highlighting works by Mozart including Serenata Notturna, Divertimento for Strings, and Symphony No 29 in A Major. Scott King, principal French Hornist for the Newport Symphony, will perform Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4. This concert starts at 7:30 PM and will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Newport, 227 NE 12th Street.
SummerFest concludes on Saturday, July 7 at the Presbyterian Church in Newport with an NSO concert preceded by a family music event. Pre-concert family activities begin at 1:30 PM and will include food, an instrument “petting zoo” and NSO trombonist Ryan Chaney performing computer music. Kathy Follett, violin teacher and NSO musician will conduct coastal youth musicians in an ensemble. The NSO concert will begin at 3:00 PM. NSO Music Director Adam Flatt will conduct Mozart’s Divertimento for Strings and The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens, a favorite among audiences of all ages. Associate Conductor and actor David Ogden Stiers will narrate Carnival.
Tickets for the Summerfest concerts on July 6 and 7 are $20 each or $35 for both events and may be purchased at the Presbyterian Church 30 minutes prior to each event. Admission for students to all events is free. Tickets may also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center in Newport in person or by calling the box office at 541-265-2787.