Newport Classical Announces Spring Chamber Series Concerts from February through June 2022

Spring Chamber Series Concerts include Poulenc Trio, Violinist Geneva Lewis, Pianist Rodolfo Leone, Harpist Bridget Kibbey & Violinist Alexi Kenney, and Pianist Daniel del Pino

Continuing its new commitment to ongoing year-round programming, Newport Classical, which recently changed its name from Newport Music Festival, announces its spring Chamber Series concerts, running from February through May 2022 at the organization’s new home venue, the Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church (42 Dearborn St. | Newport, RI). The organization’s new name better reflects its 53-year history of embracing the timelessness of classical music, as well as its current mission of looking toward the future and celebrating the diversity of expression within the artform through year-round programming. Newport Classical’s featured spring artists include celebrated piano and wind Poulenc Trio, New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis, 29-year-old Italian-born pianist Rodolfo Leone, the engaging duo of harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist Alexi Kenney, and Spanish pianist Daniel del Pino. Tickets are on sale at www.newportclassical.org.

Note: After careful consideration, Newport Classical has rescheduled its January 21 concert featuring Spanish pianist Daniel del Pino, for June 3, 2022. Tickets for the original concert date will be valid for the new date. For full ticketing information and refunds, ticketholders can visit www.newportclassical.org.


In addition, Newport Classical has updated its COVID-19 health and safety policy to reflect current circumstances. Beginning with the February 18 performance by the Poulenc Trio at the Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church (42 Dearborn St.), all audience members must be fully vaccinated and up-to-date on any booster shots for which they are eligible, or must provide a verifiable negative COVID-19 test result, in order to attend. Proof of vaccination or negative test will be required at the door. Ticket sales will be limited to 75% capacity of the hall to allow for social distancing, and masks will continue to be required. Read Newport Classical’s full Health & Safety Policy.

Continuing its new commitment to ongoing year-round programming, Newport Classical continues its spring Chamber Series concerts on February 18 with the performance by the Poulenc Trio – the most active touring piano-wind chamber ensemble in the world – in music for the classically curious including selections by Poulenc, André Previn, Juri Seo, James Lee III, and Octavio Vasquez. On March 11, New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis, an Avery Fischer Career Grant recipient, performs music of darkness and light for piano and violin by Janáček, Messiaen, Lera Auerbach, Fauré, and Brahms. The brilliant 29-year-old Italian-born pianist and first-prize winner of the 2017 International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna Rodolfo Leone performs a program of Brahms and Schumann for his debut in Newport on April 22. On May 13, harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist Alexi Kenney come together for an evening of intimate and finely tuned musicality, from adaptations of the music of John Dowland and J. S. Bach to masterworks by Camille Saint-Saëns and Sebastian Currier. Finally, on June 3, pianist Daniel del Pino performs Suite Iberia composed by Isaac Albéniz. Five-concert packages are still available for purchase at www.newportclassical.org.

Programming for the upcoming Newport Classical Music Festival, running from July 1-7, 2022 will be announced at the end of March.

Complete concert details are included below.

Newport Classical Concert Schedule

Poulenc Trio Friday, February 18, 2022 | 7:30 pm Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church | 42 Dearborn Street | Newport, RI Tickets: $58 / $45

POULENC Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon; Presto, Andante, Rondo

JURI SEO Mélodie de Poulenc

JAMES LEE III Principal Brothers No. 4; Allegretto, Tenderly, Bright and Lively

OCTAVIO VASQUEZ Scherzo (from Triptych)

ANDRÉ PREVIN Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano; Lively, Slow, Jaunty

The Poulenc Trio is the most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world. Since its founding in 2003, the trio has performed in 45 U.S. states and at music festivals around the world. Works from their current repertoire were specifically commissioned and written for the trio, adding onto their legacy of creating strong commitment to commissioning, performing, and recording new works from living composers. Poulenc’s signature Trio for Piano, Oboe, and Bassoon kicks off this exciting evening of exceptional music for the classically curious.

Geneva Lewis Friday, March 11, 2022 | 7:30 pm Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church | 42 Dearborn Street | Newport, RI Tickets: $58 / $45

JANÁČEK Violin Sonata

MESSIAEN Theme and Variations

AUERBACH Preludes

FAURE Après un Reve

BRAHMS Sonata No. 3

New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis has forged a reputation as a musician of consummate artistry whose performances speak from and to the heart. After having made her solo debut at the age of 11 years old, Lewis has gone on to perform all over the world and was the 2021 Avery Fischer Career Grant recipient. Join us for this varied program for violin and piano, opening with Janáček’s Violin Sonata, known to be the only surviving sonata of the late Czech composer, this program is a culmination of pieces about sadness, darkness, and despair with the unforeseen evolutions into light.

Rodolfo Leone Friday, April 22, 2022 | 7:30 pm Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church | 42 Dearborn Street | Newport, RI Tickets: $58 / $45

BRAHMS Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5

SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13

The brilliant 29-year-old Italian-born pianist and first-prize winner of the 2017 International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna, Rodolfo Leone has been described as “a true sound philosopher” with “impeccable style” and “absolute technical control.” He makes his Newport debut in this virtuosic Romantic program for solo piano.

Bridget Kibbey & Alexi Kenney Friday, May 13, 2022 | 7:30 pm Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church | 42 Dearborn Street | Newport, RI Tickets: $58 / $45

SAINT-SAËNS Fantaisie for Violin & Harp, Op. 124

J.S. BACH Sonata in E-flat Major for Flute & Clavier, BWV 1031

FALLA, MANUEL Sietes Canciones

J.S. BACH Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 transcribed Kibbey solo harp

DOWLAND “Flow, my tears” (Lachrimae)

C.P.E BACH Sonata in G minor, H. 542.5

J.S. BACH Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002- Allemande & Double solo violin

CURRIER Night Time

Harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist Alexi Kenney come together for an evening of intimate and finely tuned musicality. From adaptations of the music of John Dowland and J. S. Bach to masterworks by Camille Saint-Saëns and Sebastian Currier, their performance will culminate in a wonderful exhibition of two gorgeous string instruments.

Daniel del Pino Friday, June 3, 2022 | 7:30 pm Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church | 42 Dearborn Street | Newport, RI Tickets: $58 / $45

This concert is made possible thanks to the generous support of Cynthia Sinclair.

ALBENIZ Suite Iberia

Daniel del Pino has established himself as one of the leading Spanish concert pianists in the international scene and has performed in all five continents. A recurring favorite at Newport Classical, del Pino will perform the beautiful, yet challenging Suite Iberia composed by Isaac Albéniz.

About Newport Classical:

Newport Classical is a premier performing arts organization that welcomes people of every age, culture, and background to intimate, immersive musical experiences. The organization presents world-renowned and up-and-coming artistic talents at stunning, storied venues across Newport – an internationally sought-after cultural and recreational destination.

Originally founded in 1969 as Rhode Island Arts Foundation at Newport, Inc. and previously known as Newport Music Festival (NMF), Newport Classical has a rich legacy of musical curiosity presenting the American debuts of over 130 international artists and rarely heard works and is most well-known for hosting three weeks of concerts in the summer in the historic mansions throughout Newport and Aquidneck Island. The organization has produced more than 2,000 concerts and hosted more than 1,000 musicians and singers. In 2021, the organization launched a new commissioning initiative – each year, Newport Classical will commission a new work by a Black, Indigenous, person of color, or woman composer as a commitment to the future of classical music.

Newport Classical is proud to be an essential pillar of New England’s cultural landscape, and to invest in the future of classical music as a diverse, relevant, and ever-evolving art form. Newport Classical’s four core programming initiatives – the iconic summer Music Festival taking place across Newport; the year-round Chamber Series at the organization’s home base Newport Classical Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church in downtown Newport; the free family-friendly Community Concerts held in green spaces around Aquidneck Island; and its newly expanded Music Education Residency program – illustrate the organization’s ongoing commitment to presenting “timeless music for today.”

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