Newport Music Festival Presents Violinist Kristin Lee (Oct 8) & Pianist Sara Davis Buechner (Nov 19)

Newport Music Festival Continues Fall Chamber Series

at New Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church

Kristin Lee, violin

Friday, October 8, 2021 at 7:30pm

Sara Davis Buechner, piano

Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:30pm

Tickets & Information: www.newportmusic.org

“The new executive director, Gillian Friedman Fox, is stitching together a rich tapestry of works” – The New York Times

“continu[ing] the festival’s long legacy of bringing the best classical music to Rhode Island’s shores.” – Culture Trip

Following its successful, sold-to-capacity 2021 summer festival, Newport Music Festival continues its expanded fall programming at the organization’s new home base, the Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church (42 Dearborn St., Newport), with two Chamber Series concerts – violinist Kristin Lee performs on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 7:30pm and pianist Sara Davis Buechner performs on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:30pm.

A recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions, Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. This recital program, with pianist Kwan Yi, celebrates French classical music from the Romantic era through the Impressionist and Neo-Classical eras, and includes the violin sonatas of Debussy, Franck, Poulenc, and Ravel, plus Lili Boulanger’s Nocturne for violin and piano.

Festival favorite and Yamaha artist Sara Davis Buechner returns to Newport in this solo piano recital. Celebrated for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Buechner will perform a memorable evening of music by Gershwin, Mozart, and Federico Longa, as well as her own work, A New York Sketchbook.

Each concert will be approximately 90 minutes long, without intermission, and be followed by a talk-back with the artist. To maximize the impact that musicians have when they visit Newport, NMF will coordinate educational programs with each visiting, creating a residency model that leaves a meaningful footprint in the community, offering under-resourced children the opportunity to have interactive encounters with a variety of musicians.

Concert Details

Kristin Lee – Chamber Series Concert

Friday, October 8, 2021 at 7:30pm

Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church | 42 Dearborn St. | Newport, RI

DEBUSSY Violin Sonata

FRANCK Violin Sonata

POULENC Violin Sonata

LILI BOULANGER Nocturne for violin and piano

RAVEL Violin Sonata No. 2

A recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions, Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. This recital program, with pianist Kwan Yi, celebrates French classical music from the Romantic era through the Impressionist and Neo-Classical eras.

Sara Davis Buechner – Chamber Series Concert

Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:30pm

Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church | 42 Dearborn St. | Newport, RI

MOZART Sonata in B-flat Major, KV 333

BUECHNER A New York Sketchbook

FEDERICO LONGAS Three Spanish Pieces

GERSHWIN Four Foxtrots

Festival favorite and Yamaha artist Sara Davis Buechner returns to Newport in this solo piano recital. Celebrated for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Buechner will perform a memorable evening of music by Gershwin, Mozart, and Federico Longa, as well as her own work, A New York Sketchbook.

Ticket Information:

Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.newportmusic.org, or by calling the Box Office at 401-849-0700.

About the Newport Music Festival:

The Newport Music Festival’s mission is to inspire memorable life experiences through world-class artistry in unique, intimate, and historic venues, and endeavors to be recognized and respected as the premiere musically inspired, live performing arts festival. Since its founding, the Festival has produced more than 2,000 concerts and hosted more than 1,000 musicians and singers, including the American debuts of over 130 artists. The last decade has brought a broadening of the festival’s musical landscape. From Bach to Bernstein to world premieres by established and emerging composers, as well as rare discoveries of forgotten minor masterpieces, the festival offers a unique experience for those looking for a magical experience at the “city by the sea.”

The Newport Music Festival (NMF) has played a significant cultural role in Rhode Island since its inception in 1969. Originally founded as the Rhode Island Arts Foundation at Newport, Inc., NMF was established to advance classical music and is most well-known for hosting three weeks of concerts in the summer, in the stunning historic mansions throughout Newport and Aquidneck Island.

A classical music festival first, the Newport Music Festival is committed to celebrating the diversity of artistic expression within the classical genre. To this end, in 2021, the organization launched a new commissioning initiative – each year, the Festival will commission a new work by a Black, Indigenous, person of color, or woman composer as a commitment to the future of classical music.

In its evolving role as Newport’s foremost year-round performing arts organization, NMF delivers cultural value and equitable opportunities to enhance the quality of life to a diverse range of constituents through longstanding community partnerships with AARP, the Edward King House, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Newport Art Museum, the Newport public schools, and Star Kids Scholarship Program. NMF regularly presents free concerts and community-based programming to reach a broader and more diverse patron base and offers free concert tickets through partner organizations to ensure that price is not a barrier to entry. NMF also presents a Chamber Music Series spanning from fall to spring, and holiday concerts in early December.

Photo Credits: Kristin Lee by Sophie Zhai, Sara Davis Buechner by Yukiko Nishirmura.

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