05-19-19 Summer Winds - WCRI’s Festival Series featuring The Newport Music Festival

May 20th, 2019

In this program WCRI host Mike Maino and The Newport Music Festivals Executive Director Pamela Pantos continue to preview the Newport Music Festival 2019 Season. In today's show they discuss the Summer Winds concert at The Breakers on Tuesday, July 16 @ 8:00 pm. Arnold Bax was a wonderful pianist but loved writing poetry and composing. He spent a great deal of time in Ireland and made deep friendships. In the 1916 Easter Uprising, several of these friends were brutally executed. The Elegiac Trio composed that Spring was written as a memorial. Beautifully tranquil and dreamlike in nature, it is a gorgeous homage to those whom he loved. For more information on the Newport Music Festival or to purchase tickets to one of their concerts visit newportmusic.org or call 401-849-0700.

Summer Winds

 

05-12-19 The Omer Quartet - WCRI’s Festival Series featuring The Newport Music Festival

May 14th, 2019

In this program WCRI host Mike Maino and The Newport Music Festivals Executive Director Pamela Pantos continue to preview the Newport Music Festival 2019 Season. In today's show they discuss a group that's distinctive among today’s young string quartets, the Omer Quartet. They have won First Prize in the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and holds the Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair of YCA. It makes debuts during the 2018-2019 season in the Peter Jay Sharp Concert of YCA in New York at Merkin Concert Hall, and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center. The Omer Quartet will perform Saturday May 18th at 7PM at the Newport Art Museum. For more information on the Newport Music Festival or to purchase tickets to one of their concerts visit newportmusic.org or call 401-849-0700.

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05-05-19 German Romantics - WCRI’s Festival Series featuring The Newport Music Festival

May 6th, 2019

In this program WCRI host Mike Maino and The Newport Music Festivals Executive Director Pamela Pantos continue to preview the Newport Music Festival 2019 Season. In today's show they discuss German Romantics concert at The Breakers on Wednesday, July 10th @ 8PM. Liszt captivated audiences of the 1800s. He abandoned his life of a touring piano virtuoso in 1848 to conduct. However, he did produce Two Concert Etudes amongst his final compositions. In Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs), Liszt creates the world of a mysterious forest, while Gnomenreigen (Round Dance of the Gnomes) glitters and sparkles. While still performing, Liszt had been drawn to the idea of composing piano works based on themes of specific national character, and in 1863 he created his Spanish Rhapsody based upon well-known themes. There are extended passages of incredible brilliance before the closing “roof-rattling” virtuosity. His Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 demands similar talent and flair while presenting tunes from Hungarian Gypsy bands. For more information on the Newport Music Festival or to purchase tickets to one of their concerts visit newportmusic.org or call 401-849-0700.

German Romantics

04-21-19 1893 Around the World - WCRI’s Festival Series featuring The Newport Music Festival

April 22nd, 2019

In this program WCRI host Mike Maino and The Newport Music Festivals Executive Director Pamela Pantos continue to preview the Newport Music Festival 2019 Season. In today's show they discuss 1893 Around the World at The Elms on Wednesday, July 17 @ 11:00 am Sponsored by Classical 95.9 FM WCRI...tickets $50/$40. 1893 was a remarkable year in the world of classical music. Dvořák produced his New World Symphony, Verdi created his opera Falstaff, and Tchaikovsky wrote his Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique". In the realm of chamber music, masterpieces and new forms of composition were being written that would forge new pathways for the future. The concert begins with the stunning Six Romances Sans Paroles by Cécile Chaminade. In 1913, she was the first female composer to be awarded the Legion of Honor. For more information on the Newport Music Festival or to purchase tickets to one of their concerts visit newportmusic.org or call 401-849-0700.

1893 Around the World

04-14-19 Italian Opera Night - WCRI’s Festival Series featuring The Newport Music Festival

April 16th, 2019

In this program WCRI host Mike Maino and The Newport Music Festivals Executive Director Pamela Pantos continue to preview the Newport Music Festival 2019 Season. The Festival’s Italian Opera Night at THE BREAKERS on Saturday, July 13 @ 8:00 pm. This season the Festival invites two opera stars to our stage: Kara Shay Thomson, Soprano, and Jonathan Burton, Tenor. Together they have sung Puccini’s Turandot, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and Puccini’s Tosca at major opera companies throughout the United States. During this wonderful evening, they will sing their roles from these three operas and much more including Norma, Rigoletto, Don Carlos, and Ballo in Maschera. Joined by Festival favorites Renée Rapier, Mezzo, and Trevor Neal, Baritone, this will be a night to remember as this incredible cast sings arias, duets, and ensembles from the greatest Italian operas. For more information on the Newport Music Festival or to purchase tickets to one of their concerts visit newportmusic.org or call 401-849-0700.

Italian Opera Night

 

04-07-19 Bon Soir-Summer Nights - WCRI’s Festival Series featuring The Newport Music Festival

April 8th, 2019

In this program WCRI host Mike Maino and The Newport Music Festivals Executive Director Pamela Pantos continue to preview the Newport Music Festival 2019 Season. In this program they discuss Bon Soir – Summer Nights concert at The Breakers Thursday, July 18 @ 8:00 pm. This program is perfect for a Summer evening….Full of sensual repertoire. It begins with excerpts from the Nuit d’Ete - Summer Nights by Berlioz who lived from 1803 to 1869. He was revolutionary in the manner in which he viewed composition. He was very programmatic, meaning that he wanted his listeners to visualize the subject matter like a film. Music had been written for occasions, but seldom, if it wasn’t opera, for theatrical purposes. For more information on the Newport Music Festival or to purchase tickets to one of their concerts visit newportmusic.org or call 401-849-0700.

Bon Soir â <em>Summer Nights</em>

 

03-24-19 Young Professional Artist Program and ChangYong Shin - WCRI’s Festival Series featuring The Newport Music Festival

March 26th, 2019

In this program WCRI host Mike Maino and The Newport Music Festivals Executive Director Pamela Pantos continue to preview the Newport Music Festival 2019 Season. In this program they discuss First-Prize Winner ChangYong Shin: Bachauer & Hilton Head Piano Competitions who will perform at The Breakers Saturday, July 6 @ 8:00 pm. Shin is the first-prize winner of the 2018 Bachauer International Piano Competition, the 2017 Seoul International Music Competition, and the 2016 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. He received his Bachelor of Music and was awarded the Paul G. Mechlin Scholarship from the Curtis Institute of Music in May 2016. For more information on the Newport Music Festival or to purchase tickets to one of their concerts visit newportmusic.org or call 401-849-0700.

First-Prize Winner ChangYong Shin: Bachauer & Hilton Head Piano Competitions

 

03-17-19 Of Birds and Beasts - WCRI’s Festival Series featuring The Newport Music Festival

March 18th, 2019

In this program WCRI host Mike Maino and The Newport Music Festivals Executive Director Pamela Pantos continue to preview the Newport Music Festival 2019 Season. They present music from this summer's concert titled...Of Birds and Beasts that will take place on Wednesday, July 17th at 11AM. The repertoire for this concert is by some of the greatest composers and yet, some of it is quite light-hearted in spirit. For more information on the Newport Music Festival or to purchase tickets to one of their concerts visit newportmusic.org or call 401-849-0700.

Of Birds and Beasts

 

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