Tickets are now on sale for the summer season of concerts from the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean, with highlights including a performance by Pink Martini founder Thomas Lauderdale.
Lauderdale will join the orchestra on stage at the Newport Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, for a performance of George Gershwin’s masterpiece “Rhapsody in Blue,” accompanied by acclaimed pianist Hunter Noack. Lauderdale and Noack will also perform Gottschalk’s flashy showpiece, the “Grande Tarantelle.” Shows start at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday, each followed by a complimentary “Wine Down” reception, giving guests the chance to meet Conductor Adam Flatt and members of the orchestra.
On Sunday, July 4, the orchestra will appear at Newport Middle School for its annual Independence Day concert featuring a wide variety of classic and popular music, plus a salute to the uniformed services. Beginning at 4 pm, the free performance will also acknowledge Newport’s status as homeport for NOAA’s Pacific Fleet with a new piece honoring the 100th Anniversary of the NOAA Corps.
Guests are welcome to join the orchestra before the concert at 2:30 pm for a Fourth of July barbecue, featuring hamburgers, salad and ice cream for $10 per person and $5 for kids 12 and under.
The summer season will conclude on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, with celebrated quintet Five By Design joining the orchestra for a pair of concerts packed with music from the Mad Men Era.
Starting at 7:30 pm and 2 pm respectively, the concerts will feature ’50s and ’60s hits from artists including Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney and Wayne Newton. Each concert will be followed by a “Wine Down” reception giving guests the chance to meet the performers.
For tickets, contact the Newport Performing Arts Center Box Office at 541-265-2787 or go to newportsymphony.org.