Sights and sounds

The Newport Symphony Orchestra will be accompanied by photos taken of the local community, by the local community, during this weekend’s “Coastal Vistas and 1001 Nights.” (Courtesy photo)

Newport Symphony Orchestra kicks off new season on Sept. 21

The Newport Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its 2019-2020 season with a musical multimedia experience you won’t want to miss.

Through collaboration with multimedia artist Nicholas Bardonnay and Westwater Arts, the Symphony by the Sea is bringing a new show to the Newport Performing Arts Center: “Coastal Vistas and 1001 Nights.” The performance will present visual and aural stimulation as views of the central Oregon coast shine above the playing symphony.

In September 2017, the Newport Symphony Orchestra hosted Bardonnay and Westwater Arts for a photochoreography concert displaying images that Bardonnay took of U.S. National Parks and in Iceland. After the success of that concert, Bardonnay suggested inviting residents to submit photos that could be used for a uniquely local concert in the same vein.

“So this year, we invited our local camera club, Yaquina Art Association Photographers to be a co-sponsor, helping with organizing the photos,” said NSO Executive Director John Lavrakas. “We also brought in Lincoln County 4-H as a co-sponsor, and arranged for 4-H youth to take classes on photography and submit their photographs in the concert.”

The call for photos went out in February, and by the time the May deadline came, 700 photos were submitted by professional, amateur and youth photographers. In addition, the project was given access to the Lincoln County Historical Society’s archive of 1,400 historical photos.

After receiving all of the photo submissions, Bardonnay went to work curating the material and choreographing to Aaron Copland’s “Our Town,” using the variations in the piece to showcase the Lincoln County area, with an emphasis on Newport.

This double concert, performing Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 2 p.m., is the season opener for the Newport Symphony Orchestra, and will also include compositions by Anatoly Lyadov, Gunther Schuller and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets are available at and at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performance times.

But this is only the beginning of the incredible season that the orchestra has planned.

“Our season was selected by our Music Director Adam Flatt. Besides the September Coastal Vistas concert, he is excited we are bringing international violinist and northwest native Anthea Kreston and nationally known pianist and former Newport native Hunter Noack,” said Lavrakas.

Information about the full season, as well as the Season of Light holiday concert, can be found online at