Adrian Dee

A holiday season concert with the Newport Symphony Orchestra — “Baroque & Beyond” — will be held on a different day of the week this month — Wednesday, Dec. 8 — with concerts at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center. The evening performance will include a 6:45 p.m. pre-concert talk by Music Director Adam Flatt.

An intimate program of baroque and contemporary classics will usher in the holiday spirit. As part of the program, NSO will unwrap a special gift from one of its own musicians — a new flute concerto in its first performance anywhere. Fantasy for Flute and Strings was composed by, and will be performed by the NSO flute player, Adrian Dee.

“I love the sound of flute and strings together,” Dee said. “The piece is joyful, rhythmic, tonal and very accessible. I hope you enjoy it.”

In addition to the world premiere of this piece, the concert features specific holiday music and more. The performance will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, considered by almost all music lovers as most popular Concerto Grosso ever written, and William Grant Still’s Mother and Child, the second piece by Still performed this season — the audience loved the one performed in November. There will also be a special new arrangement by Oregon composer Dave Robertson, providing a Christmas medley full of memorable holiday songs, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, the timeless and commonly heard melody that makes the holidays special. The symphony will perform Lucas Richman’s A Hanukkah Celebration, arranged from several traditional Jewish folksongs, the final piece will be, Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso op. 6 no. 8 (Christmas Concerto).

Due to the COVID pandemic, the post-concert Wine Down receptions supported by Flying Dutchman Winery will not take place at this time. There are vaccination and mask protocols for attendance at this event.

Tickets, $27 and $42 (plus fees) and $10 for students, are on sale at the PAC box office, by calling 541-265-2787 or online at NewportSymphony.org. The PAC is located at 777 W Olive St., Newport.

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