The Newport Symphony Orchestra will perform two concerts this weekend at the Newport Performing Arts Center — at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. The PAC is located at 777 W Olive St. in Newport.

This weekend’s performances will feature the world premiere of a newly commissioned musical piece by environmental composer Dr. Sara Graef. It will commemorate and celebrate the Yakona Nature Preserve in Newport, which is an educational resource for the region. The preserve centers around the ethos of protecting the land from human encroachment, sharing the natural history, as well as the history of the late indigenous group that inhabited the area. To learn more, go to

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