Three stellar chamber ensembles – Junction Trio (July 3), Black Oak Ensemble (July 6) and Spektral Quartet (July 10) – will come to Newport next month to perform at The Breakers (44 Ocher Point Ave.) as part of of the Newport Classical Music Festival 2022 (formerly Newport Music Festival), which runs from July 1-17, 2022.
On Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 8 p.m., the Junction Trio, a supergroup comprised of notable soloists Stefan Jackiw, Conrad Tao, and Jay Campbell, will perform John Zorn‘s Piano Trio; the Trio for violin, cello and piano by Ives; and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor, M.67. Violinist Stefan Jackiw is renowned for his musicality, which combines poetry and purity with impeccable technique. Conrad Tao, who appears around the world as a pianist and composer, has been called a musician “of deep intelligence and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times. Cellist Jay Campbell has been described by The New York Times as “electrifying”, for approaching old and new works with equal curiosity and emotional engagement.
On Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 8 p.m., Black Oak Ensemble, named after the tree found in the band’s home state of Illinois, will make their Newport Classical debut with a performance of selections from Silenced Voices, their first 2019 recording released on Cedille Records. The string trio features three of Chicago’s most enterprising and dynamic chamber musicians: GRAMMY-nominated violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe of the Lincoln Trio, and violist Aurélien Fort Pederzoli, co-founder of the Spektral Quartet. Silenced Voices includes inspired and uplifting works by six promising early 20th-century Jewish composers from Austria-Hungary, Czechoslovakia and the Netherlands. In today’s context, the works evoke the sadness of lost and potentially dissatisfied lives, but there is joy, community and familiarity to be found in every composition. At 3 p.m. on July 6, the public is invited to join a moderated conversation at Temple Shalom, in conjunction with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. President and CEO Adam Greenman will host an in-depth discussion with Holocaust scholar Barbara Wahlberg and musicians from the Black Oak Ensemble. Access to the discussion is free upon prior registration.
On Sunday July 10, 2022 at 8 p.m., the multi-GRAMMY nominated Spektral Quartet (Clara Lyon, violin; Theo Espy, violin; Doyle Armbrust, viola; and Russell Rolen, cello), will give the last performance of their last season together, having announced that 2021-2022 would be the band’s farewell concert season. In Newport, they will perform a historically and culturally diverse concert featuring the music of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, a??a??Miguel Zenón, Tomeka Reid, Philip Glass, and Debussy. Spektral Quartet is widely praised for illuminating the connections between beloved works from the canon and fresh new repertoire by living composers in its innovative programs. The quartet, which served as the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago Music Department from 2012-2020, has performed at several notable venues, including the Kennedy Center, the Miller Theater, the Library of Congress and with NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Although an internationally acclaimed ensemble, Spektral Quartet is also committed to supporting the work of local composers in their Chicago, IL home.
For its 54th season, the Newport Classical Music Festival presents 24 concerts over 18 days and returns for the first time since 2019 to the stunning interiors of Newport mansions and historic venues including The Breakers, Blithewold Mansion, The Elms, Castle Hill Inn, Chinese Tea House, Great Friends Meeting House, King Park, Newport Art Museum, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Redwood Library & Athenaeum and Emmanuel Church.
Newport Classical has a rich heritage of musical curiosity, featuring the American debuts of over 130 International artists and rarely heard works. Since its founding in 1969, the organization has produced more than 3,000 concerts and welcomed more than 1,200 musicians and singers. This year’s festival features music from more than 40 female composers.
Sunday July 3 at 8 p.m.
Stefan Jackiw, violin
Conrad Tao, Piano
Jay Campbell, cellist
John Zorn piano trio
Trio IVES for violin, cello and piano
RAVEL Piano Trio in A minor, M. 67
* Program subject to change
Three renowned visionary up-and-coming artists combine their talents in this eclectic new program celebrating the piano trio. Violinist Stefan Jackiw, recognized for his musicality combining poetry and purity with impeccable technique, joins pianist Conrad Tao and cellist Jay Campbell. Tao, who appears worldwide as a pianist and composer, has been called a musician of “deep intellect and open vision” by The New York Times, which called Campbell “electrifying” for approaching the works old and new with the same curiosity and emotional commitment.
Black Oak Ensemble: Silenced Voices (Newport Classical Debut)
Wednesday July 6 at 8 p.m.
This concert is dedicated to the Bazarsky Family Foundation in recognition of their generous support of Newport Classical.
Désirée Ruhstrat, violin
David Cunliffe, cellist
Aurélien Fort Pederzoli, Alto
DICK KATTENBURG String Trio
SÁNDOR KUTI Serenade for string trio
HANS KRÁSA Passacaglia & Fuga for string trio
GIDEON KLEIN Trio for violin, viola and cello
PAUL HERMANN Strijktrio
GÉZA FRID String Trio, Op. 1
* Program subject to change
Black Oak Ensemble, a string trio of three of Chicago’s most enterprising and dynamic chamber musicians, makes its Newport debut at The Breakers with an evening of inspired and uplifting works by six promising early 20th-century Jewish composers from Chicago. Austria-Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the Netherlands. In today’s context, the works evoke the sadness of lost and potentially dissatisfied lives, but there is joy, community and familiarity to be found in every composition.
Join us at 3 p.m. for a moderated conversation at Temple Shalom, in conjunction with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. President and CEO Adam Greenman will host an in-depth discussion with the musicians of the Black Oak Ensemble. Admission is free upon prior registration.
Sunday July 10 at 8 p.m.
Clara Lyon, violin
Theo Espy, violin
Doyle Armbrust, viola
Russell Rolen, cello
FANNY MENDELSSOHN HENSEL String Quartet in E flat major
MIGUEL ZENÓN Esquinas
TOMEKA REID Potential residents
Philip Glass String Quartet No. 2, “Company”
DEBUSSY String Quartet in G minor, Op. ten
* Program subject to change
Spektral Quartet, nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, are widely praised for illuminating the connections between beloved works from the canon and the fresh new repertoire of living composers in their groundbreaking programs – that’s exactly what they’ve done by curating this evocative program covering several centuries and continents.
Newport Classical is a leading performing arts organization that welcomes people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds for intimate and immersive musical experiences. The organization showcases up-and-coming, world-renowned artistic talent in stunning and historic venues across Newport – an internationally acclaimed cultural and recreational destination.
Originally founded in 1969 as the Rhode Island Arts Foundation in Newport, Inc. and formerly known as the Newport Music Festival (NMF), Newport Classical has a rich heritage of musical curiosity showcasing the American debut of more than 130 International artists and seldom-heard works and is best known for hosting three weeks of summer concerts at historic homes in Newport and Aquidneck Island. The organization has produced over 2,000 concerts and hosted over 1,000 musicians and singers. In 2021, the organization launched a new commissioning initiative – each year Newport Classical will commission a new work by a Black, Indigenous, Colored or Female composer as a commitment to the future of classical music.
Newport Classical is proud to be a vital pillar of New England’s cultural landscape and to invest in the future of classical music as a diverse, relevant and ever-evolving art form. Newport Classical’s four core programming initiatives – the iconic summer music festival that takes place across Newport; the year-round Chamber Series at the organization’s Newport Classical Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church in downtown Newport; free community concerts for families held in green spaces around Aquidneck Island; and its newly expanded Music Education Residency Program – exemplify the organization’s ongoing commitment to showcasing “the timeless music of today”.