Newport Symphony Concert Featuring Eugenia Choi

Posted by OCVA / November 9, 2014

The Newport Symphony Orchestra invites music lovers of all ages to another weekend of amazing, high-energy performances on November 8 and 9.  Featuring Cuban and gypsy-themed music, this exciting weekend will bring a bright blast of warm and colorful music to the Oregon Coast.

For these performances, the Newport Symphony Orchestra welcomes internationally-acclaimed guest soloist Eugenia Choi on the violin.  Born in Canada of Korean heritage, Choi trained and received a doctorate in music from the Julliard School in New York City.  In addition to serving on the faculty of universities in Canada and the USA, Choi maintains a busy schedule as a much-sought-after soloist for orchestras in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, as well as for radio and television broadcasts.

For her violin solo with the Newport Symphony Orchestra, Choi will play the Poème Op. 25 by French composer Ernest Chausson and Tzigane by Maurice Ravel. “Tzigane” is a European word for “gypsy.”

The concerts, conducted by the NSO’s beloved music director Adam Flatt, will open with the “Cuban Overture” by George Gershwin.  This creative and melodic piece was inspired by a trip the composer took to Cuba, and features exciting Latin percussion.  Continuing the theme, the NSO will play a piece by Cuban composer and virtuoso pianist Ernesto Lacuona, a work infused with Cuban and Afro-Cuban rhythms. The concert will conclude on a merry and playful note with a suite of dances by Manuel de Falla.

Presented at the Performing Arts Center, the Saturday evening concert, November 8, will begin at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a pre-concert talk by the conductor at 6:45 p.m. The matinee on the following Sunday, November 9, will begin at 2:00 p.m.

These concerts are presented thanks to generous sponsorship from the Nye Beach Merchants’ Association.

Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center box office, by phone at (541) 265-ARTS, and at NewportSymphony.org.

For more than 25 years, the Newport Symphony Orchestra has been bringing the world’s greatest music to audiences on the Oregon Coast. This concert is the second of its 2014–15 season.

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