Classics return to Newport music series tomorrow

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — The Now Playing Newport Music Series returns to the classics tomorrow with its concert by members and friends of the Newport Area Community Orchestra. The program begins at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located at 44 Second Street.

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Artists participating are:

Frank Rudolph, violinist, has served as Concertmaster of the Mobile Student Symphony, Principal Second Violin of the Gulf Coast Symphony during my Freshman year at Tulane and as violinist with both the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the Nashua Chamber Orchestra and the Newport Area Community Orchestra. He will play Bach’s First Unaccompanied Violin Sonata and a Medley of Quebecois Fiddle Tunes attributed to Omar Marcoux.

Thurmond Knight performed for over a decade with the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Chandler String Quartet based in central Vermont. Former principal cellist of the Richey Community Orchestra in Florida. He will play Calm as the Night, Chopin Prelude No. 21 in B Flat Major, Opus 28, and Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, both arranged for cello and piano.

Linda Schneck is a harpist, pianist, and composer. She serves the Northeast Kingdom area as a music-thanatologist in end-of-life care, and teaches at both Lyndon State College and Burlington College. She will accompany Mr. Knight as well as play the Mozart Piano Sonata in F Major, First Movement on piano and Caravan, Harp, inspired by a poem of Rumi, and written by Ms. Schneck.

Chris Maginniss picked up his clarinet after a 49-year hiatus.He thoroughly enjoys ensemble playing and seizes just about any opportunity to harmonize with others.

Steven Tatum grew up in Derby and was an active member of music ensembles at North Country Union High School under the direction of James Chapman and Anne Hamilton. As a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra from 2005-2008, he toured China playing concerts in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Amos Hamilton is retired and lives in Morgan with his wife Anne. He studied clarinet in Ohio with Vincent Maola and Willis Olsen. He enjoys playing chamber music with friends from Vermont and New Hampshire. They will play the Beethoven Trio, Opus 87.

Emily E. Wiggett, is a flutist and first-year music educator at the Danville School and the Walden School. She has performed as second flutist in two professional ensembles: the Orchestra of Northern New York and in Northern Symphonic Winds. She is a Presser Scholar, a recipient of the Judith H. Tyra memorial award, and in 2014, she received Crane’s highest honor in performance for the woodwind category.

Vivian Spates is a Northeast Kingdom native. She graduated from North County Union High School and the University of Northern Colorado. After college Mrs. Spates taught music in the Newport City Elementary School for three years followed by three years of teaching vocal music at NCUHS. She has been the pianist for a variety of local theatrical groups, district and state music festival choruses and local school groups, as well as organist for the United Church of Newport. Mrs. Spates accompanies the local singing ensemble, Northsong. They will play The Grand Polonaise in D Major, Opus 16, by Theobald Boehm.

There is a suggested donation of $5 which is split between the Orchestra and Music Series. A reception of light refreshments follows with the artists. For more information, www.nowplayingnewport.com.

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