Diversity, Virtuosity, Innovation in Closing Week of Newport Music Festival

Tim Carey & Mary Lynch take the stage



From a program of lesser known French music at The Elms, to the thrill of the Argentine Tango, to the appearance of Festival favorite pianist John Bayless, the closing week of the Newport Music Festival thrilled audiences and filled the mansions with sound.


Tim Carey & Gustav Markusson

At Bon Matin, a delightful morning concert of French Romantic composers, the audience was introduced to composer Emile Paladilhe, whose Solo De Concert featured  Mary Lynch (a mistress of her instrument) on the winsome  oboe, and Tim Carey on piano in a four section work that combined an often contrapuntal piano with the singing of the oboe, little lagniappes and altogether French joie de vivre. The Sonata in D Major of Camille Saint- Saens began in counterpoint.  Ad libitum was slow and thoughtful, the oboe backed by broken chords, and the closing Allegretto was  charming and antic, with joyful trills.


Le  Rire de Sarai (Sarai’s laughter) by Guillaume Connesson introduced fine flutist Goran Markusson in a modern work which was lyrical, slow, and haunting, turbulence arriving in piano and flute, mournful against octaves in piano, then a haunting melody with a dying slide. The closing section featured a dramatic flute with a caesura leading to the flutist stamping his foot.  High drama, indeed.


Charlotte Malin, Diego Tos & Frederic Chiu post-performance

The Piano Quartet of  Alexis de Castillon featured Sergey Antonov, cello, and  the wonderful Frederic Chiu on piano with Diego Tos, violin, and Charlotte Malin, viola.  Four movements were beautifully played by these very accomplished  musicians.


A standing ovation for the quartet


Taking a bow

After intermission, the wonderful Piano Quintet of Cesar Franck was performed by Bernadene Blaha, piano, joining Diego Tos, violin, Charlotte Malin, viola and Sergei Antonov, cello. There was dramatic, almost violent rush to a climax, then a reprise of theme from the first movement.  A thrilling crescendo closed the work, which is full of passion.  The musicians were given a standing ovation, curtain calls and cries of “Bravo”.

            Soaring, Sonorous Voices of  The Palm Beach Opera


Derreck Stark & Jessica Fischenfeld in a duet


”Opera Night” at The Breakers introduced the finest young voices in the field, all students at the Palm Beach Opera, singing favorites from the opera repertoire, opening with “O Sole Mio”, in which the astonishing voices of soprano Jessica Fishenfeld, Danielle McMillan, Mezzo-soprano, Derreck Stark, Tenor, and Bass-Baritone Andrew Richardson soared. Introduced by Scott Guzielek Director of Artistic Operations of the Palm Beach Opera, the singers went from high opera (think Gianni Schicchi"s O Mio Babbino Caro) to musical theater selections performed with wit, aplomb and ability.


Derreck Stark in a solo


Danielle McMillan performs a solo


Soprano Jessica Fishenfeld emotes


The singers and pianist taking a bow


The singers taking a bow with pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald

                             Argentine Tango at The Breakers

“Tango Distinto “ followed days later, with rhythmic and dynamic playing of works by Astor PIazzola and other short works, emotional and soulful.  The bandoneon was beyond splendid, with its dynamics and feeling, played by Hector Delcurto, ably abetted by bassist and composer Pedro Giraudo, Achilles Liarmakopoulos on a sliding (and yes, sexy) trombone and Emilio Teubal on piano.  The audience was  in Argentina for a night, with innovative modern pieces mixed with the familiar Piazzola.  The Tang evening was sponsored by Cynthia Sinclair, in loving memory of her husband, Robert Allan Sinclair.
Bravo to the Newport Music Festival’s 49th year, and welcome to its new Executive Director Pamela A. Pantos.

                                                                          — Linda Phillips, Music Critic
                                                                               The Greenwich, CT Sentinel

For information on the Newport Music Festival and its upcoming 50th anniversary season, go to www.NewportMusic.org

A "Bon Matin' at The Elms


Oboist Mary Lynch at the Elms post-performance


Intermission #1


Selling refreshment tickets, Jae French & Nancy Scott


Cynthis Sinclair with friends (mother & Daughter)




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