Newport String musicians perform selections from Dvorak on Jan. 31 at Ochre Court
A program of works for strings by Czech master Antonin Dvorak will be performed by the Newport Strings Project on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. at Salve Regina University’s Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave.
Co-sponsored by Salve Regina’s department of music, theater and dance, the event is open to the public. Admission is by donation, which will directly support the performance and educational programming of the Newport String Project. Suggested donations are $10, $25 or $50-plus.
Violinists and Newport String Project directors EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealain McMullin will be joined by guest musicians Sarah Hill, viola and Chelsea Bernstein, cello.
The centerpiece of the concert will be Dvorak’s String Quartet in F Major op.96, nicknamed the “American.” Composed during Dvorak’s highly influential residency in the United States from 1892-95, the quartet has become one of the most beloved and famous pieces in the string quartet repertoire. Written in less than a month while Dvorak was on vacation in Spillville, Iowa, the piece overflows with Bohemian flair, evoking the wide open spaces of the mid-west, sunny melodies and even a little birdsong.
The program will also feature Dvorak's much earlier Terzetto for the slightly more unusual combination of two violins and viola, as well as a moody and mysterious tango alla milonga by one of Dvorak’s students – Erwin Schulhoff.