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Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Dance


Newport Opera House Theater Presents Flamenco con Magdalena

Flamenco con Magdalena is a performance group inspired by the dance and music of Andalucía, Spain— a region so unique in its diversity and influences, only here could the Spanish art form of flamenco be born.

The principal lead of the group, La Magdalena, is an award-winning dancer and choreographer. She is accompanied in performance by talented dancers, guitarist, percussion, and a singer. Artists are adorned in authentic dress, making for a vibrant performance suffused in tradition.

Magdalena is renowned for her traditional flamenco style which brings into focus the musicality, grace, power, and rhythm of Flamenco. She divides her time between Seville, Spain, New York City and recently Washington D.C. where she has opened her own school, Flamenco 4 Kids!™.

In the mid 90’s Magdalena helped revive the NYC Flamenco scene, breathing life into local venues such as Xunta, Alegrías, Kaña. Since then she has rejuvenated Flamenco nationwide, performing with companies across the U.S. and inspiring audiences and new generations of dancers alike for over 20 years.

When not performing, choreographing, or teaching Magdalena continues her training in Andalucía with the legendary gypsy families of Farruco, Vargas, and Fernandez, along with Seville natives such as Isabel Bayón and Alejandro Granados. Next time you find yourself walking in Seville, don’t be surprised when you find Magdalena dancing, singing or playing “cajon” in the streets of her adopted land.

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Jazz


Performing “The Singular Sarah Vaughan”

Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center Presents Andy Milne

Pianist/Composer Andy Milne has been a distinct and respected voice at the heart of New York’s jazz scene for over 20 years.

A fearless and versatile explorer he has collaborated with dancers, visual artists, poets and musicians, re-drawing and extending the boundaries of jazz with a range that spans jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music.

Milne has recorded and toured throughout the world with Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Carlos Ward and Carla Cook, as well as collaborating with a range of artists including Andrew Cyrille, Sekou Sundiata, Fred Hersch, and Dianne Reeves. A former student of Oscar Peterson, Milne was at the center of the M-BASE Collective as a core member of Steve Coleman’s bands, as well as performing with Cassandra Wilson and Greg Osby. In addition to his multiple projects, Milne is a sought after educator, balancing teaching positions at Columbia University, The New School, and New York University.

Blending poetic gravitas with a playful sense of order, Milne draws inspiration from everything: with musical influences that bridge Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Herbie Nichols, Bela Bartok, Joni Mitchell, and Stevie Wonder.

Among Milne’s expansive body of work, he has released nine critically-acclaimed recordings as a leader or co-leader, with room for eclectic accomplishments such as having composed and produced the scores for seven documentary films by acclaimed director William Shatner.

Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center Presents La Tanya Hall

Vocalist La Tanya Hall is poised to take her place as one of the foremost jazz vocalists in the world today. Her ability to reinvent the Great American Songbook is amassing stunning reviews from around the globe. It’s About Time (Bridge Records, 2008), Hall’s debut recording, was heralded as “an impressive debut from one of jazz’s brightest stars,” while jazz critics describe her as “powerfully sensuous,” and “a woman ripe with talent [whose] interpretative skills are a marvel.”

Her versatility in a variety of musical genres has allowed her to collaborate with some of music’s most celebrated artists, including Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Bobby McFerrin, Michael McDonald, Burt Bacharach, Pat Labelle and Harry Belafonte. She has appeared as a soloist in her own right with the American Composer’s Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. As of April 18th, Hall was named Teacher of Jazz Voice at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

At the outset of her career, Hall toured with Harry Belafonte for five years, doing an average of 150 shows a year. She was a featured duet partner with Belafonte on the song “Skin to Skin,” both on the recording and the PBS special “An Evening with Harry Belafonte and Friends.”

Hall’s ascension continued when she headlined in the final road company production of the smash hit musical show Dream Girls. Soon after she toured with the legendary Diana Ross, and joined the no-less legendary Aretha Franklin for several gigs. Other remarkable work includes her featured appearances on Bobby McFerrin’s album SpiritYouAll (Universal Music, 2013) and his 2010 masterpiece recording “Vocabularies.” With every performance, her name only gets bigger.

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Classical


Violin, Viola, Cello

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Nathaniel Taylor

Nathaniel Taylor most recently performed on April 14, 2017 at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Taylor has served as principal cellist and assistant principal cellist for the Boston Conservatory Orchestra in pieces by Gershwin, Haydn, Dvorak, Khachaturian, Brahms, Mozart, and Zwilich. He has appeared as soloist with the Hemenway Strings, a conductorless ensemble at Boston Conservatory, in a performance of “Fratres” by Arvo Part. In March of 2016, Nathaniel was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2016 MA-ASTA Masters.

Nathaniel received his Bachelor of Music at the Boston Conservatory studying with cellist Rhonda Rider and is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma.

He has played in masterclasses for David Hardy, Zuill Bailey, Thomas Landschoot, Matt Haimovitz, David Teie, Norman Fischer, Gautier Capućon, Judith Eissenberg of the Lydian Quartet, Kirill Gerstein, Shanghai String Quartet, Jupiter String Quartet, and Muir String Quartet. He has studied with Steven Honigberg, Astrid Schween, Andrew Mark, Thomas Landschoot, Scott Kluksdahl, Steven Pologe, and is currently studying with Rhonda Rider. He has attended Green Mountain, Foulger International Music Festival, and the Cello Seminar in Salem, NY where he collaborated with pianist Judith Gordon.

Nathaniel plays on a 1982 Gregg Alf cello that is currently on loan to him from the Amati Foundation in Pasadena, CA.

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Anna Stromer

Anna Stromer is a Boston-based violist. She began classical training in high school but shortly after graduating, began exploring styles ranging from jazz to rock to hip-hop and pop. She is currently completing a degree in music business management at Berklee College of Music. As an active freelancer, she has worked with artists such as Thirty Seconds to Mars, Vitamin String Quartet, Wyclef Jean, Dream Theater, Maya Beiser, Jacob Collier, in addition to dozens of other local and national artists. Her recording work can also be found on commercials, film, video games, and on TV shows such as Gossip Girl and Modern Family. In 2014, Anna appeared as part of a string quartet on stage with the Boston Ballet for their production of Alexander Ekman’s “Cacti” at the Boston Opera House and then again during their tour to Lincoln Center. She rejoined Boston Ballet as they performed “Cacti” again in 2017.

In the summer of 2016, Anna joined Cirio Collective (a contemporary dance company founded by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Jeffrey Cirio, to explore and develop new choreography). She arranged the music for and performed alongside violinist, Josh Knowles, in the collective’s second season premiere, “Half of My Life”. She is returning to the company for their third season in the summer of 2017 for their performances at The Joyce Theater in NYC, Martha’s Vineyard Arts Project and the Cape Cod Dance Festival.

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Eric MrugalaEric Mrugala enjoys a diverse career in music. The Chicago-born violinist was introduced to music at age 3 and received his professional training at The Boston Conservatory under the mentorship of Rictor Noren. Mrugala has made appearances with the conservatory’s Composer’s Orchestra, Hemenway Strings, String Ensemble, Boston Conservatory Orchestra, New Music Festival, and Sinfionetta. Mrugala made his debut as concertmaster for The Boston Conservatory Orchestra’s performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade, and collaborated with guest artists such as David Kim, Louis Andriessen, and Claire Chase.

An active performer, Mrugala has made solo appearances in Boston, Chicago, Burlington, and Interlochen. He is also an active orchestral and chamber musician having performed with groups such as the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Indian Hill Orchestra and has made appearances in Boston Symphony Hall, Sanders Theater, Kresge Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Royal Concertgebouw Hall, De Doulen Hall, Smetana Hall, and Dvorak Hall. Mrugala is currently a section violinist in the Cape Ann Symphony and enjoys recording for various artists in New England.

These artists are appearing thanks to the coordination of the Newport Musical Festival, which has played a significant cultural role in Rhode Island since its launch in 1969. We thank them immensely for their support of tonight’s event and look forward to working with them as a future partner.

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Theater


A Contemporary Staging of a Scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents New Repertory TheatreNow in its fourth decade, the New Repertory Theatre has established itself as one of the Boston area’s premiere theater companies. Celebrated for electrifying, intelligent, and provocative productions, New Rep plays reflect our world, as the past becomes present and the historical is thrust into the contemporary, as they explore ideas that have vital resonance in our lives, here and now. Since 1984 New Rep has produced 73 East Coast, New England, Boston or World Premiers and brought them to the stage. As of 2005, New Rep has been the theater company in residence at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. This season, New Rep’s company of seven actors has toured Romeo & Juliet and The Scarlet Letter to over 15,000 audience members in over 50 different venues. For the 2017-2018 season, they’ll be touring Othello and To Kill A Mockingbird.

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Siobhan Carroll

Siobhan Carroll has toured with Classic Repertory Company since October 2016, portraying Juliet in Romeo & Juliet and Anne Hibbins in The Scarlet Letter. Other recent credits include Parade, Rosmersholm, The Serpent, Machinal, La Zobedi, and The Comedy of Errors (Boston University). She is a recent graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre.

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Ivy Ryan


Ivy Ryan has toured with Classic Repertory Company since October 2016, portraying Benvolio/Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet and Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter. Other recent credits include Parade, Rosmersholm, By the Bog of Cats, Henry IV pt. I, columbinus, and Boom (Boston University), as well as Julius Caesar and The Beaux Stratagem (LAMDA). Ivy earned her BFA in Acting from Boston University’s School of Theatre and studied abroad at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Lily Linke

Lily Linke is New Rep’s Education Associate and the manager of Classic Repertory Company. Recent acting credits include Good (New Repertory Theatre), 1984, Julius Caesar (Classic Repertory Company), Changes of Heart, Stella Maris, and Great Expectations (Boston University). As a teaching artist she has worked with New Repertory Theatre, Central Square Theater, Double Edge Theatre, SmART Space Creative Arts, along with dozens of schools in New England and California. This summer she is joining the staff of Kidstock! Creative Theater as the Visual Arts Director.

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Emerging



Youth, Education & Emerging Artist Showcase – As part of our educational mission we have established to highlight young performers we’re excited to present these talented young artists. They have made a commitment at an early age to performing arts and we are excited to showcase these emerging young artists.

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Joseph Burdick and Thomas BurdickJoseph R. Burdick and Thomas S. Burdick Jr. are graduates of the world-renowned St. Thomas Choir School in New York City. The school’s choral training included singing six services a week at St. Thomas Church and an annual concert series with St. Luke’s Orchestra, Fretwork, and Concert Royal. They have sung on U.S. tours and two European tours, including performances at Leipzig Backfest, Cathedral Copenhagen, and a performance with Staatskapelle Dresden in 2012 at the anniversary of the Allied bombing of Dresden.

Joseph and Thomas are juniors at Bishop Hendricken High School where they are members of the Arts Academy Chorus, the Select Chorus, and the Young Men’s Chorus, which participates in the Young Men’s Choral Festival, an annual choral education program of the Providence Singers. They joined the Providence Singers in the 2014-15 season.

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center Presents Arilyn Mitchell

Arilyn Mitchell, as the daughter of a recently retired U.S. Navy Chief, has lived in England and throughout the United States. Along the way she has played in the Bremerton, Seattle, and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestras. Currently, she is performing with the prestigious Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Benjamin Zander. In June, they will embark on a two-week tour of South America.

Now in Newport, RI, you can find her playing regularly at Hotel Viking along with volunteering once a week at Newport Hospital where she raises patients’ spirits with her elegant music.

Though, in her words, she “seldom competes,” she was one of the winners of the Stars of Tomorrow concert audition, at the 2015 Boston Harp Festival, and is a former first place winner in the Greater Chicago Area Chapter of the American Harp Society Scholarship Competition.

Her harp is a Concert Grand Venus Aria, made by the wonderful craftsmen at the W&W Harp Manufacturing Company, in Chicago.