(What’s Up Newport, By Ryan Belmore)
On Wednesday, June 21st, at 5:30 pm the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center and the Professional Choristers of The Choir School of Newport County will host a performance featuring singers Joseph and Thomas Burdick at Guild Hall of the Church of St. John the Evangelist at 61 Poplar Street in Newport, R.I, as part of their participation in the inaugural year of Make Music Rhode Island, an international outdoor celebration of music.
This performance will include a reception, during which audience members can meet the performers and enjoy refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.
Joseph and Thomas Burdick are returning for an encore performance after their successful performance during the Opera House Theater’s May 5th “Theater Happening in Washington Square!” event. The Opera House Theater, one of the oldest Opera Houses in the country, is actively engaged in restoring and renovating the historic 1867 Opera House Theater in downtown Newport into a 700 seat venue for year-round programming of live performances that will serve as a cultural asset, economic driver, and educational catalyst locally and in the region. For further information about the Opera House Theater, see operahouseri.org.
“The audience fell in love with them,” said Opera House Theater Executive Director Brenda Nienhouse. “Joseph and Thomas are extraordinarily talented. Everyone wanted to see more. We are delighted to have them for this event!”
The Professional Choristers of The Choir School of Newport County, of which the Joseph and Thomas Burdick are regular singers and teen mentors, will be joining the Burdicks for this June 21st performance. They will reprise several pieces from their recent Spring Concert, including Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now, Paul Halley’s cosmic Untraveled Worlds, and Halley’s jazz-inspired Freedom Trilogy. Recently, the Professional Choristers of the Choir School of Newport County sang for opening night of the baseball season at Cardines Field on June 7, have been asked by Mayor Harry Winthrop to sing at the opening ceremony of the Black Ships Festival on July 14, and are preparing for a two week educational tour of England next summer. For further information about the Choristers, see thechoirschoolri.org.
This event marks Rhode Island’s inaugural year in the international Make Music festival, now the 39th state to take part in this international celebration. Make Music started over 34 years ago in France as a musical celebration held on the summer solstice where all walks of musician—professional and amateur, young and old, and every musical persuasion—poured into public squares, streets, plazas, and porches and share their music with the world. “Fete De La Musique” (French for both “festival of music” and “make music!”) has since spread around the world, with over 750 cities worldwide participating last year.