RI's newest chamber orchestra to hold free concert Feb. 25 featuring acclaimed soprano


The state’s newest chamber orchestra will present the second concert of its inaugural season on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 191 County Road, Barrington. 

The concert will feature acclaimed soprano, Diana McVey, who has held leading roles in operas and performed as a soloist with symphonies throughout the United States. Ms. McVey debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2006, and sang in a production of Carmen in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In her appearance with the Chamber Orchestra of Barrington at St. John’s, Ms. McVey will sing Dies Natalis, Opus 8 by Gerald Finzi. 

Led by conductor Edward Markward, the chamber orchestra also will perform Sinfonia in B flat Major, Opus 18, No. 2, by Johann C. Bach and Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Opus. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven. 

The orchestra includes 34 professional, community and student musicians. Local residents in the orchestra are Catherine Drance, clarinet, and Wendy Rios, violin, both of Warwick; John Simpson of East Greenwich, violin, and Jacob Stott of Johnston, keyboard.  

The concert is free, but donations are welcome. The third concert of the inaugural season will be held April 8.


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