Newport Contemporary Ensemble seeks musicians for this summer  Podcast

Newport Contemporary Arts Inc. is starting the new Newport Contemporary Music Festival, and is looking to recruit musicians for its new resident ensemble, the Newport Contemporary Ensemble. Rehearsals for the first festival season will begin in the last week of June. Concerts will take place between July 1 and August 12 of 2017. The musicians of the resident orchestra will be performing concerts during the summer season, playing a broad range of contemporary music, ranging from Pierre Boulez to Debussy…

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Late Breaking  Podcast

In my new role as concertmaster and personnel manager of the new festival, Newport Contemporary Music Festival, I'm also preparing to perform the Violin Concerto by Alban Berg on July 28th in Newport with Maestro Van Anglen and the Festival musicians. During my years at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, some of my chamber music was coached by a jovial violinist named Louis Krasner, who told us that he had premiered the Berg violin concerto. In fact, he commissioned it and some of his performances…Read more


Used to be contemporary to be a 20th Century violinist. But now I'm a 21st Century musician.

 I sang in choruses and played in bands, orchestras and jazz groups.

As a pro, I've backed up people that I grew up listening to. My writing is flavored by my Jewish culture and the music of America... funk, rock, pop, rap, blues, bluegrass, country, honky tonk, classical music & jazz & R&B. My lyrics reflect current events both external and internal... my life as a musician and as a husband, a father and a teacher and a concerned citizen of the world & my personal battle between the life of a 'classical' musician in a Rock n Roll World.  

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Fujikura, Boulez & Berg

Newport RI

Two Soloists! Østein Baadsvik, tuba & Harris Shilakowsky, violin!
Baadsvik will perform a new work commissioned by NCMF for tuba and orchestra. Shilakowsky will perform the beautiful violin concerto by Alban Berg.
Also on the program: Howard Shore: Six Pieces, Baadsvik: Fnugg, Boulez: Messaguesquisse, and Ives: The Unanswered Question

Venue location: TBA Tickets will be available at the festival website soon. This page will be updated as soon as tickets are on sale!