Newport Symphony Orchestra

The Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean will conclude its 30th anniversary season this weekend with “Fairy Tale Finish,” a pair of concerts featuring works by Tchaikovsky and a tribute to David Ogden Stiers.

Music Director Adam Flatt will lead the orchestra as it performs Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite, followed by Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.”

The concerts will also feature the premiere of a new composition by Mark Fish dedicated to the late David Ogden Stiers, who served as the symphony’s resident conductor for many years. The work, a 30th anniversary commission of the Newport Symphony Orchestra, is titled “Bless Your Heart,” inspired by Stiers’ frequent use of that expression.

Fish is a San Francisco Bay Area composer who has had works performed in venues including Carnegie Hall. His most successful work, “Ferdinand the Bull,” exists as both a chamber work and an orchestral work, and has been narrated in concert by David Ogden Stiers.

The Saturday, May 18, performance will start at 7:30 pm, with a pre-concert talk by Flatt starting at 6:45 pm. The Sunday, May 19, matinée will begin at 2 pm. Both performances will take place at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street. After each concert, guests will be invited to stay around and mingle at a special complimentary Wine Down reception, featuring select wines from the Flying Dutchman Winery of Otter Rock plus a delicious array of food items.

Tickets, $25 and $39 plus fees or $10 for students, are on sale at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 541-265-2787 or online at

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