Portland classical trio Musicorum Medicorum will perform at Newport’s Atonement Lutheran Church on Saturday, July 27, playing pieces by Brahms as well as “Café Music for Violin, Cello and Piano” by Paul Schoenfeld.
The group, made up of Rebecca Reese on cello, Andrew Bonner on piano, and Newport Symphony violinist Alistair Kok, is named to reflect each member’s day job in the medical profession.
Andrew Bonner has degrees in music from Harvard and Brandeis Universities. He concurrently studied piano with Katja Andy and Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory of Music. He was a freelance musician in Boston for 20 years and was the organist for the Emmanuel Music complete Bach Cantata series for five years. Bonner is currently a naturopath, but he continues to perform and compose music as much as his busy schedule allows.
Alistair Kok was born and spent his formative years in Blacksburg, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech before attending the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. A graduate of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kok has performed professionally with orchestras and chamber groups throughout New England, Ohio and Virginia. He moved to Portland in June 2015 and joined the Newport Symphony shortly afterward as a first violinist. In addition, he plays as a violinist and violist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Symphony and the Oregon State University Choirs.
Rebecca Reese earned a bachelor’s from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s from the University of Denver and went on to teach cello at the University of Alaska before moving to Los Angeles. There, she worked as a freelance musician for many years, performing in numerous classical orchestras and chamber music ensembles, as well as playing studio-recorded sound tracks for television and movies. The latter credits include music for “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Color Purple,” “The Natural” and “Star Trek III.”
Reese then moved to Boston to earn an M.D. from Tufts University. She currently practices cranial osteopathy and homeopathy in Portland with fellow trio member and husband, Andrew Bonner.
Saturday's concert will begin at 2 pm in the sanctuary of the church located at 2315 North Coast Highway. Admission is by suggested donation of $5 or a non-perishable food item for the Newport Food Pantry.
• As a special gift for the congregation, the trio will also provide a musical offering during the Offertory on Sunday, July 28, at the 11 am worship service.