The Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean will present a pair of soulful concerts featuring internationally-known jazz vocalist Halie Loren this weekend.
Loren’s repertoire includes songs old and new, including “Summertime,” “Sway” and “Blue Skies,” plus her own compositions “Danger in Loving You,” “Butterfly” and “In Time.”
Loren began her career as something of a prodigy at age 13, when she won a songwriting contest, gaining national attention. Before she was 19, she did a stint in Nashville, soaking up that city’s tradition of great American songwriting. She recorded her first album at 20, and from there she was off and running, recording successive albums that garnered awards, Billboard recognition and an international following that has sent her touring around the globe, including stops in Korea, Africa, Japan, Canada and the Caribbean, to name a few. Her records regularly make “best of” lists and her sublime talents as a vocalist are attested to by several albums hitting the #1 slot on Canadian and Japanese jazz charts.
Considering such success, it would have been understandable for Loren to toe the line and stick to the known path with her new album. Instead, she chose to take a leap of faith, forging ahead with a vision that encompassed the full complement of her compositional talents. Her new album, “From the Wild Sky,” introduces Loren to her listeners anew, as a singer-songwriter and composer of considerable power and reach, as capable of breaking your heart as lifting your spirits.
The concerts will start at 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 13, and 2 pm on Sunday, July 14, at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street.
Tickets, $28 (plus fees) for adults and $10 for students, are available at NewportSymphony.org, in person at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office, 777 W Olive Street, or by calling 541-265-2787.