Exciting Opera House Soirees!
The Soiree Series continues with two special events in August
The Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center was delighted to continue the popular Soiree Series by hosting two special Soirees in August. Both were unique events that continued with the Soiree Series goal of showcasing the range of intimate, quality artistic performances our visitors will experience in the renovated Opera House Theater.
A Special Soiree for Children and Families ...
On Sunday, August 7th, the Opera House hosted a Children’s Soiree ("Kid's swah-rey") at the home of Kristin and Bob MacMannis in Portsmouth. The program was designed for young children (and their parents) to showcase the “Youth and Family” programming that will be held at the Newport Opera House.
The audience was entertained by performances by Tim Johnson, a wonderful puppeteer & storyteller, and by guitarist Jake Hill and vocalist Allyson Harple.
A brightly painted stage was set up in the MacMannis backyard – a beautiful open space surrounded by trees. The children sat entranced on blankets and low benches listening to Tim’s stories, cheering his various costume changes, and watching his puppet show with the help of the “Pickle Fairy.” The “kids” then danced to the music of Jake and Allyson and enjoyed treats and playtime with friends - old and new.
We were excited to have the Newport Art Museum at the Soiree to help families sign up for the children’s division of Wet Paint. It was great to collaborate with our friends and fellow arts supporters from the Art Museum. A wonderful Sunday afternoon for children and adults alike!
A dynamic Jazz Trio ...
On Friday, August 19th, Jazz was featured at the 8th Soiree of the season. Hosted by Karen and Rob Rawson, this exciting Soiree featured a performance by the Pat Gaulin Trio. Pat is a versatile and dynamic musician and percussionist from New Orleans who studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Pat has appeared at Lincoln Center in New York, the SXSW (South by Southwest) Music Festival, and many of Boston’s premier jazz clubs. The trio included Pat on drums, Andy on sax and Greg on bass.
The music began with a mesmerizing drum intro! The audience was transported by energetic solo riffs by all the musicians, and following the performance, they enthusiastically engaged the trio with questions about their work and the jazz scene in Boston, New England, and around the country.
A beautiful evening for great jazz! -- and a wonderful time was had by all!
A special thanks to Kristin and Rob MacMannis and Karen and Rob Rawson for their generosity in hosting these Soirees -- and most importantly, for their support of the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center!