Does anyone in Newburyport really need an introduction to Rhina? If America had a category for Living National Treasure, Rhina would be at the top of the list. Born in the Dominican Republic under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, her family was forced into exile and settled in New York City. She began writing poetry as a young girl in both Spanish and English and has never looked back. She settled in Newburyport thirty years ago and has been queen of the local scene ever since, even as her star has risen internationally.
This summer, Rhina’s poem “The Jury” will serve as libretto to the commissioned piece for soprano and string quartet by Composer-in-Residence Jon Deak. We are also using the occasion to treat our final concert as a kind of big party to celebrate Rhina, our Poet-in-Residence’s, ninetieth birthday. Please join us in August!
The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival fosters an interactive partnership between residents and visiting artists by engaging the community in the process of creating and presenting chamber music in Newburyport’s unique architectural spaces. Read more >>
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