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Newport Beach

Volume 5, Issue 62  |  August 4, 2020

Library presents Grammy-nominated cellist as part of new Sunday Musicales series

The Newport Beach Public Library is pleased to present Grammy-nominated cellist Aristides Rivas in a special concert recently filmed and recorded at the Central Library. 

This and other Sunday Musicales can be found on the Library website under Virtual Programming upon release.

Rivas is a cellist who was born to a low-income family, with illiterate parents in a small town in Venezuela. Music unlocked the doors for him as a talented young musician and led him into a magical world of opportunity. 

He now enjoys a versatile and international career as a multi-genre cellist, public speaker, lecturer and teacher. He was the principal cellist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

Library presents Aristides Rivas

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Cellist Aristides Rivas

Rivas is a founding member of the fusion world music group Voci Angelica Trio, with which he tours internationally and has recorded two albums. 

He is also an active solo and chamber musician whose versatility in different music genres has brought him to some of the most prestigious international venues, including the Barbican, Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Music Festival, Tanglewood, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festivals, among others.

In 2010, Rivas was nominated for a Grammy for best contemporary jazz album as part of the Julian Lage Group recording of Sounding Point.

This remarkable performance is part of the new series of Sunday Musicales contracted by the Newport Beach Public Library for Virtual Programming.

The Newport Beach Public Library presents a variety of programs that foster cultural arts enrichment. For more information, contact the Library at 949.717.3800, option 2, or visit the website at

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