a little match girl passion
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

David Lang’s Pulitzer-Prize-Winning the little match girl passion tells an everyday story in a hauntingly simple way. The human story of a starving girl freezing to death is framed within, and brilliantly juxtaposed with the divine St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach. If Bach’s masterpiece is less familiar to you, this intimate performance will spark your curiosity and introduce you to the heartbreaking themes of this eternal story.

Margot Roodsoprano and percussion
Emily Marvoshcontralto and percussion
Matthew Andersontenor and percussion
Jesse Blumbergbaritone and percussion
Ryan Turnerconductor
Jessie Jeanne Stinnettchoreographer

Jessie Jeanne Stinnett with guests from Boston Dance Theater

Jessie Jeanne Stinnett 
Olivia Coombs 
Whitney Cover 
Jenna Pollack 
Jen Passiosunderstudy

BoSoma Dance Company’s ‘The Playground’
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

BoSoma Dance Company under the direction of Katherine Hooper will debut their most innovative production to date, “The Playground” on April 28-29 at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre. In collaboration with celebrated guitarist Scott Tarulli,“The Playground” is a one-hour performance that embraces the kinetic energy that is ignited when improvisation is introduced to modern dance and live music.

Tarulli’s music and Hooper’s choreography will serve as a counterpoint to moments of improvisation by the dancers and musician. The performers and Tarulli will create a dynamic atmosphere where the music and the movements inspire each other for a live collaboration through sound, time, pattern and rhythm. Each show will bring a new and unexpected experience for the audience, based on the choices that the dancers and musician make each night. The opening act for the evening will be the BoSoma Youth Company (BYC) of the BoSoma School of Dance in Hamilton, MA. BYC is a community outreach dance group for ages 9-18 committed to sharing the art of dance at a wide variety of local venues. Tickets are on sale now at

New England Philharmonic presents Dancing in Time
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The New England Philharmonic closes the 2017-18 season,  with Dancing in Time. The performance  includes the world premiere of David Rakowski’s  Water Music  2018, and the Boston premiere of  Sebastian Currier’s  Time Machines featuring concertmaster Danielle Maddon, violin.  The evening will also feature the world premiere of Bernard Hoffer’s  Three Pieces for Orchestra  2018, and Maurice Ravel’s  Bolero  1928.

The Worcester Youth Orchestras Celebrating our 70th Anniversary Serving more than 200 aspiring young musicians in Central Massachusetts and enriching the cultural life of 8,000 concertgoers each season.
May 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Worcester Youth Orchestras anniversary season under the direction of Jonathan Edward Brennand continues on May 20 at Mechanics Hall with a 70th Anniversary Alumni Concert. The evening will feature the Worcester Youth Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra’s Alumni Orchestra, as well as the Worcester Chorus, Nashoba Valley Chorale and Auburn High School Choirs. Alumni of the WYO’s prestigious programs from as far back as 1947 will join the ensembles and be in the audience. The concert will include the world premiere of two works commissioned by WYO to commemorate this anniversary: “Fanfare” by Hansani Archibald and “Spiral Labyrinth” by composer, arranger and performer Josh Oxford. The program will also include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy” and works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will be in attendance to present the inaugural Robert Kennedy Community Service Award to Robert Kennedy, executive director of Mechanics Hall. Tickets are on sale now at

The Robert Kennedy Community Service Award recognizes individuals who provide outstanding opportunities and support for young people in Central Massachusetts,” said Brennand. “Bob Kennedy’s unwavering support and mentorship has enabled WYO to flourish. It is the perfect time, as our 70th Anniversary coincides with his year of retirement, that we honor him and his service to the Greater Worcester community. We will present this award annually to an individual in the community that upholds these values.” 

Performing 30 concerts each season to audiences over 8,000 strong, the WYO has become a cherished institution in Massachusetts. It has been and continues to be a source of hope and inspiration to the nearly 4,500 student musicians who have performed in the various ensembles over the decades.


RIMSKY-KORSAKOV     Dance of the Tumblers 
Jack Corbett, Conductor 
Symphony, Philharmonic & Alumni/ae Orchestras

TCHAIKOVSKY     Romeo & Juliet Fantasy
Bradford Chase, Guest Conductor 
Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra & Alumni/ae

SIBELIUS     Finlandia
Jack Corbett, Conductor
Worcester Youth Philharmonic

OXFORD Spiral Labyrinth (World Premiere)
Commissioned by the WY Philharmonic for the 70th Anniversary
Jack Corbett, Conductor
Worcester Youth Philharmonic

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy”
Mvt. IV: Choral Finale

Jonathan Edward Brennand, Conductor

Dana Varga, soprano 
Emily Harmon, mezzo-soprano 
Omar Najmi, 
Ryne Cherry, bass

Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Worcester Chorus, Chris Shepherd, Artistic Director
Nashoba Valley Chorale, Anne Watson Born, Artistic Director
Auburn High School Concert Choir, Nick LaPete, Director

Please join us for a reception following the performance
A Fourth of July Extravaganza
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Boston Brass opens Newport Music Festival’s 50th Anniversary Season with a rousing Fourth of July Extravaganza to celebrate America’s birthday. It begins with the National Anthem and includes an array of familiar tunes honoring members of the U.S. Military – Armed Forces Salute – and presents selections from composers whose experiences in this country are reflected in their music. From Copland’s Simple Gifts to Carmichael’s Stardust, Gershwin’s Summertime to Bernstein’s America, this concert will delight listeners young and old. NMF’s classical music legacy is also represented in J. S. Bach’s Little Fugue in G and Respighi’s Ancient Aires and Dances. The night closes with Tizol and Ellington’s Caravan, showcasing American jazz.

An Evening with Frederica von Stade & Jake Heggie
Jul 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm

One of the most beloved opera singers of our time, Frederica von Stade, returns to the Newport Music Festival in a special evening of stunning vocal repertoire. Ms. von Stade’s impressive versatility as a gifted singing actress and exquisite interpreter of opera and art song firmly established her glorious talent early in her career. Her incredible character portrayal and dazzling vocal prowess have kept her in demand throughout the world ever since. Full of love and laughter, Ms. Von Stade recounts her life and career through her anecdotes and vocal selections. In collaboration with composer Jake Heggie, America’s most accomplished and renowned contemporary composer of operas and art songs, at the piano, this evening is not to be missed.

Meet the Composer: Jake Heggie
Jul 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Most music lovers never get the opportunity to meet a living composer, let alone one who has collaborated with and composed for some of the world’s most exceptional singers, including Frederica von Stade, Renée Fleming, and Joyce DiDonato. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to get to know award-winning composer Jake Heggie in an intimate setting, learn about his craft, and hear some of his breathtaking compositions performed live.

Meet the Composer begins with an informal presentation given by Mr. Heggie who discusses the first half of the Program, excerpts from Rise & Fall (for soprano and piano) and A Question of Light (for baritone & piano), which were created in collaboration with librettist Gene Scheer.

As Heggie describes, “Gene and I composed a cycle, Rise and Fall, by describing four episodes in a woman’s life through art objects at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Water Stone” is about falling in love, and was inspired by a shimmering water sculpture by Noguchi. In “Incantation Bowl,” larger forces are summoned to protect against evil in the house. “Angels’ Wings” is about transcendence in death, based on a modern abstract sculpture that Gene interpreted as an angel wing or even a vocal cord…. “A Question of Light” was inspired by six major artworks in the permanent collection of the Dallas Museum of Art…

Unlike most of my cycles, there is no common thematic motif that connects these songs. Rather, it is a free-flowing lyricism that pervades; each song an emotional and musical response to the image and the poetry, as if one were walking through a museum and suddenly taken by surprise.”

During intermission, there will be champagne and patisseries in anticipation of the second half of the program, the song cycle Camille Claudel: Into the Fire (for mezzo & string quartet).

As described by Heggie, “The life of the brilliant French sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943) was little known prior to the landmark film about her life, released in 1988. She was a creative genius at a time when a woman was rarely taken seriously on her own, and usually only in connection with a man.”

This exciting event will culminate in audience Q & A with the composer. Don’t miss out!

A Far Cry
Jul 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti are wildly popular with audiences new and familiar to chamber music. The music elicits happiness and an exuberant joy and opens A Far Cry’s highly anticipated return to the Newport Music Festival. Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 3 has earned an honored place in string orchestra repertoire. Tension and resolution are at play here in a rhythmic structure that captures listeners and inspires hope and joy. The second half of the evening begins with Divertimento for Strings by Bela Bartók. Despite its creation as the Second World War broke out across Europe, the Divertimento is unusually buoyant and light-hearted, leaving listeners delighted and joyful. Finishing the program, Osvaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae presents competing sensibilities – light, lilting sounds that emerge from the somber tones of shadow and darkness. This is contemporary chamber music at its most inspiring and invigorating. 


Family Friendly Free Concert
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This concert is a special free concert for the community provided by the Newport Music Festival in collaboration with the Newport Art Museum. In case of rain, please see the posting on on the respective Concert Event Page for more information.

Sunrise Concert – Strings
Jul 13 @ 5:15 am – 7:15 am

The sun rises as the opening theme of Beethoven’s “Eyeglasses” Duo for Viola and Cello, Eb Major, lifts into the morning air. The melody moves from viola to cello and back again, teasing out each instrument’s mellow, sonorous tones – perfect for the day’s beginning. Violin and cello begin a duet in Haydn’s String Duo in D Major, engaging in its classical structure and musical restraint. The mood – and the instruments – shift to Halvorsen’s Passacaglia for Violin and Cello, based on Handel’s original composition; an impassioned duet whose melancholy theme is alternatively pensive and lively, finding resolution in a hopeful, final chord. Two violins offer Halvorsen’s Concert Caprice on Norwegian Melodies, a subtly contained melodic duel that is intriguing and inviting as the violins query and reply in an uplifting offering. This second early morning concert concludes with Serenade for String Trio, a bright and cheerful work for violin, viola, and cello by Hungarian composer Dohnányi. A concert of inspiring and joyful music for an early Friday morning.