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.

Imani Winds
Jul 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Newport Music Festival is honored to present Grammy-nominated Imani Winds in their Newport debut performance. In addition to gracing the stage at The Breakers, Imani Winds will engage in education and outreach at the Martin Luther King Center for our youngest audiences. Imani Winds opens their Friday night concert, a musical foray into jazz-as-chamber music, with an audience favorite, Red Clay and Mississippi Delta, composed by founding member and group composer, Valerie Coleman. The brilliance and beauty of the ensemble’s playing is experienced in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with familiar melodies conjuring mystery and romance flooding the senses. The first half concludes with Contrabajissimo, Argentinian tango composer Piazzolla’s enchanting and compelling song. The Poulenc Sextet for Piano and Winds begins the second half of the program with Sara Davis Buechner joining at the piano. Poulenc created intricate melodic lines that move between instruments, developing rich, enveloping layers of sound. Closing out this stellar evening of wind ensemble treasures is Dance Mediterranea by Palestinian-American composer Simon Shaheen. A stunning, dynamic, and inspirational music by a groundbreaking contemporary ensemble.

Young Persons’ Concert – Flight of the Bumblebee
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This entertaining piano performance is a delight for anyone, musical novice or maestro, from age 6 to 86. Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel has introduced audiences across the country to the beloved works of classical music with his Keyboard Conversations® series and its unique concert with commentary format. In this special presentation, learn the story behind the score of many favorite melodies, including Flight of the Bumblebee, Bartók’s Diary of a Fly, Copland’s Cat and Mouse, Gershwin’s Walking the Dog, and I got Rhythm. Bring the whole family for a delightful morning of music!

Newport Music Festival 50th Anniversary Gala featuring violin virtuoso Joshua Bell
Jul 15 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The highlight of this once-in-a-lifetime event will be a private concert for Gala guests performed by Grammy-winning violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, known internationally as the greatest violinist living today. The evening includes pre-concert cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a post-concert gourmet dinner catered by Russell Morin, all in a spectacular setting overlooking the ocean, Ochre Court.

Your participation will generously support the 50th Anniversary Season as well as the expansion of our audience outreach and programs for families and youth.

Hermitage Piano Trio
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Treasures of the piano trio repertoire are on full display in this evening’s astounding concert of Russian repertoire performed by the Hermitage Piano Trio. Stanchinsky’s Piano Trio D Major opens with unison violin and cello playing a light-hearted and engaging theme, quickly answered by piano and beautifully developed in a single movement. Delicate and charming, and one of only three chamber works by this child prodigy, this piece is packed with counterpoint beautifully delivered across three instruments. Trio No. 1 in C Minor Op. 8, also a single-movement composition, was written by a Shostakovich in response to his first love interest. Likely the most romantic work he ever wrote, the Trio is filled with Shostakovich composition hallmarks – lyrical melodies with acerbic harmonies, sudden shifts of pace, and insistent rhythms. Rachmaninoff was a teenager when he composed Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor in 1892, another single-movement piece with a melancholic, Slavic primary theme introduced by piano to the rhythmic pulses of the violin and cello. This is rich music that engages and satisfies the listener. The evening culminates in Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor Op. 32, composed in memory of his friend and cellist Karl Davidov, and in which the cello plays a prominent role. Soaring lyricism alternates with forceful, dramatic composition throughout four movements of exciting, celebratory Russian Romanticism.