We Should All Be Feminists
Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We’re celebrating Women’s History Month in March with a concert inspired by this essay by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, adapted from a TEDx talk viewed more than three million times. This piece aims to identify a definition for feminism of the 21st century. The text will be used as inspiration, and featured in an evening of music written by and about women (including multiple Bostonian women composers).
Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Russell Sherman Celebrates 88 with 88
Apr 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm


On April 15 Emmanuel Music  welcomes pianist Russell Sherman for a special concert celebrating his 88th birthday in the Parish Hall at Emmanuel Church at 4 p.m.  Join well-wishers for the concert and additional birthday surprises.

An eloquent communicator both on and off the concert stage, Sherman continues to astonish critics and audiences with his grace, imagination and poetry. As author of the book Piano Pieces” (2006), a compilation of vignettes and anecdotes from his experiences as pianist and teacher, he has been praised as an ingenious virtuoso and an insightful master. Sherman has performed with major orchestras internationally and is the first American to record Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas and five piano concertos.  He has recorded works by Gershwin, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Grieg, Schumann, Debussy, Bach, and additional works by Liszt and has performed and recorded work of modern and contemporary composers, among these are the complete piano works of Schoenberg as well as pieces he has commissioned from Schuller, Helps, Perle, and Shapey.

Born in New York, he began piano studies at age six, and by eleven was studying with Eduard Steuermann, pupil and friend of Ferruccio Busoni and Arnold Schoenberg. He graduated from Columbia University at 19 with a degree in the humanities. He was Visiting Professor at Harvard University and is currently a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory. At age 88, Sherman continues to explore and merit the title “a thinking man’s virtuoso.”

The program will include:

Claude Debussy Complete Préludes, Book II (1912 – 1913)
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Three Venetianisches Gondellied
(from Lieder ohne Worte)
G minor, Op. 19 No. 6
F-sharp minor, Op. 30 No. 6
A minor, Op. 62 No. 5
Frédéric Chopin Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47

Four Mazurkas, Op. 24
Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60

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.

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.

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. 


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.

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.