NEWPORT – The Newport Music Festival is expanding its programming with the launch of a chamber music series as well as free community concerts.
The chamber music series will be presented at the organization’s new headquarters at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street, while free community concerts will take place in green spaces across Aquidneck Island.
Each of the concerts in the chamber music series will last approximately 90 minutes, without an intermission, and will be followed by a conference with the artist. The program for the Fall Chamber Series is as follows: Thalea String Quartet, September 10; Kristin Lee October 8; and Sara Davis Buechner, November 19.
Single tickets start at $ 45 and a three concert package is available for $ 125. Tickets can be purchased and seats can be selected online at newportmusic.org or by calling the box office at 401-849-0700.
Tickets for community concerts are free with prior registration at newportmusic.org. Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets. The Westerlies will perform at Miantonomi Park in Newport on September 12. Additional concerts will be announced later this season.
The Newport Music Festival will also coordinate educational programs with each band or artist, creating a model of residency that leaves a meaningful imprint in the community by providing underprivileged children the opportunity to have interactive encounters with a variety of musicians.
“I am very grateful for the foresight and leadership of Board Chair Suzanna Laramee and Church Rector Emmanuel Della Wager Wells, who have spent the past year working to bring this collaboration to life,” said Gillian Friedman Fox, executive director of the Newport Music Festival. “The Emmanuel Church Recital Hall is the perfect year-round home for the Newport Music Festival.”
Fox said the new recital hall opens doors for additional programming, educational initiatives and social gatherings that would not otherwise be possible.
“By moving the organization to the heart of Newport and launching a meaningful lineup of chamber series and community concerts, we are further consolidating our role in the cultural fabric of the community,” she said.
Wells said the festival and the church have the same mission – to uplift the human spirit and welcome all people, in all places and in all seasons.
âEmmanuel is alive with the activity and the gift of inspiring music,â she said.