Concerts

Head to Newport for copious classical concerts

The annual classical music festival starts on July 1.

The Junction Trio. Handout

Newport, Rhode Island, summers have long been a time of celebration for their jazz and folk festivals. But there’s also been another faction of music lovers who’ve known for decades that the renowned Newport Classical Music Festival is more than you can shake a baton at.

This year’s edition, running from July 1-17, and featuring 24 different concerts at 11 distinctive venues/sites, in a variety of performance formats and a range of prices, offers a spectacular array of sounds and styles across the classical music spectrum.

The opening night concert, a program of late-Baroque Era music, features the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra playing Geminiani’s “La Folia,” Hailstork’s “Sonata da Chiesa,” and guest violinist Chad Hoopes soloing on Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

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On the final afternoon, the 2022 Festival Artists (violinists Gabriel Diaz and Ariel Horowitz, violist Jordan Bak, cellist Jacqueline Choi, and pianist Charles Kim) are performing Mozart’s “Piano Trio in B-flat Major,” Enescu’s “Concertstück,” and Chaminade’s “Piano Trio No. 1 in G minor.”

During the days and nights between these two shows, there’s an absolute smorgasbord of classical music scheduled. A few that look especially enticing include:

Junction Trio (violinist Stefan Jackiw, pianist Conrad Tao, cellist Jay Campbell) playing works of Ives, Ravel, and John Zorn on July 3; The King’s Singers vocalizing their way through a diverse assemblage of a cappella pieces on July 8; Sō Percussion, with recent compositions from Julia Wolfe, Viet Cuong, Nathalie Joachim, and Bryce Dessner on July 12; a solo piano recital by Dmitry Masleev, showcasing Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, and Ravel on July 13; and harpist Emily Levin’s presentation of “The Glass Salon,” made up of mostly solo pieces, with two Festival Artists joining her on Henriette Renié’s “Trio for harp, violin, and cello” on July 14.

That’s just a fraction of what’s in store at the festival. For a full schedule, along with venue locations and prices, visit newportclassical.org/music-festival.

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