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2017 Kingston Chamber Music Festival

Ticket On Sale Now Through July,

For Seven Concerts, From July 19 Through 30
 

Music programs and the lineup of artists for seven spectacular concerts are set for the 29th annual Kingston Chamber Music Festival, to be held July 19 - 30, at the University of Rhode Island.

Twenty-one artists, most of them from major orchestras across the country, will converge on Kingston for two week of collaboration, conviviality and community  — all geared toward the joy of making beautiful music to share with others.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Kingston Chamber Music Festival. For complete ticket information, click here.

To receive a 2017 festival brochure, with a ticket order form, Click here.

Six subscription concerts over two weeks will follow the usual Wednesday-Friday-Sunday format, with concerts on July 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, and 30. The Wednesday and Friday concerts start at 7:30 p.m.; both Sunday concerts start at 4 p.m.

For a fifth consecutive season, a seventh concert, not part of the subscription series, will be held in the nearby Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. A piano recital at the church will be held on Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m.

Highlights include:

  • The festival debuts of violinist Martin Beaver, longtime first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet; oboist James Austin Smith, a brilliant young member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and pianist Jeewon Park, a Korean-born artist who has garnered praise from audiences worldwide.
  • The return of the award-winning saxophone quartet, Project Fusion, which made a sensational debut last season with its unique take on classical masterpieces.  
  • Returning artists to Kingston after absences — long and short — include violinist Kyu-Young Kim, artistic director and principal violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; violinist Zach DePue, concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and a former member of the crossover group Time for Three; cellist Kenneth Olsen, assistant principal cello of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and cellist Jonathan Karoly, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
  • A longtime festival favorite, returning after a one-year absence, is cellist Priscilla Lee, who joined the venerable Philadelphia Orchestra as associate principal cello while she was away. 
  • Music highlights include piano or string quintets by Shostakovich, Brahms, Amy Beach and Sergi Taneyev that will anchor four concerts; three works that include oboe during the festival's first week; Dvořák's lyrical and popular American String Quartet; and two spectacular solo piano works by Ravel and Debussy to be performed by Bulgarian-born pianist Viktor Valkov.
  • Pianist Hanchien Lee, who made her Kingston debut in 2012 in a memorable performance of Bartok's concerto for two pianos and percussion, will perform the solo recital church concert with works by Schumann and contemporary composer Chia-Yu Hsu.

A complete list of music programs is posted on the Concerts page.


Online Ticket Sales for 2016 Festival Begin Monday, April 25

Music programs and the lineup of artists for seven spectacular concerts are set for the 28th annual Kingston Chamber Music Festival, to be held July 20 - 31, 2016, at the University of Rhode Island.

Online ticket sales for the 2016 Kingston Chamber Music Festival begin here on Monday, April 25, two weeks before the seasonal box office opens on Monday, May 9. For complete ticket information, click here.

Patron on our mailing list will receive a 2016 brochure — with a ticket order form — in our annual mailing to patrons at the end of April. Click here to join our mailing list and receive the brochure.

Six subscription concerts over two weeks will follow the usual Wednesday-Friday-Sunday format, with concerts on July 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, and 31. Earlier start times approved for last season will remain in place for 2016. The Wednesday and Friday concerts will start at 7:30 p.m.; both Sunday concerts will start at 4 p.m.

For the fourth consecutive season, a seventh concert will be held in the nearby Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. A piano recital at the church will be held on Saturday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Highlights include:

  • The world premiere performance of a piano quartet — commissioned by the festival — composed by the ingenious pianist Stewart Goodyear.
  • A famous Bach keyboard work like you’ve never heard it before, performed by an award- winning saxophone quartet, Project Fusion
  • The Myriad Trio, featuring the unusual instrumentation of flute, viola and harp
  • A recital by the exciting young, Bulgarian-born pianist Viktor Valkov
  • The return for the third consecutive season of Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux
  • Seven of 22 fabulous artists will make their Kingston debuts in 2016!

The banner is up across Upper College Road at the entrance to the URI campus and the 2015 festival that begins on Wednesday, July 22, is not far off. Managing Director Brian Mitchell reports that tickets are still available for all seven concerts. Buy them here or call the box office, at 401-874-2106, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.


Programs and Artists for 2015 Announced

Highlights of seven concerts for this upcoming 27th season in Kingston include the festival debuts of two extraordinary young artists, violinist Bella Hristova, and clarinetist Benito Meza; the return of two favorites from last season, pianist Stewart Goodyear and guitarist Jason Vieaux, a 2015 Grammy winner; and the return to Kingston of bassoonist Harrison Hollingsworth for two concerts. Great chamber music from every classical period includes two contemporary works to be introduced by their composer, David Ludwig. Pianist Goodyear will perform Bach's keyboard masterpiece, the Goldberg Variations, at a special church concert just off the URI campus. Tickets will go on sale here on Monday, April 27, and the seasonal box office opens on Monday, May 4. For more details, see Concert Schedule, Artists, and Tickets.


Audio/Video Highlights of 2014 Festival Available

Highlights of the 2014 Kingston Chamber Music Festival are available for listening and viewing here now. Segments from the 2014 Festival include excerpts from six works featuring nearly all of the 20 artists who appeared in Kingston last summer. Many of the same artists will be returning in 2015, to be joined by several others making their Kingston debuts. Concert programs and artists for 2015 will be posted in April before tickets go on sale on May 4.