Join us in Kingston, Rhode Island, July 24-August 4, 2024

CONCERT 1: JULY 24

CHOPIN AND SCHUMANN

It’s hard to imagine the Chopin Cello Sonata in better hands. The impeccable Clancy Newman’s unmatched performance has drawn the highest praise: “He brings together a muscularity so vivid it almost borders on the theatrical with an astonishing sense of precision and purity to his sound.” (The Strad). Hear the brilliant Schumann Piano Quintet alongside Aaron Jay Kernis’s beloved “Air.”

CONCERT 2: JULY 26

SHADE OF BLUE

Enjoy a variety of pieces that reveal the influence of jazz on early 20th-century classical composition. Gershwin’s Three Preludes and Schonfeld’s Café Music demonstrate unique style and ability to seamlessly blend classical music with jazz and popular music influences– a perfect showcase for pianist Henry Kramer’s “astonishingly confident technique” (The Cleveland Classical Review) and “thrilling [and] triumphant performances (The New York Times).

CONCERT 3: JULY 28

MEDITERRANEAN PLECTRUM AND STRINGS

In this enchanting program, Israeli mandolin player Jacob Reuven and American guitarist Adam Levin take the audience on a musical tour of the Mediterranean, exploring an unique combination of bowed and stringed instruments in their “visceral and imaginative performances” (The Washington Post). Broaden your musical horizons with some fresh takes on classic repertoire as well as a few pieces arranged in a new way just for this concert!

CONCERT 4: JULY 30

DAVID KIM AND FRIENDS

KCMF founder and concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra David Kim brings his “moments of elegance, joy and even whimsy” (The New York Times) to Stravinsky and Prokofiev alongside current KCMF artistic director Natalie Zhu, and his stand partner, Juliette Kang, first associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Brahms sextet showcase the composer’s genius for blending different voices and creating rich textures, all leading to a joyful finish.

CONCERT 5: AUGUST 2

DOVER RETURNS

A string quartet hailed as “one of the greatest quartet of the last 100 years” (BBC Music Magazine), the Dover Quartet gives a world-premiere performance of an original work by American Indian classical composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, as well as a new arrangement by Tate of Pura Fé’s Rattle Songs, originally written for the American Indian female vocal quartet Ulali. The works will be performed alongside Dvorak’s beloved quartet, one of the most popular string quartets in the chamber music repertoire.

CONCERT 6: AUGUST 4

NATALIE'S FAVORITES

Enjoy masterpieces of the classical music repertoire featuring Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert. Schubert’s cello quintet combines moments of poignant introspection with exuberant energy, creating a musical journey that is captivating and moving. The ever popular Mendelssohn D minor piano trio is considered one of the cornerstones of the piano trio repertoire. Hear these monumental masterworks led by KCMF artistic director Natalie Zhu, cellist Clancy Newman, and members of the Dover Quartet.

August 1

MUSICAL AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

Join us for a free panel discussion featuring Jerod Impichcha̱achaaha’ Tate, Emmy-award winning composer and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, and others exploring the relationship between Native American culture and contemporary classical music and composition.

“Phenomenal

musicians, clever programming, Kingston Chamber Music Festival is sublime”

– Judith W (audience member), East Greenwich

Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.