May 2020


Dear Friends of KCMF,

Rhode Island Governor Raimondo’s recent announcement prohibiting festivals, concerts and parades through the end of summer 2020 clarifies that we must find an alternative means to deliver the 2020 Kingston Chamber Music Festival. While details remain to be finalized, we are excited to announce that we will be able to bring our 2020 KCMF season to you as a virtual festival that can be enjoyed through our website.

Natalie Zhu, our artistic director, has creatively modified her “Beethoven’s 250th Birthday” program to address the need to keep the artists and you safe. She has replaced the original roster of artists from around the country with artists from the Philadelphia area, and she has found a beautiful venue in Philadelphia where the concerts will be filmed and recorded. Grammy-award winning producer/engineer Andreas Meyer will do the recording and post-production work, ensuring a high quality product. Each of the six concerts will be one hour or less.

You will be able to “attend” the concerts on the day and time originally set for the 2020 festival. Each concert will remain on our website after the original airing so you will be able to watch and listen as often as you wish. The concerts will be free, but we hope you will consider making a donation to support our festival this season and beyond.

We will post the concert programs and artists soon. Our spring newsletter will be out shortly with details on the season. Closer to the Festival start date of July 22, we will send a brochure with the festival program and tips on how to tune in.

We are so pleased to be able to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with you after all!

Be well,

Betsy Marcotte, President
Natalie Zhu, Artistic Director
Pamela Allen Hunter, Executive Director