The Newport Music Festival has another great season lined up.
July 8–24, 2016

I was fortunate to have attended the festival in 1969 when it was called the Newport Jazz Festival.

What a great way to see and hear top musicians. Love the venues (Newport mansions).

Kathy and I hope to take some of the shows in this year, maybe we will see you there.

Press Release

Newport, RI; January 1, 2016-The Newport Music Festival 2016 will celebrate its 48th season July 8-24, continuing the tradition of presenting unique chamber music programs, American debuts, world-class artists and special events in the Gilded Age "summer cottages" of Newport, Rhode Island. The Festival researches and selects works from the 19th century chamber music, vocal repertoire and the Romantic-era piano literature, to create one of the most extraordinary festivals in the world. In its forty-seven year history, the Newport Music Festival has become celebrated for presenting over one hundred thirty artists and ensembles in their American debuts. Yamaha Pianos celebrates its 30th season in partnership with the Festival as its major sponsor.

In all, 60+ concerts are scheduled with music ranging from Bach to Bernstein—three to five per day—in multiple locations, including the famous Newport Mansions. There will be concerts of chamber music favorites and programs of ragtime and tango, along with a few surprises. A ten-concert "Rachmaninoff Series" will explore the many enduring works by the Russian master, including piano, chamber and vocal works, and several rarely performed transcriptions. Some 70 musicians from 16 countries will participate, creating an international group of resident artists. Many will be familiar, but nearly 20 musicians will make their Newport debuts, joining what the Festival terms its "Family of Artists."

Morning concerts are at 11 a.m., afternoons usually at 4 p.m. and evenings at The Breakers, the queen of the Newport Mansions, at 8 or 9 p.m. The Festival was designated a "Fodor's Choice" in the 2013 Fodor's New England guide, and chosen one of the "Top Music Festivals 2010" in Sky magazine, the in-flight publication for Delta Airlines. It has also been named one of the "America’s Elite 1000—the Ultimate List," the very best American luxury goods, shops, services and special events.

For further information and brochure requests, kindly write the Newport Music Festival, PO Box 3300, Newport, RI 02840-0992, or phone 401-846-1133.
Box Office located at 26 Valley Road, Middletown. Newport County tourist information is available at Discover Newport, 23 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840, local phone 401-849-8098 or toll-free 800-976-5122.

The Rhode Island Division of Tourism may also be reached toll-free at 800-845-2000. Informational websites include and Current Festival information is also available on the official Festival website Or you may e-mail your request to

Here's some history of the festival...

History of the Festival

The Newport Music Festival has a rich history.
The Newport Music Festival (Rhode Island Arts Foundation at Newport, Inc.) has played a significant cultural role in Rhode Island since its launch in 1969. In the years since, it has produced over 2,100 concerts in a host of the Preservation Society of Newport County’s renowned Newport Mansions, and in other venues throughout Newport and surrounding communities. More than 1,000 artists have graced its stages, with some 130 of them making their American debuts. As the Festival celebrates its 46th anniversary season, it seems appropriate to remember those who contributed to the Festival’s founding and generously supported it through the years.

The tradition of presenting classical music to the Newport community goes back at least to the 1920s when a coterie of culture lovers established the Newport Music Club to produce monthly concerts. The group, led by President Winifred V. Honnen, eventually sponsored two “Newport Music Festival” summer festivals in August 1953 and again in 1954 with members of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director and Conductor Remus Tzincoca.

The first Newport Music Festival, predating the Newport Jazz Festival by one year, took place on the campus of Salve Regina College from August 7-9, 1953. The Newport Music Festival Orchestra was comprised of 60 members of the New York Philharmonic, and featured soloists Erica Mornin (violin), Robert Merrill (baritone) and Claudio Arrau (piano). The Second Outdoor Newport Music Festival was even more ambitious, presenting three outdoor concerts at the Newport Casino from August 20-22, 1954. Featured soloists included pianist Madeleine Lipatti (widow of famed Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti), cellist Leonard Rose, and violinist John Corigliano, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. The opera buffa “Il Matrimonio Segreto” by Domenico Cimarosa was produced featuring soloists from The Metropolitan Opera.

More of the history

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