The Kingston Chamber Music Festival, now preparing for its 30th anniversary season in 2018, features many of the world's established music stars playing alongside young, rising artists. Pianist Natalie Zhu, artistic director since 2009, succeeded violinist David Kim, who founded the festival in 1989. A two-week summer series of six reasonably-priced subscription concerts is held on the peaceful URI campus in Kingston, R.I., just a 10-minute drive from the ocean. The 580-seat, air-conditioned Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at URI is an inviting, open space. A seventh concert, an annual piano recital, is held in the nearby Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.
The Kingston Chamber Music Festival is kicking-off its 30th Anniversary Season with a special concert presented in collaboration with the Jamestown Arts Center. An Afternoon with Mozart, Schubert & Dvořák features four Kingston Chamber Music Festival artists, including Artistic Director Natalie Zhu and the festival debut of award-winning cellist Sophie Shao. The artists will perform Dvořák’s beloved Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87 as well as works by Schubert and Mozart.
The concert will be held at the Jamestown Arts Center at 18 Valley Street, Jamestown, Rhode Island 02835.
Tickets are $30 and available for purchase online through the Jamestown Arts Center. Tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 3:30 PM on March 18th.
This concert is sponsored by Fuller Gallery of Jamestown.
March 18, 2108 at 4:30PM, ticket information coming soon, limited seating
The concert will feature the Dvorak Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87 performed by the Kingston Festival artistic director, Natalie Zhu, on piano along with Gabriela Diaz, violin, Melissa Reardon, viola, and Sophie Shao, cello. Also on the program; Mozart's Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548 and Schubert's String Trio in B-flat Major, D. 581. Sophie Shao, a top prize winner at both the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions, will be making her Kingston Festival debut. In addition to being an Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, she has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Tickets will go on sale early in 2018. Visit our website for updated information. In addition, we'll be sending an email to subscribers the day before tickets go on sale. To become a subscriber, click on the mailing list tab on our homepage.
30th Anniversary Season: July 25-August 5, 2018
Our 29th season ended on July 30th with an exciting performance of Sergei Taneyev's Piano Quintet in G Minor that brought the audience to its feet, cheering wildly for our amazing musicians! The Festival would like to thank our dedicated audience members for their continued support. It is our audience that makes KCMF such a special experience, and keeps the festival moving forward to greater and greater heights. We would also like to thank our incredibly talented and hard-working musicians for their inspirational performances this year (and every year!). We are now gearing up for our 30th anniversary season in 2018, so stay tuned for more news about next year's Kingston Chamber Music Festival, July 25-August 5!
"Review: Varied pieces, virtuosic playing at 29th Kingston Chamber Festival" by Keith Powers in the Providence Journal
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Tickets 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.