Newport Music Festival
"The new executive director, Gillian Friedman Fox, is stitching together a rich tapestry of works..." - The New York Times
“This summer’s Newport Music Festival concerts, socially distanced on the lawns of the Great Houses, makes a special point of celebrating cultural diversity in music." - WBUR
"This year’s line-up will continue the festival’s long legacy of bringing the best classical music to Rhode Island’s shores. The Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry will kick off the summer with back-to-back performances followed by New York’s Harlem Quartet and Chicago’s Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion. Sergey Antonov, Lara Downes and Ester Ning Yau will share their talents throughout the week, before Anthony McGill closes yet another remarkable year." - Culture Trip
One of "10 Ways to Fill Your Summer with Classical Music" - The Boston Globe
“Newport Music Festival has always really been a significant part of the cultural fabric for Newport County and Rhode Island, but has also attracted people from all over the country and all over the world,” Friedman Fox said. “So my hope is that as restrictions ease and things start to open back up again, that folks from all over the country will feel comfortable coming out and experiencing everything that Newport has to offer.” - Gillian Friedman Fox in The Newport Daily News
The Newport Music Festival’s mission is to inspire memorable life experiences through world-class artistry in unique, intimate, and historic venues, and endeavors to be recognized and respected as the premiere musically inspired, live performing arts festival. Since its founding, the Festival has produced more than 2,000 concerts and hosted more than 1,000 musicians and singers, including the American debuts of over 130 artists. The last decade has brought a broadening of the festival’s musical landscape. From Bach to Bernstein to world premieres by established and emerging composers, as well as rare discoveries of forgotten minor masterpieces, the festival offers a unique experience for those looking for a magical experience at the “city by the sea.”
The Newport Music Festival (NMF) has played a significant cultural role in Rhode Island since its inception in 1969. Originally founded as the Rhode Island Arts Foundation at Newport, Inc., NMF was established to advance classical music and is most well-known for hosting three weeks of concerts in the summer, in the stunning historic mansions throughout Newport and Aquidneck Island.
A classical music festival first, the Newport Music Festival is committed to celebrating the diversity of artistic expression within the classical genre. To this end, in 2021, the organization launched a new commissioning initiative – each year, the Festival will commission a new work by a Black, Indigenous, person of color, or woman composer as a commitment to the future of classical music.
In its evolving role as Newport’s foremost year-round performing arts organization, NMF delivers cultural value and equitable opportunities to enhance the quality of life to a diverse range of constituents through longstanding community partnerships with AARP, the Edward King House, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Newport Art Museum, the Newport public schools, and Star Kids Scholarship Program. NMF regularly presents free concerts and community-based programming to reach a broader and more diverse patron base and offers free concert tickets through partner organizations to ensure that price is not a barrier to entry. NMF also presents a Chamber Music Series spanning from fall to spring, and holiday concerts in early December.
Newport Music Festival 2021 Artists