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Walk to the Newport Classical Music Festival

Posted by Darlene McKenzie

When one thinks of musical festivals in Newport RI, the jazz or folk festivals typically come to mind. If you are a classical music buff, or not, you are in for a treat for what is considered one of the fastest growing musical festivals in Newport. This music festival has an ambitious schedule lasting 3 weeks and 60 concerts. Each concert is performed in a unique setting of historical proportion, the famed Newport preservation Society's Mansions , glorious waterfront views of  Belle Mer Salon to name a few. The music and the setting of this festival makes this event the most unique experience in the United States. Imagine swilling your beverage of choice, experiencing all that the Atlantic ocean has to offer on a beautiful summer night, the performance begins and you slowly make your way to the music room of the Breakers . . . it is so surreal. In a frenetic world, this event will sooth and amuse you. The Ivy Lodge is surrounded by the majority of these concerts, making our location a delightful walk via Bellvue ave or the famed cliffwalk.

The Festival will present 60 concerts-three to five per day-in the famous Newport Mansions with American and international artists. The entire season will be a tribute to the centenary of Victor Borge's birth. 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 9 p.m. Midnight concerts feature one-hour intermission-free works with champagne receptions preceding. The Festival was again selected for "America's Elite 1000-the Ultimate List," the very best American luxury goods, shops, services and special events; it ha also been named one of the "Top 50 Outstanding Festivals & Events" in North America by Leisure Group Travel magazine.

We're planning one of our "most festive of festivals" [Bernard Levin, London Times]. Morning and afternoon concerts are being given collective nouns' names: "Quiver of Quartets," "Troop of Trios," "Leap of Liszt," "Gaggle of Greeks," "Brace of Brahms," "Huddle of Handel," etc. Nearly 500 works will be performed from July 10-26; 17 days with 3, 4 and 5 concerts per day in the magnificent Newport Mansions. Many are seldom heard including piano concerti with 2nd piano by Anton Rubinstein and Ignaz Moscheles.

In keeping with the "festive" aspect of 2009's Newport Music Festival, morning and afternoon concerts have been created with collective nouns as titles. For the morning concerts we shall have a "Rafter of Russians" (rafter of turkeys) including works by Glinka, Balakirev, Kabelevsky's "Piano Sonata," and Pyotr von Schlozer's rare "Concert Etude;" a "Quarrel of Quartets" (after quarrel of sparrows) with piano quartets by Prince Louis Ferdinand and Ignaz Lachner; a "Quiver of Quintets" (quiver of cobras) including piano quintets by Mrs. Beech, Johann Hummel and Onslow's "Grand Quintet" (violin, viola, cello, contrabass and piano); a "Troop of Trios" (kangaroos) with piano trios by Robert Volkman and Sergei Taneyev and "Trio" for violin, viola and cello by Nicolai Amani. Our 17 mornings also include "Hornists Nest" featuring one of the Festival's sensational artists Eric Ruske, French horn and our popular "Amo, Amas, Amadeus," featuring music of Mozart.

The 17 afternoon concerts keep the same fun theme with programs such as "Bank of Bach" (swans), including a rare version for two pianos by Josef Rheinberger of the "Goldberg Variations," "Bouquet (pheasants) of Beethoven," "Brace (ducks) of Brahms," "Chine (polecats) of Chopin," and a "Duel (doves) of Danes" in honor of long-time friend and patron Victor Borge. A "Fluther (jelly fish) of French" includes works by "Les Six," d'Indy, Florent Schmitt and Auguste Franchomme's "Fantaisia for cello and piano;" "Huddle (penguins) of Handel" features various composer's versions of The Harmonious Blacksmith; "Leap of Liszt" featuring the brilliant young Hungarian pianist Gérgély Boganyi who made his American debut with us several years ago; several "Mission (monkeys) of Mendelssohn" in recognition of the master's 200th anniversary; "Palazzo Italiano" recreating 18th century songs starring Austrian baritone Peter Edelmann (son of the famous basso Otto Edelmann) and Theresa Cincione of the Metropolitan Opera; "Pod (dolphins) of Poles" with works by Godowsky, Paderewski, Moszkowski and brothers Ignaz and Philipp Scharwenka; "Romantic Sunset" featuring the last and great pupil of Horowitz, Eduardus Halim, playing Granados' "Goyescas" (a 7-8pm concert at one of Newport's fabled mansions); "School (whales) of Scandinavians" featuring Norway's Grieg and Kvandal, Sweden's Sjögren and Stenhammer, Denmark's Nielsen and Finland's Sibelius. "Sleuth (bears) of Slavs" with composers Griboyedev, Tchaikovsky, Liadov, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky and Moscheles "Sonata Concertane for Flute and Piano;" and "Span (oxen) of Spaniards" with works by Cervantes and also Granados and Albeniz featuring the Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd.

More than 500 compositions are included in the morning and afternoon concerts, many of which are unusual and seldom played. This has been our hallmark.

Our evening concerts at the beautiful Vanderbilt mansion "The Breakers" include recitals by pianists Agustin Anievas, Edward Auer, Jean-Philippe Collard (who accompanied Virgil's reading in the historic Satie's "Sports and Diversions"), pianist Jens Elvekjaer from Denmark, French pianist Alain Jacquon (who holds the record of nine gold medals from the Paris Conservatoire), German pianist Michael Endres (one of Germany's leading pianists), Greek pianist Grigorios Zamparis and Russian duo-pianists Jakov Jakoulov and Igor Tkachenko. Our roster also includes violinists Nai-Yuan Hu from Taiwan (gold medalist of the Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium), Kazakh superstar Marat Bisengeliev, Americans Jennifer Frautschi (Mrs. Eric Ruske) and Livia Sohn (born in Korea) and the sensational young Romanian artist Eugen Tichindeleanu, who made his American debut at the Festival. Cellists are the famous Jiri Barta from the Czech Republic, Luigi Piovano from Italy and gold medalist of the Tchaikovsky Competition, Russian Sergei Antonov, now living in Boston.

For further information and brochure requests, kindly write the Newport Music Festival, PO Box 3300, Newport, RI 02840-0992, or phone 401-846-1133. Newport County tourist information is available at the Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 23 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840, local phone 401-849-8098 or toll-free 800-976-5122. The Rhode Island Division of Tourismmay also be reached toll-free at 800-845-2000. Informational websites include GoNewport.com and VisitRhodeIsland.com.

Newport Attractions

Newport's historic and resort attractions are world-famous and include

nine beautiful beaches, the Cliff Walk, Ocean Drive and a series of

"firsts" in America-Touro Synagogue, the Redwood Library &

Athenaeum, the White Horse Tavern, and America's first organ at Trinity Church. The Preservation

Society of Newport County mansions-The Breakers, Rosecliff, Marble House, The Elms, Chateausur-

Mer, Kingscote, The Isaac Bell House, Chepstow and Hunter House-are open every day of the

week with informative guided tours. The Astor's Beechwood and Belcourt Castle are also open to the

public. The International Tennis Hall of Fame, the National Museum of American Illustration, the

Museum of Newport History, the Newport Art Museum, the Museum of Yachting at Fort Adams

State Park, Doris Duke's Rough Point and Salve Regina University, with its beautiful McKillop Library,

should also be on your visiting list. Whether it is fine dining, shopping, boating, historic architecture,

or the many year-round events, Newport has something for everyone.


The Victor Borge Centennial Celebration-1909-2009

The entire 2009 Newport Music Festival season is dedicated to

the centennial of Victor Borge's birth. One of the world's most

legendary entertainers, Victor Borge was beloved throughout the

world for his unique brand of uplifting humor through music.

Thanks to the Borge Foundation and the entire Borge Family, the

Newport Music Festival celebrates the man who made the world

smile. Join us for the special Borge Stimulus Concert for only

$25 featuring the Trio con Brio Copenhagen on July 23rd at The

Breakers. There are other tributes throughout the season to the

"Great Dane."

"I'd like to thank my parents for making this night possible. And my

children for making it necessary."-Victor Borge

Festival Gala at Belle Mer Salon-Wednesday, July 22nd

Mark your calendar now to experience one of Newport's most

elegant events. The evening begins at 4 p.m. with the American

recital debut of young Russian pianist Alexander Romanovsky, followed by an après-concert

reception to meet the artist with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Belle Mer Salon on Goat Island,

overlooking magnificent Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. Tickets are $100 per person, a

portion of which is tax-deductible. Book your reservation early for this gala event.

Live Streaming Festival Concerts-http://www.rvibe-live.com/

A Festival first! Watch select Festival concerts from the comfort of your own home with live

streaming video from magnificent Festival venues. Our partnership with rVibe, a leading communitybased

online music download service and internet concert presenter, will give Festival lovers around

the world the opportunity to see and hear these concerts live in stunning television quality. Stream

Festival concerts into your home...it's like being there! Registration is simple and easy, and you'll have

immediate access. Festival concerts will also be available in edited versions after the concerts. Go

to www.rvibe-live.com and check out all their impressive offerings. For optimal results, a high-speed

internet connection is required.

Box Lunch Concerts

Box lunch concerts are a favorite with Festival audiences. This season, the Festival offers three box

lunch concerts at The Elms and Elms Tent. Morning concerts are at 11 a.m. followed by lunch

around 1 p.m. The optional lunch begins at 1 p.m. prior to the afternoon concert at 2 p.m. The box

lunches will be served at The Elms Carriage House in the lower garden and are included in the price

of your ticket for the morning concerts and are optional for the 2 p.m. concerts. Tickets are $45 per

person for mornings, and $35 (without lunch) and $45 (with lunch) for afternoons. A fun gathering beneath the elms.

Ticket Information-Box Office 401-849-0700

Ticket buyers are reminded that the capacity of all concert venues is limited. Therefore, early

reservations are advised. Phone orders are accepted using VISA, MasterCard, American Express

and Discover, by calling 401-849-0700. Your order will either be sent by US Mail or held at the door

of the concert. Reserved tickets must be picked up and paid for not later than 24 hours before the

performance. Tickets are non-refundable, though they may be exchanged for those of equal value.

If you are unable to use your tickets, they may be donated back to the Festival on or before the

performance date. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt for your contribution.

The Festival Box Office is located at 850 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown. Hours are from 10

a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Brochures are also available at the Newport

Gateway Center, located on 23 America's Cup Avenue in Newport, phone 849-8098. Ticket sales are

final and non-refundable. Programs and artists are subject to change. A complete Festival schedule is

available at www.newportmusic.org. You may e-mail us at www.innkeepers@ivylodge  if you are booking with us, we will be happy to arrange your itineray for the concerts, dining reservations and Newport attractions.


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