The Newport Music Festival’s 2017-18 Chamber Music Series opens October 27 at the Newport Art Museum at 7 p.m. with a performance by the Euclid Quartet. 

The four-concert series begins in anticipation of the Newport Music Festival’s 50th-anniversary summer festival (July 4-22, 2018). The Chamber Music Series will feature award-winning guest artists and Newport Music Festival’s internationally renowned resident artists. On March 24 the series presents a special summer festival preview concert with the Hermitage Piano Trio at the Marble House. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and include a reception open to all ticket holders.

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Friday, October 27, 2017, 7 p.m.

Newport Art Museum, Newport R.I.│$40.
The Euclid Quartet

Celebrating its 18th anniversary season, the Euclid Quartet enjoys one of the most highly regarded reputations of any contemporary chamber ensemble of its generation, with its musicians representing four continents: violinist Jameson Cooper (Great Britain), violinist Brendan Shea (United States), violist Luis Enrique Vargas (Venezuela) and cellist Jacqueline Choi (South Korea).

Euclid Quartet’s highlights include becoming the first American string quartet to garner a top prize at the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Prior to its Japanese laurels, the quartet also won awards in numerous United States competitions, including the Hugo Kauder International Competition for String Quartets, The Carmel Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. In 2009 the Euclid Quartet was awarded the esteemed American Masterpieces grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Grieg – Quartet in g minor, Op. 27
Alvarez – Metro Chabacano
Gershwin – Lullaby

Marsalis – Octoroon Balls

Piazzolla – Four for Tango


Friday, January 26, 2018, 7 p.m.

Newport Art Museum, Newport R.I.│$40.
Sirena Huang & Robert Koenig

Newport Music Festival’s Chamber Music Series continues, featuring violinist Sirena Huang and pianist Robert Koenig. Huang, 22, is the first-prize winner of the 2017 inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition and the 2017 NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions. Huang made her orchestral solo debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra at age nine. Since then she has performed in 13 countries across three continents and has been featured as soloist in performances with more than 40 orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Weimar in Germany.

Koenig has established a reputation as a much-sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician. He performs regularly worldwide with this generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Louvre, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Stravinsky – Suite Italienne

Ravel – Sonata for Violin & Piano

Tchaikovsky – Valse Scherzo

Franck – Sonata for Violin & Piano
Shangqian – Entranced by Mountain Scenery
Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen


Saturday, March 24, 2018, 7 p.m.

Marble House, Newport R.I.│$50.
The Hermitage Piano Trio

A special 50th anniversary summer festival preview

Led by long-time Newport Music Festival resident artist, cellist Sergey Antonov, and featuring violinist Misha Keylin and pianist Ilya Kazantsev, the Hermitage Piano Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range and sumptuous sound. Inspired by St. Petersburg’s venerable Hermitage State Museum, the Hermitage Piano Trio represents both the essence and history of Russia while also embracing cultures from around the world, complementing works that embody the majesty of its Russian lineage with ones from the great European tradition as well as contemporary American commissions. Following a recent performance, The Washington Post raved that “three of Russia’s most spectacular young soloists … turned in a performance of such power and sweeping passion that it left us breathless.”

Beethoven – Op.1 No. 3 in c minor

Glinka – Trio Pathétique

Dvorak Op. 90 No. 4 “Dumky”


Saturday, April 14, 2018, 7 p.m.

Channing Memorial Church, Newport R.I.│$40.
Göran Marcusson & Tim Carey

Two long-time Newport Music Festival resident artists, flutist Göran Marcusson and pianist Tim Carey, join forces to conclude our Chamber Music Series.

Marcusson burst onto the American flute scene in 1987, when he won First Prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition. In 1992 he earned his soloist diploma from the Music Conservatory of Gothenburg. That same year he won a prize at the Vienna Music Competition. Sir James Galway awarded Göran a handmade flute of Waterford crystal for his outstanding performance in the Galway Masterclass, which was followed by a duet on television.

Marcusson has been guest principal flute with the London Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Cadaques and Gothenburg Opera Orchestra. Currently he is Principal Flute with the Gothenburg Wind Orchestra and maintains a busy international schedule as a soloist, performing in the USA, South America and Asia, and throughout Europe. For the past 17 years, he has been a resident artist performing annually at our Newport Music Festival in July.

Known around the globe as “The Flautist’s Pianist,” Tim Carey is also a critically acclaimed solo performer, chamber-music player, orchestral keyboard player and teacher.

His early studies were with Harold Parker and Louis Kentner, then at the Royal College of Music, London with Kendall Taylor, David Parkhouse and Bernard Roberts.
He spends his time partnering with many different instrumentalists, especially flautists, in a variety of chamber-music combinations, as well as giving the occasional solo recital or concerto performance. He is the regular pianist for many flute festivals and conventions worldwide. Last year included six trips to the United States, as well as China, Brazil, Costa Rica, Sweden, Slovenia and elsewhere, all working with flautists.

As an orchestral keyboard player, he has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Orchestras, the Philharmonia, Ulster Orchestra and Scottish Opera, and is currently with the BBC Concert Orchestra. He is also much in demand as a teacher in his home county of Essex.

Debussy – Afternoon of a Faun
Gaubert –  Sonata in A major
Connesson – Le Rire de Sarai

Liebermann – Sonata
Stenhammar – Two sentimental romances

Alfvén – Herdsmaidens dance

About the Newport Music Festival

Since 1969 Newport Music Festival has presented world-renowned and emerging classical music artists. In its 49 seasons the Rhode Island festival has hosted over 2,000 concerts featuring 130 artists making their American debuts, leaving an indelible mark in classical music history.

The upcoming 50th anniversary festival (July 4-22, 2018) will feature a broadening of the festival’s musical landscape — celebrating the anniversaries of Rossini, Debussy and Bernstein — and will include works by living composers. The festival will continue to honor its legacy by presenting the Mark P. Malkovich III Memorial Concert, the highly regarded Opera Night and three Sunrise Concerts at the Chinese Tea House. The festival will also renew its pledge to the local community and visitors to Newport by presenting free public concerts and strengthening its commitment to local artists and music programs. Information on the full summer festival schedule will be released later this fall. Details will be available at

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