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The Newport Hospitality Commission has announced the return of world-renowned classical guitarist Diego Campagna to Newport for a special concert to benefit the City’s music programming at Thompson Middle School.

Campagna, a native of Imperia, Italy, will help kick off Memorial Day Weekend with a performance on Thursday, May 23rd at St. Mary’s Church on Spring Street, beginning at 6 pm.

This will mark the second Newport appearance for Campagna, who last played to a sold out audience as part of the City’s 275th anniversary celebration.

Born in our Sister City of Imperia, Italy, Campagna has performed all over the world, delighting audiences with his masterful musicianship. He made his American debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2015, where he received a coveted standing ovation. Campagna is due to play Carnegie Hall again later this month before visiting Newport where he’ll be joined by members of the Thompson Middle School orchestra.

In a gesture to help further strengthen the ties between Newport and Imperia, Campagna, a visiting professor at the prestigious Julliard School in New York City, will also be hosting a masterclass for members of the Thompson Middle School music program during his stay and proceeds from his performance will benefit the Newport Public Education Foundation’s musical endeavors for Thompson Middle School.

Tickets for the performance are currently on sale at with an admission price of $25 for adults and $10 for Students. A reception with the artist will follow the performance at St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Free parking is available in the lots adjacent to the church.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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