This Season’s a Classic!: Get a little culture in your life, will ya’?

For classical music lovers, there are some great events to look forward to over the next few months. Here’s what’s coming up for summer 2019:

The 2018 Music On The Hill festival presents seven concerts of chamber music from June 2-12 at various locations throughout the state, including Cranston, Warwick and Westerly. For more information:  musiconthehillri.org

The Chorus of Westerly presents its free summer pops concert on Saturday, June 22 in Wilcox Park at 8pm. This family-friendly concert is always a good time. For more information: chorusofwesterly.org

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra kicks of its summer pops concerts at Narragansett Town Beach on July 12. This free concert repeats two other times: September 1 at Independence Park in Bristol, and September 14 at Slater Park in Pawtucket. For more information visit riphilharmonic.org

The Newport Music Festival presents more than 40 concerts of chamber music from July 4 to 28. The wide variety in programming promises to keep any music fan coming back for more, not to mention the unique setting of chamber music in and around Newport’s historic mansions. For more information visit newportmusic.org

The 30th annual Kingston Chamber Music Festival presents a series of six concerts July 24 through August 4 at the University of Rhode Island. For more information visit kingstonchambermusic.org

To the north, The Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents free outdoor concerts at DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, Wednesday evenings starting on July 17. For more information: landmarksorchestra.org

Further north are two festivals worth considering in New Hampshire. The 54th Monadnock Music Festival generally runs mid-June through mid-August. The New Hampshire Music Festival runs July 11 through August 1. For anyone vacationing in New Hampshire, these festivals are a wonderful addition to your itinerary. For information on these festivals: monadnockmusic.org and nhmf.org

To the south, The Talcott Mountain Music Festival featuring the Hartford Symphony Orchestra performs outdoor concerts on Fridays, June 28 through July 26. For more information: hartfordsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/series/talcott-mountain-music-festival

For die-hard classical music fans, Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass, remains the epicenter of classical music in New England over the summer months. The season features regular concerts by the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, the Festival of Contemporary Music, as well as various pop and jazz artists. This year’s guest artists include Emmanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, The Emerson String Quartet, Stefan Jackiw, Jeremy Denk, Paul Lewis, Lara Downes, Joshua Bell, Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth and Yefim Bronfman. For more information, see the schedule at bso.org

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