Steve Martorella's Arts-E listing for July and August
Welcome to Arts-e Summer Festival Edition. This is our last newsletter until we return in September. Thank you for supporting live music.

Providence Journal Bulletin provides a Music Festivals and Concert Guide line up for the summer:  (This URL link only works for me by copying and pasting into a browser, not by clicking on it.  Sorry. -ed)

We call attention here to the Newport Music Festival which runs from July 7 - 23 this year offering 56 concerts of solo and chamber music in various locations around beautiful Newport including a Beethoven series of 14 concerts presenting all 32 piano sonatas, all performed by a roster of internationally renowned artists, info and tickets at the website: newportmusic (.org) or call 401.849.0700. (Newport also celebrates jazz, folk, sunset, and Irish festivals - lots to enjoy this summer.)

Kingston Chamber Music Festival, pianist Natalie Zhu artistic director, offers 7 concerts from July 19 - 30 in the URI Fine Arts Concert Hall and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, all in the charming and historic village of Kingston, RI, info and tickets which are priced at 25 (student 10) from the website: kingstonchambermusic (.org) or call 401.874.2106

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Jon Nakamatsu (the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo) artistic directors,  runs from August 1 through the 25th at various locations and theaters on beautiful Cape Cod featuring 19 performers, 4 world class string quartets and a piano trio, tickets from the website: capecodchambermusic (.org) or call 508.247.9400

Cape Cod also boasts a number of jazz festivals, we call attention here to the 13th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival, August 10 (Molly Ringwald and Takumi Kakimoto) & 14 (Ken Peplowski and Atla & Matt DeChamplain), tickets still available from provincetownjazzfestival (.org) (website also gives box office numbers to call at the venues for tickets)

The Towers in Narragansett offers Wednesday night ballroom, swing and tango dancing lessons and practices and Thursday night concerts throughout the summer. See their attached schedule for more info

Drummer Bart Weisman hosts numerous jazz events across Cape Cod during July and August, a complete schedule with links can be found online: bartweisman (.com/schedule)

Jazz Guitarist John Monllos with vocalist Joanne Rodino and his various bands of all sizes perform jazz standards, swing, latin, and pop-rock at various venues across Rhode Island, his schedule can be found at: johnmonllos (.com)

Other events for the summer:

Weekend of July 1 and 2 11:45 am The return of the “Bach and Friends at Quarter Till” summer weekend organ recital series which runs four weekly through September 3, each week presenting a work of Bach and a movement from one of Charles-Marie Widor’s ten organ symphonies, or a Widor transcription of a Bach work, showcasing the many unique colors of the historic 1894 Hook & Hastings pipe organ at St. John’s, each program repeated four times on Saturdays at 11:45 am and 2:45 pm and Sundays at 5:45 and 8:45 pm, this first weekend of July featuring organist Bruce Xu, first place winner of the 2017 L. Cameron Johnson Memorial Organ Competition for High School Students, at the church of Saint John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow Streets, Newport, RI, admission 25₵ or as you wish, info: 401.848.2361

Sunday July 2 12n-3pm Lois Vaughan Jazz Quartet with Lois on keys, Stephen Johnson bass, Art Manchester sax/flute/clarinet, and Mike Coffey drums at The Fifth Element, 111 Broadway, Newport, RI, 401.619.2551 or visit: thefifthri (.com)

Thursday July 6 6 pm classical guitarist Mychal Gendron will present Guitarra Latina: Music of Brazil, Paraguay, Puerto Rico and Venezuela at the Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI, free and open to the public, info: mychalgendronguitar (.com)

Friday July 14 8 pm Julie Metcalf, Glen Loper, and Bruce Rosen perform for a “special request” Rehoboth contra dance (dancers can request certain dances be called by going to the Facebook page of Friends of the Rehoboth Contra Dance at facebook [.com/groups/43751946212], at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA, beginners welcome, partners not necessary, tickets: 9; 8 students, info: 508.252.6375 or visit: contradancelinks (.com/rehoboth.html)

Sunday July 16 6 pm folk-duo Chris & Meredith Thompson perform at the lovely oceanside Lynch Park concert series, 55 Ober Street, Beverly, MA

Tuesday July 18 6-10 pm the Providence Federation Of Musicians presents the July edition of the Cavalcade of Bands at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI, see the attached flyer for tickets and info  

Sunday July 23 7-9 pm there will be a community dance hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, a group of area musicians who meet regularly on Sunday evenings to play Celtic dance music, featuring contra dance steps and a variety of couples and international dances such as polkas and waltzes; and all dance steps will be taught, at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA, admission is free and open to the public, and all ages and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to come with a partner. A potluck precedes the dance at 6 p.m. For information, call 774.644.1369 or visit: contradancelinks (.com/jammers.html)

Thursday July 27 7 pm classical guitarist Mychal Gendron will present Classics and Romantics: Virtuoso Guitar Music from the Time of Beethoven at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library 35 Kingstown Rd, Narragansett, free and open to the public, info: mychalgendronguitar (.com)

Saturday August 12 6 pm folk-duo Chris and Meredith Thompson with Sparrow Blue perform at the historic Soule Homestead Farm and Education Center summer concert series, 46 Soule Street, Middleborough, MA

Recordings by Chopin Club Members

Haig Yaghoobian's performance of Scriabin
at the Bell Street Chapel, October 26, 2008, was recorded and is available here.

The 2010 Presidents Day performers, Duodrama, Lucy Mauro (piano) and Donald George (tenor), have published a new CD, "Love is Everywhere:  Selected Songs of Margaret Ruthven Lang, Vol. 1.  The CD also contains a companion CD-R with printable scores, song texts and even some copies of her manuscripts.  Lang was a Boston composer at the turn of the century, daughter of B.J. Lang.  Listen to My Love is in the Hills or Summer Noon.

Chopin Club Newsletters

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Music Teachers

Link by town in RI here

Chopin club members
Vicky Bharier
Lynda Gulley
Stephen T, Martorella
Nancy Nicholson
Donald Rankin
Barbara Speer
Manabu Takasawa

Gabriel Alfieri, baritone
Margaret J. Frazier, soprano
Georgette Ross Hutchins, mezzo-soprano
Rosalind Wadsworth, soprano (member, NATS)

Other useful links

ACMP (Amateur Chamber Music Players)