The inaugural season of the Newport Contemporary Music Festival will take place July – August of 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island and will offer a diverse repertoire. All concerts and performances will have been chosen carefully to reflect the nature of contemporary style, including mixed genres and elements of interest for all ages.
The premiere concert is set to open with an orchestral piece entitled “Almost and Overture,” especially composed for the occasion by Sir André Previn to celebrate the commencement of the first edition of the festival. From there the festival will go on to feature musical arts ranging from ballets, to films, to concertos and special events.We have commissioned two concertos: a tuba concerto for legendary Norwegian tubist, Øystein Baadsvik, composed by Japanese composer Dai Fujikura, as well as a violin concerto by our composer in residence, Edith Lejet, for virtuosic violinist, Solenne Païdassi. In addition, French composer Gerard Pesson will compose a piano solo for pianist Melaine Dalibert, and Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen will compose a ballet based on a traditional Thai folk tale. The festival will bring Grammy winning pianist Gloria Cheng to Newport to present her newest album and documentary “MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano” and Philip Glass will be joining us to celebrate his 80th birthday with an intimate retrospective evening and concert with the Philip Glass Ensemble. Furthermore, our partnership with The 2nd Singapore International Festival of Music will see the finalists from their young musicians competition travel to Rhode Island to share their success by performances in Newport. The Festival will conclude with a special celebration of the music of film composer John Williams.