Wednesday, April 24, 2019

RARITAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY, MAY 4 - 25

RARITAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL

WHEN: Saturdays, May 4-25, 7:30pm
WHERE:
various venues
ADMISSION: Advance tickets for each concert are $21 for adults, students up to age 26 are free.  Prices at the door $25 for adults, students up to age 26 are free.
Discount subscriptions for the entire festival cost $75 for adults; seniors $50; students are free.  
For more information and reservations: Call 908-213-1100, e-mail info@RaritanRiverMusic.org, www.Raritan RiverMusic.org.

Guitarists Laura Oltman and Michael Newman founded the Raritan River Music Festival with the promise of bringing live chamber music to historic venues in idyllic Hunterdon County.  Marking its 30th season, a highlight of this year’s festival is the world premier performance by the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo (left) of renowned Cuban composer Leo Brouwer’s The Book of Imaginary Beings commissioned by Raritan River Music.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25th at 7:30pm
WHERE
: Stanton Reformed Church, Stanton, New Jersey.

The popular four-week festival runs on Saturdays, May 4-25 and will include

  • A return engagement by the Horzowski Trio on May 4 7:30pm.
    WHERE: Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church, Stewartsville, NJ (right)
  • Grammy Award winning violinist Eileen Ivers (below) will perform Beyond the Bog Road: A Celebration of Americana Music and its Celtic Roots featuring the Universal Roots Band on May 11 7:30pm.
    WHERE: Clinton Presbyterian Church, Clinton, NJ
  • The Grand Canyon Ensemble featuring Robert Bonfiglio on harmonica and flutist Clare Hoffman performing music of young Navaho composers, blues harmonica and jazz on May 18 at 7:30pm
    WHERE:
    Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ
  • May 25 7:30pm the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo will perform the final concert of the series featuring Brouwer’s composition. The program, New Music of the Americas features Brazilian guest artists, Clarice Assad, piano and vocals, and guitarist João Luiz. 
    WHERE: Stanton Reformed Church, Stanton Mountain Road (at Rte 629) Stanton, NJ

Under Laura and Michael’s stewardship, Raritan River Music (RRM) has evolved into more than the annual festival concerts in May by delivering programs year-round for young children, seniors, and patients at healthcare facilities around the region.  RRM also creates a legacy of new works and recordings commissioned by RRM’s patrons, as well as presenting new music at each concert by local school-age composers. Each concert begins with music composed by elementary and high school winners of the 2019 Hunterdon County Young Composer contest. 

For more details about the festival, as well as Raritan River Music’s nationally recognized educational enrichment programs, Music from Raritan River recording, and videos and links to the performers’ web sites, please visit www.RaritanRiverMuisc.org.