Last year, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary with six special concerts, including the premiere of three commissioned compositions and a closing night that featured a 22-piece chamber orchestra.
This year, the festival, which opens July 24 in the University of Rhode Island’s Fine Arts Center concert hall, will celebrate pianist Natalie Zhu’s 10th anniversary as artistic director.
“It has been a fantastic experience to be able to do this wonderful job for as long as I have,” says Zhu, who has performed at Kingston since 2004 and took over as director from founder David Kim in 2009. “I’m blessed to have a team and community that supports our vision with passion and action.”
The highlight of this year’s festival may be the two performances by three-time Grammy Award-winner Hilary Hahn, who made her long-awaited Kingston debut last year. But she’s just one of many renowned musicians on the bill – including prolific composer and accomplished pianist Lera Auerbach, flutist Mimi Stillman, clarinetist Igor…