WESTERLY — Music on the Hill’s 2019 Music Festival comes to a close next Wednesday with "Four Hands," a concert with members of the Millar Piano Duo and the Miller-Porfiris Duo.
Music on the Hill’s adventurous programs combine highlights of the chamber music repertoire with less familiar gems. Only Music on the Hill performs in five different venues in four towns around the Ocean State, in intimate venues where the audience sits up close to the action. Musicians play in a variety of ensembles in multiple concerts.
Music on the Hill’s ensemble includes Rhode Island-raised professionals such as oboist Anne Marie Gabriele of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; soprano Diana McVey; guitarist Nicholas Goluses; pianist Lisa Raposa; violinists Gregory Cardi and Kristen Pellegrino; cellist Elisa Kohanski; tubist Tom Gregory; and bassist John M. Pellegrino, who also serves as the festival's artistic director. Other festival favorites include the Miller-Porfiris Duo, pianist Bonnie Anderson; hornist Leslie Norton; and cellist Trevor Handy. Ocean State artists: organist Terry Lindsay, Narragansett Brass Quintet (Joseph Foley, Gino Villareal, Alexei Doohovskoy, Kevin Owen and Tom Gregory). Debuting this year are flutist Janet Arms and harpist Rachel Miller.
In his Juilliard days and professionally since then, Pellegrino said he meets many gifted musicians from the Ocean State who lament the fact that they haven't performed in Rhode Island since high school.
"Seven fantastic concerts will take place in our beloved Ocean State this June for our 2019 music festival, as well as our annual concert for elementary school children and some surprise pop-up appearances for unsuspecting passers-by. We continue to offer free admission for students, so please bring your children and grandchildren to the festival," Pellegrino said in a statement.
Music on the Hill offers seven different concerts statewide, featuring musicians returning to their native Rhode Island as well as those based in the Ocean State. The festival opened with a lawn concert on June 2 on the grounds of Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum in Warwick, continued with concerts in East Greenwich and Cranston, and will close with a concert tonight in Cranston, another on Sunday in Warwick, another back in Cranston and the final concert in Westerly.
"Four Hands" will feature the music of Gershwin, Barber, Sheng and others, played by Lisa and Greg on piano and Anton, violin, and Porfiris, viola. The concert takes place June 12 at 7 p.m. at Dunn's Corners Community Church, 221 Post Rd.
Tonight's concert, "Amadeus," will feature the music of Mozart, with Diana McVey, soprano; Anne Marie Gabriele, oboe; Gregory Cardi, Anton Miller and Kristen Pellegrino, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola; Elisa Kohanski & Trevor Handy, cello; John Pellegrino, bass; Leslie Norton and Kevin Owen, French horn and Bonnie Anderson, piano. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 237 Garden Hills Dr., Cranston.
On Sunday June 9 at 3 p.m., a concert called "Johann Sebastian Bach" will take place at St. Gregory the Great Church, 360 Cowesett Rd., Warwick, and feature the music of Bach, with Anne Marie Gabriele, oboe; Nicholas Goluses, guitar; Gregory Cardi, Anton Miller & Kristen Pellegrino, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola; Trevor Handy & Elisa Kohanski, cello and John Pellegrino, bass.
On Monday June 10 at 7 p.m., "Trio Time," a concert featuring the music of Prokofiev, Bach, Previn and others will take place at Holy Apostles Church, 800 Pippin Orchard Rd., Cranston, with Diana McVey, soprano; Gregory Cardi and Anton Miller, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola; Trevor Handy and Elisa Kohanski, cello; John Pellegrino, bass; Joseph Foley, trumpet; Leslie Norton & Kevin Owen, French horn; Lisa Raposa and Bonnie Anderson, piano.
Tickets are on sale at BrownPaperTickets.com and by mail, details at www.musiconthehillri.org. Ticket prices are just $20 before May 20 or $25 at the door with cash or check. Students with identification are admitted free of charge.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro