KINGSTON — The Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music — Joshua Smith, flute; Maria Ioudenitch, violin; Roberto Diaz, viola; Albert Seo, cello and Jordan Dodson, guitar — will kick off this year's Kingston Chamber Music Festival, the 31st season of chamber music concerts at the University of Rhode Island Fine Arts Center and Natalie Zhu’s 10th anniversary as artistic director.

The ensemble will perform Marais, Bartók, Piazolla, Mozart and Paganini on Wednesday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Rhode Island's Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The concert will conclude with a Q&A with the musicians.

The festival, which runs through Aug. 4, continues on Friday, July 26, with "Diverting Conversations," a program with Noah Geller and Stephen Kim on violins, Burchard Tang and Che-Hung Chen on violas and Sarah Rommel on cello, playing the music of Mozart, Gorosito, Alberto, Weinberg and Brahms.

On Sunday, July 28, at 4 p.m., the next concert, called "New World, Old World," will take place, followed by "French Connections," on July 31, and "Appalachian Spring" on Aug. 4. The Aug. 2 concert with Hilary Hahn is sold out, but a waiting list has been established. Contact the box office,, for more information.

— By Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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