The Newport Music Festival has established a unique tradition of presenting peerless chamber music programs in the grand mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. This year marks the 50th Anniversary Season with an enviable variety of programs ranging from the Italian Baroque concerti to the contemporary American operatic composer Jake Heggae. During our four-night stay at the landmark Viking Hotel at the head of Newport’s grandest Bellevue Avenue, we will attend no less than six concerts – including the Opening Night event to be held in The Breakers. After too long a hiatus, we are eager to return to Newport for this celebration of the Festival’s remarkable achievement. Chamber concerts and solo recitals have introduced many renowned artists under the former leadership of founder Mark Malkovich, and concentrated programs have proven to be revelatory during seasons devoted to Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann – to name only a few.  

Newport is renowned for the lavish architecture of the Robber Baron Mansions of the late 19th century. Our musical events will be set in the extravagant ambience of the Great Hall of The Breakers, with its Palladian colonnades and massive chandeliers, or on the grounds of Rosecliff designed by Stanford White after the Grand Trianon of Versailles, or at The Elms overlooking Narragansett Bay from Bellevue Avenue. (At this early date, the choice of which mansion has not yet been finalized for some of our events.) As always, a distinguished list of young musicians has been assembled, many of whom will be making their American debut.

For Great Performance Tours’ operatic enthusiasts, two highlights will be a Recital by the beloved American mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, until recently a star of the international opera circuit; and a ‘Meet the Composer’ program featuring the American opera composer Jake Heggae. Mr. Heggae’s ‘Moby Dick’ and ‘Dead Man Walking’ are among today’s most acclaimed contemporary works for the stage.

Accommodations for four nights are at the Viking Hotel, prestigiously located at fashionable One Bellevue Avenue only a couple of blocks from the downtown commercial area. The Viking is the only large hotel in Newport which enjoys an old-fashioned charm redolent of the turn-of-the-century, but recent additions include the fully equipped Spa Terre and a renovated indoor swimming pool. It is well-known for the personal service of its owners and management and for its convenient menus in the One Bellevue dining room during the busy Festival. Also open for the summer months is the Top of Newport bar and kitchen for more casual fare and drinks. We are fortunate to have early confirmation for our visit at the height of the summer season, when most hotels are already fully booked.


Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $2,980
Single Occupancy: $3,775