Music on Hill Festival an homage to spring


Music on the Hill will present its annual music festival opens this Thursday and continues through June 16 in the communities of Warwick, East Greenwich and North Kingstown. Music on the Hill features Rhode Island born-and-bred musicians who have established impressive music careers all over the country returning home to share their talents with the Rhode Island community they love.

The two-week festival is an homage to the season of spring. This time of metaphorical growth and rebirth has inspired wonderful music, and festival organizers have included one of these great compositions in each of our six concerts, including Beethoven’s “Spring Sonata” and Robert Schumann’s song “Spring Night.”

Guest performers include the Apple Hill String Quartet (whose violist, Michael Kelley, is a Rhode Island native). They will perform both as a quartet and in combination with our own Music on the Hill musicians as part of our June 10 concert, “Beethoven, Borodin & Beyond.” The concert will take place at St. Bernard Catholic Church in North Kingstown at 7 p.m.

The 2012 Festival is supported by grants from RI Foundation's Roitman Grant for Chamber Music, RI State Council on the Arts, the Carter Family Charitable Trust and concert sponsorship by Greewood Credit Union, Warwick.

Tickets for this or any of our other five festival performances are $20 at the door. Concert schedule and ticket information can be found on our website,, or by email: Tickets are for purchase online or at The Savory Grape Wine Shop in East Greenwich (Dave’s Plaza at Division and Route 2). Students are free. For more information, contact Craig at 401-738-5632 or Carol at 401-884-8172.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, June 7, 10:30 a.m. “Sextet-Set,” First Baptist Church, 34-44 Main St., Wickford.

Friday, June 8, 7 p.m. “Schumann’s 202nd Birthday!” St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 360 Cowesett Rd, Warwick.

Sunday, June 10, 7 p.m. “Beethoven, Borodin & Beyond,” featuring the Apple Hill String Quartet, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 275 Tower Hill Rd, North Kingstown.

Thursday, June 14, 10:30 a.m. “Dance & Romance,” Westminster Unitarian Church, 119 Kenyon Ave., East Greenwich.

Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. “German Giants,” SS Rose & Clement Catholic Church, 111 Long St., Warwick. (Wine & Appetizers at 6:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 16, 7 p.m. “European Hopscotch,” Westminster Unitarian Church, 119 Kenyon Ave., East Greenwich.


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