Festival Concerts

Tempesta Di Mare – The Grand Tour

Trios, duos, sonatas, and suites by Bach, Handel, Couperin, Veracini, and Weiss

May 7th – 7:30 PM
Prallsville Mills
22 Risler Street (Route 29)
Stockton, NJ 08559

Chandos recording artists and international touring sensation Tempesta di Mare is named for baroque master Antonio Vivaldi’s concerto meaning “storm at sea,” a title reflecting music’s power to evoke drama. Recorder and flute virtuoso Gwyn Roberts, lutenist Richard Stone and cellist Eve Miller will take a musical trip around Baroque Europe, hitting the stylistic hot spots. The program includes two flashy recorder sonatas—from Handel’s London days and from the pen of the hotheaded Florentine composer Francesco Maria Veracini—one of the lush Concerts Royaux composed and performed in Paris by François Couperin for the entertainment of Louis XIV, a cello suite by J. S. Bach from his Cöthen period, and a solo lute suite by the Dresden composer Silvius Leopold Weiss, plus a rare collaborative composition by Bach and Weiss, improvised by the two masters at one of their meetings.

Fresh, vibrant and spontaneous, representing the perfect marriage between musical instinct and meticulous scholarship.

Off-the-grid chic factor.
-Philadelphia Inquirer


Borealis Wind Quintet

May 14 – 7:30 PM
Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church
17 Greenwich Church Road (at Route 173)
Stewartsville, NJ 08886

The Borealis Wind Quintet, nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award in the Chamber Music Category, is acclaimed as one of America’s preeminent chamber ensembles. The highest musical integrity, irresistible energy and five-fold charisma distinguish Borealis Quintet’s artistry. The Philadelphia Inquirer writes that “they demonstrated the sort of rapport that characterizes the very best chamber playing.” Borealis’s program will include the New Jersey premiere of Dance Episodes for Wind Quintet by Brian DuFord, Roaring Fork Quintet by Eric Ewazen, and classic gems by Bozza and Rossini/Briccialdi.

A polished, elegantly turned performance… lively, communicative readings… the performance was a scintillating one.” -The New York Times

The Borealis Wind Quintet are a superb ensemble. Their playing is precise without ever being merely pedantic; their control of dynamics is masterly and their internal balance is faultless.
-MusicWeb International


Daedalus Quartet

May 21st – 7:30 PM
Stanton Reformed Church
1 Stanton Mountain Road (at Route 629)
Stanton, NJ 08885

Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. In the ten years of its existence the Daedalus Quartet has received plaudits from critics and listeners alike for the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances. Familiar to Raritan River Music audiences for their brilliant performance at the 2007 festival and on the Music from Raritan River CD, Daedaulus’s program will feature quartets by Mozart, Beethoven (“Harp”), and the New Jersey Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Richard Wernick’s brand new String Quartet No. 8, which the New York Times described as “eloquent” and “moving.” Daedalus Quartet has forged associations with some of America’s leading classical music and educational institutions: Carnegie Hall’s European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) Rising Stars program; Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society; Quartet-in-Residence at Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania.

Jet-propelled rockets of blistering virtuosity … the music rang gloriously.
-The Washington Post

An exceptionally refined young ensemble with a translucent sound.
-The New Yorker


Clarice Assad, piano and vocals

Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo

Arthur Kampela, composer

May 28th – 7:30 PM
Clinton Presbyterian Church
91 Center Street
Clinton, NJ 08809

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Grammy Award-nominated Clarice Assad is making her mark in the music world as a versatile artist of musical depth and sophistication. A pianist, arranger, vocalist and composer, her works have been published and performed in Europe, South America, the United States and Japan. Her music— sought out by musicians both in the classical and the jazz realms—has been performed and recorded by many of today’s top artists, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. As a performer, Clarice Assad has received high acclaim for performances of her original compositions and standards in jazz and Brazilian music. Assad has been described as a “charismatic singer” (New York Times) and as “a fine classical and jazz pianist, composer and jazz-infused pop stylist” (JAZZ Times). She performs extensively throughout the USA, Brazil and Europe.

Hailed as a “revelation to hear” (The Washington Post), the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo’s phenomenal musicianship places them solidly at the top of their field. Their innovative programming, matchless technique, and ensemble precision, combined with their commitment to expanding the repertoire for guitar duo make them a standout chamber ensemble in every way. Highlights of the Duo’s season include the world premiere of “Concierto Buenos Aires” composed for the Duo by Nuevo Tango master Daniel Binelli with l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Reims in France and with the Virginia Symphony.

Arthur Kampela serves as Raritan River Music’s Composer-in-Residence for 2011. His new work, Motets for Two Guitars, was commission by Raritan River Music with a generous grant from the Augustine Foundation. Kampela participates in RRM’s educational programs and will introduce his riveting new composition at the concert. Following this world premier performance, Kampela’s new guitar duet will be performed this spring in Boston, New York City, and France.

Assad’s impassioned vocal work offers an inimitable style—already matured—that’s unlike anyone else’s. Assad rejoiced through singing, her multi-faceted talent uncontainable as she energetically bends music to her will and reshapes it with fascinating results.
-Jazz Improv Magazine

Newman & Oltman are completely in synch and play flawlessly. A winner all around

Extraordinary pieces…Kampela’s effects were fascinatingly inventive.
-The New York Times