Marking its 31st season, due to COVID 19, the 2020 Raritan River Music
Festival, winner of the National Award for Adventurous Programming from
ASCAP/Chamber Music America, announces the festival will take place
entirely online with links to every event available through the
website. The four-week festival runs at 7:30
p.m. Saturdays, May 2-23.
Guitarists Laura Oltman and Michael Newman founded the Raritan River
Music Festival with the promise of bringing live chamber music to
historic venues in Hunterdon County.
Co-Founding Artistic Director Michael Newman explains, “The past month
has been the most difficult, challenging, and painful for the arts,
artists, and lovers of art in anyone’s memory throughout the world. In
the midst of cancellations, loss of livelihood, and dearth of cultural
and social enrichment, Raritan River Music stands firm in its commitment
to make the 31st Raritan River Music Festival a reality – a VIRTUAL
Laura Oltman, Raritan River Music’s Co-Founding Artistic Director adds,
“We have continued to engage all the festival performers, who are right
now developing special events for you to enjoy at home – live concert
‘watch parties,’ content provided exclusively for this festival event,
and chat conversations in real time.”
The festival will open with a performance by the Argus String Quartet in
a program “Great Masters of Yesterday and Today” at 7:30 p.m. May 2,
featuring music by Bach, Fanny Mendelssohn and the New Jersey premiere
performance of “Conference of the Birds” by Christopher Theofanidis.