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Raritan River Music Festival Chamber moves completely online

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 reality!”

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.

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