Music on the Hill opens its 45th annual music festival on Sunday, June 2, with an outdoor concert at Clouds Hill Farm just up Post Road in Warwick, and continues for 10 days of music making across the state, including one concert at the First Baptist Church on Peirce Street.

Music on the Hill was born in East Greenwich. Today, it’s become an opportunity to showcase RI-raised musicians who return for a visit as well as local talent. Only Music on the Hill performs in five different venues in four towns around the Ocean State, in intimate venues where the audience sits up close to the action. Musicians play in a variety of ensembles in multiple concerts. Tickets are just $25 at BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door (cash or check). As always, students with I.D. are admitted free of charge.

Members of Music on the Hill’s ensemble include Rhode Island-raised professionals oboist Anne Marie Gabriele of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; soprano Diana McVey; guitarist Nicholas Goluses; pianist Lisa Raposa; violinists Gregory Cardi and Kristen Pellegrino; cellist Elisa Kohanski; tubist Tom Gregory; and bassist John M. Pellegrino. Other festival favorites are the Miller-Porfiris Duo, pianist Bonnie Anderson; hornist Leslie Norton; and cellist Trevor Handy. Ocean State artists are organist Terry Lindsay and the Narragansett Brass Quintet (Joseph Foley, Gino Villareal, Alexei Doohovskoy, Kevin Owen and Tom Gregory). Debuting this year are flutist Janet Arms and harpist Rachel Miller.

Music on the Hill’s adventurous programs this year combine highlights of the chamber music repertoire with less familiar gems.

Music on the Hill 2019 Festival Schedule

Narragansett Brass Quintet
Sunday June 2 at 3 p.m., Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Rd., Warwick.
Narragansett Brass Quintet performs jazz and chamber music outdoors, including Gabrieli, Handel’s Water Music and Bernstein’s On The Town. With Joseph Foley and Gino Villareal, trumpet; Kevin Owen, horn; Alexei Doohovskoy, trombone; and Tom Gregory, tuba. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. In case of rain, concert will move to St. Gregory the Great Church, 360 Cowesett Rd, Warwick.

Rachel Miller

French Champagne
Monday June 3 at 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 30 Peirce St., East Greenwich
Music of French composers Saint-Saens, Debussy, Poulenc and others. With Gregory Cardi, Anton Miller & Kristen Pellegrino, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola; Trevor Handy & Elisa Kohanski, cello; John Pellegrino, bass; Bonnie Anderson, piano, Joseph Foley, trumpet; Janet Arms, flute; Rachel Miller, harp.

Now That’s Italian!
Wednesday June 5 at 7 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 237 Garden Hills Dr., Cranston.
Music of Italian composers Puccini, Rossini, Albinoni, and others. With Diana McVey, soprano; Anne Marie Gabriele, oboe; Joseph Foley, trumpet; Leslie Norton, French horn; Gregory Cardi, Anton Miller & Kristen Pellegrino, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola; Trevor Handy & Elisa Kohanski, cello; John Pellegrino, bass; Bonnie Anderson, piano; Terry Lindsay, organ.

Gregory Cardi

Amadeus
Thursday, June 6, at 7 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 237 Garden Hills Dr., Cranston.
Music of Mozart, with Diana McVey, soprano; Anne Marie Gabriele, oboe; Gregory Cardi, Anton Miller & Kristen Pellegrino, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola; Elisa Kohanski & Trevor Handy, cello; John Pellegrino, bass; Leslie Norton & Kevin Owen, French horn; Bonnie Anderson, piano.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m., St. Gregory the Great Church, 360 Cowesett Rd., Warwick.
Music of Bach, with Anne Marie Gabriele, oboe; Nicholas Goluses, guitar; Gregory Cardi, Anton Miller & Kristen Pellegrino, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola; Trevor Handy & Elisa Kohanski, cello; John Pellegrino, bass.

Anton Miller

Trio Time
Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m., Holy Apostles Church, 800 Pippin Orchard Rd., Cranston.
Music of Prokofiev, Bach, Previn and others. With Diana McVey, soprano; Gregory Cardi & Anton Miller, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola; Trevor Handy & Elisa Kohanski, cello; John Pellegrino, bass; Joseph Foley, trumpet; Leslie Norton & Kevin Owen, French horn; Lisa Raposa & Bonnie Anderson, piano.

Four Hands
Wednesday, June 12, at 7 p.m., Dunn’s Corners Community Church, 221 Post Rd., Westerly.
Music of Gershwin, Barber, Sheng and others. With the Millar Piano Duo – Lisa Raposa and Greg Millar – and the Miller-Porfiris Duo – Anton Miller, violin, and Rita Porfiris, viola.

Tickets for each of the concerts are $25 at BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door (cash or check); free for students with I.D. For additional information, check out their website here.