Arts & Culture

Courtesy of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's Office

The late Brown University Art Professor Walter Feldman was awarded the Bronze Star, posthumously, in a ceremony Monday in the Providence office of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

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Every summer, many American audiences are reintroduced to a classic, the "1812 Overture." The only problem is, this piece by Peter Tchaikovsky isn’t American at all.

In fact, it has nothing to with the USA. 

Courtesy of Jamaican Association of Rhode Island's Facebook

This weekend, Jamaica celebrated 55 years of independence. In Rhode Island, residents with Jamaican roots marked the occasion by launching the Jamaican Association of Rhode Island.

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The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, a century-old, annual celebration of Portuguese culture and faith, wrapped up Sunday night in New Bedford, Massachusetts. 

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A new piece of classical music gets its American premiere Friday at the Rhode Island Philharmonic pops concert in Roger Williams Park. Composer Paul Desenne wrote the piece as a new take on a traditional Viennese polka.


Adam Kissick

TuneIn and NPR Music are on the ground at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival, streaming live sets from across its three stages. TuneIn's Newport Folk Radio channel will bring you live music from Newport, Rhode Island, from 12-7pm ET each day of the festival. Artists confirmed for the live webcast include Big Thief, John Paul White of The Civil Wars, The Wild Reeds, and Pinegrove, but expect to hear from many more.

Courtesy Trinity Rep

We brought you the news last week that Barbara Orson, one of the founders of Trinity Rep in Providence, passed away. Orson’s legacy extends beyond the characters she played onstage.

The annual event begins Friday in the City by the Sea. The three-day festival is one of the marquee events of Newport’s lucrative tourist season.

Courtesy Beekman Violin

Luthiers are woodworkers specially trained to build and repair stringed instruments like violins, violas, cellos and basses. Just off the town green in Peace Dale, across the street from the public library, you’ll find Beekman Violin.

Trinity Repertory Company

Barbara Orson, one of the founders of Trinity Repertory Company, passed away this week at the age of 88.  As an early member of the company, Orson performed in dozens of productions at Trinity Rep and elsewhere. 

John Bender / RIPR

Behind every great pianist, is a page-turner. And at the Newport Music Festival – which turns 50 next year – that page-turner is Elmer Booze.

It takes months to organize high-profile summer concerts like the Newport Folk Festival, but these days, you can start your own impromptu Folk Fest with little more than an idea and a five-day Kickstarter campaign.

At least, that’s how organizers launched the Fox Point Folk Festival last weekend. They took over a block of Wickenden Street with music, hammocks, and even a giant Jenga block tower. 

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The art scene in Newport is known for maritime seascapes and portraits of the city’s Gilded Age wealth. But recently, an influx of challenging contemporary art has popped up in the City by the Sea.

John Bender / RIPR

At the turn of the century, Providence was at the epicenter of technological innovation. Rhode Island’s capital city was home to state of the art manufacturing facilities, and at the center of those companies was Brown and Sharpe.

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