Broadway Star Laura Benanti to Shine at Newport Classical Music Festival

by Barbara
Laura Benanti

Newport Classical is thrilled to welcome Broadway legend Laura Benanti, celebrated for her Tony Award-winning performances and captivating presence on stage and screen, including her memorable role in HBO’s “The Gilded Age.” Known for her iconic portrayals in “Gypsy,” “Into the Woods,” “Nine,” and “My Fair Lady,” Benanti will dazzle audiences with her extraordinary talent and voice in an intimate performance alongside pianist Billy Stritch, renowned for his work with stars such as Tony Bennett and Liza Minnelli.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the City-by-the-Sea, the Newport Classical Music Festival will feature 27 concerts in 11 historic venues over 18 days, from July 4 to 21. With a lineup of 120 musicians from around the world, patrons can tailor their festival experience to their preferences, whether discovering new composers, enjoying the rhythm of percussion, or revisiting beloved works with fresh perspectives. This year marks the festival’s 55th anniversary, celebrating over half a century of exceptional artistry in unique and intimate settings.

Festival highlights include:

Opening Night with the dynamic Sphinx Virtuosi and cello soloist Thomas Mesa.
A recital by acclaimed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.
The return of Chanticleer, Canadian Brass, and A Far Cry with special guests Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne.
The festival debut of the storied Boston-based Handel and Haydn Society.
Performances by star pianists Lara Downes, Joyce Yang, Llewellyn Sánchez-Werner, Drew Petersen, and Daniel del Pino.
Appearances by celebrated chamber ensembles including the Isidore String Quartet, PUBLIQuartet, Duo Kayo, Lincoln Trio, Fenway Quintet, Poulenc Trio with accordionist Hanzhi Wang, and Sō Percussion with vocalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw.
For 55 years, Newport Classical has been a beacon of artistry, drawing countless concertgoers to revel in exceptional performances within unique and intimate settings.

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