Creating Our Cultural Legacy Today

festival favorites | new music | beloved classics | community engagement | educational enrichment

Thirty years ago, we were inspired to start a chamber music festival in rural western New Jersey that operates with an expansive definition of chamber music and its repertory. For this, our 30th season, those values will be fully on display, featuring ensembles that include guitars, harmonica, Irish fiddling, and lots of new music from throughout the New World.

Raritan River Music (RRM) is much more than the concerts in May, with programs year round for school kids, seniors, and patients at health-care facilities around the region. RRM also creates a legacy of new compositions and recordings commissioned by RRM’s patrons, as well as presenting new music at each concert by local school-age composers.

Over 30 years, however, the greatest achievement of RRM is the community created by the audiences, volunteers, trustees, and patrons of RRM. Musicians may not be able to perform surgery or put out fires, but there are times when a concert can heal a mortal wound or dispel the dark clouds for a while and make life worth living. That is what you, the supporters of Raritan River Music, have given to this community, to each other, for thirty years and counting. And, as the founders, that is what you have given to us. Thank you!

- Laura Oltman and Michael Newman, Founding Directors

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May 4
Horszowski Trio (violin, cello, piano)
Great Masters: Robert Schumann & Elliott Carter”

Performing music for piano, violin, and cello from their highly acclaimed new CD of music by Robert Schumann, plus other classical masterpieces

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May 11
Eileen Ivers
Feat. unIVERSal Roots Band

“Connecting the Roots: A Celebration of Americana Music and its Irish Roots

The famed Irish music fiddler returns to Hunterdon County


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May 18
Grand Canyon Ensemble
Canyon Echoes: Music by Native American & Canyon-Inspired Composers”

With Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica, Clare Hoffman, flute, and special guests

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May 25
Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo
Feat. Clarice Assad, piano & vocals; João Luiz, guitar

New Music of the Americas: Compositions from Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, & USA

Including World Premiere of newly-commissioned guitar duet by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer


The award-winning Raritan River Music Festival brings world-renowned performers to historic locations in picturesque settings throughout rural Western New Jersey.



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