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Second Annual Newport Festivals Foundation™ Gala
To help sustain the storied tradition of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™will hold its second annual fundraising Gala on Saturday, August 4, at 7:30 pm at the historic Marble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue, in Newport, Rhode Island. An intimate evening of fine dining and music featuring performances by Dianne Reeves, Jason Moran, Anat Cohen, Bill Frisell, Lewis Nash, Lionel Loueke, Steve Wilson, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Peter Martin and Ingrid Jensen, the Gala will immediately follow the day-long concert series at Fort Adams State Park.
"Last year, the Foundation hosted an exciting celebration of jazz and folk music at Rosecliff on the Thursday evening between the two festivals. After hearing from people who were disappointed because they were unable to travel to Newport prior to the weekend, we decided to hold the Gala on Saturday evening to give more festival attendees the opportunity to enjoy the music at another historic mansion while supporting the Foundation's mission," said George Wein, Chairman of the Newport Festivals Foundation and Producer of the Jazz and Folk Festivals.
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres begin at 7:30 pm, a New Orleans-influenced dinner will be served at 8:30 pm and the evening's program will begin at approximately 9:00 pm. Gala tickets, which can be purchased at www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org, are $500 for a single seat, recognition in the Gala program book, and a ticket to the Newport Jazz Festival on August 4 and 5. ($305 is tax deductible). Please visit the Foundation website for information on corporate sponsorship and tables.
More About Marble House
Marble House was built as a summer "cottage" between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. Designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt, the house was Vanderbilt's gift to his wife to celebrate her 39th birthday. The house was acquired by the Preservation Society in 1963 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Marble House is open for tours from June through September.