Previous events

Impressionism and beyond

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Gardiner House, 24 Lee's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840

The Gardiner House has invited Puddingstone to present the next evening,  “Impressionism and beyond”. Visiting from Europe, the highly sought after Fidelio Trio is coming to Newport to present a thrilling program in the beautiful ballroom of the Gardiner House. 

Come listen to the music of master impressionist, Maurice Ravel, and his exceptional Trio for Violin, Piano, and Violoncello as well as an array of exciting pieces: Darius Brubeck, Philip Glass, Ludwig van Beethoven and a newly commissioned piece composed for the Fidelio Trio by Boston based composer, John McDonald. The composer, John McDonald, will be present to introduce his music and mingle.
 Furthermore, we have a second showing of award winning painter, Katie Swatland, who will share a collection of original pieces and speak to her painting technique and inspiration.
 Katie Moorhead, one of Newport’s most beloved dancers, will delight us with her interpretation of the art presented with improvised dance during selected musical pieces throughout the evening.

 The Gardiner will open their beautiful bar for us for this evening. Small bites will be served and are included in the ticket price.

 Come and join us for what is going to be an exceptional night at the ballroom of the new Gardiner House!

7:00 Doors open for drinks and small bites - 7:30 Music begins - 8:15 Intermission and Promenade 9:00 Event concludes

Celli for Two

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Colony house , Washington Square, Newport, RI 02840

Come join us for an inspiring afternoon with soulful cello music, tea and sweets as well as a selection of gorgeous paintings from Katie Swatland's "Paris Collection" -- all of which to be enjoyed on the beautiful second floor of the historic Colony House in Newport.

We are excited to present Cello Duo music with Grammy award winning cellist, Arlen Hlusko, from Canada together with British cellist, Frankie Carr, for an exciting program with classical music by Bach, Barrière, Carr and more. Katie Swatland, awarded painter and passionate writer, will converse on her exhibited paintings and her new book, "The Eternal Student".

Enjoy afternoon tea, coffee, and treats on this winter Sunday with fellow art enthusiasts. The artists will also join the tea time conversations.

Event starts at 3:00 with tea, coffee and sweets - 3:30 Performance begins - 5:00 event concludes

Please note, this event will be held upstairs at the Colony House where there is no elevator available.

Rêves de Provence

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Provence sur Mer, 39 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840

An enchanting evening with Clemens Teufel and Angela Kim playing four-handed and solo piano music by Ravel, Debussy, Chopin, and Liszt. Inspired by the music, Katie Moorhead will perform an improvised dance. Jeanne Rosier Smith will share what influences her pastels. We will gather with wine and small bites at Newport's new venue, Provence sur Mer, which just celebrated its ribbon cutting and official opening.

6:00 PM Wine & Small Bites Gathering - 6:30 PM Performance Begins - Intermission - 8:00 PM Performance Concludes

Tickets $55


Puddingstone Music Festival invites you to a unique evening in an atmospheric location for music, poetry, painting (and food and wine!)

Fresh off their debut at Buffalo’s prominent summer music festival ArtPark, the new ensemble CS4, headed by violinist Chase Spruill brings to Puddingstone Music Festival a thrilling program including a New England Premiere to be performed in Newport's historic IYRS Boat Restoration Hall.

A specialist in the music for Philip Glass, having recorded multiple albums on the composer’s own label, CS4 brings its expertise to two major works for string quartet including Glass’s String Quartet No.4, dedicated to the artist Brian Buczak - and the New England premiere of Glass’s most recent work for quartet, the tempestuous String Quartet No.9 “King Lear” which was drawn from the composer’s 2019 music for the Broadway production starring Glenda Jackson as Lear.  The program is rounded out with a homage to the locale, Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude arranged for quartet.

The event will also feature poetry by Emily Manice as well as Alison Gibbons Watt’s large scale paintings.

Pre-Concert discussion with Chase Spruill and Richard Guérin, head of repertoire of Philip Glass’s publishing company and director of his record label.


Kick-off the festival with us and witness this special event unfold with some thrilling Jazz improvisations with bass player, Colescott Rubin, and "Ears of steel" Saxophone player, John Lindsay. Poet, Emily Manice, will present a range of her works and Alastair Dacey will showcase his paintings and talk about the contrast between improvisation and form in visual arts. To round up the senses we are offering local wine by Greenvale Vinyard as well as hors d'oeuvres.