Read an article about theperformances by our Music in the Schools Quartet in cooperation with the Kingston Chamber Music Festival.
Musica Dolce was founded in 1992 by Dr. Joseph Ceo and a core group of thirty-one musicians from Rhode Island and Connecticut. Dr. Ceo, conductor, violist, and professor of music at the University of Rhode Island, was its first Artistic Director. Since its "premiere" concert at the Westerly Public Library in April 1992, Musica Dolce has given hundreds of performances around the region. Its repertoire consists of classical music from the baroque period to the present, and includes several compositions specially commissioned from its current artistic director, conductor, and pianist, Dr. Paul Rosenbloom. While some of its concerts involve the entire orchestra, most performances today feature smaller chamber ensembles of strings and/or winds. Venues have included locations in Westerly, Portsmouth, Newport, Middletown, Bristol, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Kingston, Wakefield, Charlestown and Mystic, CT. Musica Dolce, now in its 26th season of bringing “sweet music” to the towns and schools and historic sites of southern Rhode Island, continues to bring live performances to the audiences of Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut.
In addition to its regular concerts open to the public, Musica Dolce has developed a highly innovative and interactive program of themed music for schools following Rhode Island curriculum guidelines for the Arts. Music in the Schools started with special free orchestral performances for children at the Chorus of Westerly Performance Hall. To this day Musica Dolce has made presentations in local schools a regular part of each season with the support of the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts and private foundation grants. School administrators, teachers, and students have responded very enthusiastically to this opportunity to experience chamber music up close and personal.
The Musica Dolce Youth String Ensemble, formed in 1995 by Kathleen Curran Monroe, was a group of young string players aged ten to seventeen who rehearsed weekly in Westerly at the Armory. The string ensemble program is now directed by cellist, Morgan Santos and is located at the Neighborhood Guild in Peace Dale, Rhode Island. The ensemble meets on Saturday mornings and offers small group coaching for young cellists, violinists, violists and bassists with performances twice a year. (call the Neighborhood Guild at 401-789-9301 for information about fall 2017)