A beautiful summer evening was spent at magnificent Rosecliff mansion for the Newport Music Festival's Sapphire Gala. A debonaire group of music lovers and festival supporters gathered for a delicious meal catered by Russell Morin Fine Catering and fabulous entertainment by festival artists.
Guests gather around the fountain at Rosecliff mansion.
Dr. Gerhard Meier, Dagmar Meier, Kaja Zaklynsky, and Dr. Orest Zaklynsky.
Festival general manager Mark Malkovich with Dagmar and Gerhard Meier.
The Bilden family: Philip, Claire, Philip Sr., Patricia and Andrew.
Alison and Bill Vareika and Nancy and Ernst Rothe.
Festival president Diane Hurley with Nuala Pell and her grandaughter.
Eleanora and Dr. Francisco Gutierrez flank the Reverend John J. Nichols.
Pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald performed at the Sapphire Gala.
Co-Chair Virginia Keith takes the podium to welcome guests.
French harpist Coline-Marie Orliac performed at the Sapphire Gala.
Jean and Vin Di Bona are all smiles.
Long-time Festival supporters Roger and Muriel Buck.
Festival vice president Ruth Orthwein with Laurence and Judy Cutler.
Nuala Pell and Senator Jack Reed.
French hornist Eric Ruske sang the praises of the Festival and its impact on his career. Mr. Ruske made his Festival debut in 1989.
Guests are having a fantastic time before dinner.
Dr. Orest Zaklynsky with his son Alexander and friend.
Meghan O'Connor offers a gift to vice-president emeritus Nuala Pell. Mrs. Pell is one of the original founders of the Newport Music Festival.
American violinist Corinne Chapelle and Spanish pianist Daniel del Pino enthrall the gala guests.
A reflective moment for harpist Coline-Marie Orliac.
Festival general manager Mark Malkovich with Natalie and Jim Venetos.
Bill Crimmins. Mr. Crimmins is one of the original founders of the Newport Music Festival.
Music lovers and faithful Festival-goers Donald and Marilyn Malpass.
Swedish flutist Göran Marcusson performed at the Sapphire Gala.
Mr. Bilden, Sr., his son Philip Bilden and Mark Malkovich enjoy a light moment before dinner.
Dr. Austin Feeney and his wife, Festival board member Virginia Gambale.
Violinist Corinne Chapelle acknowledges applause from the audience.
Festival volunteer coordinator Gail Skidmore and Lynne Romano looking gorgeous.
American soprano Theresa Cincione enthralls the audience at the Sapphire Gala.