Celebrate Independence Day with a stunning program of Mozart, Beethoven, and a variety of patriotic favorites at the premiere orchestral concert of the Atlantic Music Festival on Saturday afternoon.

Come back on Sunday for a memorable evening of piano and saxophone jazz with two internationally renowned headliners.

It’s a holiday feast for the ears all weekend at the Festival, which offers a month of free performances at various venues on the campus of Colby College in Waterville.

The Fourth of July weekend concerts will both take place in Lorimer Chapel. The Independence Day orchestral opener is set for 4 PM. Sunday’s jazz concert will begin at 6 PM.

Two Benjamins take the spotlight on Saturday, July 4th. Remarkable young conductor Benjamin Shwartz leads the AMF Orchestra. An alumnus of the Curtis Institute, Mr. Shwartz is a prominent member of the San Francisco music scene as resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, and music director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Joining the Orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto #19 is pianist Benjamin Hochman. Mr. Hochman, also a graduate of the Curtis Institute, has achieved great success as a pianist, working with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Orchestras. He also performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician.

July 5th’s concert is the first offering of “Jazz at AMF”. Two prominent members of the faculty at Manhattan School of Music will headline this special, sure-to-delight evening. Pianist Richard Sussman has worked with everyone from Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to George Benson and David Sanborn. He is also a respected composer, arranger and MIDI synthesizer programmer. Steve Slagle brings the exciting sounds of jazz sax to the Festival. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and is known world-wide as a performer, composer, and recording artist. Sussman and Slagle will make the Festival swing on Sunday evening.

The Atlantic Music Festival is in residence at Colby until July 24th, offering a wide range of concerts, 15 in all, for area music lovers. The ensemble of AMF resident musicians this summer includes some of today’s most promising and exciting young performers—truly the international musical superstars of the future. All are invited to join the AMF audience, and enjoy a month of the very best in classical and jazz music. For more information, visit: www.atlanticmusicfestival.org, or call 888-704-1311.