They will perform under the baton of the young conducting phenomenon Sarah Hicks. They will be joined by two giants of the contemporary classical music scene, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson. They will offer an electric program of pieces from masters of two musical eras.

The 2009 AMF Orchestra is poised to perform the final concert of their first season on Friday, July 24th at 7 PM in Lorimer Chapel on the campus of Colby College in Waterville.

This very special concert is the culmination of a month of free concerts at the Atlantic Festival at Colby. The audience will hear Jaime Laredo, violinist, conductor, chamber musician and recitalist extraordinaire, whose impressive resume includes his current stint as conductor of the Vermont Symphony, and Sharon Robinson, regarded as one of the leading cellists of her generation, who has performed and recorded internationally with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. At the podium, Harvard and Curtis Institute of Music alum Sarah Hicks, who now serves as associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.

The AMF Orchestra is up to the challenge of performing with these musical superstars. A company of 38 young resident artists, they represent a host of major conservatories and ensembles. They have been making beautiful music together in Waterville all during the month of July, both as an orchestra and as chamber musicians during the 18 concert series.

The program for Friday’s concert is a powerful one, featuring “Radiance” by AMF composer-in-residence David Ludwig, Prokofiev’s Symphony #1, Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” and Richard Danielpour’s “A Child’s Reliquary”. This is poignant and beautiful music from 20th  and 21st century composers, sure to impress and touch AMF concertgoers.

Join us for a beautiful farewell to the 2009 Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra! For more information, visit the Atlantic Music Festival website (www.atlanticmusicfestival.org) or call 888-704-1311.

And an Atlantic Music Festival PS: gifted students of the AMF Piano Institute will perform in concert at Lorimer on Thursday, July 30th, also at 7 PM.