Created to bring some of today’s most gifted and exciting musicians together to share a world-class musical experience with their audiences, The Atlantic Music Festival premiered last summer. During its inaugural four-week run in 2009, hundreds of delighted listeners enjoyed a series of orchestral and chamber concerts, presented by both rising and well-established classical stars. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response to the first season, the Festival returns to the campus of Colby College in Waterville July 12-August 6.

Throughout the month, concertgoers will hear a wonderful variety of works from many musical eras, ranging from Baroque masterpieces, to new works by some of today’s finest composers. Very special guests, including internationally acclaimed performers violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, and award-winning composer George Tsontakis, return to the Festival this summer. The AMF Orchestra will appear several times, led by conductors Benjamin Shwartz, Sarah Hicks, David Amado, and David Rahbee. Additionally, the Festival will feature a number of chamber concerts each week. Other season highlights will include a family concert, and a marathon concert & barbeque.

Incredibly, this 12-concert musical feast is once again offered free of charge…truly a gift to the community.

AMF’s first concert is scheduled for Saturday evening, July 17th at 7 PM at Colby College. The AMF Orchestra will perform under the baton of Benjamin Shwartz, who recently completed a three year tenure as resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony.

It promises to be another magical season of classical music in Waterville. Plan to be there when the magic begins!

For more information about Atlantic Music Festival 2010, including the complete schedule of events, visit the Festival website: www.atlanticmusicfestival.org, or call the Festival office: 1-888-704-1311.