Music festival welcomes listeners back to Waterville, Maine, for an inspiring summer month of music

From June 27 to July 24, 2016, the Atlantic Music Festival triumphantly returns to the Colby College campus for its seventh consecutive season. Internationally recognized artists and rising stars from all over the world will congregate in Waterville, Maine to present beloved classical masterpieces alongside innovative new works and world premieres.

The Festival continues to offer all of its concerts completely free of charge as a gift to the community. Through its I Am Four Years Old campaign, the Festival sustains a public reaffirmation of its core values, cultivating awareness of the musicians’ place within the community and exploring the musicians’ response to violence, social injustice, or illness. In the past, the Maine Children’s Home and UNICEF’s Achieving Zero were chosen as recipients for their efforts in making a difference in communities near and far, providing aid to underprivileged children and families, and instilling hope. Last year, our campaign allowed us to donate $5000 to the Colby College Department of Music. 2017 will mark the year when AMF will be launching an online initiative, bringing our performance to international audiences. For more information about the campaign, please visit the I Am Four Years Old campaign page at https://atlanticmusicfestival.org/the-festival/i-am-four-years-old/.

The curtain officially rises on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the Lorimer Chapel with Maestro David Amado conducting the AMF Orchestra. Introducing a season filled with unique and inspiring works, the 7:00 PM concert features Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 41.

AMF offers two additional orchestral concerts. On July 16, Maestro Amado will conduct Sergei Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and highlights from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, featuring members of the Opera Workshop. Repertoire from the final orchestra concert, on July 23, includes our Piano Concerto Competition winner and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.

The Chamber Music Series resumes every Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 PM beginning July 6, 2016, while the Salon Series, now Salon @ The Bar, returns to the Marchese Blue Light Pub. Audiences can enjoy food and drinks and listen to a variety of chamber and solo favorites in this informal setting. This year, we are also happy to be collaborating with the Colby College Museum of Art. One chamber music concert will be held in the lobby of the museum at 2 PM on July 17.

The Museum of Art will also host the latest innovations in new music performances and lectures this season! Award-winning violinist and composer Mari Kimura will present Kaze in conjunction with the Cassatt String Quartet on July 14, 3:30 PM. Resident artists will present their final concert on Thursday, July 21, at 3:30 PM.

In addition, the Festival’s Institute Programs (the Composition Program, Opera Workshop, and the Piano Institute and Seminar) have not-to-be-missed concerts highlighting some of the best and the brightest artists on the classical music scene.

For more information about AMF 2016, including the complete schedule of events, please visit the Festival website at www.atlanticmusicfestival.org, or call the Festival office at 1-888-704-1311.