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New Music Sings In Maine

New classical music lives and breathes in Waterville. A exciting sampling of the best in contemporary chamber and orchestral music highlights the Atlantic Music Festival. The Festival, being held on the campus of Colby College, brings together a host of the brightest young stars of the classical music scene, for a 15 concert series in July. All concerts are free.

This week at AMF is filled with special musical events. “I, Too, Sing America” on Wednesday, July 8th in Lorimer Chapel, “Summerscape” on Thursday, July 9th, also in Lorimer, “Perfect Harmonies” on Friday, July 10th in Given Auditorium, and “AMF Presents Flute Soloist Jasmine Choi” on Saturday, July 11th in Strider Theatre. These concerts will all take place at 7 PM.

Wednesday’s concert includes New York composer Sheridan Seyfried’s piano quartet Then Velvet Dark. AMF Composer-in-Residence David Ludwig is featured on Thursday, with his Six Haikus for Horn and Piano. Friday’s evening is devoted to the music of world-renowned composer George Tsontakis, with performances of the Tsontakis Third Piano Quartet and Gymnopedies. Saturday’s orchestral concert has two special features: a performance by gifted flutist Jasmine Choi, and two works by Atlantic Music Festival Artistic Director Solbong Kim (Ash Tree Song, and Concerto for Viola and Orchestra).

As an extra musical treat, at 3 PM on Thursday in Lorimer Chapel, there will be a concert of music by the students of the AMF Composition Institution. These young talents have been in residence, studying and composing, during this year’s Festival.

In addition to all this beautiful new music, there will be plenty of old favorites presented as well throughout the Festival, from Mozart and Vivaldi to Barber and Dvorak. For more information about the Festival, visit the AMF website: www.atlanticmusicfestival.org, or call 888-704-1311.