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Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers In Concert at 2017 Amelia Island Chamber Music Fest

Fernandina Beach, FL – Anne Akiko Meyers, one of the world’s most celebrated violinists, will perform works of Beethoven, Debussy, Piazolla, Bernstein and others at a very special concert on February 17 as part of the sixteenth season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Continue reading

Dover Quartet In Concert February 8 at Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

Fernandina Beach, FL – The acclaimed Dover Quartet, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s quartet-in-residence, will perform works of Mozart, Smetana and Britten at a concert on February 8 as part of the Festival’s sixteenth season. Continue reading

Violinist Itzhak Perlman Opens 2017 Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

Fernandina Beach, FL – Itzhak Perlman, undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, will open the 2017 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival with a not-to-be-missed performance on Monday, February 6. Winner of 15 Grammy Awards, Mr. Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. This 7:30 PM concert will be held at at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8^th Street in Fernandina Beach.

Tickets to the general public will go on sale September 1, 2016.

Christopher Rex, the Festival’s general and artistic director, said, “We are thrilled to be hosting a musician of Itzhak Perlman’s international stature at our 2017 season. Beloved for his enormous talent, charm and humanity, Itzhak Perlman is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy in making music. We can now add Mr. Perlman to the line-up of world-renowned artists, who have graced our stage in recent years, including Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and Pinchas Zukerman. Entering its 16th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival truly has become one of the nation’s premier musical events.”

Born in Israel in 1945, Mr. Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York and soon was propelled into the international arena with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Mr. Perlman won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, Mr. Perlman has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world.

He also is a frequent presence on the conductor’s podium. He has conducted such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as at the Ravinia and OK Mozart festivals. He was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004, where he made regular conducting appearances, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. Internationally, Mr. Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.

His recordings regularly appear on the best-seller charts and have garnered fifteen Grammy Awards. Mr. Perlman was honored in 2008 with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts. His most recent releases include an all-Mozart recording with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he performed as both soloist and conductor.

A major presence in the performing arts on television, Mr. Perlman has been honored with four Emmy Awards, most recently for the PBS documentary Fiddling for the Future, a film about his work at the Perlman Music program, whichoffers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent. He has taught full time at the Perlman Music Program each summer since it was founded in 1994 and currently holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair at the Juilliard School.

About the AICMF
Entering its 16th season in 2017, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the most prestigious music events in the Southeast. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For complete information about the Festival visit www.aicmf.com

Christiania Trio at Chamber Music Festival

Christiania Trio at Chamber Music FestivalThe Christiania Trio, composed of violinist David Coucheron, pianist Julie Coucheron and cellist Christopher Rex, will launch the Spring Series of the 2016 Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival on April 10th with music of Brahms and Schubert.

This 5:00 PM concert will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. Tickets for this and future performances are available at www.aicmf.com or by calling 904-261-1779.

Violinist David Coucheron was the youngest concertmaster among any major U.S. orchestra at the time of his appointment at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2010. He has worked with such conductors as ASO Music Director Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Mstislav Rostropovich and Charles Dutoit. Mr. Coucheron has performed as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, in addition to playing solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Julie Coucheron, David’s sister, has established an international career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has won first prize in all of the national competitions she has entered. Ms Coucheron has worked with Lazar Berman, Claude Frank, Emanuel Ax, Vladimir Feltsman, John O’ Connor, Elton John and Chistopher O’Riley. She has toured the world playing in such great venues as Verizon Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

Christopher Rex, general and artistic director of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Principal Cellist in 1979, the same year in which he became the first cellist ever to win the string prize in the biennial Young Artists Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Since then he has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician across the nation.

The Spring Series of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will continue on April 16 with a performance by Amelia Island favorites Chee-Yun (violin), Andres Diaz (cello) and Wendy Chen (piano).

Complete information and tickets for these performances are available at www.aicmf.com.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Opens 2016 Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Opens 2016 Amelia Island Chamber Music FestivalFernandina Beach, FL – The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival today announced that cellist Yo-Yo Ma will make his first-ever appearance in northeastern Florida by opening the Festival’s 15th anniversary season on January 14, 2016.

Universally considered one of the world’s greatest cellists, he has made over 90 recordings and received 18 Grammy Awards. Yo-Yo Ma is acclaimed for his extraordinary technique, rich tone and collaborations with musicians from other genres and cultures, which have reinvigorated classical music and expanded its audience.

The January 14 concert is scheduled for 7:30 PM at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. Tickets for the general public will go on sale October 1 at www.aicmf.com or by calling 904-261-1779.

Mr. Ma’s performance is made possible in part by CBC National Bank’s Festival sponsorship. Christopher Rex, the Festival’s general and artistic director, said, “We deeply appreciate CBC’s sponsorship, which helped make it possible to bring an artist of Yo-Yo Ma’s international stature to Amelia Island. CBC’s relationship with our Festival extends back 15 years to our inaugural season when the bank became one of our first corporate sponsors. We are truly grateful for CBC’s ongoing support.” Headquartered in Fernandina Beach, CBC operates full-service branches in Beaufort and Port Royal, S.C.

Born to Chinese parents in Paris, Mr. Ma was a child prodigy and at age five gave his first public recital. He later moved to New York with his family and made his Carnegie Hall debut at age nine. He studied at the Julliard School under cellists Leonard Rose and János Scholz. He subsequently sought a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976 with a degree in humanities.

One of Mr. Ma’s goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication and as a vehicle for the migration of ideas across a range of cultures throughout the world. Toward that end, he founded in 1998 the Silk Road Project, an arts organization that initially focused on exploring the cultural traditions along the Silk Road, an ancient trading route that linked China with the West. Soon thereafter he established the Silk Road Ensemble, and the group’s first recording, Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet, was released in 2002. The project’s scope subsequently expanded, using the Silk Road as a metaphor for connecting artistic endeavors worldwide and across cultures. He has taken time to immerse himself in subjects as diverse as native Chinese music with its distinctive instruments and the music of the Kalahari bush people in Africa.

About the AICMF
Celebrating its 15th anniversary season in 2016, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has become one of the most prestigious music events of its kind in the Southeast. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s Spring Concerts

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival's Spring ConcertsAmelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s Spring Concerts will take place this coming May, with a March 29th exception.

The Spring Series will bring eight great performances to the people of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia.

March 29: Celebrated pianist Anton Nel, an internationally renowned Beethoven interpreter.

May 9: A free concert in Amelia Park, featuring the Jacksonville Brass Quintet.

May 17: Russian pianist Daria Rabotkina, winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

May 19: A free concert of the Beth Newdome Fellowship artists, composed of outstanding young artists from the nation’s premier conservatories.

May 21: Jacksonville Symphony Concertmaster Philip Pan, playing his electric Viper violin at a free family concert.

May 23: The acclaimed Dover Quartet, one of the world’s most in-demand string ensembles.

May 26: The Beth Newdome Fellowship Artists performing music from the Romantic Age.

May 31: The Closing Gala with the world-renowned and Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio.

For complete information about the AICMF’s Spring Series and to purchase tickets, visit www.aicmf.com.

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2015 Chamber Music Festival Music Pops

2015 Chamber Music Festival Music PopsAmelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents Classical for Everyone: Chamber Music Pops featuring Terry Barber, countertenor; Alina Kiryayeva, piano; and Christopher Rex on the cello.

On February 17, 2015, 7:30 PM, Amelia Baptist Church will host renowned countertenor Terry Barber. Acclaimed for his broad vocal range and fluency in musical styles ranging from opera to jazz, Barber will perform a program of light classical and popular music.

Terry Barber has been featured on some of the world’s most storied stages and has worked with many of the music industry’s most prestigious songwriters, composers and producers. Whether performing opera, jazz or popular favorites, he breathes new life into everything he sings and crafts what the Los Angeles Times calls “performances of great vitality and verve.” As a member of the multiple Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer, Mr. Barber was called “the jewel in Chanticleer’s crown.” With them, he performed opera, classical, gospel, jazz and folk music in a dozen languages at over a hundred concerts around the globe.

He made his New York City Opera debut in 2001, and the following year he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its staging of Sly, starring Placido Domingo. Mr. Barber made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2004, singing the role of Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus with the National Chorale under Martin Josman. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and was awarded a masters degree in music performance at London’s Trinity College of Music.

Joining Mr. Barber will be Ukranian-born pianist Alina Kiryayeva, who is lauded for her powerful command of the instrument, unique interpretations and charismatic stage presence. Ms. Kiryayeva’s performance schedule takes her around the world.

Now in its fourteenth season, the winter series of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will continue with the Kruger Brothers Band on February 24. Then, on March 1, the Festival will present violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, universally hailed as one of the greatest violinists on the world stage.

The Festival’s spring season will commence on March 29 with a performance by acclaimed pianist Anton Nel and conclude with eight performances in May. Complete information and tickets for all of these performances are available at www.aicmf.com.

Tickets for this and other upcoming concerts are available at www.aicmf.com or by calling 904-261-1779.

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Amernet String Quartet Performs as Part of Chamber Music Festival

Amernet String Quartet Performs as Part of Chamber Music FestivalThe winter season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival continues in mid-February with performances by two outstanding ensembles: the highly acclaimed Amernet String Quartet on February 10, (followed by a lunchtime concert on February 12 by the Christiania Trio.)

The Amernet String Quartet, lauded for their “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on February 10. Their show, A Grand Tour of Europe featuring works of Wolf, Goldmark and Chausson, will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. The tickets are $40 per person.

The group has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami since 2004, the group was formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School. The Amernet quickly rose to international attention after their first season, winning the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition. The ensemble was subsequently named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

The Amernet’s busy performance schedule has taken the quartet around the globe. The group has collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles, including the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Andres Diaz, Roberto Diaz and Valentina Lisitsa. Among the Amernet’s notable engagements have been appearances at Ravinia, Lincoln Center and many festivals, including Mostly Mozart and Lucerne.

Tickets for these and other upcoming performances are available at www.aicmf.com or by calling 904-261-1779.

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Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Presents Anne Akiko Meyers

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Presents Anne Akiko MeyersFernandina Beach, FL – One of today’s most sought-after violinists, Anne Akiko Meyers will perform works of Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Broadway and movie themes on winter season concert of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival performance.

This 7:30 performance, From Russia to Broadway and the Movies, will be held at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Amelia Island. Tickets for this and other upcoming concerts are available at www.aicmf.com or by calling 904-261-1779.

Ms Meyers is celebrated around the world for her brilliant artistry and ability to connect with audiences from the concert stage, online, and in television and radio broadcasts. Of a recent performance, The Los Angeles Times wrote that she displayed “vigorous mastery, unflinching technical skills and stylish elegance.” And the Denver Post hailed her as “the coolest thing to happen to the violin since Stradivari.” She performs on the ‘Ex-Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu violin, dated 1741, which was awarded to Ms Meyers for her lifetime use. This instrument is considered by many to be the finest sounding violin in existence.

She regularly circles the globe, performing in recitals and as guest soloist with many of the world’s greatest orchestras in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Recent appearances have been with the Orchestre de Lyon under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, the MDR Leipzig Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Ms Meyers also is a best-selling recording artist, having released 30 albums. In recent seasons, she released the Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, and Air, the Bach Album, on eOne Music. Both recordings debuted at #1 on the classical Billboard charts and received great critical acclaim. eOne Music recently released The American Masters, featuring the world premiere recordings of the ‘Mason Bates Violin Concerto’ and J’ohn Corigliano’s Lullaby for Natalie’, which was written for Ms. Meyers’s first born daughter. Also featured is the ‘Samuel Barber Violin Concerto’ with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Performing with Ms Meyers will be acclaimed pianist Max Levinson and Christopher Rex, principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Festival’s general and artistic director.

Now in its fourteenth season, the winter series of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will continue with the Amernet String Quartet on February 10, the Christiania Trio on February 12, countertenor Terry Barber on February 17 and the Kruger Brothers on February 24. Then, on March 1, the Festival will present violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, universally hailed as one of the greatest violinists on the world stage. The Festival’s spring season will commence on March 29 with a performance by internationally acclaimed pianist Anton Nel and conclude with eight concerts in May.

Complete information and tickets for these performances are available at www.aicmf.com.

About the AICMF
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is nationally recognized as one of the foremost music events of its kind. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Russian Pianist Natasha Paremski Opens WinterFest

Russian Pianist Natasha Paremski Opens WinterFestJanuary 27, 2014 marks the grand opening of 2014’s Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s WinterFest series with Russian Pianist Natasha Paremski.

Paremski, hailed by music critics as one of the leading pianists of her generation, will perform Chopin’s Ballade and Piano Concerto No. 2 and Franck’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. She will be joined by Christopher Rex, the AICMF’s general and artistic director and principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for this 7:30 PM concert at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fernandina Beach are only $25 and can be purchased at www.aicmf.com or (904)261-1779.

At only 26, Ms. Paremski has thrilled audiences around the world with her astounding virtuosity and interpretive abilities. A true musical prodigy, she began her piano studies at the age of 4 at Moscow’s Andreyev School of Music. After coming to the U.S. at the age of eight, she studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music before moving to New York to study at Mannes College of Music, from which she graduated in 2007.

At 15, Ms. Paremski debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and recorded two discs with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. She was awarded the prestigious Gilmore Young Artists prize in 2006 and the Prix Montblanc in 2007. Ms. Paremski was named Young Artist of the Year by the Classical Recording Foundation in 2010, and her first recital album was released in 2011, which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart.

Other great concerts in the WinterFest 2014 series include:
-Beer & G-Strings with the Vega String Quartet on February 9
-Chamber Pops-Trumpet Invasion-with Rich and Brandon Ridenour on February 11
-Romantic Virtuosi with Chee-Yun, Andres Diaz and Wendy Chen on February 15
-The Magic of Debussy, The Flamboyance of Jean-Yves Thibaudet on March 2

Later this year, the AICMF’s SpringFest series will bring 14 performances of internationally renowned artists to Amelia Island.

For complete information about the performances and schedule of the 2014 Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, visit www.aicmf.com.

About the AICMF
Entering its 13th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has become one of the most prestigious music events of its kind in the Southeast. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Amelia Island Restaurant Week starts this Weekend

2014 Amelia Island Restaurant Week

Discover the Flavors of Amelia Island

A New Year has started and all festival committees are getting ready to hammer out their 2014 festival details. The Shrimp Festival Committee has decided to move the Pirate’s Parade back to the Thursday evening before the Festival and the Blues Festival Committee has announced this year’s Festival dates as September 12 and 13. But the first big island event of the year is traditionally focused on food, appropriately named: Discover the Flavors of Amelia Island. From January 17 through 26, Restaurant Week is the premier dining event held annually on historic Amelia Island, Florida. Spend the week touring some of Amelia Island’s finest restaurants and dining on a variety of both traditional and eclectic menu offerings.

Restaurant Week offers a great opportunity to try a selection of Amelia’s irresistible, award-winning dining options.  Each participating restaurant will offer a prix-fixe menu, including three courses and a non-alcoholic beverage, at either $19 or $29 per person.

And this year a special Kick Off has been arranged as the Ritz-Carlton’s Café 4750 is offering a special Meet the Farmers Event. The celebration begins tonight – January 16- at 6 p.m. and pairs 29 South, Lulu’s, The Salty Pelican and Espana with farmers from the downtown Fernandina Beach Farmer’s Market and local seafood providers. The Cost is $96 per person and includes a reception of hors d’oeuvres, followed by an appetizer buffet of local shellfish, cheeses, fruits, breads, salads and meats. The main entrée features tastings from the restaurant chefs followed by a plated, family style dessert.
Make your reservations by calling 904-277-1100.

Here is the list of the 20 participating restaurants in 2014 Restaurant Week:
• The Verandah – 6800 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-321-5050
• The Salty Pelican – 12 N. Front St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-277-3811
• Sliders Seaside Grill – 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-277-9619
• Sandy Bottoms – 2910 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-310-6904
• PLAE – 80 Amelia Village Cir., Amelia Island, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-277-2132
• Merge – 510 S. 8th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-277-8797
• Marina Seafood Restaurant – 101 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-261-5310
• LuLu’s at the Thompson House – 11 S. 7th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-432-8394
• Le Clos – 20 S. 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-261-8100
• La Mancha – 2709 Sadler Rd., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-261-4646
• Jack & Diane’s – 708 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-321-1444
• Horizons – 5472 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-321-2430
• Gourmet Gourmet – 1408 Lewis St., Amelia Island, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-261-8973
• Espana Restaurant & Tapas – 22 S. 4th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-261-7700
• Crab Trap – 31 N. 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-261-4749
• Cafe Karibo – 27 N. 3rd St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-277-5269
• Brett’s Waterway Cafe – 1 S. Front St.,Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-261-2660
• Baxter’s – 4919 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-277-4503
• Bar Zin Bistro & Wine Bar – 4924 First Coast Hwy., Amelia Island, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-310-6620
• 29 South –  3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 – Phone: 904-277-7919

Besides Restaurant Week, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival starts its 2014 winter/spring concert series on January 27 with the Theme performance Chopin and Paris.

Auditions Open for The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

Auditions Open for The Eight: Reindeer MonologuesAuditions for The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, by Jeff Goode, are by appointment only.

This dark, dark Christmas comedy involves scandal erupting at the North Pole when one of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer accuse him of sexual harassment.

As members of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale emerges, which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself.

This show is NOT suitable for children. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Jill Dillingham at dilljill@msn.com if interested.

There are only two erformance dates: 12/27 and 12/28 at 10pm; this includes wickedly funny, adult humor.

Details about roles and ticket links can be found at www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com.

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Time for Three Plays Amelia Island

Time for ThreeTime for Three is a trio of musicians who played together for fun while students at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute for Music. Tf3, for short, is a charismatic ensemble with a reputation for limitless enthusiasm and no musical boundaries. Violinists Zachary De Pue and Nicolas Kendall first discovered their mutual love of fiddling in the country western and bluegrass styles. Then bassist Ranaan Meyer introduced them to his deep roots in jazz and improvisation.

After considerable experimentation, the three officially formed Tf3, the world’s first classically-trained garage band!

To date, the group has performed over a thousand engagements as diverse as its music. Thanks to “Friends of Story & Song” (Mark & Donna Paz Kaufman, Lee & Bruce Buchanan, and Sinda Nichols & Will Howery), who have sponsored TF3’s appearance at the Chamber Music Festival, you, too, can enjoy world-class talent the likes of which you’ve never seen!

Their hit YouTube anti-bullying video Stronger, featured on CNN and the Huffington Post, has inspired students around the globe.

The concert is May 22nd, at 7:00 PM, at Walkers Landing on the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

Upcoming Evening of Story and Song
The next Evening of Story and Song will be held Sunday, August 4, 2013; featuring Stowe Good Musichttp://stowegoodmusic.com/’s Karen Taylor Good and Stowe Dailey Shockey.

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Christiania Trio with a Licorice Stick

Christiania Trio with a Licorice StickChristiania Trio with a Licorice Stick is a lunchtime concert with Julie Coucheron, piano; David Coucheron, violin; Jose Franch Ballester (pictured), clarinet; and Christopher Rex on the cello.

Enjoy the music of Messiaen, Grieg, Verdi, and Beethoven at Café Karibo in historic Fernandina Beach.

Lunch is “on your own” at noon, followed by the 1:00 PM concert. Tickets are only $25.00.

Brother and sister David and Julie Coucheron, along with Chistopher Rex, join Jose Franch Ballester, one of the most promising clarinetists of his generation. In 2008 he received the highly coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2007 he was one of a handful of participants selected for a Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop with Emmanuel Axe and Richard Stoltzman. He was also named that year as one of the “most prominent and emerging soloists” by the American Symphony League Magazine.

The complete 2013 Festival schedule can be viewed at www.aicmf.com.

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Chamber Music Festival Offers Tourists Discounts

Chamber Music Festival Offers Tourists DiscountsRobert McDuffie
Robert McDuffie, one of the premier violinists on the world stage today, will perform a concert of Vivaldi, Telemann and Bach on May 17 as part of the Spring series of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (www.aicmf.com). The 7:00 PM performance will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. Tickets for this exciting concert are $50.

“He’s a treasure….a musician of probing intelligence, a violinist of authority, and force of great vitality,” so wrote a reviewer for The San Francisco Chronicle. A Grammy-nominated artist, Mr. McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the world’s major orchestras, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Chicago, San Francisco and St. Louis Symphonies; the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the North German Radio Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala.

Founder of the Rome Chamber Music Festival, Mr. McDuffie holds the Mansfield and Genelle Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, known as the “Ladenburg.”

Linden String Quartet
The Linden String Quartet is one of the country’s premier young string ensembles. The quartet will perform works of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky on May 15 as part of the Spring season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. The 7:00 PM concert will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 801 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $40, which includes a post-concert courtyard reception where concert-goers can meet the Linden musicians, and can be purchased at www.aicmf.com or by calling the Festival box office at (904) 261-1779.

Praised for its “remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality” by MusicWeb International, the Linden has enjoyed remarkable success in the four short years since its founding. The ensemble won the Gold Medal and Grand Prize of the 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the 2009 Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition; First Prize at the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition; the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition; and most recently, the ProQuartet Prize at the 9th Borciani International String Quartet Competition. The highly decorated Linden String Quartet is the Graduate String-Quartet-in-Residence at Yale University.

Discount Tickets for Tourists
The Festival is offering special discounts on ticket packages for visitors in partnership with the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. By presenting a valid confirmation number from any lodging establishment on the island, visitors will receive a 50% discount on all Festival ticket purchases during their stay.

The complete 2013 Festival schedule can be viewed at www.aicmf.com. Tickets, which range from $25 to $50, are available online or by calling the Festival box office at 904-261-1779.

Discounts, which cannot be combined, are available through the Festival box office. Student tickets are $10 (cash only) and available 30 minutes before any Festival concert, subject to availability. Students must present a valid student ID and proof of age under 25. One ticket per person.

Now in its twelfth season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will run from May 11 through June 2, featuring more than 50 acclaimed artists performing 12 concerts in such intimate venues as nineteenth century churches, an historic courthouse and what is described as Florida’s longest operating saloon. The Festival will also present a series of 4 free community concerts.

A galaxy of international stars will be showcased during the AICMF’s Spring season. In addition to Mr. McDuffie, other Festival headliners include violinist Chee-Yun, cellist Zuill Bailey, renowned symphony conductors and pianists Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles, and Grammy award vocalist Sylvia McNair. As part of its continuing education outreach, the Festival will host the Beth Newdome Resident Festival Artists, composed of graduates from the nation’s foremost conservatories.

About the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
The nationally renowned Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the largest musical events of its kind in the Southeast. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible.

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