Symphony Conductors Trade Batons for Pianos

Symphony Conductors Trade Batons for PianosAmelia Island, FL – Two of the greatest symphony conductors of our generation, Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles, are also highly accomplished pianists. The two maestros will perform piano works of Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn and Schumann at a May 12 concert of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. The 7:00 PM performance will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 2600 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. Tickets for this very special concert are $25 and are available at www.aicmf.com or by calling the Festival box office at 904-261-1779.

During his 11 seasons as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano has elevated the ASO to new levels of international prominence and acclaim. Mr. Spano, who has conducted the greatest orchestras around the world, also is music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

One of the world’s finest conductors of symphonic and operatic repertoire, Donald Runnicles is general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Formerly music director and principal conductor of the San Francisco Opera, Mr. Runnicles is music director of the Grand Teton Music Festival and principal guest conductor of the ASO.

Also performing at this concert will be David Coucheron, concertmaster of the ASO, and Christopher Rex, general and artistic director of the Festival and principal cellist of the ASO.

Now in its twelfth season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival runs 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 free community concerts.

A galaxy of international stars will be showcased during the AICMF’s Spring season. In addition to maestros Spano and Runnicles, other Festival headliners include violinists Robert McDuffie and Chee-Yun, cellist Zuill Bailey, 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.

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

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 tickets during their stay. 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 student can be purchased.

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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Tokyo String Quartet Includes Amelia’s Chamber Music Fest in Farewell Tour

Tokyo String Quartet Includes Amelia's Chamber Music Fest in Farewell TourFernandina Beach, FL – After 44 years, the acclaimed Tokyo String Quarter will retire at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 season, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (AICMF) is proud to be included on the ensemble’s farewell tour.

The 7:00 performance on Friday, October 5, will be held at the beautiful Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Amelia Island. Tickets for premium seating, which includes a post-concert champagne reception, are $100. General admission tickets are $50. Tickets are available online at www.aicmf.com or by calling the AICMF office at 904-261-1779. The Tokyo’s October 5 performance will include music by Haydn, Webern and Schubert.

Recognized as one of the world’s greatest chamber ensembles, The Tokyo has captivated audiences and critics around the globe since its founding nearly 45 years ago. The Tokyo has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers and built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. In residence at New York’s 92nd Street Y and performing over 100 concerts each season, the quartet has a devoted international following.

Ensemble members Kikuei Ikeda, second violin, and Kazuhide Isomura, viola, announced their plan to retire last fall, leaving Martin Beaver, lead violin, and Clive Greensmith, cello. Beaver said, “We had no shortage of fine applicants auditioning for the positions of second violin and viola. It is a difficult prospect to replace one long-standing quartet member. To replace two of them simultaneously is a Herculean task. With the retirement of our colleagues in our minds, we increasingly felt over the last few months that the most fitting way we could honor and celebrate our quartet’s long and illustrious career was to bring it to a graceful close.”

The Tokyo has long been embraced by audiences in such music centers as New York, Cologne, Madrid, Vienna, Copenhagen, London, Paris and Milan. The ensemble also performs at many leading festivals, including Santa Fe, Austin, Tucson, La Jolla, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, as well as the AICMF.

Collaborations this season include the Brahms Piano Quintet with Andreas Haefliger at Wigmore Hall and Markus Groh in Toronto; Brahms and Dvorák Piano Quintets with Louis Lortie in Bergamo, Italy; and Mozart’s Oboe Quartet K. 370 with Eugene Isotov and the Brahms Piano Quintet with Alon Goldstein in the U.S.

The ensemble has released more than 40 landmark recordings, and performances of Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel and Schubert have earned the Grand Prix du Disque Montreux and “Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year” awards from both Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines. The Tokyo also has received seven Grammy nominations.

The Tokyo String Quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo. Instilled with a deep commitment to chamber music, the original members of what would become the Tokyo eventually came to America for further study at the Juilliard School of Music. Soon after its formation in 1969, the quartet won First Prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

The ensemble performs on the “Paganini Quartet,” a group of renowned Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, who acquired and played them during the nineteenth century. The instruments have been on loan to the ensemble from the Nippon Music Foundation since 1995, when they were purchased from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

About the AICMF
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Entering its twelfth season, the Festival has become one of the largest events of its kind in the Southeast. The AICMF also provides education opportunities for young aspiring musicians from the nation’s leading conservatories. For more information about the Festival, visit our web site at www.aicmf.com.

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From Our Family to Yours 2012 Finale

From Our Family to Yours 2012 FinaleMouth of Amelia invites you to the Grand Finale Concert of the 2012 Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival with From Our Family to Yours!

WHEN: Friday, June 8th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach.

WHAT: The grand finale of the 2012 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will clearly show that musical talent often runs in the family. From Our Family to Yours teams brother and sister, husband and wife and two brothers performing music of Vitale, Borodin and Chausson.

WHO: Our brother and sister combination is David and Julie Coucheron. Violinist David, concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, regularly performs in some of the world’s most impressive concert venues, including the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall Weill Hall and The Kennedy Center. Julie has established an international career and won first prize in all the national competitions she has attended. She has played in most of the major music capitals in North America, Europe, South America and Asia. The sibling duo has performed around the globe and won the prestigious EMCY Jugend Musiziert duo competition in Weimar, Germany.

Elissa Koljonen and Roberto Diaz are our husband and wife pairing. A celebrated violinist, Elissa Koljonen has thrilled audiences and critics in over 100 cities around the world. She initially received international acclaim upon becoming the first recipient of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award and silver medalist of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. Roberto Diaz is a violist of international reputation. He holds the prestigious position of President and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music. Mr. Diaz is the former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Our brothers are Christopher and Charles Rex. Christopher, general and artistic director of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, has been principal cello of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Charles previously served as associate concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. In addition to his career as a soloist, Mr. Rex was guest concertmaster of the London Symphony under Sir Colin Davis.

COST: $40.00 per person and can be purchased at www.aicmf.com or by calling (904)261-1779.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please call the AICMF office at 904-261-1779.

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Pictures at an Exhibition

Orli Shaham

Orli Shaham

Mouth of Amelia invites us to Pictures at an Exhibition, presented by the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

This concert features Orli Shaham, piano; Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; and Christopher Rex, on the cello.

WHEN: This THURSDAY evening, May 31st, at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Florida.

WHAT: This concert will include music of Messaien and Mussorgsky. Orli Shaham, world famous pianist, will play “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

WHO: Orli Shaham was recognized early for her prodigious talents. She received her first scholarship for musical study from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation at age five to study with Luisa Yoffe at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. By age seven, she traveled to New York with her family to begin study with Nancy Stessin, and became a scholarship student of Herbert Stessin at The Juilliard School a year later. She has also won the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, two prestigious prizes given to further the development of outstanding talent. In addition to her musical education, Orli Shaham holds a degree in history from Columbia University. Today she has established an international reputation as one of the world’s most gifted pianists.

COST: $40.00 per person.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact www.aicmf.com or (904) 261-1779.

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Songs on a Summer Night

Songs on a Summer NightMouth of Amelia has invited us all to attend Songs on a Summer Night, Un Voyage Musical Francais III, as presented by the 2012 Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

WHEN: Friday, May 25th at 7:30 PM

WHERE: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

WHAT: If you are waiting for a concert with a vocalist as well as instrumentalists, this one is for you! The concert will include music of Berlioz, Debussy, and Franck.

WHO: Robert Spano, piano; Jessica Rivera, soprano; David Coucheron, violin; Ellen DePasquale, violin; James Dunham, viola; Christopher Rex, cello.

JESSICA RIVERA is quickly establishing herself as one of the most creatively inspired vocal artists before the public today. The intelligence, dimension, and spirituality that she infuses in her performances on international concert and opera stages have garnered Rivera unique artistic collaborations with many of today’s most celebrated composers, including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, and Nico Muhly, and has brought her together in collaboration with such esteemed conductors as Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

COST: $30 per person.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please call the AICMF office at 904-261-1779.

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Chamber Music Festival Event, Music of Passion and Fire

Chamber Music Festival Event, Music of Passion and FireAmelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents, Beer and G Strings I: Music of Passion and Fire, Sunday, May 20 at 7:00 PM at the Palace Saloon on Centre Street in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Enjoy the music of Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Tchaikovski, and Ginestra as performed by the Linden String Quartet; Natasha Paremski, on piano; Elizabeth Pridgen, on piano; and Christopher Rex, on the cello.

Natasha Paremski was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award in 2010. Elizabeth Pridgen is a familiar and favorite pianist at our Chamber Music Festivals and Cellist Chris Rex needs no introduction to all as he has been the acclaimed General and Artistic Director of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival for about 11 years.

Tickets are $50 per person. For more information please call (904) 261-1779.

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Chamber Music Festival Events for May 18, 2012

Chamber Music Festival Events for May 18, 2012Mouth of Amelia has sent word of two Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival events to be held on Friday, May 18, 2012.

At 11:00 AM you can come hear the McDuffie Center Showcase for FREE at the courthouse on Centre Street in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida.

These are young artists from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, Mercer University in Macon, GA. This concert is always one of the most popular because it features exceptional students who might very well be future headliners at our Festival! The courtroom fills up quickly for these concerts, so the Mouth recommends that you arrive early!

This concert is free and open to the public. An elevator is available to take people to the second floor.

At 7:00 PM, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue, is French Impressions: Un Voyage Musical Francais II.

The Linden String Quartet will perform works of Debussy and Saint-Saens in a concert titled French Impressions. Tickets are $30.00 per person.

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Chopin in Paris part of AI Chamber Music Festival

Chopin in Paris part of AI Chamber Music Festival

Natash Paremski, Photo credit: Andrea Joynt

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents Chopin in Paris: Un Voyage Musical Francais I on Friday, May 18th at 7:00 PM at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, located on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and 8th Street in historic Fernandina Beach.

The program will feature the Chopin Piano Concerto #1 and performers include Natasha Paremski, piano; Philip Pan, violin; Catherine Cosbey, violin; Eric Wong, viola; Christopher Rex, cello; John Wieland, bass, and the Linden String Quartet.

Noted for her virtuosity and flawless technique, Natasha Paremski was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award in 2010. Born in Moscow, Ms. Paremski began her piano studies at the age of four and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1995. Her debut recital album was released in 2011, propelling her into an international career as a soloist well beyond her young age. Following a recent performance in San Francisco, a critic raved, “And can she play! Technique to burn, magic hands, solid rhythmic control, sensitive pedaling, mature stage presence, a real feeling for lush romantic music, the ability to handle blazingly rapid passagework, beautifully executed trills, and all made to look very easy…”

The Linden String Quartet has enjoyed remarkable success since its founding in 2008, capturing gold medals and grand prizes at prestigious national and international competitions and most recently winning the Concert Artist Guild Competition. Praised for its “remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality” (MusicWeb International), the Linden is the Graduate String-Quartet-in-Residence at Yale University, where the ensemble is mentored by the renowned Tokyo String Quartet.

The cost is $50.00 per person and this includes a post concert champagne reception.

For more informtaion, please contact the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival at (904) 261-1779.

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String Cheese Fling, A Concert in the Park

String Cheese Fling, A Concert in the ParkMouth of Amelia invites you to String Cheese Fling, a concert in the park presented by the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

WHEN: Sunday, May 13th, 4:00 PM

WHERE: Amelia Park Concert Pavillion, Fernandina Beach

WHAT: A string quartet concert of light classics and popular favorites, suitable for the whole family!

WHO: Philip Pan, violin; Aurica Duca, violin; Clinton Dewing, viola; Christopher Rex, cello.

COST: This concert is FREE and open to the public. No ticket required.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact AICMF at 904-261-1779.

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Chamber Music Festival Benefits from Zukerman ChamberPlayers

Chamber Music Festival Benefits from Zukerman ChamberPlayersMouth of Amelia has sent word about a benefit concert for the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival featuring Zukerman ChamberPlayers.

WHEN: Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

WHERE: Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road

WHAT: The renowned Zukerman ChamberPlayers will perform a program of Brahms and Schumann that promises to be a signature event of the 2012 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Led by Pinchas Zukerman, universally acclaimed as one of the greatest violinists on the international stage, the Zukerman ChamberPlayers has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues in North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

Christopher Rex, artistic and general director of the AICMF, commented. “We are extremely proud to be presenting a performance of the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, a concert that certainly will be an extraordinary occasion for music lovers throughout this region. Pinchas Zukerman has been a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades, and his musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. He is equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor and pedagogue. Hosting the Zukerman ChamberPlayers clearly reinforces the reputation and national stature of the AICMF.”

A frequent chamber music performer, Pinchas Zukerman has appeared regularly with such friends and colleagues as Daniel Barenboim, Vladmir Ashkenazy, Itzhak Perlman, the Orion and Tokyo String Quartets, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Ralph Kirshbaum, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Marc Neikrug and the late Jacqueline du Pré. His extensive discography contains over 100 titles and has earned him 21 Grammy nominations and two awards.

In a continuing effort to motivate future generations of musicians through education and outreach, Pinchas Zukerman teamed up in 2003 with four protégés to form the Zukerman ChamberPlayers. The ensemble has amassed an impressive international touring record of over 150 concerts and has performed with some of today’s most prestigious artists. The ensemble has appeared at such prestigious venues as the BBC Proms, Concertgebouw, Tivoli, the Kennedy Center, and the Ravinia, Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals. The Zukerman ChamberPlayers has recorded four discs on the CBC, Altara and Sony labels, including Schubert’s Trout Quintet and Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major with Yefim Bronfman, released in May 2008.

Pinchas Zukerman, violin
Jessica Linnebach, violin
Jethro Marks, viola,
Amanda Forsyth, cello
Angela Cheng, piano

WHY: The proceeds from this concert will benefit the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

COST: Available tickets are $50, $75 and $100. They can be purchased at www.aicmf.com or by calling the AICMF box office at 904-261-1779. The seating areas for the various ticket prices maybe be seen on line at http://www.aicmf.com/2012Schedule.html.

Note: the $125 premium seating tickets, which include a reception, are sold out. If you wish to be on the waiting list for premium seating, please call 904-261-1779.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please call (904) 261-1779.

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More Chamber Music Concerts on Amelia

More Chamber Music Concerts on AmeliaMouth of Amelia is sharing with you more information about upcoming concerts for the Tenth Season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

Music festival Director Christopher Rex and his vast array of headliner musicians and all of the volunteers who help make this possible are presenting three great musical events:

From Russia with Love: Retro Concert I from June 2, 2002

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: St Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue, FB
WHO: Zuill Bailey, cello; Orli Shaham, piano, Amy Moretti, violin; Sabina Thatcher, viola; Christopher Rex, cello; Kurt Muroki, bass; and the Linden String Quartet.
COST: $50.00 per person

Tokyo String Quartet

WHEN: Friday, May 27, 2011 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Omni Amelia Island Plantation
WHO: Tokyo String Quartet with Christopher Rex, cello
COST: Tickets are $40.00 per person.

Bringing Home the Gold!

WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Memorial United Methodist Church, 601 Centre St. FB
WHO: The Linden String Quartet.
COST: $20.00 per person.

For more information on these and future concerts in the season (and to listen to a taste of beautiful chamber music!) visit www.aicmf.com or call 904-261-1779.

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