Symphony Conductors Trade Batons for Pianos

2 Maestros will perform piano works of Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn and Schumann on May 12 of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

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 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

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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