WATERVILLE, Maine — Three years ago, the Atlantic Music Festival premiered under the banner of a Leonard Bernstein quote. During the 2009 premiere run, musicians explored through orchestral and chamber concert series the ramifications of the quote: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” Audiences were delighted. It is in the midst of an established tradition that the Atlantic Music Festival returns this summer for a triumphant fourth season to the campus of Colby College from July 9 to Aug. 5.
Internationally recognized artists and rising stars from all over the world will congregate in Waterville, Maine, to participate in an inspiring musical experience. The festival will showcase a variety of timeless classical masterpieces, ranging from the Baroque era to the present, alongside iconoclastic new works by today’s composers. The festival also continues its tradition of offering the concerts free of charge as a gift to the community.
The Festival marks its fourth season with an extended focus on the global and national community through its I Am Four Years Old campaign — the donation of proceeds from each concert to UNICEF’s Achieving Zero campaign. Achieving Zero seeks to reduce the worldwide child mortality rate, preserving the lives of children in more than 150 countries who otherwise would die from preventable causes.
Acclaimed conductor Jonathan Schiffman will return to the festival to conduct the festival orchestra, led by internationally renowned concertmaster Dennis Kim, in the inaugural concert, to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Lorimer Chapel. The concert will feature cellist Jonah Kim, performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, followed by the Serenade No. 1 by Brahms.
The festival will present two additional orchestral concerts, conducted by Benjamin Scharwtz and Kenneth Kiesler, respectively.
The chamber concert series will be held on Wednesday and Fridays beginning the second week of the festival.
The Salon Series will return on Thursdays.
The festival also will premiere an all-new three to four day festival series on the future of music by beginning Tuesday, July 17, and a Piano Festival series beginning Saturday, July 21, with concerts by piano faculty from conservatories, including Jerome Lowenthal of the Juilliard School, and Gabriel Chodos of the New England Conservatory.
For information about festival or to make ticket reservations, visit atlanticmusicfestival.org, or call the festival office toll-free at 888-704-1311.