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Amelia Islander

Expect the Unexpected

Apr 28, 2014 02:00AM
The thirteenth season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival began in late January with five extraordinary WinterFest performances, and the SpringFest season will feature fourteen more exceptional performances in May and June. The theme of the star-studded 2014 season is “Expect the Unexpected,” meaning you will enjoy more than traditional chamber music at the upcoming festival.

A “Cellobration” concert will be performed on May 6th at 7:30 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Atlantic Avenue, featuring the Linden String Quartet and Zuill Bailey, along with Elizabeth Pridgen and Christopher Rex. The artists will play works by Mendelssohn, Webern, Popper, and the great Schubert Cello Quintet.

The Linden String Quartet is one the country’s premier young string ensembles. Founded in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the quartet has enjoyed remarkable success in six short years, winning numerous international competitions. Zuill Bailey is one of the premiere cellists in the world. His artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality have secured his place as one of the most sought-after cellists today. A consummate concerto soloist, Mr. Bailey has been featured with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and has collaborated with such conductors as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton, James DePriest and Stanislav Skrowaczewski. Praised for her “big piano presence” (American Record Guide), Elizabeth Pridgen has distinguished herself as a soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Pridgen is Distinguished Artist and Piano Chair at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.aicmf.com.