Jan 19, 2015 10:34AM
Entering its fourteenth season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has become one the most prestigious music events of its kind, both nationally and in the Southeast. The AICMF features internationally acclaimed talent from across the globe to enrich the cultural life of Amelia Island, Jacksonville, and the surrounding areas. What began as a month-long festival held during the month of May, the concerts are now spread throughout the winter and spring, allowing chamber music lovers to enjoy an even more diverse selection of classical and innovative artists and performances. The 2015 season is the “year of the violin,” says Executive Director Dr. Joseph Marasco. “We kicked off our Winter Series in November with violinist virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine, performing a program of Bach and Paganini,” says Marasco. “Our January 31 concert features Anne Akiko Meyers, violin, with Max Levinson, piano, and Artistic Director, Christopher Rex, cello, in a concert called ‘From Russia to Broadway and the Movies.’ And, on March 1, Joshua Bell, regarded as the world’s best and most talented musician, will perform a concert called the ‘Joshua Bell Spectacular’ at Amelia Plantation Chapel.” Equally at home as a violin soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and orchestra leader, Bell has earned the rare title of “classical music superstar.” “This is the year that we are getting back to our roots,” says Marasco. “These three violin virtuosos are the most outstanding in the world. This is what chamber music is all about.” But there are a lot more strings to be heard in the seven Winter Series concerts, scheduled for January 31 through March 29. On February 10, Amernet String Quartet will perform “a program entitled a “Grand Tour of Europe” at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, featuring the music of Wolf, Goldmark, and Chausson. The Christiania Trio, comprised of David Coucheron, violin, Julie Coucheron, piano, and Christopher Rex, cello, will perform the music of Beethoven and Piazzolla at Café Karibo in a luncheon concert called “Archdukes and Tangos”. Terry Barber is a countertenor, a soloist whose voice ranges from baritone to soprano. He will be performing with Alina Kiryayeva, piano, in a concert called “Classical for Everyone” at Amelia Baptist Church on February 17. Just a few days later, on February 24, chamber music lovers will be treated to a foot-stomping grand old time when the Kruger Brothers, a fixture within the world of acoustic music, appear at Walker’s Landing at Amelia Island Plantation in a concert called “Strummin’ and Pluckin’ Like No One Else.” And, closing the Winter Series, Joshua Bell, violin, with Sam Haywood, piano, will perform a once-in-a-lifetime concert that is sure to be a sell-out, so get your tickets early! “Few other chamber music festivals will match the quality and depth of our 2015 line-up,” says Artistic Director Christopher Rex. “We have attracted such elite musical talent because the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is widely recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent cultural events. Attaining this status is a tribute to our thousands of concert-goers, our generous sponsors and donors, and our dedicated corps of hardworking volunteers. This broad base of support truly makes the AICMF your festival, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to you!” For more details about the various concerts and to purchase tickets, call (904) 261-1779 or visit www.aicmf.com.