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The American Music Festival


2016–2017 Concert Series

A Message from our Artistic Director

Dear Friends,

Summer is well along and for the 27th year it’s time again to launch the American Music Festival’s new season. Welcome to AMF’s Classical Concerts 2016-17 subscription — a stunning series of brilliant artists in five concerts you will not want to miss!

Selected for their gold-medal-award-winning and breathtaking performances, AMF presents the Pan-Asian ZORÁ, international KONTRAS and American JASPER string quartets along with the return of the HORSZOWSKI PIANO TRIO.

Whether you are a returning member or new to live classical music, you will be inspired by these globe-trotting artists who will simply enthrall you with their mastery, passion and love of music!

In addition to hearing some of the world’s monumental classical treasures from Mozart, Dvorák, Beethoven and Schubert, you’ll hear stunning new works including the touching Tenebrae from Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov who draws musical idioms from his Jewish heritage and Klezmer traditions; American composer Dan Visconti’s Black Bend inspired by American ‘blues’ as well as an exquisite, transcendental Meditation from Aaron Jay Kernis, American composer in residence at Yale.

“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”  — Pablo Casals

This season also includes a priceless performance with cellist Amit Peled, who brings to life an historic concert program performed by the legendary Pablo Casals — on Casals’ own cello. Same cello, same music...100 years later with one of the world’s most fascinating cellists, Israeli-American Amit Peled.

We invite you to subscribe today — 5 distinctive concerts at $120 — and SAVE! (NOTE: Single tickets are $30 at the door) Enjoy timeless musical offerings right in Carteret County!

Prepare to be inspired!


Barbara McKenzie
Artistic Director

Concert Descriptions

Please see the Program page for more on this season’s concerts.

*(Check out artists' websites for live performance videos, profiles and reviews.)

AMF is grateful for support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.