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2016–2017 Concert Series


AMF News

For Release: February 6, 2017

AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016-2017 27th SEASON CONTINUES

AMF Presents Horszowski Piano Trio

February 18, 2017

The American Music Festival of Carteret County is proud to continue its 27th Season on Saturday, February 18 at the History Museum (formerly The History Place) in Morehead City with the Horszowski Piano Trio. Two time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills joins founding Daedalus Quartet cellist Raman Ramakrishan and highly regarded concert pianist Rieko Aizawa to perform Beethoven’s Trio, Op. 70, No. 2; Rebecca Clark’s Trio; and Mendelssohn’s virtuosic C minor Trio. Based in New York City, the members of the Horszowski Trio teach at Columbia University and Bard College. This concert is dedicated in loving memory to Nan Cullman — courageous adventurer, musical enchantress, daring actress, dedicated mother and loving wife.

A local not-for-profit organization, the American Music Festival (AMF) has been “quietly” providing great music to Carteret County and Eastern North Carolina for the last 27 years. No need for music lovers to experience jammed airplanes, I-95 traffic, or wiggly trains to experience New York quality music. Now it’s right here in Carteret County.

All of this season’s AMF concerts will be held in the History Museum’s auditorium. This Morehead City facility has recently been refurbished to provide an intimate environment and fine acoustics for the classical music repertory. Not only does the audience get to experience works by great composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak, but also the occasional modern composer. Even better, a portion of the ticket proceeds and donations to AMF go to provide music outreach programs for county school children.

Tickets at the door are only $30.00. Call 252-728-6152 for reservations. Please also mark the following future concert date on your calendar: April 22, 2017, the Jasper Quartet (Haydn, Schubert and Kernis).

For more information and tickets visit www.americanmusicfestival.org or call 252-728-6152. The History Museum is located at 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. Parking is free.

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AMF News

For Release: January 1, 2017

AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016-2017 27th SEASON CONTINUES

Amit Peled: “Hommage à Pablo Casals”

January 28, 2017

The American Music Festival of Carteret County is proud to continue its 27th Season on Saturday, January 28 at the History Museum (The History Place) in Morehead City with Amit Peled in a unique Homage to Pablo Casals. Casals, who died in 1973, is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time. AMF Artistic Director Barbara McKenzie says that if you attend just one concert this season, this should be it! The program will feature excerpts from the “top ten” most popular cello works — works that Casals himself might have played for our audience. For example: the Bach First Suite.

The Amit Peled concert will provide a wonderful combination of well-known classical music, demonstrate a close connection between the artist and his instrument, and evoke a long musical tradition. Peled’s instrument will be the 1733 Goffriller Cello. This extremely valuable cello is one of the most classical and beautiful musical instruments in the world. Pablo Casals’ personal cello, it was loaned to Amit by Casals’ widow, Marta, so the instrument could be brought to life again.

Peled’s speciality is breaking down barriers between the performer and the audience. Mr. Peled has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in the world’s premier concert halls. He has also been featured on television and radio stations throughout the world, including National Public Radio’s Performance Today. When not performing, Mr. Peled is a professor at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

A local not-for-profit organization, the American Music Festival (AMF) has been “quietly” providing great music to Carteret County and Eastern North Carolina for the last 27 years. No need for music lovers to experience jammed airplanes, I-95 traffic, or wiggly trains to experience New York-quality music when it’s right here in Carteret County.

All of this season’s concerts will be held in the History Museum’s auditorium. This Morehead City facility has recently been refurbished to provide an intimate environment and fine acoustics for the classical music repertory. Not only does the audience get to experience works by great composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak, but also the occasional modern composer. Even better, a portion of the ticket proceeds and donations to AMF go to provide music outreach programs for county school children.

Tickets at the door are only $30.00. Call 252-728-6152 for reservations. Please also mark the following future concert date on your calendar: February 18, 2017, The Horszowski Piano Trio (featuring works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven).

For more information and tickets visit www.americanmusicfestival.org or call 252-728-6152. The History Museum is located at 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. Parking is free.

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AMF News

For Release: October 10, 2016

AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016-2017 27th SEASON CONTINUES

The Kontras Quartet

November 5, 2016

The American Music Festival of Carteret County is proud to continue its 27th Season on Saturday, November 5 at the History Museum (The History Place) in Morehead City.

A local not-for-profit organization, the American Music Festival (AMF) has been “quietly” providing great music to Carteret County and Eastern North Carolina for the last 27 years. No need for music lovers to experience jammed airplanes, I-95 traffic, or wiggly trains, while our audiences experience big-city music right here in Carteret County.

The November 5th concert will feature the Kontras Quartet from Chicago. The Kontras Quartet is admired for their superlative artistry, and they have established a national following for their nuanced performances. The Kontras Quartet records for MSR Classics and recently released two new albums. Recent and upcoming performances include multiple broadcasts, the Chicago Symphony Center, the Juillard School, and television performances on NBC and CBS. The quartet enjoys educational work of all kinds, and has been the Quartet in Residence at Western Michigan University for two years. In addition to their concert schedule, the Quartet will hold teaching residencies at Elmhurst College and Applachian State University this year. They also work with the Chicago Public Schools with the support of a grant from the Boeing company. Kontras has also made a significant educational impact in North Carolina with some 200 interactive outreach programs.

The November 5th concert will feature Dvorak’s Quartet No. 9, Villa Lobos’ lush Quartet No. 5, and Visconti’s soulful "America Black Bend."

All of this season’s concerts will be held in the History Museum’s auditorium. This Morehead City facility has recently been refurbished to provide an intimate environment and fine acoustics for the classical music repertory. Not only does the audience get to experience works by great composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak, but also the occasional modern composer. Even better, a portion of the ticket proceeds and donations to AMF go to provide music outreach programs for county school children.

Tickets at the door are only $30.00. Four-concert season tickets are now only $100. Subscribe now and save! Call 252-728-6152 for reservations. Please also mark the following future concert dates on your calendar:

Saturday, January 28, 2017, Special Event! Amit Peled, Cello, (Bach, Beethoven)

Saturday, February 18, 2017, Horszowski Piano Trio, (Beethoven)

Saturday, April 22, 2017, Jasper Quartet, (Schubert, Mozart)

The January 28 concert is perhaps the one concert not to miss this season. Period! Amit Peled will be playing the 1733 Goffriter cello that was presented to Amit by Pablo Casals’ wife. Her wish was that Pablo’s great cello be brought to life once more. The program is one that might have been given by Casals himself.

For more information and tickets visit www.americanmusicfestival.org or call 252-728-6152. The History Museum is located at 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. Parking is free.

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AMF News

For Release: March 18, 2016

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS THE GRAMMY NOMINATED ENSO STRING QUARTET

The American Music Festival of Carteret County completes its 26th season on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8 PM with the New York-based Enso String Quartet. The concert will be held at The History Place in Morehead City, NC. The name Enso is derived from the Japanese Zen painting of the circle, which represents many things: perfection and imperfection, the moment of chaos that is creation, the emptiness of the void, the endless circle of life and the fullness of the spirit.

The Enso Quartet will perform Beethoven’s great Harp Quartet, Opus 74 from the composer’s “middle period.” They will also play Alberto Ginastera’s String Quartet No 2 in celebration of the Argentinian composer’s 100th anniversary. The group will close the evening with the lovely Italian Serenade by Hugo Wolf.

Described by Strad magazine as “thrilling,” and praised by the Washington Post for its “glorious sonorities,” the Enso has won numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In the words of Classical Voice, it is “one of the eminent string quartets of our era.” Apart from a busy touring and teaching schedule, the New York-based quartet has made a number of critically acclaimed recordings for the Naxos label. In appraising the Enso’s Grammy-nominated album of works by Alberto Ginastera, the reviewer for MusicWeb International declared, “The performances here by the Enso Quartet from America are quite staggeringly brilliant. I don’t think I have been so thrilled by the sound of a string quartet in a long time.... If I could give this disc a standing ovation of one...I would!” Fall 2014 marked the release of the Enso’s fifth recording for Naxos — featuring the quartets of Puccini, Verdi and Strauss.

The group tours extensively in the U.S. with concerts at Bargemusic in New York, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Recent highlights include debuts at the Kennedy Center and in Seattle at Town Hall, and returns to Interlochen and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston. In the summer of 2013 the group made debut appearances in both Brazil and Mexico, at Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordao and Festival Internacional de Musica de Camera San Miguel de Allende.

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AMF News

For Release: February 10, 2016

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS ALL-BACH WITH MAGNOLIA BAROQUE

The American Music Festival of Carteret County continues its 26th season on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 8 PM with Magnolia Baroque in an all-Bach performance dedicated to Nan Cullman, for her years of enthusiastic support and sponsorship. The concert will be held at The History Place in Morehead City, NC.

The Magnolia Baroque is the largest Baroque performing group to perform for the Eastern North Carolina audience in many years. It's not a typical symphony orchestra, but it is something much rarer: a real Bach-like Baroque Symphony Orchestra. This will just sound better in the familiar but intimate space offered by the History Place. The evening's all-Bach concert will feature the hugely popular Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor. The Magnolia Baroque will also play Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in A Major and the Violin Sonata in G Major. The audience will also recognize his rousing and well loved "Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen" featuring baroque trumpet and sung by Hanna Carter, Soprano.

In addition to the featured soloists (baroque trumpet and soprano) the Magnolia Baroque ensemble consists of two Violins, a Viola, a Violone, a Cello, a Theorbo, a Baroque Flute, a Trumpet, and a Harpsichord.

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AMF News

For Release: January 7, 2016

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS FROM LINCOLN CENTER THE CALIDORE STRING QUARTET FEATURING WORKS BY BEETHOVEN & MENDELSSOHN

Calidore Quartet

The American Music Festival of Carteret County continues its 26th season on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 8 PM with the Calidore Quartet. The concert will be held at The History Place in Morehead City, NC.

The six year old Calidore Quartet is comprised of three American and one Canadian musician. Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan are on the violin, Jeremy Berry on the viola and Estelle Choi, cello. The quartet was formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles and has won numerous national and international grand prizes and awards. They were recently appointed to the roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two for the 2016-2019 seasons. Strings Magazine says of them, “four highly intelligent, deeply sensitive virtuosos.” David Finckel, Co-director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center says, “Today’s classical music world is heavily populated with young string quartets and it’s a rare occasion when one turns heads as convincingly as the Calidore Quartet. This dynamic and intelligent ensemble has already demonstrated skill and maturity beyond their collective years, and they show seemingly endless potential.”

The music to be performed by the Calidore Quartet includes Beethoven’s Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3, Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 80, and Webern’s “Langsamer Satz” for the string quartet. This concert will cover the historical waterfront from the classical period to the romantic period to the modern period. Truly, this “introductory” concert is a great way to begin a new year of wonderful music.

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AMF News

For Release: November 15, 2015

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
PRESENTS ITS CHRISTMAS CONCERT

“BEYOND BAROQUE IN BEAUFORT”

The American Music Festival of Carteret County will continue its 26th Season on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8 PM with “Beyond Baroque.” The concert will be held at the Carteret County Public Library in Beaufort, NC. This concert is timed to provide an integrated Christmas experience in coordination with the Beaufort Historical Association Candlelight Homes Tour. Tickets for these events make excellent early Christmas presents!

The concert will feature music by Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann and others. Just the sort of music that might have been performed in pre-Revolutionary Beaufort at Christmas time. Highlights include Vivaldi’s “Winter,” Telemanns’s Trio Sonata on “Greensleves” and J. S. Bach’s “Air” from his Suite No.3 in D Major.

This Christmas Concert will feature Beverly Biggs on harpsichord. Ms. Biggs is the artistic director of “Baroque and Beyond,” which is based in Chapel Hill. She appears regularly with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra. Her primary concert instrument is a replica of the 1769 Pascal Taskin harpsichord found in the Yale University collection.

The American Music Festival brings world-class music and musicians to Carteret County, but at Down East prices. Great music truly benefits from great performing artists, and these will be supplied in abundance this season to fully bring this seasonal music to life.

AMF is proud to be able to continue to provide fine music for Eastern NC. This is not possible without community support. This includes season ticket purchasers, individual donors, advertisers, local businesses and grants from the Carteret County Arts Council, the NC Arts Council, the Olde Towne Rotary Club, and a media partnership with Public Radio East. Gifts and grants also make possible special outreach performances in area schools.

Tickets are $30. Tickets are available at the door, by mail, or online. Discounted $15 tickets are available for students, full time teachers, and active duty military with ID.

Both season tickets and individual concert tickets may be reserved by calling 252-728-6152. Mail orders should be addressed to AMF, P.O. Box 1099, Beaufort, NC 28516. On-line tickets are available at http://americanmusicfestival.eventbrite.com.

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AMF News

For Release: September 2, 2015

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS ITS 26th SEASON

Coming to Carteret County — Five Dazzling Evening Concerts!

Simply Classical!

The American Music Festival of Carteret County will kick off its 26th season on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8 PM at The History Place in Morehead City.

The American Music Festival brings world class music and musicians to Carteret County — but at Down East Prices. This season’s concerts will be held at The History Place in Morehead City, NC, with the exception of the Christmas Concert, which will be held at the Carteret County Public Library in Beaufort. The brilliance of Beethoven and the great Baroque composers provide themes that will be explored in this season’s concerts. For example, selected Beethoven early, middle and late period quartets will be performed. In addition, some of the rest of the world’s greatest classical music and favorite composers will be presented, including works by Brahms, Mozart, Vivaldi and Schubert.

Great music truly benefits from great performing artists, and these will be supplied in abundance this season to fully bring this music to life. Some of the very best of this generation’s artists will perform for us this season.

The September 26 concert will feature the award-winning Ariel Quartet from Israel. The Ariel Quartet is noted both for individual talent and their ensemble playing. The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman.

December 12 will bring Beyond Baroque to the Carteret County Public Library. This concert will be timed to provide an integrated Christmas experience in coordination with the Beaufort Historical Society Christmas Candlelight Walk. Tickets for this event make excellent early Christmas presents.

On January 23, the Calidore String Quartet of SUNY will join forces with Barbara McKenzie, piano, to perform a Brahms Quintet and other popular works. The Calidore Quartet is known for capturing hearts with its mature depth and the sheer beauty of perfectly matched strings. Calidore has won prizes in virtually all the major US Chamber Music competitions.

February 27 will bring the Magnolia Baroque Ensemble, which is a nonet! This ensemble began as a biannual Baroque music festival at the Old Salem Home Moravian Church.

The season will conclude on April 9 with the Grammy-nominated Enso Quartet. This Quartet began at Yale University. The Classical Voice has described Enso as “one of the eminent string quartets of our era.”

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AMF News

For Release: March 16, 2015

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL CONTINUES
ITS 25th SEASON

 “Music Among Friends”

SPECIAL 25th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT — SUBLIME SONG

April 25, 2015

The American Music Festival of Carteret County completes its 25th season on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8 PM at the History Place in Morehead City with a notable concert featuring Barbara McKenzie, piano, and one of America’s most distinguished young baritones, Thomas Meglioranza. Ms. McKenzie is well known to the Eastern North Carolina audience. She is a founder of the American Music Festival and is the Artist in Residence as well as being the Artistic Director of the American Music Festival. This concert will feature beautiful selections from Schumann, Schubert, Debussy and popular song hits from the “American Songbook.”

Mr. Meglioranza regularly performs around the US at such venues as Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, the National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony. Meglioranza has charmed audiences and critics alike since his winning the Naumberg and Concert Artists Guild competitions. The New Yorker lauds his “mellifluous voice.” The Boston Globe applauds his “compelling artistry.” A New York Times critic wrote “one’s jaw dropped,” and that he was “stunned by the dark beauty of his voice and ‘GQ’-like stage presence.” Together McKenzie and Meglioranza will artfully create “sublime song.”

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AMF News

For Release: January 16, 2015

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL CONTINUES
ITS 25th SEASON

 “Music Among Friends”

Zéphyros Winds

February 21, 2015

The American Music Festival of Carteret County continues its 25th season on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 8 PM at the History Place in Morehead City with a notable concert featuring Zéphyros Winds — one of America’s most distinguished chamber ensembles. This group brings together five of the best wind virtuosos of this generation. Zéphyros made its New York concert debut opening the 2004 Mostly Mozart Festival and has since performed at the nation’s most prestigious concert venues, including the Library of Congress, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and the Lincoln Center.

In 2010 Zéphyros Winds performed in Beijing at the Chinese National Center for the Performing Arts. Their live recording of Irving Fine’s “Partita for Woodwind Quintet” was released on Bridge Records. Zéphyros has given master classes at the Yale School of Music, the Julliard School, and the Eastman School of Music.

The Washington Post says “This young ensemble could convince you that the sound of music in heaven is a delicately blended and balanced ensemble of flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon.” To round out the musical picture Zéphyros Winds will be joined by the American Music Festival’s own Artist-in-Residence, Barbara McKenzie, in a rare, special performance of the Beethoven Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds. The Winds will also perform Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Endre Szervánsky’s Wind Quintet No. 1.

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AMF News

For Release: December 20, 2014

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL CONTINUES
ITS 25th SEASON

 “Music Among Friends”

Ivan Moshchuk, Piano Soloist

January 10, 2015

The American Music Festival of Carteret County continues its 25th season on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8 PM at the History Place in Morehead City. This concert will feature the piano music of Chopin played by the brilliant young Russian American pianist, Ivan Moshchuk. One reviewer says of Ivan: “the best of the best...unmatched perfection.” Lovers of the piano and Chopin won’t want to miss this concert!

Ivan finished his Bachelor’s degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, studying with Leon Fleisher, then obtained a yearlong residency at Cite International des Arts in Paris and has just finished his first CD — the Berlin Project. At 23 he has already enjoyed an impressive European career debuting with the Polish Chamber Orchestra, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has as well concluded several successful orchestra tours in Germany, Switzerland and the Ukraine. His live performances have been broadcast internationally on TV and Radio, including NPR’s Performance Today. In September he presented part one of an all Chopin tour at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh. When not performing, he conducts independent research in music theory and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

The musical program for this concert will present two of Chopin’s popular “late works,” Sonata No. 3, Op. 58 and the Three Mazurkas, Op 59. Earlier works will include the Scherzo, Op. 31 and the Sonata, Op. 35.

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AMF News

For Release: November 15, 2014

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL CONTINUES
ITS 25th SEASON

 “Music Among Friends”

The Vivaldi Project String Trio

December 13, 2014

The American Music Festival of Carteret County continues its 25th season on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8 PM at the lovely Carteret County Public Library in Beaufort. This concert, will feature the “Vivaldi Project String Trio” from Washington, DC.

For a complete holiday experience, this 8 PM concert follows the 5-8 PM Beaufort Historical Association’s Christmas Candlelight Tour. See traditional Christmas decorations in Beaufort and enjoy seasonal candlelight as you walk the festive streets, sing with carolers and then come to enjoy the Vivaldi Project in comfort to complete the day! The Library itself will be seasonally decorated.

The program celebrates composers whose music we delight in every year during the Christmas season — Vivaldi, Boccherini, Cambini, Haydn, and Mozart. The Vivaldi Project Trio is dedicated to presenting not only the instrumental works of the virtuoso violinist and composer, Antonio Vivaldi, but also those of his contemporaries and later classical composers inspired by Vivaldi’s innovative contributions to music. A highlight of this concert will be the performance of Mozart’s Divertimento in E Flat Major — which is so masterful its grand scale positively dwarfs all other trios. It is not known for what precise occasion Mozart wrote the divertimento, but without doubt he gave it everything he had: exploiting all technical possibilities presented by the three instruments, integrating each voice equally and fully into the texture, and combining these elements with his ingenious compositional skill.

The Vivaldi Project Trio consists of a cellist and two violinists. Violinist Elizabeth Field is the founder and co-director of The Vivaldi Project and the Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments (EMMI). She is currently concertmaster of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and guest concertmaster of the National Philharmonic. Ms. Field is an Associate Professor of Violin at George Washington University as well as a regular guest instructor at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Violinist/violist Allison Edberg Nyquist has been praised by the Chicago Sun Times as “impeccable, with unerring intonation and an austere beauty.” She has performed throughout North America, collaborating with many of the top baroque ensembles, including Chatham Baroque, Ensemble Galilei, Apollo's Fire, and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. She begins a new position at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music as baroque violin instructor this fall.

Cellist Stephanie Vial is a sought-after chamber musician and soloist. She has performed with many of North America's period instrument ensembles and has recorded for the Dorian Label, Naxos, Hungaroton, and Centaur Records. Vial holds degrees from Northwestern University, Indiana University, and Cornell University, where she received a doctorate in 18th-century performance practice. Her book, The Art of Musical Phrasing in the Eighteenth Century: Punctuating the Classical “Period,” published in 2008 by the University of Rochester Press' Eastman Studies in Music Series, was praised by Malcolm Bilson as “inspired scholarship.” Vial has taught at Cornell University, Duke University, is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a regular guest teacher at The Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. She is co-director of The Vivaldi Project and its Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments.

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AMF News

For Release: August 29, 2014

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS
ITS 25th SEASON

 “Music Among Friends”

The American Music Festival of Carteret County kicks off its 25th season on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8 PM at The History Place in Morehead City. The American Music Festival brings world class music and musicians to Carteret County but at Down East prices. This season’s concerts will be held at The History Place in Morehead City, NC, with the exception of the Christmas Concert which will take place at the Carteret County Public Library in Beaufort.

This season’s five-concert program showcases wonderful music and outstanding artists from North Carolina and well beyond. The first concert of the 2014-2015 season will be on October 18. This concert will feature the Horszowski Piano Trio. This trio was formed in 2011 and has recently completed a world tour and performed at the Marlboro Festival, the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and at the DaCamera Society in Los Angeles. Their AMF Program presents Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Haydn. The New Yorker magazine says of this Trio “They are destined for great things.”

The December 13 concert, by the Vivaldi Project Trio, will bring to life the string trio as perfected by the masters Corelli and Vivaldi. Their music will be performed on period instruments, ones that might have been seen and heard in Revolutionary Period Beaufort. Their music will include trios by Haydn, Boccherini and Mozart plus delightful holiday favorites. This Beaufort Library Concert is included this year as part of the regular five-concert season. This continues a new Beaufort tradition of historical and seasonal Christmas Music presented in collaboration with the Beaufort Historical Association’s Christmas Candlelight Tour in a real seasonal treat. Tickets for this concert make a unique Christmas present!

January 10 will bring a return visit by young Russian-American pianist Ivan Moshchuk, 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award winner. He has previously wowed Eastern NC audiences and will perform works by the two B’s and one R; Beethoven, Bach and Rachmaninoff. Moshchuk has performed in major festivals as soloist and with orchestras in the US, Poland, Germany, Holland, France, and Austria.

February 21 will offer the Zephyros Winds, which brings together five of the finest wind players of this generation. They have recently appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, Lincoln Center and Dumbarton Oaks. Their concert will include some of the greatest musical treasures for wind quintet, for example, the Beethoven Piano Quintet with the AMF’s own pianist, Barbara McKenzie.

The 2014-2015 Season will conclude on April 25, 2015 with Baritone Thomas Meglioranza and pianist Barbara McKenzie. Called “one of Americas finest young baritones” by NY Newsday, Meglioranza was a winner of the prestigious Walter W. Naumberg Competition. His recent engagements include the National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmoic, and the Boston Symphony. Mr. Meglioranza will perform songs by Strauss and Schubert and from the “American Songbook.” The New York Times has described his singing as “Sublime is the first word that comes to mind...stunning.” This concert will include the audience in a special Gala celebration of AMF’s 25th Anniversary.

Media Contact: Tip Noe
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