July 21 – 27, 2017Vol. 19, No. 7

Nine More Days of Free Classical Concerts at Colby

by Gregor Smith

Although the Maine International Film Festival is winding down, the Atlantic Music Festival is still gearing up. The latter has nine more days to go, with concerts with concerts nearly every evening and on some afternoons too. All concerts will be held on the Colby College and will have free admission.

The mainstay of the festival is its Chamber Music series. Three of these concerts have gone by, but four remain, on Friday, July 21, Saturday, July 22, Wednesday, July 26, and Friday, July 28. These chamber concerts, which will all take place in Lorimer Chapel and start at 7:00 p.m., will offer a musical potpourri of works from the 17th to the 21st centuries by soloists, duets, and small ensembles.

For a much less formal affair, come to the Salon @ the Bar at the Marchese Blue Light Pub on Sunday, July 23. Starting at 7:00, a succession of soloists and small groups will play and sing anything they like, from baroque to folk, including works they have composed themselves. The program will not be announced in advance, but is guaranteed to be eclectic. Patrons may come and go as they please and may order food and drink to enjoy while they listen.

For piano lovers, the AMF's Piano Institute will give recitals on Saturday, July 22 at 3:00 in Given Auditorium and Monday, July 24 at 7:00 in Lorimer Chapel. The first recital will feature various students of the institute, while the second will be a solo performance by the yet-to-be-determined winner of the festival's annual piano competition.

Wednesday at 4:00, it will be all about violins, violas, and cellos, as students of the AMF's String Seminar present ageless masterworks in Given Auditorium. Twenty-four hours later in Diamond Auditorium, composer and violinist Mari Kimura and the scholars in the AMF's Future Music Lab will offer, what the AMF website calls "the newest insights into new music performance, the use of interactive computer technology, extended technique, improvisation, and composition for an exciting new world of sound and technology."

Thursday at 7:00 in the Chapel, singers in the AMF's Opera Workshop will give a soirée of art songs, which are stand-alone songs, not part of an opera or other larger work, which are meant to be performed by a solo singer with piano accompaniment.

Finally, on Saturday, July 29 at 7:00 in the Chapel, the AMF Orchestra will offer the festival's final concert: Gioacchino Rossini's overture to his opera La gazza ladra ("The Thieving Magpie"), AMF founder and artistic director Solbong Kim's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, and Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 6.

To reduce paper waste, AMF does not print concert programs. Rather, the festival encourages audience members to follow along by viewing the program on the AMF website using their smartphones. (Please turn the ringer off and do not make or take any calls during the performance!) AMF staff will print paper copies on request for those who lack smartphones, or you can print one yourself before leaving home.

The schedule is subject to change, and more performances may be added. For the latest information, go to www.atlanticmusicfestival.org or call the AMF office at (888) 704-1311.