Amelia Island, Florida’s northernmost barrier island on the Atlantic, will celebrate the tenth season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival May 13 – June 8, 2012. Nearly 3,300 people attended the festival last year, over 70 artists performed in 30 venues in the area.
This year a variety of international stars and emerging talent will come to Amelia Island, including: cellist Lynn Harrell, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, pianists Orli Shaham and Natasha Paremski, the Four Nations Ensemble, the Linden String Quartet, violinist David Coucheron and his sister, pianist Julie Coucheron. On the lighter side, fiddler and composer April Verch and her band will present an old fashioned hoedown. You can also come to three popular Beer & G Strings performances, a French cabaret, and a series of free community concerts. The festival will also present a performance by the Beth Newdome Resident Festival Artists, performing as The Old City Quartet. Un Voyage Musical Francais: A Journey through the Art and Music of France will be a thematic component of our eleventh season. These performances will encompass French chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries, the Romantic Age, Impressionism and the 20th century. Paintings will be presented at some of these programs to demonstrate the relationship between the music being performed and the visual art of the times.