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AMF News

For Release: February 11, 2018

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS ACRONYM IN CONCERT

The American Music Festival of Carteret County proudly presents ACRONYM in concert, 8:00 PM Saturday, February 24, at First Presbyterian Church in Morehead City. These gutsy troubadours seem more like a contemporary music group than a Baroque string band, so don't expect to hear anything stiff or artificial. Their sound is luxurious; their interpretations are expressive and warm and loaded with rhythmic surprises and unforgettable melodies.

Tickets at the door are only $30.00. For more information and tickets visit www.americanmusicfestival.org or call 252-342-5034. First Presbyterian Church is located at 1604 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. Parking is free.

Please also mark the following future concert date on your calendar: April 7 — Calidore Quartet; at the First Presbyterian Church.

About the American Music Festival

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 28 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.

A portion of the ticket proceeds and donations to AMF go to provide music outreach programs for county school children. Last season's outreach featured flutist David Key and storyteller Barbara McKenzie presenting a musical adventure with a Native American genesis to more than 500 Carteret County school children.

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AMF News

For Release: January 8, 2018

THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL DUO FRANÇAIS CONCERT WILL BE A REAL TREAT

The American Music Festival of Carteret County presents “An American in Paris” with Nicholas Duchamp, a leader in the great tradition of French flute playing and pianist Barbara McKenzie of Duo Français in a concert to be held at 8:00 PM on January 27 at the History Museum of Carteret County.

The program begins with an introduction to French musical style, starting with a charming “court” Sonata from Jean Marie LECLAIR (1697-1764) and continuing with music of Debussy, and Phillip Gaubert. The listener connects with the grace, refinement and ease in French music — an easily recognizable soundscape that mirrors one of the great Western cultural personalities.

The second half of the program presents a tone poem of Lilli Boulanger and exuberant Sonata from Aaron Copland to portray the influence French musicians had on the burgeoning, post-Germanic American sound and the influence American musical genres (Rag, Blues, Jazz, Appalachian Folk) had on French composers.

American composers, such as Aaron Copland, went to Paris to study in a time when great experimentation and creativity were the norm. They were encouraged by French musicians such as Nadia Boulanger to recognize and incorporate the kind of original “American” music heard in our Appalachian folk songs, and African rhythmic/musical influences.

Aaron Copland’s Sonata for Flute and Piano is a prime example of American compositional style and “the sound of America” which resulted from this musical synthesis. One hears the results of the development of an original American “sound” in a classical tradition. It uniquely represents the open spaces and fresh, youthful energy of the growing country and its cultural repository.

Tickets at the door are only $30.00. Call 252-728-6152 for reservations. Please also mark the following future concert dates on your calendar: February 24 — Acronym; April 7 — Calidore Quartet; both at the First Presbyterian Church.

For more information and tickets visit www.americanmusicfestival.org or call 252-342-5034. The History Museum of Carteret County (formerly The History Place) is located at 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. Parking is free.

About the American Music Festival

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 28 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.

A portion of the ticket proceeds and donations to AMF go to provide music outreach programs for county school children. Last season's outreach featured flutist David Key and storyteller Barbara McKenzie presenting a musical adventure with a Native American genesis to more than 500 Carteret County school children.

Media Contact:
Wouter Ketel
(252) 342-5034
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(252) 342-5034



AMF News

For Release: October 17, 2017

THE SCHUMANN QUARTET IN CONCERT

The American Music Festival’s second concert of the 2017-18 season will present the Schumann Quartet, on Saturday, November 4, at 8:00 PM. The Schumann Quartet hails from Germany, and are currently in a three-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/). “Their youthful verve, audible enthusiasm, and breathtaking technical mastery creates a powerful musical experience altogether inspiring.”

The concert will present classical favorites, including Haydn’s Quartet in G Major, Op. 33, No. 5; Samuel Barber’s Op. 11 Quartet (including its famous Adagio), and Schubert’s beloved “Rosamunde” Quartet.

The November 4 concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1604 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. Four of this season’s concerts will be held in the Presbyterian Church. This Morehead City facility has excellent acoustics and ample space for the audience. Parking is free.

The January 27, 2018 concert with the DUO Fran├žais will be held at the History Museum of Carteret County (formerly known as “The History Place.”)

Tickets at the door are only $30.00. For more information, tickets and reservations visit www.americanmusicfestival.org, or call 252-342-5034.

Please also mark the following future concert dates on your calendar: January 27, 2018 Duo Fran├žais (at the History Place) February 24, 2018 Acronym (at the First Presbyterian Church) April 7, 2018 Calidore Quartet (at the First Presbyterian Church)

Media Contact:
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AMF News

For Release: August 9, 2017

AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 28th SEASON BEGINS WITH AMIT PELED, CELLOBRATION!

The American Music Festival of Carteret County is proud to begin its 28th Season on Saturday, September 9 in Morehead City with Amit Peled and his five-cello “Cello Gang." This concert will be a unique collaboration between Mr. Peled, his cello students and the audience. Mr. Peled says that “creating music with my very own flesh and blood students has been truly special to me. Witnessing how they blossom on stage, engage with the public and create magical moments has given me the greatest pleasure...” Part of the audience experience will be exposure to Amit Peled’s instrument, the 1733 Goffriller Cello. This Cello is one of the most classic and beautiful musical instruments in the world. This instrument was used by Pablo Casals and was loaned to Amit by Casals’ widow, Marta, so the instrument could be brought to life again.

The concert will present a wide range of classical favorites from the Baroque to the Contemporary, including works by Boccherini, Handel, Schubert, Ligetti, Haydn and a special composition by Pablo Casals. The Baltimore Sun newspaper says of this group “true artistry...compelling.” This will be one of the few places in the world that cello music of this class can be heard this season.

Mr. Peled’s specialty 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 TV and radio stations throughout the world, including NPR’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 28 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.

The September 9 concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1604 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. Most of of this season’s AMF concerts will be held in the Presbyterian Church. This Morehead City facility has excellent acoustics and ample space for the audience. A portion of the ticket proceeds and donations to AMF go to provide music outreach programs for county school children. Last season’s outreach featured flutist David Key and storyteller Barbara McKenzie presenting a musical adventure with a native American genesis to more than 500 County school children.

Tickets at the door are only $30.00. Call 252-728-6152 for reservations. Five-concert discounted season tickets will also be available for $120.00 which includes this concert. Please also mark the following future concert date on your calendar: November 4, 2017, for the Schumann Quartet.

For more information and tickets visit www.americanmusicfestival.org or call 252-728-6152. The Presbyterian Church is located at 1604 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. Parking is free.

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AMF News

For Release: February 6, 2017

AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL TO COMPLETE 2016-2017 27th SEASON

AMF Presents Jasper String Quartet April 22, 2017

The American Music Festival of Carteret County is proud to complete its 27th Season on Saturday, April 22 at 8 PM at the History Museum (formerly, The History Place) in Morehead City with the Jasper String Quartet of Philadelphia. The Quartet was a recent winner of the Chamber Music America Cleveland Quartet Award. They are currently the Ensemble in Residence at the Temple University Center for Gifted Young Musicians. They trained at Oberlin University, Rice University and Yale University. The Jasper String Quartet records for the Sono Luminus Label. It is said that the Jasper String Quartet represents a new golden age in American Chamber Music.

The Jasper Quartet will perform Schubert’s virtuosic “Death and the Maiden” and the “Meditation” from American composer Aaron J. Kernis’ “Musica Celestis.” Kernis’ work will remind listeners of Samuel Barber’s Adagio. Both of these works have been very well received by audiences like ours. This concert is something to really look forward to.

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.

The season’s “finale” concert will be held in the History Museum’s auditorium. This Morehead City facility has 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, but, even better, a portion of the ticket proceeds and donations to AMF go to provide music outreach programs for county school children. This year’s award-winning outreach program featured artist educators David Key and Barbara McKenzie in an Earth Day 2017 presentation. The program used story telling, dramatic interpretation and Native American inspired instruments to highlight self-discovery and a mindfulness for all of life on earth.

Tickets at the door are only $30.00. Call 252-728-6152 for reservations. Notably, special discounted tickets for the upcoming 2017-2018 season will be available for purchase at this concert. For more information and ticket reservations, 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: 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.

Media Contact:
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AMF News

For Release: January 1, 2017

AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016-2017 27th SEASON CONTINUES

Presenting 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.

Media Contact:
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(252) 728-6152
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AMF News

For Release: October 10, 2016

AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016-2017 27th SEASON CONTINUES, WITH 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.

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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 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.

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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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