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The Atlantic Music Festival, a month-long celebration of classical music performed by young musicians who are rising stars from around the world, takes place at Colby College in Waterville this summer.

A series of 10 concerts begins July 16.

The festival’s goal is to cultivate originality, independence, and innovation in the American musical performance arena. Concerts are open to the public for free, but a donation of $15 is suggested, with donations of $25 or $50 encouraged. Tickets must be reserved in advance by clicking on the individual event listing at the festival’s website: www.atlanticmusicfestival.org.

This is the third year the Atlantic Music Festival has convened at Colby. The performance schedule includes five Salon Concert events offering a variety of musical surprises including chamber and solo favorites. Events include:

July 16, 7 p.m., Lorimer Chapel
Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra I

Conductor Jonathan Schiffman leads the orchestra in works of Bartok, Mendelssohn and Schubert.

July 20, 7 p.m., Lorimer Chapel
Salon Series I

July 22, 7p.m., Lorimer Chapel
Salon Series II

July 23, 7p.m., Lorimer Chapel
Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra II

Cellist Marco Pereira joins the AMF Orchestra in a performance of Haydn’s cello concerto under the baton of Jonathan Schiffman. More Haydn and a new work by AMF Artistic Director Solbong Kim round out the program.

July 24, 12:30 p.m., Outdoor
Lobster Bake/Concert

A chance for concertgoers to hear classical music and to mingle with festival students, fellows, faculty members, and staff in a relaxed, outdoor setting. Cost of the lobster bake is $45 per person (adults and children) for the public. Purchase tickets online.

July 27, 7 p.m., Lorimer Chapel
Salon Series III


July 29, 7p.m., Lorimer Chapel
Salon Series IV

July 30, 7p.m.. Lorimer Chapel
Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra III

Conductor Jonathan Schiffman leads the AMF Orchestra in a special concert with mezzo-soprano Amaya Dominguez performing Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Ete and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.

Aug. 3, 9 p.m., Lorimer Chapel
Salon Series V

Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Lorimer Chapel
Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra IV

In an evening of musical farewells, conductor Jonathan Schiffman leads the AMF Orchestra in its final performance of the season.