Chamber Music Festival Opening Is Coming Up

The 22nd season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will open on Friday, Jan. 13 with a performance by the festival’s quartet in residence, the Dover Quartet. 

The Grammy-nominated quartet will play an Amy Beach piece along with Haydn and Mendelssohn pieces. Amy Beach was an American composer and pianist who was born in 1867. Her Gaelic Symphony, performed in 1896, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. The program includes Joseph Haydn: Quartet in C major, Hob.III:77, Op. 76, No. 3 (“Emperor”); Amy Beach: Quartet for Strings (In One Movement), Op. 89; and Felix Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 44, No. 3. The performance is in the Memorial United Methodist Church Sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.

A few days later, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine will performTickets for both concerts and the entire festival season can be purchased at or by calling 904-261-1779.

The Dover Quartet artists, Joel Link, violin; Bryan Lee, violin; Hezekiah Leung, viola; and Camden Shaw, cello, are in heavy demand. In addition to a faculty role at the Curtis Institute of Music, the quartet holds residencies at the Kennedy Center, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, and Artosphere – as well as the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

The quartet will return on March 18 along with Robert Díaz and Elissa Lee Koljonen. Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music. Koljonen is a well-known violinist. For more information and tickets visit or call 904-261-1779.