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Posted: May 10, 2013 2:34 p.m.

Dinner concert to open Madison chamber event

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Time for Three

The 11th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival will open May 21 with a dinner concert at Town 220. This spectacular evening of music will feature “the world’s first classically-trained garage band,” Time for Three. These string players are versatile wonder boys; trained at Curtis Institute, they perform repertoire from Bach to Brahms to bluegrass, from original compositions to the Beatles. They have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to jazz clubs, and from European festivals to high profile sports events. This concert sponsored by Nancy and Steve Mauro will follow a buffet dinner at Madison’s popular Town 220 Restaurant. Doors open at 6 p.m. for ticket holders with dinner reservations and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner reservations through Town 220 are required. Call 706-752-1445 to make the reservations. Buffet dinner of $30 is not included in the concert ticket price. Tickets for the concert are $25 and can be purchased through the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. 

Beginning with the festival’s opening concert May 21 through the festival finale June 16, the 2013 festival will offer audiences the most diverse selection of performances by world-renowned musicians in its history. There will be some familiar faces joining the event this summer:  violinist Susie Park, pianist Natasha Paremski, named 2010 Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year, David Coucheron, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster and Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz; as well as some new stars:  two-time Grammy Award winner and regional Emmy Award winnerSylvia McNair, award-winning violinist Chee-Yun, one of today’s exceptional string quarters, Amernet String Quartet, legendary violist Michael Tree and the cutting edge Vega Quartet. 

Since its start in 2003, the festival has been under the artistic direction of Christopher Rex, Principal Cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and has flourished to national recognition. Many of the concerts for the 2013 festival will take place in the Center’s historic auditorium, which offers excellent acoustics and intimate seating and most concerts include a reception with the performers. Five concerts are scheduled away from the Center in unique locations: Historic Bonar Hall, the Conservatory at Historic Burge Plantation, Madison Town Park, Steffen Thomas Museum and Town 220, one of Madison’s most popular restaurants.   

Tickets are $25 for most concerts except Bonar Hall (SOLD OUT); Cabaret Concert is $30 and the Festival Finale is $10; students are $5. The Children’s Concert and the concert in Madison Town Park are absolutely FREE. For a complete schedule and description of all concerts in the series or to order tickets on-line, please visit http://www.mmcc-arts.org/chamber_music.shtml.For questions or to order tickets by phone, please call the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center at 706-342-4743 (877-233-0598 toll free).   

The 2013 Madison Chamber Music Festival is presented by the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, a non-profit visual and performing arts center located at 434 S. Main Street in historic Madison. Programming for the festival is made possible by contributions from foundations, businesses and individuals. Significant funding sources are the Robert M. and Lilias Baldwin Turnell Foundation and the Mabel Reeder Foundation. For more information about funding for the festival, please contact Rebecca Bonas, Festival Director, at rbonas@mmcc-arts.org or call 706-342-4743. 

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