As part of my webtivism, I've been corresponding with the festival's artistic director and sharing some of the digital resources I've developed, like my roster of online event calendars originally developed as an offshoot of my "put Waterville's restaurants on VisitMaine.com" project and my Arts Calendar. The same roster has been serving Common Street Arts also. It would be great to have a kind of "Friends of Atlantic Music Festival" group of locals to help with publicity when they fly in each summer. I envision the Kennebec Classical Series of CSA might serve that function, as well as fostering year-round classical performance here in the Elm City during the rest of the year.
Anyway, I encourage you all to explore one or more AMF concerts. The musicianship and enthusiasm of the players is dynamite. Because the events are free, it is a great way to explore classical music, expand your exposure and knowledge, introduce youth to classical, and just enjoy up and coming superstars of the classical world without any financial risk at all.
Though I will miss the first one or two concerts this season, I plan to beat my 9-concert attendance record from last year. There are a whopping 20 concerts scheduled at press time.