10 Ways to Enjoy the Festival for FREE!

1. YOUNG ARTIST SERIES: The Young Artists Series presents performances in Studzinski Recital Hall by advanced young musicians who come to the Festival from conservatories and music schools in more than twenty-five countries.

2. LIVE STREAMING: With the introduction of #festivaLive, audiences can now live stream Festival events on any internet-connected device. Viewers across the globe will join Studzinski audiences to witness world-class performances and Festival Insights. Join the summer experience by bringing live classical music to the comfort of your living room or on-the-go through a smartphone or laptop.

3. MASTERCLASSES: Masterclasses give the audience a first-hand look into the teaching and learning process that goes into creating music. Honing technical craft, understanding the nuances of musical language, and finding personal meaning in music are all part of a great masterclass.

4. “THE MUSIC OF”: “The Music of” series is an opportunity to learn about and experience the creative process of a working composer. These distinguished artists will discuss aspects of their music and inspirations for 90 minutes and then accept questions from the audience. This year’s series will feature composers Derek Bermel, Andreia Pinto Correia, Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Kernis, Paola Prestini, and Andrew Norman.

5. ALLAN KOZINN AND THE BEATLES: On July 5th at 11:00 AM, Allan Kozinn, an American journalist, music critic, and teacher, will sit down with composer Derek Bermel for a fascinating Q&A about the iconic rock ‘n’ roll band, The Beatles.

6. GAMPER FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: On July 27th, 29th, & 30th at 7:30 PM in Studzinski Recital Hall, the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music presents the music of our time. Over its history, the Gamper Festival has celebrated many of the most significant composers such as Milton Babbitt, Luciano Berio, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, George Crumb, and Ralph Shapey as well as new voices at the start of their careers.

7. STUDIO CLASSES: A studio class is a gathering of an instructor and students for an opportunity to play on stage for their peers. By definition, a studio class is not open to the public, but the Festival welcomes community members to enter and observe the class quietly.

8. MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM: On June 29th and July 20th at 11:00 AM, in collaboration with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Festival will present world-renowned musicians in the museum’s gallery spaces. Reservations required.

9. GUIDE TO REHEARSING CHAMBER MUSIC: On June 27th at 11:00 AM, the Festival’s public educational program presents a special event featuring The Ying Quartet demonstrating the chamber music rehearsal process and technique.

10. COMMUNITY CONCERTS: As part of the Community Concert Series, students engage with audiences in non-traditional venues such as care centers, coastal resorts, libraries, community centers, and breweries.