This Week at the Festival: July 22-28

Program highlights include Beethoven and Brahms;  and performances by Jeffrey Zeigler, Phillip Ying, Kurt Muroki, Steven Doane, and the Jupiter String Quartet.

Monday, July 24: Jupiter String Quartet

The Festival is delighted to welcome back the Jupiter String Quartet this season for their own concert program. Artists-in-residence at the University of Illinois, the Jupiter String Quartet maintains a busy touring schedule across the globe, and has performed complete Beethoven cycles at Aspen and at MIT. Tonight they share their interpretations of early and late Beethoven. 7:30 PM in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus. SOLD-OUT!

Wednesday, July 26: Beethoven, Norman, and Schumann

This week the Festival welcomes Andrew Norman, named Musical America’s 2017 Composer of the Year. Norman’s work frequently demands unconventional techniques of performers, drawing inspiration from narrative forms, temporal distortions, and architecture. Indeed, in Frank’s House, Norman contemplates the residence of architect Frank Gehry, transporting the audience to Santa Monica, California. The evening also features Schumann’s Piano Quartet, composed in 1842, his breakthrough year of chamber music. 7:30 PM in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus. Tickets are $45.

Friday, July 28: Prokofiev, Shaw, Norman, and Brahms

It’s not a misprint – tonight, percussionist Luke Rinderknecht will play the flower pots alongside cellist Jeffrey Zeigler in Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’s work, Boris Kerner, named for a transportation engineer who developed an influential theoretical model for vehicular traffic. Shaw’s composition is aptly juxtaposed with Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo, inspired in part by traffic flows of another sort: high-speed race cars in video games. On the second half, faculty artist Mikhail Kopelman leads a performance of Brahms’s rich second String Sextet. 7:30 PM in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus. SOLD-OUT!

Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music

Presented as part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival since 1965, the Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music represents a sustained commitment to nurturing and promoting 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. The Gamper Festival is programmed by Derek Bermel. All performances are in Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College. Tickets are not required and all events are FREE.

Gamper performances this week are as follows:

Thursday, July 27, 7:30 PM

Young Artists Series

The Young Artists Series presents performances by advanced young musicians who come to the Festival from conservatories and music schools in more than twenty-five countries. All performances are in Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College. Tickets are not required and all events are FREE. 

Young Artist concerts this week are as follows:

Sunday, July 23, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Tuesday, July 25, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Friday, July 28, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Festival Insights

Festival Insights present talks, masterclasses, performances, and more. All events are in Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College, unless otherwise noted. Tickets are not required and all events are FREE.

Insights this week are as follows:

Tuesday, July 25, 11:00 AM
Masterclass: Almita Vamos, violin

Thursday, July 27, 11:00 AM
The Music of Andrew Norman

Community Concerts

As part of the Community Concert series, students engage with various audiences in non-traditional performance venues such as coastal resorts, libraries, community centers, care centers, breweries, and more. Tickets are not required and all events are FREE.

Community Concerts this week are as follows:

Saturday, July 22, 2:00 PM
Orr’s Island Union Church, 1579 Harpswell Islands Road Orr’s Island, ME 04066

Sunday, July 23, 8:00 PM
Sebasco Estates, 29 Kenyon Road Sebasco Estates, ME 04565

Monday, July 24, 2:00 PM
The Highlands, 30 Governor’s Way # 100 Topsham, ME 04086

Wednesday, July 26, 2:00 PM
Thornton Hall, 56 Baribeau Drive Brunswick, ME 04011

Thursday, July 27, 2:00 PM
Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way Portland, ME 04101

Friday, July 28, 2:00 PM
Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way Brunswick, ME 04011

Tickets may be ordered at the box office at 12 Cleveland Street in Brunswick, over the phone at 207­-725­-3895, online, or purchased at the door the night of the concert.