This Week at the Festival: July 29-August 4

There has been so much tremendous music, and there are still unforgettable performances ahead. Program highlights include Beethoven and Brahms; works by contemporary composer Andrew Norman; and performances by Jeffrey Zeigler, Phillip Ying, Kurt Muroki, Steven Doane, and the Borromeo String Quartet. The season finale will present Beethoven’s gorgeous Fifth Piano Concerto featuring the outstanding Joseph Kalichstein and the Festival Orchestra.

Monday, July 31: Borromeo String Quartet

Now in their twenty-fifth year as an ensemble, the Borromeo String Quartet continues to set the standard for quartet performance and innovation. Their exciting program opens with Mendelssohn’s String Quartet, Op. 13, a tightly constructed and exquisitely heartfelt work which belies the composer’s young age (18) at its time of composition. Ligeti’s first String Quartet, subtitled Métamorphoses Nocturnes, demonstrates its indebtedness to Bartók, and reflects the composer’s early style before he fled Hungary in 1956. For Schumann’s rousing Piano Quintet, the Quartet are joined by Pei-Shan Lee, who will play the same part composed for Clara Schumann but performed by Felix Mendelssohn at the work’s premiere in 1842. 7:30 PM in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus. SOLD-OUT!

Wednesday, August 2: Farrenc, Ravel, and Bridge

Tonight’s program opens with the work of composer, pianist, pedagogue, and scholar Louise Farrenc, a towering musical figure of 19th-century Paris. In addition to her many accomplishments, she fought for equal pay with her male colleagues as the only woman professor at the Paris Conservatoire. Her beautiful Piano Quintet takes up the sonorous instrumentation of Schubert’s Trout Quintet, performed last week. The second half of the program brings to light another forgotten gem, the romantically-inclined Sextet by turn-of-the-century British composer Frank Bridge. 7:30 PM in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus. Tickets are $45.

Friday, August 4: Joseph Kalichstein plays Beethoven with Orchestra

The Bowdoin International Music Festival’s 53rd season closes with a splendid flourish, filling the stage with musicians. Bach’s exhilarating Brandenburg Concerto blends orchestral richness, chamber music intimacy, and soloistic flair into a work that is as fun to play as it is to watch. June Han returns to the stage to share English composer Arnold Bax’s Quintet, and the great Joseph Kalichstein directs and interprets Beethoven’s final magisterial piano concerto, a work he first performed in 1970 and has been performing around the world ever since. 7:30 PM in Brunswick High School’s Crooker Theater. Tickets are $45.

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:

Saturday, July 29, 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 30, 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:

Friday, July 28, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Sunday, July 30, 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, August 1, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Wednesday August 2, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursday, August 3, 1:00 – 7:00 PM, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Friday, August 4, 1:00 – 6:00 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, August 1, 10:00 AM
Masterclass: Borromeo Quartet

Wednesday, August 2, 10:00 AM
Masterclass: Joseph Kalichstein

Thursday, August 3, 3:00 PM
Masterclass: Joseph Kalichstein (Gibson 101)

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:

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

Saturday, July 29, 2:00 PM
Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street Brunswick, ME 04011

Monday, July 31, 2:00 PM
Independence Association, 643 Lewiston Road Topsham, ME 04086

Tuesday, August 1, 2:00 PM
Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane Phippsburg, ME 04562

Wednesday, August 2, 2:00 PM
Minnie Brown Center, 906 Washington Street Bath, ME 04530

Thursday, August 3, 2:00 PM
Horizons Living & Rehab Center, 29 Maurice Drive 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.