Upbeat! concert tonight


BRUNSWICK – The Bowdoin International Music Festival carries on its tradition of presenting a mix of traditional repertoire and new works in today’s Upbeat! concert. Besides works by Brahms, Britten and Piazzolla featuring festival faculty, the Ying Quartet will present “Dim Sum: Works by Contemporary Chinese Composers.”

The Ying Quartet, in their first full ensemble appearance at this year’s festival, will perform a program of short works by contemporary Chinese composers. Among the composers selected is Vivian Fung, a former Bowdoin Festival student. The Ying Quartet, composed of siblings Timothy (violin), Janet (violin), Phillip (viola), and David Ying (cello), won the International Cleveland Quartet Competition in 1989, made its New York debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 1991, and won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1993. Besides a full performing schedule, the Ying Quartet teaches at Eastman and serves as Blodgett Quartet in Residence at Harvard University.

The Wednesday Upbeat! series features classical music in an informal setting and the programs often include conversations among artists, performers and audience members. Upbeat! concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in Crooker Theatre at Brunswick High School. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students. Children admitted free with an adult.

For concert information and tickets, call 725-3895, or go on to www.bowdoinfestival.org.