LEWISTON – Even as the academic year winds down, musical offerings at Bates College reach a crescendo in May with a string of concerts, including a performance by the renowned Borromeo String Quartet, a program of South American music by a trio that features two Maine musicians, and the high-powered pairing of cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan.

The concerts take place in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St. They are open to the public at no cost, but reservations are required for some. For more information, call 786-6135 or e-mail [email protected]

Here’s the lineup in brief:

Weilerstein and Barnatan will perform music by Beethoven, Kodaly, Chopin and the acclaimed contemporary composer Osvaldo Golijov at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2 (reservations required).

Maine musicians Carl Dimow, flutist, and Nathan Kolosko, classical guitarist, will be joined by Massachusetts percussionist Norm Bergeron for a South American program at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3 (reservations required).

In a special hourlong entry in Bates’ long-running Tuesday series of Noonday Concerts, the nationally known Borromeo String Quartet will present a program called “Charms to Soothe the Savage Beast: Music and Orpheus in String Quartet.” The quartet, which uses live music and projected visuals to trace the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through Western music, will perform at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 (reservations required).

In a second Noonday Concert that week, clarinetist Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan of Topsham, a Bates sophomore, will perform a Brahms sonata at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8.

The New York-based G-Sharp Duo will present music for piano and violin at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, performing works by Schubert, Brahms, Franck and Messiaen (reservations required).

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