BRUNSWICK – The Bowdoin International Music Festival has scheduled EuroFest, concerts held in a variety of venues throughout the midcoast area, for July 17-20.

All performances are free and open to the public.

“This is a way for us to share the wonderful talents of our faculty and students with a wider public,” said festival director Lewis Kaplan. “Great music, great artists, enjoyable locations, free concerts – it’s a terrific opportunity for people to experience what the Bowdoin festival has to offer.”

EuroFest kicks off Thursday evening with an Artists of Tomorrow student concert at 7:30 p.m. in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus. Off-campus events begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, with the festival’s annual family concert at Curtis Memorial Library, featuring a student string quartet and commentary by renowned composer Samuel Adler. At 4 p.m., Thornton Oaks will host faculty and student ensembles, including the performance of two works by Franz Schubert by faculty artists Yong Hi Moon and Jacqueline Ross.

The regularly scheduled Friday MusicFest concert features a piano trio and a quintet for piano and winds by Beethoven, and Schubert’s famed double-cello string quintet. It will begin at 8 p.m. at Brunswick High School’s Crooker Theater.

On Saturday, Kaplan will offer a violin master class starting at 11 a.m. in Studzinski. At noon, a faculty/student concert will be held on the Visual Arts Center plaza on the Bowdoin College quadrangle (rain site: Studzinski Recital Hall) featuring Brahms’ String Sextet in B Flat Major, Op. 18 and a work for cello and double bass by Rossini.

Another concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Studzinski, presenting works by Béla Bartók, John Corigliano and George Crumb. The Bartók piece will be performed by young German violin sensation Stephan Hampel, who first appeared at Bowdoin last year, and the Corigliano by Emma Tahmiziàn.

On Sunday, the concerts will expand in reach, with a 2 p.m. Artists of Tomorrow student concert at Bath’s Chocolate Church Arts Center; a 4 p.m. concert at the Elijah Kellogg Church in Harpswell featuring Kaplan, Martin Canin and Peter Basquin; and a 7:30 p.m. performance of a piano composition for four hands by Edward and Junwha Moon Auer and a number of student performances in Studzinski Recital Hall.

EuroFest will culminate at 8 p.m. Sunday with a grand finale showcasing faculty members Dennis Kim, Michael Klotz, Muneko Otani, Andre Emelianoff, Amir Eldan, Rami Solomonow and Bowdoin Festival students at Sebasco Harbor Resort’s main deck.

For concert programs or more information, call 725-3895, log on to www.bowdoinfestival.org or visit the festival’s box office at 12 Cleaveland St.


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