Cellist Steven Doane, long a Bowdoin Festival favorite, will open the concert with Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1, performed with pianist Elinor Freer.

Emma Tahmiziàn, winner of many international competitions and another Festival favorite, will present Ravel’s remarkable La Valse for solo piano.

In the finale, violinist Ilya Kaler will perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 with the Bowdoin Festival Orchestra. Brahms wrote the work, which is widely performed and greatly admired, for – and with the collaboration of – his friend and colleague, virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim.

Winner of the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Pagninni Competitions, Kaler has been compared to legends such as Heifetz and Perlman. Lewis Kaplan will conduct the orchestra.

Festival Fridays concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. in Brunswick High School’s Crooker Theater. Tickets are $40.

Beethoven String Quartets Monday Night

Beethoven’s string quartet cycle, one of the greatest achievements in western music, is being presented in its entirety this season by the Bowdoin Festival. The Naumburg Chamber Music Award-winning Brentano Quartet performs the second concert in the series on July 7, with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3; No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95 (Serioso); and No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131.

Beethoven Mondays concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. in Brunswick High School’s Crooker Theater. Tickets are $40.

Wednesday Upbeat!

The July 9 Wednesday Upbeat! concert opens with the North American premiere of Sebastian Currier’s Links. Currier, a Bowdoin Festival alumnus and former composer in residence, was recently awarded the Grawemeyer Award, America’s highest award for musical composition. Links will be performed by violinist Momo Wong.

Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler, violin; Rosemary Elliott, cello; and Emma Tahmiziàn, piano, will perform Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87.

Violinist Ilya Kaler will return to the stage with pianist Boris Slutsky to close the concert with Richard Strauss’s Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18.

Wednesday Upbeat! concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin campus. Tickets are $40.

Artists of Tomorrow

A full slate of Artists of Tomorrow student concerts, featuring the Festival’s top students, will be held on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Studzinski Recital Hall. Student concert programs are announced the day of the concert. To receive email announcements of student concert programs, visit www.bowdoinfestival.org. Suggested donation $10.

Bowdoin Festival Extra

The Festival’s educational series, Bowdoin Festival Extra, continues with two events this week. On Tuesday, July 8, at 10 a.m., the Brentano Quartet will conduct a masterclass in Studzinski Recital Hall.

On Wednesday, July 9, at 1:30 p.m., guest composer Sebastian Currier will give a composition masterclass with the Festival’s composition class in Studzinski Recital Hall’s Rehearsal Room.

All Bowdoin Festival Extra events are free and open to the public.

All-Bach Program for July 11 Concert

The Bowdoin Festival will continue its 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, July 11, with an all-Bach program featuring midcoast Maine’s own Oratorio Chorale performing with the Festival’s faculty and students.

The program opens with a large faculty ensemble presenting Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048. Brandenburg 3 features the lush sound of a large strings section – three violins, violas, and cellos, with doublebass and harpsichord.

Former Festival student and Bowdoin Virtuoso Eric Zuber then teams up with the Festival Chamber Orchestra to perform Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BVW 1052. Zuber will use the modern piano for this performance.

After intermission, the Festival Chamber Orchestra will be joined by the Oratorio Chorale, led by Brunswick native Emily Isaacson, to present the cantata Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BVW 140. Festival Director Lewis Kaplan will conduct.

Festival Fridays concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. in Brunswick High School’s Crooker Theater. Tickets are $40.

A complete listing of all Festival performances and ticket information can be found at www.bowdoinfestival.org. For more information, call 207-725-3895.

Bowdoin International Music Festival

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207-725-3895

July 4, 7:30 p.m.

Festival Fridays concert

Brahms Violin Concerto, Beethoven, Ravel

Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School

Tickets: $40

July 6, 7:30 p.m.

Artists of Tomorrow concert

Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College

Suggested donation: $10

July 7, 10 a.m.

Bowdoin Festival Extra

Masterclass, Brentano Quartet

Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College

Free

July 7, 7:30 p.m.

Monday Beethoven String Quartet concert

Brentano Quartet

Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School

Tickets: $40

July 8, 7:30 p.m.

Artists of Tomorrow concert

Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College

Suggested donation: $10

July 9, 1:30 p.m.

Bowdoin Festival Extra

Composition Masterclass, Sebastian Currier

Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College

Free

July 9, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Upbeat! concert

Currier, Brahms, Strauss

Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College

Tickets: $40

July 10, 7:30 p.m.

Artists of Tomorrow concert

Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College

Suggested donation: $10

July 11, 7:30 p.m.

Festival Fridays concert

All-Bach program, with Oratorio Chorale

Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School

Tickets: $40


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