BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin International Music Festival will continue its 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, July 18, with beloved works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonín Dvo?ák.

Pianist Shai Wosner, a highly-regarded Mozart interpreter, will present Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D Minor, K. 466. Lewis Kaplan will conduct the Bowdoin Festival Orchestra.

A faculty ensemble will collaborate before intermission on Dvo?ák’s sublime Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81. Ani Schnarch and Cyrus Forough will perform on violin, Michelle LaCourse on viola, Steven Doane on cello, and Elinor Freer on piano.

A quartet of virtuosos from the Festival’s new Kaplan Fellowship Program, Charlene Kleugel, violin; Minjung Chun, viola; Nathaniel Pierce, cello; and Min Young Park, piano, will open the concert with Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, K 478.

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 is being presented in its entirety this season by the Bowdoin Festival. The world-renowned Shanghai Quartet performs the fourth concert in the series on July 21, with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5; String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Minor, Op. 130 with the Grosse Fugue, Op. 130; and an encore performance of the Finale from Op. 130 (rev. 1825-26).

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

Wednesday Upbeat!

The Wednesday Upbeat! concert on July 23 presents works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Antonin Dvo?ák, and Festival composer-in-residence Samuel Adler.

Jesus Rodolfo, accompanied by Peter Basquin on piano, will open the concert with Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata, Op. 147.

The Cassatt String Quartet, led on first violin by Bowdoin Festival alumna and faculty member Muneko Otani, will present the world premiere of Mr. Adler’s 10th string quartet. Adler will address the audience immediately prior to the performance.

The evening will close with a performance of Dvo?ák’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87, which is considered one of the masterpieces of the form. Performers include Janet Sung, violin; Dimitri Murrath, viola; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; and Constance Moore, piano.

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

Artists of Tomorrow

Artists of Tomorrow student concerts, featuring the Festival’s top students, will be held on 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 Bowdoin Festival’s educational series, Bowdoin Festival Extra, continues with two events this week. On Tuesday, July 22 at 4 p.m., Lyris Hung, the Orchestral Strings Product Manager of D’Addario & Company will give a lecture/demonstration entitled “Demystifying Your Strings” in Gibson Hall, Room 101. Then, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, composer in residence Samuel Adler will give a composition masterclass in Studzinski Recital Hall’s Rehearsal Room.

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

July 25 Concert to Feature Sarah Chang

The renowned American virtuoso violinist Sarah Chang will perform Antonin Dvo?ák’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53 in the Bowdoin International Music Festival’s concert at Crooker Theater on Friday night, July 25. Also on the program are works by Claude Debussy and George Crumb.

Cellist Nicholas Canellakis will team up with pianist Peter Basquin to open the concert with Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.

The three original performers of the Aeolian Chamber Players’ Grammy-nominated recording of George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) will reconvene for an anniversary performance of the work. Erich Graf, flute; Jerry Grossman, cello; and Walter Ponce, piano, return to celebrate the Bowdoin Festival’s 50-year commitment to new music.

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

For more information, visit www.bowdoinfestival.org or call 207-725-3895.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

filed under: