BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin International Music Festival’s final concert, Friday, Aug. 8, celebrates 50 years of artistic direction by Lewis Kaplan, presenting two of his favorite works by Johannes Brahms — the Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op 102 and String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36.

Frank Huang, concertmaster of the Houston Symphony and winner of the 2003 Naumburg Violin Competition, will lead the sextet. Huang will be joined by Janet Sung, violin; Rami Solomonow and Caroline Coade, viola; and Meta Weiss and Nicholas Tzavaras, cello. The sextet is known for the first movement’s lyrical opening, its innovative chord structures, and its many melodic and technical contrasts. It was first performed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1866.

Chen, an alumnus of the Bowdoin Virtuoso program and a fast-rising soloist on the international touring circuit, returns to the Festival to perform the concerto with David Requiro, winner of the 2008 Naumburg Violoncello Competition.

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

Artists of Tomorrow

The final Artists of Tomorrow student concerts, featuring the Festival’s top students, will be held on Friday afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m. in Studzinski Recital Hall.

Artists of Tomorrow programs are announced the day of the concert. Suggested donation $10.

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

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