BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin International Music Festival welcomes back the Jupiter String Quartet, joining the Ying Quartet for this double-feature at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 23 in Studzinski Recital Hall. The opening viola quintet is Mozart’s transcription of an earlier Serenade for winds; the string arrangement brings rich depth to this introspective work. Next, we’ll hear the sextet which opens Strauss’s final opera, Capriccio, frequently performed as a standalone concert work. Finally, no double-quartet program would be complete without young Mendelssohn’s Octet, allowing each performer to relish exuberant musical conversation and virtuosic counterpoint. Tickets, $45.

Death Valley Junction, CA: Population, 3; Amenities: a café, a hotel and the still-active Amargosa Opera House. Guest composer Missy Mazzoli’s duo is dedicated to Marta Beckett (1924-2017), the actress who kept the Amargosa up and running as long as she lived. Mazzoli’s quartet is paired with Ravel’s duo Sonata, dedicated to the memory of Debussy, whose death had recently shaken the musical world of France. The second half journeys through Shostakovich’s Trio, a work of extremes composed in the midst of midst of World War II. This show is at 7:30 p.m. Wedesday, July 25, in Studzinski Recital Hall. Tickets, $45.

The program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 27, presents a beguiling gem by Belgian composer Joseph Jongen opens this concert. Known principally for his contributions to organ repertoire, Jongen assimilated a range of European inspirations, studying briefly with Richard Strauss in Berlin, mingling with Fauré and d’Indy in Paris and sojourning in Italy and England before settling as director of the conservatory in Brussels. Musical forces increase for Mazzoli’s melodies in her Still Life with Avalanche, inspired by the death of a beloved cousin. Strings take over the second half of the program, performing Dvo?ák’s breakthrough Sextet. This show is in Studzinski Recital Hall. Tickets, $45.

The festival also features masterclass with pianist Yong Hi Moon at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 24. Masterclasses give the audience a first-hand look at the teaching and learning process that goes into creating music. Honing technical craft, understanding the nuances of musical language and finding personal meaning in music are all part of a great masterclass. Moon is in high demand as a guest masterclass teacher and adjudicator. She has judged the Senigallia International Piano Competition, Gilmore International Piano Competition and numerous MTNA related competitions. 

Tickets for the festival may be ordered at the box office at 181 Park Row in Brunswick, over the phone at 207­-373-1400, online or purchased at the door the night of the concert. For a complete schedule of festival events, ticket information, live streaming and to sign up for emailed program updates, visit bowdoinfestival.org.

Yong Hi Moon

Jupiter Quartet  (Sarah Gardner photo)

Ying Quartet


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