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Fall events at Bowdoin College
BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin College Music Department announces these upcoming events.
Friday, Sept. 13 - George Lopez, piano, 7:30 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall
This "Back to Bach" recital will include Bach's buoyant and athletic Partita No. 5 in G major along with two Baroque-inspired variation classics by Mendelssohn and Copland as well as Franck's poetic and poignant Prelude, Chorale and Fugue.
Friday, Sept. 20 - Thumbscrew, 7:30 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall
Thumbscrew (Mary Halvorson, guitar, Michael Formanek, bass and Tomas Fujiwara, drums), is a new collective band featuring compositions by all three members, fusing jazz, rock and experimental styles. Since the band's debut in March of 2012, the trio has continued to perform regularly, developing an original book of music and a strong band sound. Their debut CD will be released on Cuneiform Records in January 2014. A sample of the music may be found at http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Thumbscrew/.
Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). In addition to her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and her quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, Ms. Halvorson also co-leads a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Reverse Blue and Secret Keeper.
Friday, Sept. 27 - Bonnie Rideout, fiddle, 7:30 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall
While living at Armadale Castle on the Isle of Skye, Ms. Rideout discovered the Patrick MacDonald Collection (1784) and the world of Scotland’s fiddle piobaireachd. She has been a passionate champion and player of this music ever since. “If jigs, reels, strathspeys and marches were waves, piobaireachd would be the tsunami.”
Saturday, Oct. 5 - Peter Jenkin, clarinet and George Lopez, piano, 7:30 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall
An exciting program by one of Australia's top clarinetists, Peter Jenkin. The evening will include various virtuoso works: Brahms Clarinet Sonata No. 1 and, joining the duo for Bartók's Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano is Eva Gruesser, known to Bowdoin audiences for her thoughtful interpretation of Brahms violin sonatas last season.
Saturday, Oct. 19 - The Higher Praise Gospel Choir, 7:30 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall
The Boston-based Choir consists of various singers and musicians from the Boston area. Their director, Minister Melvin Murphy, is the Boston chapter representative of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. The Higher Praise Gospel Choir has performed with artists such as Josh Groban, Charlie Daniels, Al Green, Shirley Caesar and many more. Their music is a combination of traditional and contemporary gospel, much of it written and arranged by Minister Murphy.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3 - Klavierfest, featuring pianist Susan Tomes, Studzinski Recital Hall
Come and join in for the second year of Bowdoin's Klavierfest!, a day-long celebration of pianists and their remarkable music. The renowned British pianist, Susan Tomes, noted for her brilliant performances as a member of the Florestan Trio and author of three books about the musician's life, will be the special guest artist this year with a recital of music by Haydn, Schumann and Billy Mayerl, the pianist at the Savoy Hotel in London in the 1920s and '30s. Ms. Tomes will be giving a masterclass to local students and discussing her life as a international touring artist with Mary Hunter, A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Music at Bowdoin. Don't miss this fascinating day of music and conversation! Other events associated with the Klavierfest will include a seminar given by Robert Philip, British musicologist and historian of recordings. He will be discussing what can be learned from comparing recordings of pieces from early in the twentieth century until today. All events are open to the public.
Saturday, Nov. 2
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Talk and interview by Susan Tomes
2 to 3:30 p.m. - Chopin/Debussy Recital by Christopher Lewis of Bennington College
4 to 5:30 p.m. - Talk on Historical Recordings by Robert Philip
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. - Recital by Susan Tomes
Sunday, Nov. 3
1 to 3 p.m. - Masterclass for Bowdoin Students (public is welcome to observe)
Wednesday, Nov. 6 - Singer Pur, 7:30 p.m. Bowdoin Chapel
Singer Pur is famous for their impeccable sound and interesting programs, which include anything that can be performed by six voices, from medieval music to the avant-garde of today. At Bowdoin they will be performing a program entitled “Fields of Gold: Vocal Music through the Centuries,” which will include works by Hildegard von Bingen, Gioseffo Zarlino, Schütz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Irving Berlin and Sting.
Saturday, Nov. 9 - Bowdoin Chamber Orchestra, 3 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall
Under the direction of George Lopez, the orchestra will perform works including Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, Opus 88.
Thursday, Nov. 21 - Rachmaninoff Festival Choir, 7:30 p.m., Bowdoin Chapel
Under the direction of Anthony Antolin ’63, the Rachmaninoff Festival Choir will perform Rachmaninoff’s “Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.”
Sunday, Nov. 24 - Bowdoin College Concert Band, 2 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall
Under the direction of John P. Morneau, the Band will present "The Civil War Remembered," a musical salute honoring the 150th Anniversary of The Civil War, and in particular The Battle of Gettysburg. The program will also include historical displays as well as cameo performances from guest musicians and performers.
Monday, Dec. 2 - Middle Eastern Ensemble, Eric LaPerna and Amos Libby, directors, 7:30 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall
The Bowdoin Middle Eastern Ensemble presents classical and contemporary music from the Arabic and Ottoman Turkish traditions. The ensemble performs on traditional Middle Eastern musical instruments like the oud (Middle Eastern lute) and qanun (72-stringed Middle Eastern zither) as well vocals and Western instruments along with Middle Eastern percussion.
Wednesday, Dec. 4 - Afro-Latin Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall
Under the direction of Michael Wingfield, Bowdoin’s Afro-Latin Music Ensemble will present a concert highlighting the scintillating rhythms and cultural richness of the descendants of Africans in the Carribbean.
Friday, Dec. 6 - Common Hour: Student Chamber Ensembles, 12:30 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall
Common Hour will feature a recital by the Department of Music’s chamber ensembles.
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8 - Bowdoin Chamber Choir, 4 p.m., Bowdoin Chapel
Under the direction of Robert K. Greenlee, the Chamber Choir will perform Scottish-themed music with guest fiddler Bonnie Rideout and pianist George Lopez. Also on the program are works by Lili Boulanger, Lassus and Eric Whitacre.
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8 - Bowdoin Chorus, Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall
Under the direction of Anthony Antolini ‘63, the Chorus will perform the “Black Nativity,” a retelling of the classic Christmas story with traditional carols sung in gospel style, created by Langston Hughes.
Unless otherwise noted, events are open to the public; admission is free of charge and there are no tickets or reservations.
Parking on city streets is available on Park Row and Old Bath Road. Visitors may park in the Blue-Designated Visitor/Staff parking lots. Studzinski Recital Hall is handicapped accessible with a ramp to the lobby door (West side), near the circle on South Campus Drive.
All events are subject to change. To confirm dates and locations, to inquire about additional concerts, or to be added to their mailing list, please contact the Department of Music at 798-4141 or email@example.com.