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SummerArts: Classical Music

Bowdoin International Music Festival (Brunswick, ME)

Various venues
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(June 23 – August 4, 2012) Started in 1964, the Bowdoin International Music Festival is comprised of a robust seven-concert series performance schedule and three Summer Study Programs—the Instrumental Program for pianists and string players, the Woodwind Program, and the Composition Program. Faculty members include composers Derek Bermel and Robert Beaser, the Ying and Shanghai Quartets, clarinetist Anthony McGill of the Metropolitan Opera, violinist Frank Huang of the Houston Symphony, and many others. There is also the Bowdoin Virtuosi program, which allows young professional artists of international renown to collaborate with faculty in performance and to join in summer study. Concerts present the works of diverse composers, such as Beethoven, Brahms, Bartók, Strauss, Anton Webern, George Crumb, and Iannis Xenakis. (DK)

Bowdoin International Music Festival Information

  • Public Transportation: Varies by venue
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue, but generally good
  • Performances/Programs: Well over 50 concerts presented
  • Ticket Prices: Individual tickets range from $30–$40
  • Subscriptions: 2 season subscriptions are available. Festival Fridays ($200) and Midori: Bach Sonatas and Partitas ($60)
  • Membership: Friend (up to $99); Contributor ($100–$249); Artist ($250–$499); Patron ($500–$999); First Chair ($1,000–$2,499); Maestro ($2,500–$4,999); Benefactor ($5,000–$9,999); Founder ($10,000+).