2016-07-27 / Front Page

Contemporary music comes to Brunswick

Bowdoin International Music Festival


Presented as part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival each summer since 1965, the Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music represents a sustained, core commitment to nurturing and promoting the music of our time. Over its history, the Gamper Festival has celebrated composers such as Milton Babbitt, Luciano Berio, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, George Crumb and Ralph Shapey as well as new voices at the start of their careers.

Curated by Derek Bermel, the festival’s composer-in-residence, this season’s Gamper Festival will span three days of themed programs: Musical Rebirth, Bowdoin Recap, and Landscapes Reinvented.

Bowdoin Recap (July 28) features the music of composers who have been connected to the festival and Bowdoin College over the years, from Kaija Saariaho and Sebastian Currier to Elliott Schwartz and Vineet Shende and last year’s Kaplan Fellow in composition, Michael-Thomas Foumai.

Musical Rebirth (July 30) creates context through a look back at some of the seminal work of composers in recent memory such as Steven Stucky, Henri Dutilleux, and Ursula Mamlok, and in a personal connection, the music of William Albright, who was important influence to Derek Bermel.

Landscapes Reinvented (July 31) showcases the work of dynamic musical voices that continue to reinvent the tradition of composition including Elliot Cole, Andreia Pinto-Correia, John Harbison, Roger Zare, this year’s Kaplan Fellow in composition, and the winner of this year’s composition competition.

Concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus. All seats are general admission. There is a suggested $10 donation.

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