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The Bowdoin International Music Festival (BIMF) announced Saturday that David and Phillip Ying have been named co-artistic directors. An organization independent of the College, BIMF brings renowned soloists, performers, artist instructors, and gifted pre-professional classical musicians from around the world to the Bowdoin campus during the summer for six weeks of intensive chamber music study, collaboration, and performance. The Yings, who were selected to lead BIMF following a national search, will succeed founding director Lewis Kaplan at the conclusion of the Festival’s 50th anniversary season in 2014.
The Ying brothers are the cellist and violist of the renowned Grammy-award winning Ying Quartet, which has performed regularly in many of the world’s most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. The Yings are associate professors at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where they serve, with Quartet members Ayano Ninomiya and Janet Ying, as the faculty quartet in residence. With the Quartet, they have maintained a significant commitment to new music through their LifeMusic commissioning project, which has commissioned such composers as Richard Danielpour, Augusta Read Thomas, Sebastian Currier, and many others. Equally committed to teaching and community outreach, the Quartet has conducted year-long residencies in locations as diverse as Jessup, Iowa, and Harvard University, in addition to shorter week-long winter residencies at Bowdoin. As a solo cellist, David Ying has been a prizewinner in the Naumburg International Violoncello Competition and the Washington International Competition. He has also been active as a recitalist with his wife, pianist Elinor Freer, and together they direct the Skaneateles Festival. Phillip Ying has served as president of Chamber Music America and is currently the chair of the Chamber Music Department at the Eastman School of Music.
In The NewsThe New York Times has taken note of the news and made mention of it in its Arts Beat: The Culture at Large blog.
“We are thrilled and honored to be selected as the next artistic directors of the Bowdoin International Music Festival,” said David and Phillip Ying. “In doing so, we salute the extraordinary leadership of Lewis Kaplan over the past 49 years. To start a festival, to sustain it for half a century, and to have consistently raised its profile to become one of the most respected international music festivals in the world is a testament to Lewis’s artistic vision and immense personal gifts.”
Although the College and BIMF are separate entities, Bowdoin’s Dean for Academic Affairs, Cristle Collins Judd, noted the synergy between the Ying’s tenure at the Festival and their wintertime residencies at the College, “I am delighted to learn that David and Phillip Ying have been named co-artistic directors of the Bowdoin International Music Festival. David, Phillip, and the Ying Quartet have played a significant role in the Festival for over a decade. During that period, they have also immeasurably enriched the artistic life of the College and the midcoast Maine community with important performances and residencies during the academic year. We look forward to their return to the College for a short residency again this February and we are excited about their teaching and performing into the future as they lead the Festival.”
BIMF’s mission is to present classical music in concerts performed to the highest artistic standards, and to prepare gifted young musicians from around the world for a life in music through study with world-class artists. The Festival was founded in 1964 by Lewis Kaplan and the late Robert K. Beckwith, who was a distinguished professor of music at the College for 36 years (1953-1989). Bowdoin’s Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music has commissioned and presented the work of emerging and established composers since its founding in 1965, including premieres by Luciano Berio, George Crumb, Sebastian Currier, Elliott Schwartz (the Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music Emeritus at Bowdoin College), and many others.
“For a decade I have had the honor to work with David and Philip Ying, a time in which I have experienced their remarkable performances and their dedication to excellence,” said Lewis Kaplan. “They will bring to the Bowdoin Festival a vision, supported by their integrity, musical insight, and deep personal warmth. Together they will lead the Festival into a new era, one that promises the highest level of concerts and the continued presence of extraordinary young artists from around the world.”
Learn more about the Ying Quartet at Bowdoin College, including their February 2012 residency at the College and their impact on Bowdoin students. An archived recording of the Quartet’s February 8, 2013, Common Hour performance is available here.
On this Cyber Monday, it seems most appropriate to pass along this cautionary tale: Shopping on an iPad will make it much harder to exercise restraint compared to shopping on a computer. Known as the “endowment effect,” shoppers tend to increase the value of an object as soon as they buy it. The endowment effect can be so powerful, even just touching the object will create the illusion of ownership. Researchers Adam Brasel and James Gips at Boston College looked into how using a touchscreen tablet like an iPad affects shoppers and sure enough, they found “pressing a finger against a digital image on a fake website in a laboratory — that’s all it took to make people feel like they owned an item, and to value it more as a result.” Read the article.
Ready for a mid-life career change? According to a new survey on CareerCast.com, the actuary ranks as the best job of 2013, beating biomedical engineers (no. 2) and software engineers (no. 3). By using the Bureau of Labor Statistics and five important criteria (physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook), CareerCast managed to rank 200 jobs from best to worst, with newspaper reporter and lumberjack considered the worst jobs of 2013. Read more about the attractions of being an actuary here.
Men’s Ice Hockey — The men’s ice hockey team took a 5-0 win over visiting Suffolk University to open this year’s Bowdoin-Colby Faceoff Classic.
Women’s Ice Hockey — Madeline Lane ’14 scored a pair of goals as the Polar Bears went on to collect their second straight victory with a 2-1 win over host Holy Cross Saturday evening.
You’re having trouble locating your interest in the work at hand; simply stated, you are bored, yes, but what kind of boredom are you experiencing? Fast Company breaks down the five types, which researchers say correspond with your personality type. If you’re still with me, click to learn more.
Visual.ly presents a compilation of the the most popular books of all time in an infographic depicting the number of translations, editions and copies sold. View the infographic.
Last year, Ashley Fischer ’09 and Julie Seltzer ’09 founded BUSS, a nonprofit that funnels used goods — e.g., laptops, desks, notebooks — from private schools in New York City to less fortunate schools in desperate need of supplies. BUSS (which stands for ‘Bringing Under-resourced Schools Supplies’) in its first year transferred over $100,000 worth of supplies, and the founders are expanding their operation this year.
With an early blast of winter for many across the country, and the fact that Christmas merchandise has been out since the Halloween candy went on sale, we have entered a bit of a time warp that will bring the end of the before we know it. Whether you’re hoping for a year-end bonus, or wondering if you should give one, you may find interesting the Small Business Administration’s five tax rules for year-end bonuses.
Being CEO of a Fortune 500 company requires a certain set of traits, and while there may be some debate as to which characteristics are the right ones, this infographic from Mashable examines the world’s top CEOs to see how they ascended to the top.
Tom Tyree ’16 managed to make a 13.59% return on $100,000 in just six weeks. It’s too bad in a way that he was dabbling in virtual money. But no matter, Tyree won this semester’s campus trading contest and was awarded a cash prize of $100 for his accomplishment.
Twice a year, once in the fall and spring, the student-run Bowdoin College Finance Society organizes a stock market contest, open to all students, to allow players to invest fake cash in real bonds, stocks, mutual funds, etc. The point is to help familiarize students with the stock market without risking losing real money, the club’s website promises. “Having a basic understanding of investment and risk management strategies will be helpful [after leaving Bowdoin.] We’ll need to manage our own savings at some point.” Read the full story.
For most airports, adaptation to new weather patterns has become an integral part of managing air traffic. As a result of climate change, previously unthinkable weather has become a reality, and airports have recognized the importance of planning around that truth. However many airports, such as Ronald Reagan Washington National and Newark Liberty International Airport, were built on mudflats and marshlands that are close to sea level —because that was where the cheapest land was at the time of building — making them more vulnerable to increasingly severe weather. Read more about plans to protect airports against extreme weather.
While it takes most surgeons one to two hours to replace a knee, there is an orthopedic surgeon who routinely completes the procedure in 20 minutes and has better outcomes and fewer complications than many colleagues. What is the secret to his success? His team. The surgeon has been working with the same two dedicated teams for 18 years having the same nurses alongside him. He maintains that few of the methods he has pioneered would be practical had it not been for the easy familiarity that comes from working with the same people every day, prompting Harvard Business School to further examine team familiarity and the resulting benefits.
Bowdoin’s student faith groups came together last Sunday night, Nov. 24, for an inaugural Interfaith Service of Gratitude and Thanksgiving. All the established faith groups on campus were represented: the Muslim Student Association, Catholic Student Union, Bowdoin Hillel, Bowdoin Orthodox Association, Bowdoin Circle and the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship. Students offered prayers and musicians performed at the Bowdoin Chapel event.
While some retailers are kicking off Black Friday sales right in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner, others are sticking to the old fashioned hours of the holiday shopping frenzy to allow their employees to enjoy the holiday with their families and friends. View the list of big stores that won’t be getting in the way of you and your turkey.
Head Coach of ice hockey Terry Meagher became the sixth coach in Division III history to reach 500 career wins in Nov. 26′s game against the University of New England, when the Bowdoin College men’s team erupted for five goals in the third period to dispatch its opponent 9-3.
The winningest coach in Bowdoin Athletics history, Meagher is the 22nd collegiate coach, across all divisions, to reach the 500-win plateau. In NCAA hockey history, he is just the 12th coach to win all of his 500 games at a single institution. With a winning percentage of .675 in his career over 31 seasons, Meagher’s teams have qualified for the postseason 30 times, winning a pair of ECAC Championships, the 2013 NESCAC title and have made five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Due to the changing distribution of domestic air service among large U.S. airports, some cities have seen an increase in ticket prices, while others have seen a drop. However, overall between the first quarter of 2005 and the first quarter of 2013, prices have risen 6.5% on average, after inflation, at the top 100 airports in the continental U.S. View a list of the specific fare changes at each of the 100 largest airports.
Inviting people to learn with their eyes is a big part of Accra Shepp’s mission. A photographer, educator, social documentarian, and soon-to-be Visiting Artist In Residence at Bowdoin, Shepp records the natural and social phenomena that surround him, bringing those subjects into focus for others.
“One of the responsibilities that you have when you’re an artist is to see the world ‘officially,’” Shepp said during his Nov. 19 lecture in the Digital Media Lab of the Edwards Center, sponsored by the Visual Arts Department. Shepp, a professor at Pratt Institute, will teach all of Bowdoin’s photography classes (two per semester) during Spring and Fall 2014, as a visiting replacement for Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster, who will be on leave during that time while working on a Guggenheim-funded photography project.
From the earliest known origins in ancient Egypt to the point in time when men began wearing wedding bands, the history of wedding rings is presented in this infographic from Visual.ly.
BBC Radio 4 recently came to Brunswick to visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe house and interview Tess Chakkalakal, associate professor of Africana Studies and English, about the lasting impacts of Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Chakkalakal’s comments were featured as part of the radio program “The Legacy of Uncle Tom,” which aired on Nov. 25.
“One thing that Stowe wasn’t, was ambivalent about slavery,” Chakkalakal said. “She knew it was wrong; and really the reason for the novel … was to speak out against the fugitive slave law” — that is, the law that prohibited northerners from harboring escaped slaves. Stowe herself harbored a runaway slave in her Brunswick home.
“When Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852, it immediately caused a stir and created a groundswell of anti-slavery feeling,” reads the BBC’s description. The program “traces the reactions to this work from the Abolition Movement, through the Civil Rights Movement to the Rodney King beating in 1991 and the murder of Trayvon Martin last year.”
Chakkalakal and Professor of English Peter Coviello will be co-teaching a Spring 2014 course called “Uncle Tom and Its Afterlives” as part of the College’s new Civil War course cluster, funded by a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.