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Fall 2012

Maine Pro Musica

Maine Pro Musica

September 8, 20123:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Janna Hymes, Music Director and Conductor will lead the orchestra in a program including Mozart's Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro," Beethoven's Piano Concerto, No. 3, Op. 37 in c minor with pianist Chiharu Naruse, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, Op. 90 in A major, the "Italian" Symphony.

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Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto

Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto

September 15, 20127:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto have been recognized for over half a century as the leading exponents of Colombian gaita music, a flute and drum music emblematic of the rich musical legacy of the indigenous and African influences in Colombia's Caribbean coastal region. Since forming in the 1930s, Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto have performed the traditional Afro-indigenous rhythms of cumbia, gaitas, and porro from before the era of dance halls, music festivals, or "techno-cumbia" -- music that was central to the rituals and celebrations of community life. The group's Smithsonian Folkways recording Un Fuego de Sangre Pura ("a fire of pure blood") won Los Gaiteros a 2007 Latin Grammy award for Folkloric Music.

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Community Music Works

Community Music Works

September 21, 20124:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Banister Hall, Joseph McKeen Ctr for the Common Gd

Based on the conviction that musicians can play an important public service role, Community MusicWorks has created an opportunity for a professional string quartet to build and transform its own urban community. Through the permanent residency of the Providence String Quartet, Community MusicWorks provides free after-school education and performance programs that build meaningful long-term relationships between professional musicians, children, and families in urban neighborhoods of Providence, Rhode Island. Leaders and students will perform and share information about their unique program. Through the storefront residency of professional musicians, Community MusicWorks is exploring the concept of music as activism, building long-term learning and mentoring relationships between musicians, youth, and families in the most underserved neighborhoods of Providence, Rhode Island. At the center of this mission are the teaching, mentoring, program design, and performance activities of the Community MusicWorks Players, the organization's musicians-in-residence.Cosponsored by the McKeen Center for the Common Good, the Office of Career Planning and the Department of Music

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Community Music Works

Community Music Works

September 21, 20127:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Based on the conviction that musicians can play an important public service role, Community MusicWorks has created an opportunity for a professional string quartet to build and transform its own urban community. Through the permanent residency of the Providence String Quartet, Community MusicWorks provides free after-school education and performance programs that build meaningful long-term relationships between professional musicians, children, and families in urban neighborhoods of Providence, Rhode Island.

Leaders and students will perform and share information about their unique program. Through the storefront residency of professional musicians, Community MusicWorks is exploring the concept of music as activism, building long-term learning and mentoring relationships between musicians, youth, and families in the most underserved neighborhoods of Providence, Rhode Island. At the center of this mission are the teaching, mentoring, program design, and performance activities of the Community MusicWorks Players, the organization's musicians-in-residence.

Cosponsored by the McKeen Center for the Common Good, the Office of Career Planning and the Department of Music

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Lynn Vartan, Percussion, and Bridget Convey, Piano

Lynn Vartan, Percussion, and Bridget Convey, Piano

September 28, 20122:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Percussion and piano duo Lynn Vartan and Bridget Convey will perform an exhilarating program featuring contemporary works by Eleanor Hovda, Barbara White, Christos Hatzis; and two world premieres by Maine composers Vineet Shende and Daniel Sonenberg.

Ms. Vartan is an international performer and educator who is currently the director of percussion at Southern Utah University. Ms. Convey serves as part-time faculty at the University of Maine at Farmington and Bates College.

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World Music Ensembles

World Music Ensembles

September 28, 20127:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Middle Eastern Ensembles, Eric LaPerna & Amos Libby, directors;
Afro-Latin Music Ensemble, Michael Birenbaum-Quintero, director

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Bowdoin Chorus

Bowdoin Chorus

September 29, 20123:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Anthony Antolini '63, director

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Bowdoin Chamber Choir

Bowdoin Chamber Choir

September 29, 20125:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

Robert K.Greenlee, director

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Bowdoin College Concert Band

Bowdoin College Concert Band

September 30, 20122:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

John P. Morneau, director

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Teatime: Emma Tahmizian, piano

Teatime: Emma Tahmizian, piano

October 12, 20124:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Ms. Tahmizian will perform a variety of dance forms including works by Chopin, Brahms, Dvorak and Ravel.

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Concert: The Subjects Perform Experimental Jazz Oct. 16

Concert: The Subjects Perform Experimental Jazz Oct. 16

October 16, 20127:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Gibson Hall, Room 101 (Tillotson Room)

The Subjects will present a concert of experimental jazz.

New Assistant Professor of Music Tracy McMullen brings together musicians from Boston, Los Angeles, and Portland, Maine, for her musical debut at Bowdoin.

This jazz/experimentally-minded quintet will be joined in the concert by special guest artist John Bisbee--visual artist and Bowdoin sculptor in residence--as guest MC.

The Subjects features:

Tracy McMullen, tenor saxophone/electronics
Charlie Kohlhase, saxophones
Garrison Fewell, guitar
Jeff Schwartz, bass
Jan Van Voorst, drums

The concert is open to the public free of charge.

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Lecture:

Lecture: "Remembering the Rite of Spring" by Stephen Walsh Oct. 19

October 19, 20127:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Gibson Hall, Room 101 (Tillotson Room)

Stravinsky's views on his most famous works changed over the years, but The Rite of Spring was a particular case, partly because he had difficulty getting the notation of the score as he wanted it, partly because he lost interest in the ethnic aspects of the subject, partly because of issues to do with the way the work was, or should be, performed.

This talk traces these changes down the years, and draws some conclusions about Stravinsky's creative methods and his attitude to his own past work.

Stephen Walsh is the author of a major two-volume biography of Stravinsky, as well as a book on his music and books on Schumann and Bartok. He is a well-known music journalist, and holds a personal chair at Cardiff University.

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Homecoming Choral Concert

Homecoming Choral Concert

October 20, 20122:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

Bowdoin Chamber Choir, Robert K. Greenlee, director
Bowdoin Chorus, Anthony Antolini '63, director

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Concert/Workshop: Hector Morales and the Afro-Peruvian Ensemble Oct. 22

Concert/Workshop: Hector Morales and the Afro-Peruvian Ensemble Oct. 22

October 22, 20127:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Percussionist Hector Morales and his group return to Bowdoin for an interactive concert, in which they will demonstrate the sultry rhythms of Afro-Peruvian land, festejo, and more.

The concert/workshop will present Hector's instructional book for musicians and music lovers, The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble-From the Cajon to the Drum-Set, giving basic background and history on the Afro-Peruvian percussive and musical tradition and providing an in-depth explanation of each of the instruments involved in the percussion ensemble. Attendees will be able to ask questions and purchase the book at a discounted price.

This event is brought to you in participation with Peru's state brand: MARCA PERU and with the collaboration of Pachamama Peruvian Arts. This event is supported in part by NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts and Culture) Fund for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and Southwest Airlines.

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Concert: George Lopez, Piano, Oct. 26

Concert: George Lopez, Piano, Oct. 26

October 26, 20127:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Mr. Lopez will perform Rachmaninoff's Etudes-Tableaux and the premiere of Prof. Vineet Shende's Mayan-based fantasy, "At the Cusp of Dawn, a Breath."

Looking ahead:

George Lopez will lead the Bowdoin Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles in a concert on Saturday, November 17, at 3 p.m. in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall.

On Friday, December 14, Lopez and special guests from around the country will perform two Brahms piano quartets. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall.

All performances are open to the public free of charge.

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Concert: Sean Fleming, Organ, Oct. 27

Concert: Sean Fleming, Organ, Oct. 27

October 27, 20123:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

Sean Fleming, accompanist of the Bowdoin Chorus, will perform on the Austin Organ in the Bowdoin Chapel, with works including Guilmant's Sonata No. 1, Paine's Concert Variations on "The Star Spangled Banner," and a toccata by Fleming based on Bowdoin's alma mater.

Also featured will be the Myron J. Roberts Church Sonata for Piano and Organ with pianist Anthony Antolini '63.

The concert is open to the public free of charge.

Learn more about the Austin Organ and hear a short performance here.

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Masterclass with Duo Baars-Henneman

Masterclass with Duo Baars-Henneman

November 2, 20124:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, 202 Rehearsal Room

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Concert: Duo Baars-Henneman Nov. 2

Concert: Duo Baars-Henneman Nov. 2

November 2, 20127:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Duo Baars-Henneman, which represents the height of Dutch improvised music, will present a program titled "Autumn Songs," featuring compositions/improvisations inspired by poems on autumn in all its different meanings.

Earlier in the day, the duo will present a master class at 4 p.m. in 202 Rehearsal Room, Studzinski Recital Hall.

Both the master class and the concert are open to the public free of charge.

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Fund-Netherlands.

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Concert: Bowdoin Chamber Orchestra

Concert: Bowdoin Chamber Orchestra

November 17, 20123:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

The New Bowdoin Chamber Orchestra will perform under the direction of Beckwith Artist in Residence George Lopez. For the first time in several years, the orchestra is made up almost entirely of Bowdoin students.

The program will include the joyous Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach; a work for winds by the same composer who wrote the opening theme for Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey; and Beethoven's most tragic set of theme and variations for orchestra, the Allegretto from his swashbuckling Symphony No. 7. The finale will feature music from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro.

The concert is open to the public and admission is free.

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Bowdoin College Concert Band

Bowdoin College Concert Band

November 18, 20122:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

The Bowdoin College Concert Band, under the direction of John P. Morneau, presents their fall concert, "Celebrations - 25 Years of the Bowdoin College Concert Band." The concert will be highlighted by the world premiere performance of two compositions written in honor of the band's anniversary season: "Scarab Dance," a composition by Francis Kayali (Bowdoin Class of 2001), and "Whale Groove," composed by Bowdoin Professor of Music, Robert Greenlee.

Francis Kayali studied composition with Elliott Schwartz and Robert Greenlee at Bowdoin College, then with Perry Goldstein and Peter Winkler at SUNY - Stony Brook. In 2009, Kayali earned the doctor of musical arts degree in composition at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Frank Ticheli, Tamar Diesendruck, and Donald Crockett.

Robert Greenlee studied organ with Mildred Andrews and Anthony Newman, composition with Michael Hennagin, conducting with Margaret Hillis and Julius Herford, voice with Paul Matthen, and early music with Thomas Binkley. He is the director of the Bowdoin Chamber Choir, and teaches courses in choral and instrumental conducting, choral literature, music theory and history. In addition to choral music he performs drumming and vocal music of Africa, Latin America, and West Asia.

Other program selections will include "Flourish for Wind Band" and "Sea Songs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams; "Alleluia! Laudamus Te" and "Russian Christmas Music" by Alfred Reed; "The Marbled Midnight Mile" by Steven Bryant; and "The Black Horse Troop March" by John Philip Sousa.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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Middle Eastern Ensemble

Middle Eastern Ensemble

November 26, 20127:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Eric LaPerna & Amos Libby, directors

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Afro-Latin Music Ensemble

Afro-Latin Music Ensemble

November 28, 20127:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Michael Birenbaum Quintero, director

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Bowdoin Chorus

Bowdoin Chorus

December 1, 20122:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

The Bowdoin Chorus and Mozart Mentors Orchestra, directed by Anthony Antolini '63, will perform "Noel francais," a cornucopia of Christmas choral works paying a musical tribute to Maine's French cultural heritage on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, at 2 p.m. in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. The event is free and no tickets are requied.

The repertoire will include Christmas carols, all sung in French, from Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and France, some for audience sing-along. Many are familiar to American audiences in their English translations, such as "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "O Holy Night."

The featured work on the concerts will be Marc-Antoine Charpentier's "Midnight Mass for Christmas" for orchestra, chorus and soloists. This charming Baroque work is based on popular French Christmas carols of the period.

The Chorus will also share the stage with Maine's folk group, 'Ti' Acadie, performing Acadian, Cajun and French-Canadian Christmas tunes and dances and accompanying the choir on various Christmas carols.

For more information e-mail aantolin@bowdoin.edu or call 207-725-3347.

Other upcoming concerts presented by the Music Department include the following:

Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2
4 p.m., Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
The Bowdoin Chamber Choir, directed by Robert K. Greenlee, will perform a program titled "In Celebration of King David." Pianist George Lopez will join the choir in a performance of settings from across the centuries of psalms and other texts relevant to the Hebrew king.

Monday, December 3
6 p.m., Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
Piano students of George Lopez will perform works by Bach, Scarlatti, Benshoof, Beethoven, Busconi, and Chopin. Performers include Lucy Luo, Cordelia Zars, Linna Gao, Sarah Liu, Bonnie Cao, and Yowon Yoon.

Monday, December 3
8 p.m., Tillotson Room, Gibson Hall
"Music Sampler" featuring student performers Molly Ridley, jazz voice; Dan Lesser, cello; Simon Bordwin, voice; Justin Hung, guitar; Leah Kahn, voice; Kailey Bennett, violin; Benjamin Haile, voice; and Samantha Levin, voice.

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Bowdoin Chamber Choir

Bowdoin Chamber Choir

December 1, 20124:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

Robert K. Greenlee will direct a program entitled "In Celebration of King David." Pianist George Lopez will join the choir in a performance of settings from across the centuries of psalms and other texts relevant to the Hebrew king.

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Bowdoin Chorus

Bowdoin Chorus

December 2, 20122:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

The Bowdoin Chorus and Mozart Mentors Orchestra, directed by Anthony Antolini '63, will perform "Noel francais," a cornucopia of Christmas choral works paying a musical tribute to Maine's French cultural heritage on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, at 2 p.m. in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. The event is free and no tickets are requied.

The repertoire will include Christmas carols, all sung in French, from Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and France, some for audience sing-along. Many are familiar to American audiences in their English translations, such as "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "O Holy Night."

The featured work on the concerts will be Marc-Antoine Charpentier's "Midnight Mass for Christmas" for orchestra, chorus and soloists. This charming Baroque work is based on popular French Christmas carols of the period.

The Chorus will also share the stage with Maine's folk group, 'Ti' Acadie, performing Acadian, Cajun and French-Canadian Christmas tunes and dances and accompanying the choir on various Christmas carols.

For more information e-mail aantolin@bowdoin.edu or call 207-725-3347.

Other upcoming concerts presented by the Music Department include the following:

Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2
4 p.m., Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
The Bowdoin Chamber Choir, directed by Robert K. Greenlee, will perform a program titled "In Celebration of King David." Pianist George Lopez will join the choir in a performance of settings from across the centuries of psalms and other texts relevant to the Hebrew king.

Monday, December 3
6 p.m., Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
Piano students of George Lopez will perform works by Bach, Scarlatti, Benshoof, Beethoven, Busconi, and Chopin. Performers include Lucy Luo, Cordelia Zars, Linna Gao, Sarah Liu, Bonnie Cao, and Yowon Yoon.

Monday, December 3
8 p.m., Tillotson Room, Gibson Hall
"Music Sampler" featuring student performers Molly Ridley, jazz voice; Dan Lesser, cello; Simon Bordwin, voice; Justin Hung, guitar; Leah Kahn, voice; Kailey Bennett, violin; Benjamin Haile, voice; and Samantha Levin, voice.

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Bowdoin Chamber Choir

Bowdoin Chamber Choir

December 2, 20124:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

Robert K. Greenlee will direct a program entitled "In Celebration of King David." Pianist George Lopez will join the choir in a performance of settings from across the centuries of psalms and other texts relevant to the Hebrew king.

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St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble

St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble

December 7, 20127:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

The male vocal quartet will perform a program of 19th century Russian sacred and secular songs.

The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble as an independent group founded in 2003 to develop a new form and new capabilities in the realization of artistic ideas, as well as expanding the limits of generally accepted perceptions on performing capabilities of singing groups and choirs.

Due to high professionalism of its members, it's now possible for a wide audience to enjoy the musical compositions that require considerably larger number of performers.

The group's repertoire encompasses various epochs and styles--from ancient Russian chants and chorals of Western European to modern music.

Since one of the tasks of the ensemble is the popularization of preeminently Russian music, their program allows to most fully elucidate and introduce to the audience Russian folk songs, secular and ecclesiastic compositions, as well as modern composers and transpositions of popular melodies.

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George Lopez, Piano - Brahms and Schumann Chamber Works

George Lopez, Piano - Brahms and Schumann Chamber Works

December 14, 20127:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Bowdoin Artist in Residence George Lopez, piano, will be joined by guest artists Nadege Foofat, violin, and Emmanuel Feldman, cello, for this concert of chamber works.

The program will include Robert Schumann's Sonata in A minor, Op. 105, and Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70, for cello and piano; Clara Schumann's Prelude in G minor; and Johannes Brahms' Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8.

The concert is open to the public and admission is free. Sponsored in part by the Dorothy Henderson Shields Fund, in honor of her husband, Walker E. Shields, Bowdoin Class of 1929.

Nadege Foofat, conductor and violinist, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and the United States. She served as principal viola of the Philadelphia Virtuosi and as a member of the Albany Symphony, and is music director of the Esopus Chamber Orchestra, based in the Hudson Valley, New York.

Hailed by John Williams as "an outstanding cellist and truly dedicated artist," Emmanuel Feldman has emerged as one of the most innovative cellists of his generation. Known for his intense soulful playing and a broad range of repertoire, he enjoys an active career as soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, champion of new music and educator.

George Lopez has been featured across the globe as recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and collaborator. He received critical acclaim for his interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos in his last two concert seasons. At Bowdoin, in addition to presenting concerts, he teaches piano students, coaches chamber ensembles and the orchestra, and performs student compositions.

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