Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Campus Celebration: Concert with Bernice Johnson Reagon & Toshi Reagon

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January 19, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Our first day of classes is marked by the annual national recognition of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bowdoin will honor Dr. King's legacy with a dynamic performance by Bernice Johnson Reagon and her daughter Toshi Reagon.

Toshi Reagon is a singer, songwriter, producer and activist living in Brooklyn, New York. For the past year she has traveled nationally and internationally celebrating the release of her latest collection of music Have You Heard on Righteous Babe Records. She tours as a solo performer and with her band BIGLovely. For more than forty years Bernice Johnson Reagon, from the acclaimed African American women's a cappela ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock, has been a major cultural voice for freedom and justice; singing, teaching-speaking out against racism and organized inequities of all kinds. Perhaps no individual today better illustrates the transformative power and instruction of traditional African American music and cultural history than Bernice Johnson Reagon, who has excelled equally in the realms of scholarship, composition, and performance.

Ticket info:
Tickets are required and are available at the David Saul Smith Union Information desk, 207-725-3375.
Bowdoin students, faculty and staff - Free with ID
Bowdoin Friends - $10.00
General Public - $25.00

Sponsored by: The Office of Multicultural Student Programs and the Donald M. Zuckert Visiting Professorship Fund.

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Tracy McMullen Quintet

January 23, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Assistant Professor of Music Tracy McMullen brings together a jazz quintet to perform an evening of original tunes and jazz standards. Featuring Tracy on saxophone, Mark Tipton on trumpet, Tom Porter on piano, Sam Sherry on bass and Mark Barnette on drums.

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Tanya Tagaq in Concert with 'Nanook of the North'

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January 25, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

This event is sold out; a limited number of tickets may become available at the door.

Internationally acclaimed performer Tanya Tagaq will appear in concert in Pickard Auditorium, Bowdoin College at 7 pm on Sunday January 25, 2015. This avant-garde music sensation will create exciting new music against the backdrop of the Inuit film Nanook of the North. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the Smith Union Information Desk on the college campus beginning January 19, 2015.

Tagaq is a ground-breaking performer who has taken the traditional Inuit throat-singing she heard growing up in Cambridge Bay in the Canadian Arctic and transformed it, infusing it with jazz, punk, and other contemporary music, to create an exciting new sound. Reviewers describe her performances as "fierce," "exquisite," "unnerving," and"emotionally gripping."

She evokes the sounds, visions, and emotions of the northern landscape with her remarkable voice. Tagaq has performed with musicians ranging from Bjork and the Kronos Quartet to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 she was awarded the Polaris Music Prize, one of Canada's top music awards, and her newest album, Animism, was listed as one of the top albums of 2014 by CBC Radio.

Nanook of the North, Robert Flaherty's classic 1922 silent film about life among the Inuit of northern Quebec, is regarded as one of the forerunners of modern documentary films. In 2012, Toronto International Film Festival commissioned composer Derek Charke, along with Tagaq, and her collaborators violinist Jesse Zubot and percussionist Jean Martin, to create a new soundscape for this silent classic. Drawing on her love of her northern home, Tagaq brings a depth of emotion and understanding to Flaherty's essentially colonial vision, reclaiming Nanook for contemporary Inuit.

This concert is presented by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center with support from the Departments of Music, Cinema Studies, and Sociology and Anthropology, Student Activities, the President's Office Wabanaki Initiative, and the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.

Tanya Tagaq in concert with Nanook of the North was commissioned by TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of its film retrospective First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition.

For more information call Kristi Clifford at 725-3062, or visit the museum's web page www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum


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Music at the Museum: Rebel Baroque Ensemble

February 7, 2015 10:30 AM  – 11:45 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Rebel is a Baroque ensemble with Jörg-Michael Schwarz and Karen Marmer, violins, John Moran, cello, and Dongsok Chin, harpsichord. Rebel will perform seventeenth-century French works to complement the exhibition Weaving the Myth of Psyche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

THIS CONCERT IS NOW SOLD OUT.  To be placed on a waiting list for tickets, please e-mail artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

This event is free but tickets are required as seating is limited. Tickets will be available at the Museum Shop beginning on January 12, 2015. For more information please call (207) 725-3276 or email artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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Rebel Baroque Ensemble

February 7, 2015 3:00 PM  – 4:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

The widely acclaimed and extensively recorded Baroque ensemble will present a program of 17th- & 18th-century Italian, German and French music for two violins and basso continuo.

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Emily Doolittle, Cornish College of the Arts: "Animal Songs, Animal Music"

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February 12, 2015 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016

Can animal songs be considered music? Join composer Emily Doolittle as she explores this philosophical question within the context of zoomusicology, the study of the musical aspects of sound or communication produced and received by animals. Doolittle investigates how humans across cultures and time periods have used animal songs in their music, and analyzes bird and other animal songs from both a musical and a scientific perspective. 

This past year, she was part of a study showing that hermit thrushes base their songs on the overtone series. She was also recently composer-in-residence at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (Seewiesen, Germany), where she and ornithologist Henrik Brumm discovered that the musician wren shows a preference for singing perfect consonant intervals. 

Doolittle has written for such ensembles as Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto), Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Island Symphony, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, the Motion Ensemble and Paragon, and such soloists as sopranos Suzie LeBlanc, Janice Jackson, Patricia Green and Helen Pridmore, pianist Rachel Iwaasa, violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel, viola d’amorist Thomas Georgi and viola da gambist Karin Preslmayr. 

She was born in Nova Scotia in 1972 and educated at Dalhousie University, the Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Hague, Indiana University and Princeton University. In 2008 she moved to Seattle, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Cornish College of the Arts. In addition to her academic pursuits, she plays fiddle in the Seattle-area French Canadian traditional music and stepdance band Podorythmie.

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Ensemble Epomeo with George Lopez

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February 14, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Founded in 2008 at the Ischia Chamber Music Festival (Italy), string trio Ensemble Epomeo is fast rising to the upper echelon of international chamber groups. Inaugural tours saw them performing in Italy, the UK and the USA, with broadcasts on WFLN (Chicago), New England Public Radio, and WKCR (New York) where they were the subject of a special showcase concert and interview. Ensemble Epomeo has developed vibrant collaborations with leading festivals including the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival (USA), Two Rivers Festival (England), and Scotia Festival (Canada) and been Ensemble-in Residence at St. Thomas University (Canada). Ensemble Epomeo released their debut recording for Avie Records in 2012 featuring the complete string trios of Hans Gál and Hans Krása which received “Critic’s choice” in Gramophone Magazine (“Ensemble Epomeo provide ravishing accounts...fully in sympathy with the idiom…A splendid disc I cannot get enough of” ), with reviews including the San Francisco Chronicle (“a brilliant revelation…unforgettable….superb performance”), Strad Magazine (“A warmly recorded and thought provoking disk”), and MusicWeb International (“huge commitment and brilliant flair”). In July 2014, they released Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht (with friends) on the Somm Label with reviewer Gavin Dixon writing "every line comes through with exceptional clarity…giving the piece a new profile, with the complex but now clear counterpoint driving the music ...an impressive recording that exposes many details of the score that usually remain obscure." Their most recent recording of 20th Century string trios by Schnittke, Pendercki, Kurtag, and Weinberg was released on Avie in November 2014. Classical Reviews wrote: “…more often than not, this group seems to achieve the impossible…. the sheer individuality of this interpretation sets it apart.” The trio has an alter-ego for outreach concerts in children’s storytelling and music troupe Auricolae. The Irish Times (Dublin) wrote of their second storytelling CD (New Focus and Avie records) “The music is incidental, illustrative, with lots of opportunities for dissonant, clashing sounds…It’s a matter of appealing narratives, cleverly wrapped in contemporary sounds.” Highlights of 2014-2015 season include concerts in Boston, Portmouth (NH), Philadelphia, Bowdoin College, Swarthmore College, Market Square Concerts (Harrisburg), two tours of the United Kingdom, and the resident ensemble of the Halifax Festival for the second time. In 2017 they release a boxed set of the complete string trios of Beethoven on the Avie Label. At Bowdoin they will perform works by Gustav Mahler, Mieczieslaw Weinberg, Ludwig van Beethoven and the world premiere of Jay Reise's piano quartet "Nocturne."

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Pamela Decker, organ

February 21, 2015 3:00 PM  – 4:30 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

Ms. Decker’s program, entitled "Prelude to the Dance," will include works by Bach, Widor, Vierne, Litaize, Mendelssohn, and Decker. Several of the large-scale pieces are prelude-and-fugue works that present either direct or indirect references to dance rhythms; other program items are lyrical in nature. Each half concludes with a work based on Spanish and/or South American dance rhythms. In Ms. Decker’s set (The Freese Collection), La croix de foi is a large-scale samba that includes its share of Germanic counterpoint.

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Cyrus Chestnut Trio: Jazz! Gospel! Latin!

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February 27, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Virtuosic and playful, pianist Cyrus Chestnut's hard swinging, soulful sounds have become a staple in the jazz community. Blending contemporary jazz, traditional jazz and gospel, plus the occasional seasonings of Latin and samba, Chestnut gives himself plenty of freedom to explore different emotions, while keeping his music in recognizable form.

Ticket info: Free to Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff with ID, and members of the Association of Bowdoin Friends; and $15 for the general public. Tickets are required and will be available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk, 207-725-3375.

Sponsored by the Mellon President's Arts and Lecture Fund.

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page.

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Matthew Shipp, jazz piano

March 2, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

With his unique and recognizable style, pianist Matthew Shipp worked and recorded vigorously from the late 1980’s onward, creating music in which free jazz and modern classical music intertwined.

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A Tribute to the Life of Pianist Frank Glazer

March 27, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Pianists Duncan Cumming, James Parakilas, Chiharu Naruse and
Bowdoin Artist-in-Residence George Lopez will celebrate the life and music of Frank Glazer.

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Klavierfest: Henry Kramer, piano

March 28, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

A native of Cape Elizabeth, Henry Kramer will present a program of Beethoven and Chopin, including Chopin's 24 preludes.

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Bowdoin Orchestra

April 10, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

George Lopez will lead the orchestra in Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” and concerto movements featuring senior soloists, Smetana’s “The Moldau,” and Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony.”

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Jean-Paul Honegger '15 and Laura Block '17, voice

April 19, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

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Leah Kahn '15, voice (Jazz)

April 20, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

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Sheng Ge '16, cello

April 21, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

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Middle Eastern Ensemble

April 27, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

The Bowdoin Middle Eastern Ensemble, directed by Eric LaPerna and Amos Libby, will present 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.

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Hanni Haynes '15, viola

April 28, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

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Afro-Latin Music Ensemble

April 29, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Under the direction of Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Bowdoin’s Afro-Latin Music Ensemble will present a concert highlighting the scintillating rhythms and cultural richness of the descendants of Africans in Latin America, including music from Colombia, Cuba, and Peru.

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Bowdoin Chorus

April 30, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Bowdoin Chorus and Mozart Mentors Orchestra will perform J.S. Bach's St. John Passion in German conducted by Anthony Antolini '63. Soloists include Erin Chenard, soprano; Joelle Morris, contralto; David Myers, tenor; John David Adams, bass; and Jerry LiaBraaten, bass.

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Bowdoin Chorus

May 1, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Bowdoin Chorus and Mozart Mentors Orchestra will perform J.S. Bach's St. John Passion in German conducted by Anthony Antolini '63. Soloists include Erin Chenard, soprano; Joelle Morris, contralto; David Myers, tenor; John David Adams, bass; and Jerry LiaBraaten, bass.

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Bowdoin Chamber Choir

May 2, 2015 3:00 PM  – 4:30 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

Robert K. Greenlee will conduct the
Chamber Choir in a program of American spirituals, as well as music of the Netherlands, French Switzerland, and France, highlighting Gabriel Faure' and Lili Boulanger.   Benjamin Haile will
conduct Faure's Messe Basse, and George Lopez
will accompany on organ and piano.

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Bowdoin Chamber Choir

May 3, 2015 3:00 PM  – 4:30 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

Robert K. Greenlee will conduct the
Chamber Choir in a program of American spirituals, as well as music of the Netherlands, French Switzerland, and France, highlighting Gabriel Faure' and Lili Boulanger.   Benjamin Haile will
conduct Faure's Messe Basse, and George Lopez
will accompany on organ and piano.

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Piano Students of George Lopez

May 3, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

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Chamberfest I

May 4, 2015 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Student ensembles will present two different programs of classical chamber music

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Chamberfest II

May 4, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Student ensembles will present two different programs of classical chamber music

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Jazz Night

May 5, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Students coached by Frank Mauceri will perform in various jazz ensembles.

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Mid-Day Music

May 8, 2015 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

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Music at 4 O'Clock

May 8, 2015 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

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Performance of Student Compositions

May 9, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

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Seniors Concert

May 22, 2015 11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

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