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Bowdoin College Concert Band

Bowdoin College Concert Band

November 23, 20142:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

The theme for this program is “The Power of the Human Spirit,” music commemorating people who, through their determination and resourcefulness, have affected the world in meaningful and significant ways.

Featured on the program will be selections composed to honor Ernest Shackleton and the crew of Endurance, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Charles Lindbergh, Olympic Athletes, Shakers, and World War II Veterans – The Greatest Generation.

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

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Bowdoin Chorus Performs Mozart's 'Requiem'

Bowdoin Chorus Performs Mozart's 'Requiem'

November 23, 20146:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

The Oratorio Chorale and the Bowdoin Chorus bring the drama and beauty of Mozart's Requiem to Studzinski Recital Hall at Bowdoin College for three exciting performances the weekend of November 22 and 23. SOLD OUT

Director Emily Isaacson will conduct a chorus of nearly 100 singers and 45 orchestra players who range in age and experience from high school and college students to longtime members of both choruses and professional musicians.

Soloists include soprano Estelí Gomez, alto Virginia Warnken, tenor Eric Dudley and bass Dashon Burton, all members of the GRAMMY-winning Roomful of Teeth.

In 2012 the debut album by Roomful of Teeth was in the top 10 on Billboard charts, and eventually received a GRAMMY for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble.

Instrumentalists for the Requiem include players from the Bowdoin Orchestra, the Maine Chamber Ensemble, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, and the Mozart Mentors Orchestra.

Clorinda Noyes and Anthony Antolini originated the "Mozart Mentors" in 2010 during the New England Suzuki Institute (NESI). Formed in 2011, the group brings together dedicated students with their Suzuki teachers in an orchestra under professional direction. Five Mozart Mentors and sixteen of their students will take part in the Requiem rehearsals and performances.

Through the centuries the much beloved Requiem has been shrouded in mystery, with questions about the person who commissioned the work, and more importantly, who really composed the piece.

In her notes for the Oratorio Chorale's Requiem program, Emily Isaacson points out that there really was an unknown man who commissioned Mozart to compose a Requiem mass - the mass for the dead. Despite what the 1979 stage play and 1984 film showed, it is more likely that Mozart knew the identity of his patron.  Although the stranger did not reveal his identity, Mozart learned that it was a Viennese Count whose wife had recently died.

Nevertheless, letters show that Mozart (who was quite ill in the fall of 1791) believed the Requiem was destined to be his own funeral piece. As it turned out, he died in November of that year, leaving the Requiem unfinished. Mozart's wife Constanze eventually turned to his favorite pupil, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, who completed the work for performance. Although speculation continues about how much Mozart wrote and what he might have done differently, and various editions may be chosen for performance, the uncertainties around this Requiem add to its mystery without diminishing its appeal.

All performances are full. 


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

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'Sleep Dealer': A Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Alex Rivera

'Sleep Dealer': A Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Alex Rivera

December 3, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Filmmaker and Digital Media Artist Alex Rivera visits Bowdoin to screen and discuss his award-winning film, Sleep Dealer

Rivera’s work has been telling new, urgent and visually adventurous Latino stories. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science fiction tale set on the U.S./Mexico border, won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival. His film was also screened as part of ‘New Directors/New Films’ at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center and had a commercial release in the U.S., France, and Japan. 

Sleep Dealer tells the story of Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando Peña), a young man in near future Mexico. When is family falls victim to a misguided drone attack he finds himself with no option but to head north, towards the U.S./Mexico border. But migrants can not cross this new world border – it’s been sealed off. Instead, Memo ends up in a strange digital factory in Mexico where he connects his body to a robot in America. 

Sleep Dealer carries embedded in it profound political and economic critiques about issues as diverse as labor and immigration, technology and ethics, globalization, and the environment. 

Sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, Sociology and Anthropology, Romance Languages, Latin American Studies, Cinema Studies, the Office of the Dean of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the McKeen Center for the Common Good.

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David Angelini: "Having it both ways: The Developmental Genetics of Dimorphisms in True Bugs"

David Angelini: "Having it both ways: The Developmental Genetics of Dimorphisms in True Bugs"

December 4, 20144:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

David R. Angelini, assistant professor of Biology at Colby College, addresses the growing field of evo-devo and the interest in the developmental and molecular genetic aspects of morphological evolution. He examines how the use of developmental genetics, molecular biology, morphometric and phylogenetic methods help understand the interactions and functions of genes and their networks in the evolutionary histories that have led to animal diversity.

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

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'The New Black' : Documentary Screening and Discussion with Yoruba Richen

'The New Black' : Documentary Screening and Discussion with Yoruba Richen

December 8, 20146:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Filmmaker Yoruba Richen returns to Bowdoin for a screening and discussion of her new, award-winning documentary The New Black.

Richen has directed and produced films in the United States, Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. Her award-winning work, Promised Land, was screened at Bowdoin in Spring 2011, and has since screened at numerous festivals around the world. It received a Diverse Voices Co-Production fund award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and won the Fledgling Fund Award for Social Issue Documentary. 

She has produced for the investigative unit of ABC News and the independent news program Democracy Now. In 2007, she won a Fulbright Award in filmmaking and traveled to Salvador, Brazil, where she began production on Sisters of the Good Death, a documentary about the oldest African women’s association in the Americas and the annual festival they hold celebrating the end of slavery. In 2012, Richen won the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award and became a Guggenheim fellow. She is a graduate of Brown University and teaches Documentary Film at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. 

Free and open to the public

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Music at the Museum: Baroque Chamber Music with George Lopez

Music at the Museum: Baroque Chamber Music with George Lopez

December 11, 20146:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Boyd Gallery

***Please note that this event is sold out***

George Lopez performs an evening of  17th and 18th century Baroque chamber music to highlight the exhibition, Weaving the Myth of Psyche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

For more information please contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu or (207) 725-3276.

Illustration: Psyche's Banquet, ca. 1660. Wool, silk, and gold thread.  Courtesy of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

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