Classical audio festivals are staging a comeback this time

David and Phillip Ying, on cello and viola, are co-inventive directors of the Bowdoin Global Audio Festival and members of the Ying quartet. Image by Tim Greenway

Classical audio, both of those works from grasp composers and much more present-day artists, will be in plentiful source this summertime in Maine.

The Bowdoin Worldwide Songs Competition will characteristic dozens of performances, together with several no cost exhibits, all through July and into early August.

The festival’s subscription collection contains 20 live shows at both Studzinski Recital Corridor on the Bowdoin campus or Crooker Theater at Brunswick High School. The collection kicks off July 27 with a efficiency by the Ying Quartet, led by competition co-inventive administrators Phillip and David Ying. Added performances by Jupiter String Quartet, Ariel Quartet and several additional experienced musicians are scheduled as properly.

Absolutely free demonstrates include things like just about two dozen in the Youthful Artist Sequence, executed by competition pupils from all over the globe at Studzinski Hall, and 12 group concerts at spots from Falmouth to Boothbay Harbor.

The comprehensive schedule is accessible on-line at bowdoinfestival.org.

Pianist Henry Kramer will accomplish at the Portland Chamber Songs Festival. Photo by Grittani Artistic

An additional effectively-regarded pageant – the Portland Chamber Songs Competition – involves 4 primary systems in August at Hannaford Corridor on the College of Southern Maine campus. The performances will attribute the East Coastline Chamber Orchestra, the festival’s very first-at any time ensemble in home, joined by pianist Henry Kramer and many other globe-course musicians participating in get the job done composed by Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and more.

The competition also will host its annual profit show on Aug. 7 at Cove Street Arts and will host the trio “Time for Three” (Nick Kendall, Charles Yang, violins/vocals Ranaan Meyer, bass/vocals) on Aug. 19 at Just one Longfellow Square.

The comprehensive plan and a description of each individual clearly show is readily available on line at pcmf.org.

Tunes Director Eckart Preu conducts the Portland Symphony Orchestra at the Seaside Pavilion in Outdated Orchard Beach. Picture courtesy of the Portland Symphony Orchestra

The Portland Symphony Orchestra will go outside the house for 3 exhibits in late June and July at the Seaside Pavilion in Previous Orchard Seashore. The June 25 display will current Beethoven’s Concerto in D important for violin and orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E insignificant. On July 2, Maine folks band Schooner Fare will conduct choices from its catalog with the orchestra, and on July 9, the orchestra will present “The New music of Star Wars.” For extra data, go to portlandsymphony.org.

For the seventh 12 months (the party was canceled in 2020), the Bach Virtuosi Pageant, directed by Lewis Kaplan, will carry the baroque new music of composer Johann Sebastian Bach to Portland for a week in late July and early August. Performances will be held at St. Luke’s Cathedral, Synagogue Etz Chaim and the Portland Museum of Art’s Terrific Hall. Kaplan co-founded the Bowdoin music festival and was its inventive director for a 50 % century. The whole timetable is online at bachvirtuosifestival.org.

Another Bach-themed festival, the Portland Bach Expertise, has many exhibits lined up for the first 50 percent of June, like several totally free live shows. Founder Emily Isaacson first launced the festival in 2017 as a way to problem preconceived notions about classical new music. This year, there will be 17 gatherings from Could 31 by way of June 12 in communities from Kennebunk to Brunswick. The timetable is out there on the internet at portlandbachexperience.com.

Eventually, the Sebago-Prolonged Lake Music Pageant will complete on Tuesdays among July 12-Aug. 9 at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. The festival’s 50th anniversary will attribute a selection of 25 musicians, which include violinist Jennifer Elowitch, who was the founder of the Portland Chamber Audio Festival. For far more data, go to sebagofestival.org.


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