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Musical Crossroads: Classical and Jazz

Examining and presenting the influence of jazz composition and performance on the classical tradition from the 20th century to today.

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Posted on August 6, 2018 by Bowdoin International Music Festival

An opportunity to learn about and experience the creative process of a living composer. This distinguished artist will discuss aspects of his music and inspirations and then accept questions from the audience.



In 2018, Bowdoin International Music Festival (Festival) participants will examine and present the influence of jazz on the classical tradition from the 20th century to today as one program component of the Festival’s summer music institute and concert series, June 25 to August 5. Musical Crossroads: Classical and Jazz will comprise composer workshops; masterclasses; public lectures; and performances that focus on ways composers and musicians have reflected this strong influence, engaging participants in fresh ways while giving opportunity to celebrate one of America’s great art forms.

The Turtle Island String Quartet will lead the core project for the New Music USA’s grant partnership, in association with Festival composer-in-residence Derek Bermel, Festival faculty, and guest artists. Under their tutelage, emerging young artists and composers participating in the Festival’s education institute, and public audiences, will learn ways that classical music is inspired by the jazz tradition.

During their residency, Turtle Island String Quartet will give a workshop for all Festival students . The Quartet’s founder and composer, David Balakrishnan, will spend time working with the Festival’s composition students. Festival students will be given opportunities to perform compositions of live composers whose writings reflect the musical intersection of classical and jazz in three (3) public concerts alongside Derek Bermel, additional Festival faculty members and featured guest artists. Project workshops, masterclass, and three public concerts will be presented as part of the Festival’s annual three-day Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, July 5, 7 and 8, on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick, Maine. On Monday, July 9, The Turtle Island Quartet will present a public performance featuring related classical and jazz repertoire.

In addition to the Turtle Island String Quartet residency to which this application seeks funding, the Festival’s examination of classical and jazz will echo throughout the Festival’s six-week program, engaging audiences totaling 15,000 in over 100 public concerts, and educational and community events at over 20 venues across Midcoast Maine. Of these, all programs are free of cost to attend with exception of 20 that require admission fees.

The Festival comprises a weekly subscriber concerts series that feature 70 Festival faculty and world-renowned guest artists: Monday Showcase; Festival Wednesday; and Festival Friday series. Select students perform with faculty and guest artists at the Wednesday and Friday concerts with two of the Friday concerts featuring large-scale orchestral performances of students, faculty, and guest artists.

Free public programs include two daily performance series: our Young Artist and Community Concert series that feature nearly all 250 participating Festival students ages 18 to 29. Venues include public libraries, social service agencies, senior centers, churches, area businesses and the Bowdoin College campus. Free community programs also include Festival Insights, an educational series of talks, masterclasses, films, and/or performances designed to engage community with opportunities to delve deeper into musical subject matter.

Looking ahead, Musical Crossroads: Classical and Jazz will broaden successive seasons’ examination of other significant influences on classical tradition and multidisciplinary intersections with visual, dance and dramatic arts.


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Frank’s House (partial recording), Composer Andrew Norman
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As part of Festival 2017, New Music USA partnered with us in bringing Andrew Norman to the Festival to work with students on music in our “Beyond Borders” project. Festival piano Fellows Amalia Rinehart and Min Joo Yi joined with percussion students Luke Rinderknecht and Griffin Harvey to perform Andrew Norman’s “Frank House” composition in a Festival Wednesday subscriber concert program. In this writing, Norman contemplates the residence of architect Frank Gehry. This piece exemplifies the Festival’s commitment to presenting new music.

Wanderings composed by Derek Bermel
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Student Fellows of the 2017 Festival performed Derek Bermel’s composition “Wanderings” as part of the Festival’s Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. Performers are Leo Sussman, flute; Danielle McBryan, oboe; Atao Liu, bassoon; William Loveless, horn; and Bixby Kennedy, clarinet. This is one example of the quality and numerous contemporary compositions that are included in the education and performance programming of the Festival for student participants.

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Brunswick, Maine

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Each summer, the Bowdoin International Music Festival brings more than 325 classical musicians – distinguished artist-instructors, celebrated performers, and gifted students – to Maine from around the world. This renowned annual event encompasses six weeks of intensive individual and chamber-music study, with more than 175 concerts and programs, including the 3-day Gamper Festival of Contemporary…

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