Performing Arts


Bowdoin International Music Festival

Founded in 1964 by Artistic Director Lewis Kaplan and the late Robert K. Beckwith, the Bowdoin College International Music Festival presents six weeks each summer of distinguished classical artists from renowned chamber groups, orchestras and conservatories worldwide. These professional and extraordinary young musicians travel to Brunswick, Maine each summer to participate in the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

2016 Program: June 29, 2016 – August 5, 2016

Monday Showcase
The 2016 Monday Showcase series spotlights resident and guest quartets in concerts that will feature both string quartet repertoire and collaborations between the quartets and Festival faculty. Five renowned groups will perform: The Ying Quartet, The Ariel Quartet, The Shanghai Quartet,The Jack Quartet The Jupiter Quartet.

Wednesday Upbeat!
The Wednesday Upbeat! series features a varied repertoire of traditional and contemporary works performed in the intimate environs of Studzinski Recital Hall

Festival Fridays
Festival Fridays concerts feature resident and guest artists in performances of beloved works by composers of the past 350 years.

Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music
The Gamper Festival has presented the works of 20th century and contemporary American composers, including the Festival’s composers-in-residence, guest composers, and top participants, since 1965. All performances take place at 7:30 PM in Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College. Suggested donation $10.00.

Bowdoin Festival Extra
Bowdoin Festival Extra presents special events throughout the summer. Concerts and public masterclasses feature our resident artists and top participants; lectures and demonstrations feature faculty and guest presenters. Events are posted as they are scheduled. Tickets are not required, all events are free.

Artists of Tomorrow
The Artists of Tomorrow series presents performances by the extraordinary young musicians who come to the Festival from conservatories and graduate schools in more than twenty-five countries. All concerts are open to the public and are held in Studzinski Recital Hall, at the center of the Bowdoin College campus.

Many of the off-campus Artists of Tomorrow community concerts are also open to the public.

Maine State Music Theatre

The Maine State Music Theatre, now in its 58th season, offers Broadway-caliber musical theatre throughout the summer. The 2016 production season offers a terrific array of productions for all tastes and pleasures.

2016 MAIN STAGE Programming

Ghost – The Musical  | June 8 – 25, 2016
The musical follows Sam and Molly, a tech wizard and a gifted potter, whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to storefront psychic Oda Mae Brown whose reluctance clashes hilariously and touchingly with his desperation.

Evita | June 29 – July 11, 2015
Argentina’s controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. As an illegitimate fifteen year old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at twenty-two, the President’s mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at thirty-three. Eva “saint to the working class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military” was destined to leave a fascinating political legacy unique to the 20th century.

Fiddler on the Roof | July 20 – August 6, 2015
Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on a poor dairyman named Tevye and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.

Mamma Mia | August 10 – 27, 2015
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And one trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! We close out our 2016 season with MAMMA MIA! This tale full of sun and fun unfolds on a Greek island paradise when, on the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back tot he island they last visited 20 years before.

The Irish and How They Got That Way | August 14 – September 4, 2016
Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage Company partner to bring you this uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love for the Irish are all underscored by glorious music extending all the way from the auld Irish folk ballades, through George M. Cohan’s patriotic love songs to America, World War II standards sung in films of the era, USOs and foxholes all over the world, as well as beloved contemporary hits.

Maine State Music Theatre 2015 THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Jack and the Giant Beanstalk | June 15th & 18th, 2016
When Jack is forced to sell his only pal, Angus the Cow, he can’t accept just any price. So, when a mysterious man offers him magic beans, how could he refuse? In his fractured fairy-tale filled with bovine best friends, imprisoned harpists, hungry mothers, pining giant spouses, rapidly descending behemoths and a boy whose dreams are as big as the sky, we see that if you believe, anything is possible!

Aladdin | August 22, 2016
Come along with Aladdin as he journeys to the Cave of Treasures to find the magic lamp… and the Genie who lives inside! What will Aladdin do with the three wishes the Genie gives him? Will he be able to win the hand of the lovely Princess? Will he find a way to save the kingdom from the evil plans of the Sultan’s advisor? There’s only one way to find out!

Maine State Music Theatre 2016 SPECIAL EVENTS

A Grand Night for Singing | June 20, 2016
Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. This revue, with innovative musical arrangements including a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair,’ a swingin’ ‘Honeybun’ worthy of the Modernaires, and a jazzy ‘Kansas City’, leaves no question about how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of R&H remain.

Ticket information is available by contacting the Maine State Music Theater Box Office at 207.725.8769.