Remembering Composer and Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music Emeritus Elliott S. Schwartz

Elliott Schwartz in 2006

Elliott Schwartz in 2006

Renowned composer Elliott S. Schwartz, Bowdoin’s Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music Emeritus, died December 7, 2016, after a long battle with cancer and an even longer, wondrous engagement with music that touched the lives of countless students and listeners around the world. Schwartz was 80.

President Clayton Rose shared news of Schwartz’s death and his legacy in a message to Bowdoin community; see also the Portland Press Herald‘s featured obituary.

Bowdoin Orchestra Flash Mobs Thorne Diners

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The Bowdoin Orchestra surprised diners at Thorne Wednesday evening with a quick concert. They did the same thing in 2014.

The flash performance was a preview of the concert the orchestra will give Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 pm in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall.

Stanley Druckenmiller ’75, H’07 Joins Billionaires in Philanthropic Bet to Help Nation’s Kids (Forbes)

Stanley Druckenmiller '75, H'07

Stanley Druckenmiller ’75, H’07

There is said to be an unfortunate dynamic among non-profit organizations: the more successful they become, the more their donors believe they don’t need as much support.

In a concerted effort to thwart that misconception Stanley Druckenmiller ’75, H’07 has pooled his money with a number of other influential philanthropists to form Blue Meridian Partners.

With commitments totaling $850 million, the group is the brainchild of Nancy Roob, who worked with Druckenmiller as funders of Geoffrey Canada ’74, H’07’s Harlem Children’s Zone. Read more about it in Forbes.

Why Are Artists Fascinated with the Temptation of Saint Anthony?

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“St. Anthony Abbot,” ca. 1365, tempera on panel by Giovanni da Milano

Since at least the fifteenth century artists have been fascinated with the story of the temptation of the Egyptian hermit Saint Anthony. An exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art features twenty works examining the subject from across more than five centuries.

“We have lithographs, engravings, paintings, even a one-minute silent movie from the 1890s, twenty works in all, to illustrate the story of Saint Anthony as it was envisioned by artists over many generations,” said Museum of Art Curator Joachim Homann, “which is pretty amazing for a show that fits into a small gallery.” Read more in Bowdoin News.
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