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Derek Bermel oversees a stylistically varied slate at Bowdoin's Gamper Festival / Portland Press Herald

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You could argue that the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, nestled into the final week of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, is unnecessary, given the impressive amount of new music presented at the larger festival. But actually, its apparent superfluousness is one of its salient features. Instead of seeming like a new-music ghetto, set apart from the main festival so as not to disturb the worship of the classics, the Gamper Festival simply offers a sharper focus on recent works, in a handful of free concerts, through Sunday.

Derek Bermel, the composer who oversees the Bowdoin Festival's composition department, has assembled the programs in recent years, and for this year's opener, at Studzinski Recital Hall on Thursday evening, he chose seven works – two by composers born in 1948 (Dan Welcher and Paquito D'Rivera), the rest by composers born in the 1970s.

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