This week

• The Bowdoin International Music Festival comes to its close this week. The sixth and final Festival Fridays concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Crooker Theater in Brunswick High School features award-winning pianist Edward Auer performing Chopin’s 24 Preludes and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61. Auer was a prize winner in the Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Marguerite Long competitions, and has recorded for several labels.

The stage will be set after intermission for a full orchestra to present the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Artistic director Lewis Kaplan will conduct, with Bowdoin Virtuoso violinist Suyoen Kim as guest. Kim is a multiple international prize winner. Tickets cost $35.

The final Upbeat! concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus features Yong Hi Moon and another Bowdoin virtuoso, Ben Kim, performing on separate pianos with cellists Amir Eldan and Robert Mayes, and Jonathan Dozois on horn. The Shanghai Quartet will round out the concert with the String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3 by Beethoven. Tickets cost $25.

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Coming up

• Now in its 17th season, the Portland Chamber Music Festival runs Aug. 12-21 at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The summer program features nationally known performers in a wide ranging repertoire, including the music of living composers. For tickets and other information, visit