Monthly Archives: December 2010

Dr. Jacqueline Leclair’s ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, is featured on some end-of-year “Best Of” lists

NPR Music “The Best New York Alt-Classical Concerts of 2010” includes Alarm Will Sound’s 2/23/10 concert at New York’s le poisson rouge.

The New York Times article, “Time to Turn the Cultural Page” (12/30/10) lists two Alarm Will Sound events as ones New York Times critics are “eager to see” in 2011:  The ensemble’s January 30, 2011 2pm Concert at Merkin Hall in New York City (part of the Ecstatic Music Festival), and March 10, 2011 at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall “1969″ a multi-media production Alarm Will Sound has been developing for three years.

Watch a video of Alarm Will Sound’s acoustic performance of the Beatles’ “Revolution 9” at <>

A recent live performance of Aphex Twin’s “4” (arranged by Alarm Will Sound members) can be viewed on Youtube:

Mark Munson’s Many Recent Conducting Engagements

Mark Munson was guest conductor of OMEA District V’s Chamber Choir Festival held in Cortland on November 16.

Mark Munson conducted the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the University Choral Society, the Toledo Choral Society, and soloists in a performance of Handel’s Messiah in the Peristyle of Toledo’s Museum of Art on December 4.

Mark Munson conducted the 12-member vocal ensemble OPUS 181 in a program titled “My Dancing Day” on December 12 in the First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green.

Competitions in Music Results

Congratulations for a fantastic Competitions in Music this year! We would like to say a special thank you to Mark Bunce and recording services for video recording the final round today, as well as to Keith Hofacker for his assistance with competition operations.
Here are the winners of this year’s competition:

Undergraduate Division
Xuan He, piano
Xiao Han, saxophone

Honorable Mention:
Claire Werling, clarinet

Graduate Division
Sheldon Johnson, saxophone
Tatiana Gorbunova, piano

Composition Division:
Patrick Chan: Five Songs of the Von Seggerns for soprano, clarinet and piano (2010)

Virginia Marks Collaborative piano award:
Karl Larson

Honorable Mention:
Vitaly Serebriakov
Emily Chapman

Thanks to everyone for their participation and support.

Upcoming Performances of Works by Faculty Composer Christopher Dietz

In the coming months, BGSU College of Musical Arts faculty composer Christopher Dietz will have a number of pieces performed, including performances at the Florida State University Festival of New Music, and at the College Music Society’s 2011 International Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

“La Fleur du Ciel” for scordatura violin, viola, cello will be performed at the Tutti Festival of New Music at Denison University on March 4, 2011 by
CMA violist Megan Fergusson and 2 members of the Toledo Symphony.

“Five Reflections on the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám” for solo piano was premiered at Elon University’s Symposium on Words and Music in September by
Israeli-American pianist Omri Shimron. The work was later performed at the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference in November. In July 2010,
Mr. Shimron will present a lecture-recital on the work at the College Music Society’s 2011 International Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

“Gharra” for chamber orchestra will be performed at the Florida State University Festival of New Music on January 26, 2011.

“Le Chemin de Salut” for soprano voice and chamber orchestra will be performed on a special concert by the BGSU New Music Ensemble (composer conducting) at Wright State University on January 11, 2011. The concert closes the “Constructed Territory” art exhibit at WSU. The work will be repeated with the NME on BGSU’s Faculty Composers’ Forum on February 23, 2011 at 8pm in Bryan Hall at the CMA.

Celebration Concert closes Centennial events

Bowling Green State University will close out its centennial year with a concert and program at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The “Centennial Celebration Concert” will feature a variety of the University’s musical ensembles, a tribute to a year of service and the filling of a centennial time capsule.

Many of the musical selections have direct connections to BGSU. Ryan Nowlin, an alumnus who was recently been named staff arranger for the U.S. Marine Corps Band, composed or arranged two of the compositions, current faculty members Chris Buzzelli and David Bixler had a hand in two of the musical pieces, and “American Pageant” was composed by Thomas Knox, a friend of Dr. G. Philip Cartwright, husband of BGSU President Carol Cartwright.

Representatives from the Bowling Green and BGSU communities will contribute items for a centennial time capsule that will be displayed rather than buried.

Admission to the event is a food item or monetary donation. All donations will benefit the Bowling Green Food Pantry.