BGSU Philharmonia to perform final concert of season

The Bowling Green Philharmonia will present its final concert of the spring season at 8 p.m. Wednesday (April 20) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestral activities at Bowling Green State University, will conduct the performance, which will include works by Dmitri Kabalevsky, Ludwig van Beethoven and Paul Hindemith, and will feature the University Choral Society, directed by Mark Munson.

The program begins with the overture to Kabalevsky’s lively opera “Colas Breugnon.” Set in 17th-century France and based on a novel by Romain Rolland, the piece uses French folk idioms in a fresh but traditional way and has become a popular work in the orchestral repertoire.

The University Choral Society will join the Philharmonia in Beethoven’s “Mass in C major.” Although the piece is often overshadowed by his larger works, it shows Beethoven’s innovative style, setting the text in a way that had never been done before and using tympani to accompany the voices.

Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler” (Matthias the Painter) is among his most famous orchestral works. The symphony is based on themes from his opera of the same name. Hindemith used the themes as a trial run of the music for his opera, which premiered four years later.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens, with a $3 increase the day of the performance. Students can purchase tickets for $5 and a canned good. Call the center box office weekdays from noon to p.m. at 419-372-8171 or toll-free 1-800-589-2224.

(Submitted by Susan Knapp)