Ethnomusicology professor Dr. Katherine Meizel has the backstory on the origin of the song “America the Beautiful.” It’s part of a radio series on American Exceptionalism from the “American History Guys” at http://backstoryradio.org/city-upon-a-hill-american-exceptionalism/
Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (composed of BGSU students Amanda Deboer, DMA student; Liz Pearse, DMA student; Kayleigh Butcher, MM 2011; Aubrey von Almen, MM 2011) performed on Philip Glass’ Music with Friends series in NYC on June 14 as part of their spring tour, which included dates throughout the US. Quince is currently at work on their debut CD and an upcoming fall tour, which will include a stop at the BG New Music Festival this October. Their website is www.quince-ensemble.com
Current BGSU oboe students Casey Wertepny (class of 2014) and Marsha Kincade (class of 2013), alumna Lindsay Foster (2012 MM Oboe Performance) and Dr. Jacqueline Leclair performed at the International Double Reed Society Conference July 9th at Miami University in Oxford OH. They performed two BGSU works:
•REEDING SESSION (for three oboe reeds and English horn) by BGSU Graduate student composer Jon Fielder •two movements of FOR OBOE (solo oboe) by Dr. Christopher Dietz. (Dr. Leclair will perform the complete world premiere at a later date.)
The four BGSU oboists performed their afternoon recital for an enthusiastic, full house.
Foster, Kincade and Wertepny were the only students given the privilege of performing on the 6-day Conference which attracts musicians from all over the world.
Penny Thompson Kruse, Professor of Violin, returned to Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina for her nineteenth summer on the faculty. Also on the faculty is Ioana Galu, Doctoral violin student. Two BGSU undergraduates are students at the festival this summer: Sara Deliberato and Seth Bixler.
The Society of Concerts Bistrita (Romania) hosted three concerts June 5-7 for American Musicians in Bistrita, 2012. Faculty members Kevin Bylsma, Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu, and Penny Thompson Kruse were invited by BGSU DMA student Ioana Galu. Galu co-founded the festival which is in its third year. Other performers included BGSU alumna violinist Iuliana Cotirlea, and pianists Vera Negreanu and Mihaela Gavris, as well as violist Steven Kruse. All concerts were in the Bistrita Synagogue, a historic building from 1856 refurbished in 2000.
The first concert featured violinists Ioana Galu, Iuliana Cotirlea, and Penny Thompson Kruse with pianist Kevin Bylsma. The program included works by Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke, Aleksey Igudesman, Fritz Kreisler, and Jules Massenet.
Wednesday’s concert featured the Kruse Duo (Penny Thompson Kruse, violin and Steven Kruse, viola) assisted by pianists Kevin Bylsma and Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu, performing works by Max Bruch, Rebecca Clarke, Jeremy Cohen, Thomas Dunhill, Maurice Ravel, Augusta Read Thomas, and John Williams.
The final concert featured pianists Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu, Kevin Bylsma, Vera Negreanu and Mihaela Gavris. Liu performed J.S. Bach’s Caprice Leaving Loved Brother and Franz Liszt’s Isolde’s Liebestod. The Romanian piano duo performed Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Valery Gavrilin’s Seven Pieces for Piano Four Hands. Bylsma and Liu performed Claude Debussy’s Little Suite for Piano Four Hands.
The Society of Concerts Bistrita was founded in March 1996 by a group of intellectuals to fill the absence of professional musical institutions in Bistrita, Romania. The Society sponsors music concerts and theatrical productions in Bistrita, music education courses through lectures and recitals, the National Symposium of Painting, a photography camp, workshops in direction, acting, and drama, exhibitions of art and photography, and publishes books, recordings, and magazines.