Monthly Archives: October 2012

Jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson to perform with BGSU Jazz Lab Band I

BOWLING GREEN, O.–Acclaimed jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson will be guest soloist with Bowling Green State University’s Jazz Lab Band I in an 8 p.m. performance on Nov. 8 in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

A multiple Grammy-nominated singer, Allyson has been described by Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times as a “musician’s musician.” She has recorded 13 albums, garnering praise for her ability to move with ease and authority from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great American Jazz Songbook of Ellington, Monk, Davis and Gillespie and on to contemporary music from such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb.

Allyson has a degree in classical piano performance, with formative stints in Minneapolis and Kansas City, where she began her recording career with Concord Jazz. She currently tours, playing the major jazz festivals, concert venues and clubs of the U.S. and overseas, to Brazil, Japan, Australia and Europe.

She will also coach BGSU’s vocal jazz ensembles during her visit, which is part of the Dorothy E. and DuWayne H. Hansen Musical Arts Series at the University. Allyson is one of two guest artists this year, along with conductor, composer, musician and radio personality William (Bill) McGlaughlin.

The Hansen Musical Arts Series Fund was established in 1996 to bring significant representatives of the musical arts to share their talents with BGSU students and members of the Bowling Green community. Past Hansen Series guests have included Marin Alsop, Branford Marsalis and Bob McGrath from Sesame Street, among others.

For more information, call 419-372-8171.

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Toledo Symphony Orchestra featured in BGSU’s composer reading session

BOWLING GREEN, O.— Orchestral compositions written by Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts students will be read, rehearsed and recorded by Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) musicians on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 3:30-6 p.m. in BGSU’s Kobacker Hall.

After a review of the submitted scores, the following works were selected for the session:

Inside Out by Mark Witmer
Gardens of Stone by Corey Keating
Prelude in Tempore Belli by Evan Williams
Work for Orchestra 1.b by Zachary Seely

The TSO will be bringing its largest complement of players to BGSU, 72 musicians in all.  “Few academic institutions can offer this kind of professional experience, making this a unique opportunity for BGSU students,” said Christopher Dietz, a faculty member in musicology, composition and theory and organizer of the session.

The event is open to students, faculty and staff of the BGSU College of Musical Arts and invited guests.  Members of the public who would like to attend should email faculty liaison Christopher Dietz ( to be included on the guest list.

College of Musical Arts Students Winners at the State MTNA Competitions

Several students from the College of Musical Arts performed in the Ohio Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Competitions at Oberlin College on Saturday, October 20, 2012. A total of thirteen students won distinctions at the competition. Five CMA students placed first place in their respective divisions, and will perform at the Divisional Competitions in January at Roosevelt University in Chicago:

Four Corners Saxophone Quartet – Xiao Han, Aiwen Zhang, Corey Whitt, Ryan Hurd
– Winner of Young Artist Chamber Music Performance
– Students of John Sampen

Peter Deal, trombone
– Winner of Young Artist Brass Division
– Student of Bill Mathis

Xiao Han, saxophone
– Winner of Young Artist Woodwind Division
– Student of John Sampen

Other CMA students receiving Alternate and Honorable Mention recognitions were:
Jianhong Hu, piano (student of Robert Satterlee)
Akira Kaku, piano (student of Robert Satterlee)
Larissa Mapua, viola (student of Matthew Daline)
Laura Pillman, flute (student of Conor Nelson)
Albert Wynn Rice, trombone (student of Bill Mathis)
Gabriella Roderer, flute (student of Conor Nelson)
Maria Rusu, viola (student of Matthew Daline)
Rachel Woolf, flute (student of Conor Nelson)

Musician, conductor and broadcast journalist Bill McGlaughlin to visit BGSU

BOWLING GREEN, O.–Music students and fans of conductor, composer, musician and radio personality William (Bill) McGlaughlin will get to spend time with him when he visits Bowling Green State University Nov. 5-12. McGlaughlin’s radio program “Exploring Music” is heard daily at 11 a.m. on Toledo’s WGTE-FM, and across the country.

McGlaughlin is this year’s guest artist for the Dorothy E. and DuWayne H. Hansen Series in BGSU’s College of Musical Arts. The public is invited to an evening with him on Nov. 7. The free program begins at 7 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center, where he will share his thoughts and approaches to music and the business of music.

He will also conduct the BGSU Wind Symphony in an 8 p.m. concert on Nov. 9, also in in Kobacker Hall. Tickets can be ordered online by visiting or by calling 419-372-8171.

McGlaughlin is most widely known for his work in broadcasting, as host of Peabody Award-winning “St. Paul Sunday” and “Exploring Music,” as well as programs from Wolf Trap and the Library of Congress. He says he is proud to have begun his professional life as an “honest musician,” playing trombone with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony. In addition, he spent 25 years as an orchestral conductor with posts ranging from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to 12 seasons as music director of the Kansas City Symphony. Over that period, McGlaughlin received numerous awards for adventurous contemporary programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

During his visit to BGSU, he will work with composition, brass, conducting and string students and conduct the Bowling Green Philharmonia in a rehearsal.

The Hansen Musical Arts Series Fund was established in 1996 to bring significant representatives of the musical arts to share their talents with BGSU students and members of the Bowling Green community. Past Hansen Series guests have included Marin Alsop, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Craig Schulman and Bob McGrath from “Sesame Street,” among others.

For more information, call the BGSU arts box office at 419-372-8171.

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BGSU Opera Theater presents new interpretation of “Dido and Aeneas”

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Bowling Green Opera Theater presents a bold new interpretation of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” transporting the classic tragedy from ancient Carthage to fictional present-day Carthage High School. Featuring supplemental music from the composer’s “Masque of Love,” performances will begin at 8 p.m. Nov. 2, and 3 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

The production addresses the epidemic of adolescent bullying, substance abuse and suicide. Departing from Purcell’s setting of the story, in which the Queen of Carthage takes her life after losing the Trojan Prince Aeneas to malicious supernatural interference, the Bowling Green version shrinks the classical monarchy structure down to the microcosm of the high school. Dido is the valedictorian, queen of scholarship, and she is pitted against the prom queen. This production explores the dichotomy of the oppression often experienced by those who seek the protection of social conformity and the relative expressive freedom felt by those who are ostracized by society.

The opera features stage direction by Dr. Sean Cooper, musical direction by Dr. Emily Freeman Brown and musical preparation by Kevin Bylsma. BGSU students in lead roles include students Rachel Taylor as Dido, Benjamin Laur as Aeneas, Grace Hirt as Belinda and Stephanie Tokarz as the Sorceress. Members of the Bowling Green Philharmonia and vocal music students fill out the cast.

Tickets can be purchased online at $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $1.75 for BGSU students. Day-of-performance tickets can be purchased for $12 for adults and $9 for all students. To purchase tickets online, visit more information, call the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171.