Daily Archives: October 8, 2012

Legendary bass-baritone to visit BGSU

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Legendary bass-baritone Samuel Ramey will visit Bowling Green State University Oct. 9-11 as the 2012-13 Helen McMaster Endowed Professor in Vocal and Choral Studies in the College of Musical Arts.

The public can spend an evening with Ramey, hosted by WGTE-FM’s Brad Cresswell, during which Ramey will share stories and take questions about his life as an opera singer. The event begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Donnell Theatre of the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Ramey’s visit will also include working with students in individual sessions and giving a master class for voice students at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Donnell Theatre.

For over three decades, Ramey has reigned as one of the music world’s foremost interpreters of bass and bass-baritone operatic and concert repertoire. He commands an impressive breadth of repertoire encompassing virtually every musical style from the fioratura of Argante in Handel’s “Rinaldo,” which was the vehicle of his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 1984, to the dramatic proclamations of the title role in Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle,” which he sang in a new production at the Metropolitan televised by PBS. Ramey’s interpretations embrace the bel canto of Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti; the lyric and dramatic roles of Mozart and Verdi, and the heroic roles of the Russian and French repertoire.

Helen and the late Harold McMaster established the endowed professorship in spring 2000. Past guests have included Libby Larsen, Vance George, Jon Frederic West, Alice Parker, Margo Garrett, Ann Baltz and Marilyn Horne

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 419-372-8171.


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U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors to perform at BGSU

BOWLING GREEN, O.—The Jazz Ambassadors – America’s Big Band will present a free concert at Bowling Green State University on Oct. 15. Hosted by the College of Musical Arts, the performance will take place at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the U.S. Army. Formed in 1969, the 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America’s original art form, jazz.

Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are designed to entertain all types of audiences. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group’s creative talent and gifted soloists. The diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals and patriotic selections.

The band has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Notable performances include concerts at international jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland; Newport, Rhode Island; Toronto, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. In 1995, the Jazz Ambassadors performed in England, Wales, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. The band has also been featured in joint concerts with major orchestras, including the Detroit and Baltimore symphonies.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419-372-8171.

BGSU New Music Festival connects ‘Music and the Physical World’


BOWLING GREEN, O.—The Bowling Green State University New Music Festival explores nature, sustainability and the interconnectedness of all things through the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers Oct. 17-20. The international festival includes concerts, lectures and workshops, organized around the theme “Music and the Physical World.” This year’s featured guests include award-winning composer John Luther Adams, author Barry Lopez, the JACK Quartet, sound artist Marina Rosenfeld and percussionist Doug Perkins.

Highlights will include an opening address by Lopez, a performance of Adams’s environmental outdoor percussion work “Inuksuit” on the BGSU quad, a concert at the Clazel Theatre celebrating the influential West Coast new music record label Cold Blue, and a screening of Leonard Kamerling’s documentary “Strange and Sacred Noise.

Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM) and the BGSU College of Musical Arts, the festival supports the creation of new work and engages both the University and city communities in the process of music appreciation and awareness.

Founded in 1980, the festival has hosted such notable composers as John Adams, Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, David Lang, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Joseph Schwantner, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower, and more than 400 other guest composers and musicians.

Most festival events are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music/MACCM or contact the MACCM at 419-372-2685.