Monthly Archives: January 2015

Karl Larson to premiere work by David Lang

Karl Larson

Dr. Karl Larson (MM, DMA BGSU) will give the world premiere of “hard hit” for solo piano by David Lang. The concert will take place on January 29, 2015, at Spectrum in New York, NY.

A sought after collaborator, Larson has worked with many notable musicians from around the country, including Tristan Perich, Mantra, Eve Beglarian, the Eco Ensemble, the Sleeping Giant Collective, and the W4 Composer Collective. He is on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Pianist Vadym Kholodenko presents Valentine’s Day concert at BGSU

BOWLING GREEN, O—The Bowling Green State University Festival Series presents a Valentine’s Day performance by pianist Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the coveted gold medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 in Kobacker Hall in Moore Musical Arts Center.

Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for powerful, exhilarating performances that “showed the guts of a true superartist,” said the San Francisco Classical Voice. He continues to build a reputation for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative,” according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The 2014-15 season marks his first year as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s first artistic partner, a three-year collaboration that includes performing and recording the complete Prokofiev piano concertos, to be released by Harmonia Mundi USA. Other highlights of the season include orchestra debuts with seven orchestras in the U.S. and abroad; appearances at the Brevard Music Center and Stars of the White Night Festivals; and solo recitals in Boston, Louisville, Miami and Seattle, plus Rio de Janeiro and throughout Japan, Europe, and Russia. He will perform and record the Grieg “Concerto in A Minor “ and Saint-Saëns “Concerto No. 2” with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, which will join two critically acclaimed discs released since his Van Cliburn Competition win.

The recital program at BGSU includes “Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435” by George Frideric Handel, “Rondo in D Major, K.485” and “Rondo in A Minor, K. 511“ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and “Sonate No. 10 in G Major, op. 14, no. 2” by Ludwig van Beethoven. After intermission, Kholodenko will play Claude Debussy’s “Children’s Corner” and “Images, Book 2,” concluding the performance with Mily Balakire “Islamey’s: Oriental Fantasy.”

Prior to Kholodenko’s performance, Alexa Woloshyn, BGSU music faculty, will give a free pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall about the evening’s music.

In addition to his Festival Series concert, Kholodenko will present a master class at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Bryan Recital Hall, and will also serve as judge for the final round of the 2015 David D. Dubois Piano Competition beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 15.

For tickets for the performance, visit or call 1-419-372-8171.


BGSU proudly announces Michael King as the new director of the FMB!


Michael King is currently a Doctoral Conducting Associate at the University of South Carolina, where he will soon complete a DMA in Conducting. Primarily responsible for assisting with the organization and instruction of USC’s 375-member Mighty Sound of the Southeast. Additional responsibilities have included writing drill for the Carolina Band and assisting with the direction of Concocktion (auditioned Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball and Volleyball Bands). His experiences with the concert ensembles at USC include guest conducting the USC Wind Ensemble, serving as an Assistant Conductor of the University Band, and assisting with the production of an upcoming NAXOS Wind Band Classics Recording. Michael received a Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Central Michigan University where he studied with Professor John Williamson and served as a Graduate Assistant Conductor. While at Central Michigan, he was conductor of the Symphony and University Bands, guest conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony. He led instruction of fundamentals and drill for the Chippewa Marching Band, and assisted in the Undergraduate Conducting and Instrumental Music Education Curriculum. Prior to his appointment at CMU in August 2011, Michael taught band at Flower Mound High School (Flower Mound, TX) and Leonard Middle School (Fort Worth, TX). A native of Michigan, Michael received a Bachelors of Music Education from Michigan State University where he studied saxophone with Professor Joseph Lulloff. Michael is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi (Honorary), and Pi Kappa Lamda. He and his wife, Robyn are looking forward to becoming Falcons!

Brass students perform Leoš Janáček’s Sinfonietta with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra

BGSU Brass at TSO

Students from the Trumpet and Tuba/Euphonium studios performed the Sinfonietta by Leoš Janáček with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.  The performances took place on January 17 and 18, 2015.  Members include: Jon Britt, Molly Fink, Marcus Flores, Rachel Richards, Bryan Bates, Thomas Darlington, David Gieseler, Caitlin Ballinger, Chris Lortie, Joshua Amaro, and Mark Simmons.