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Dec. 9 to be BGSU evening of the arts

Art will be the focus at Bowling Green State University on Dec. 9 with the gala opening of the Wolfe Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. and the annual Arts X extravaganza from 6-10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center.

During Arts X, the community can stroll the halls shopping and viewing faculty and student glasswork, jewelry, ceramics, prints, cartoons and more while enjoying art-making demonstrations, music and readings from Prairie Margins and Mid-American Review literary journals. The sounds of happy feet from the Tap Dance Troupe will resound in a first-floor hallway, while on the second floor, contemporary dance and more music and theatre performances will be going on.

Kids are invited to make their own art projects in rooms 130 and 132, led by the Student Art Education Association. Visitors can commemorate the evening with photos of themselves at two locations.

The annual Faculty Art Exhibition is on display in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries, and Akiko Jones will demonstrate a Japanese tea ceremony in the Hiroko Nakamoto gallery.

The art continues outside the building, with student film works projected on an exterior wall and the debut of the latest TARTA buses covered in wraps designed by BGSU students.

After viewing a virtual Wolfe Center for the Arts in the Fine Arts Center main lobby, visitors may walk over at 8 p.m. to tour the real thing. Highlights include the open lobby with its grand staircase, the 400-seat Donnell Theatre and the newly restored third-century Antioch mosaics (formerly located in McFall Center) in the lobby outside the new Eva Marie Saint Theatre.

BGSU Students, Alum, and Faculty Featured at Electronic Music Midwest 2011

BGSU Electroacoustics will be well represented at this year’s Electronic Music Midwest Festival in Kansas City, Kansas, September 29-October 1
Chin Ting Chan (MM ’11) – Katachi II [fixed media]
Tim Harenda (MM ’11) – Absence [violin and live electronics] – with Sally Williams (MM current), violin
Andrew Martin Smith (DMA current) – Echoes in the Darkness [fixed media]
Ben Taylor (MM ’11) – First Punch [contrabass and fixed media]
Dan Tramte (MM ’10) – Corse Mode: for Straight Key and Electronics [instrument with electronics]
Rob McClure (MM ’07) – now our grief is put away [soprano and computer]
Elainie Lillios (BGSU Faculty) – November Twilight [trumpet and live electronics]
for more information visit

(Submitted by Elainie Lillios)

Charles Saenz and Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu perform at CCM and Wright State University

Charles Saenz (trumpet) and Solungga Liu (piano) presented a recital at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on September 27th for the brass area. In addition, Professor Saenz coached two graduate students during a master class.

The duo also performed a collaborative recital at Wright State University on September 29th. Mr. Saenz gave a master class where he discussed fundamental aspects of trumpet playing. Students from the trumpet studio were then coached by Mr. Saenz.

(Submitted by Charles Saenz)

BGSU New Music Festival explores ‘Method in Madness’

The 2011 Bowling Green New Music Festival – now in its 32nd year — will showcase the work of more than 25 guest composers and performers Oct. 12-15. The international festival includes concerts, lectures and workshops, organized around the theme “Method in Madness,” celebrating music for unusual or exceptional groups of instruments and innovative modes of presentation.

This year’s featured guests include Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang and the ensemble Mantra Percussion.

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

Highlights of this year’s festival include nine world premiere performances of works by David Lang, Brad Balliett, Ge Gan-ru, Matthew Roddie, Christopher Dietz, Amy Beth Kirsten, Jeffrey Brooks, James Mobberley and Mayke Nas.

Festival goers can also enjoy an evening of avant-garde jazz with saxophonist Tony Malaby and his trio Tamarindo, a workshop on creativity and improvisation in music education by Christopher Azzara, a concert of music and film at the Clazel Theater in downtown Bowling Green, and the U.S. premiere of Michael Gordon’s “Timber,” a concert-length work for six percussionists.

In addition, the festival will present a concert of works by students from the Toledo School for the Arts enrolled in the “MACCM Institute” program, a composition and creativity workshop funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Founded in 1980, the New Music Festival has hosted such notable composers as John Adams, Milton Babbitt, John Cage and Joan Tower.

Most festival events are free and open to the public. For ticket information, contact the Moore Musical Arts Center box office at 419-372-8171 or 1-800-589-2224.

For a complete schedule of festival events, visit or contact the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at 419-372-2685.

12th Annual Artsong Competition to Air on WBGU-TV

The 12th Annual Conrad Artsong Competition will be aired on WBGU-TV this weekend during the following times:

· Friday, September 30 at 10:00 pm
· Saturday, October 1 at 5:00 pm
· Sunday, October 2 at 5:00 pm

The Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Fund provides financial prizes for singers and collaborative pianists in two divisions: undergraduate and graduate. The goal of the contest is to encourage students enrolled at BGSU to approach the art song in a serious and intense manner to enhance their learning experience.

(Submitted by Susan Hoekstra)

Drummer John Riley to Perform on Jazz Spotlight

Drummer John Riley will be in Bowling Green Wednesday, September 28th and Thursday, September 29th as the guest artist for the Jazz Spotlight. While he is here he will give a master class on jazz drumming and work with the student chamber jazz ensembles. He will perform with the faculty group at 149 on Wednesday and Thursday evening will appear with the BGSU Lab Band at 8pm in Kobacker Hall.

Mr. Riley is currently the drummer in the famous Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and with saxophonist Bob Mintzer.

(Submitted by David Bixler)