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Guest composer for 2014 BGSU Student Composer Readings is Pulitzer-Prize winner Steven Stucky

For the 2014 Toledo Symphony Orchestra BGSU Student Composer Readings the guest composer will be Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky.

Dr. Stucky will observe the reading session of the selected compositions and hold an evening masterclass.

Steven Stucky Photo copyright 2005 Hoebermann Studio

2014 TSO/BGSU Student Composer Reading Session
Wednesday, November 19,  3:30-6pm
Kobacker Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center at BGSU

New release from Jazz Studies Director David Bixler featured on WBGO Radar

SlinkSlink, the latest recording from Auction Project, has been featured on WBGO Radar in anticipation of the album’s September 15 release.

Auction Project is BGSU Jazz Studies Director David Bixler on alto sax, Heather Martin Bixler on violin, Arturo O’Farrill on piano, Carlo De Rosa on bass and Vince Cherico on drums. Mike Stern makes a guest appearance on electric guitar.

Of the group’s unique musical style, WBGO lauds the album for “stak[ing] out uncommon musical territory, a place where Celtic reels merge with gospel and funk, as if it were the most natural thing on earth”.

Listen to Slink and read more of WBGO’s praise for the new release.

Professors Charles Saenz and Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu tour Taiwan

Professors Charles Saenz, trumpet and Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu, piano, along with Professor James Ackley (Trumpet, University of South Carolina), will present a tour of Taiwan from September 24-26, 2014.

Events include Master Classes and Recitals at:
National Taiwan Normal University
Shih-Chien University
National Tainan University

Professors Liu and Saenz with James Ackley
Professors Liu and Saenz with James Ackley

CMA Faculty Members participate in Toledo Opera’s production of Susannah

“Widely regarded as the greatest American opera, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah is set in 1950s rural Tennessee. Its unabashedly neo-romantic music beautifully evokes the opera’s Appalachian setting.”

This season, Toledo Opera will be commencing an American Opera Series with Susannah; starring renowned bass-baritone Samuel Ramey as Blitch and the College of Musical Arts’ Jennifer Goode Cooper in the title role. CMA faculty members round out the cast and production team for the opera. Dr. Sean Cooper will be serving as stage director for the production and Christopher Scholl will perform the role of Elder Hayes.

Jennifer Goode Cooper, soprano

Jennifer Goode Cooper, soprano

Find out more about the production.