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A Capella Choir to Premiere New Work

A Cappella Choir

The A Cappella Choir will perform the world premiere of Sven-David Sandström’s “Vanity of Vanities” on its fall campus concert scheduled for Saturday, November 15 at 4 p.m. in the Donnell Theater.

The prolific Swedish composer has set Ecclesiastes 1: 2-11, whose message is that life is futile when it is based on earthly ambitions and desires. The piece is slated to be published by Santa Barbara Music on the newly-established Bowling Green State University Choral Series. Mark Munson is director of the A Cappella Choir.

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Music of composition student, Hong-Da Chin, featured in “Philadelphia” magazine

Hong-Da Chin

Hong-Da Chin’s music featured in online magazine “Philadelphia”

The music of DMA composer, Hong-Da Chin, was featured in “Our Chat With Mimi Stillman, the Coolest Flute-Player in Philly.” The article was written by Bryan Buttler for the online magazine, Philadelphia (October 29, 2014)

A video of a live performance of his piece, “Paradise of Birds” is included in the article. The work for soprano, flute/piccolo and piano was the winner of the Dolce Suono Ensemble Young Composers Competition in 2013.”

Fidelio Trio to perform at BGSU


Fidelio Trio

“Bowling Green State University will continue its Music at the Forefront series by presenting the Fidelio Trio in a free concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 in Bryan Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The series is organized by BGSU’s MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music.

Based in London, the Fidelio Trio specializes in performing new music, even commissioning many new works by international composers. But they also keep alive works by well-established composers from the past.

Their latest CD release includes music by Arnold Schoenberg and Josef Korngold; the trio is preparing a recording of the complete Schumann piano trios. They have been artists-in-residence at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and State University of New York.”


Chamber music ‘rock stars’ take the stage at BGSU

Project Trio

Festival Series audiences will have a chance to experience the virtuosity of world class artists who have the energy of rock stars, when Project Trio takes the stage at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 in Kobacker Hall at Bowling Green State University.

‪Project Trio consists of Peter Seymour on bass, Greg Pattillo on flute, and Eric Stephenson on cello. Together they are breaking down traditional ideas of chamber music. Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, they make a big impact on audiences of all ages. The genre-defying trio is acclaimed by the press as “packed with musicianship, joy and surprise” and “exciting a new generation of listeners about the joys of classical and jazz music.”

The program will include arrangements of music from Bach to Django Reinhardt to Jethro Tull, along with plenty of Project Trio originals. Selections include Mingus’ “Fables of Faubus, J.S. Bach/Jethro Tull’s “Bourée,”  Beethoven’s 5th Symphony Jam, Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” … now set in Brooklyn, and originals encompassing everything from classical to jazz to rock to hip-hop to salsa.

The Wall Street Journal hailed the trio for their “wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing.” The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does.”

Seymour, Pattillo and Stephenson met at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where they discovered a collective desire to draw new and diverse audiences by performing high energy, top quality music. Using social media to broaden their reach beyond the concert stage and classroom, Project Trio has its own YouTube channel, which has over 80 million views and 96,000 subscribers, making it one of the most watched instrumental ensembles on the Internet.

Highlights of the trio’s 2014-15 season include engagements with the Detroit, Dallas, St. Louis, and Charleston symphonies, the Illinois Philharmonic, and season-opening concerts with the Evansville Philharmonic and WCF Symphony. This season, the group will participate in residencies at Mercyhurst College and Concordia College, as well as performing and leading master classes in schools, universities, festivals and other venues throughout the Germany, Italy and the U.S.

Tickets are $15 for the public and $5 for BGSU students and can be purchased online at or by calling the Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171.

BGSU Flute Studio Sweeps the Ohio MTNA Competition

This past weekend, October 24-26, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) held their Ohio competition in Columbus.  BGSU students of Dr. Conor Nelson won prizes in both age categories for woodwinds, as well as second and third place in the “Senior Performance” category:

Young Artist Performance Competition (Woodwinds)

Octavian Moldovean (MM16), winner

Senior Performance Competition (Woodwinds)

Elizabeth Ritter (BM 2018), winner
Francesca Leo (BM 2018), alternate
Samantha Tartamella (BM 2018), honorable mention