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Turtle Island String Quartet to open BGSU Festival Series

The music of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix is the inspiration for the first concert in Bowling Green State University’s 2011-12 Festival Series. The Turtle Island String Quartet opens the season with a program titled “Have You Ever Been …?” at 8 p.m. Sept. 23 in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Fusing jazz and classical styles, the quartet has defined American chamber music for over 25 years. From stages around the globe to international airwaves, the Turtle Island Quartet is the most acclaimed ensemble of its kind. The group has won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album and has recorded on Telarc, Koch, Chandos, and Windham Hill Jazz.

A Turtle Island concert can easily move from world music to rock and from jazz to bluegrass. All four members of the group are acclaimed improvisers and arrangers, their performances buoyed by founding members David Balakrishnan’s visionary multi-movement works and Mark Summer’s remarkable cello technique.

Their “Have you ever been . . .?” program features compositions inspired by and reflective of Hendrix’s, including Balakrishnan’s “Tree of Life” and a solo rendition of Hendrix’s “Little Wing” by Summer.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 16. For information, call the Moore box office weekdays from noon-6 p.m. at 1-800-589-2224 or 419-372-8171, or email

(Submitted by Susan Hoekstra)

Per Broman to Present at American Society of Aesthetics Annual Meeting

Per Broman, associate professor of music theory, will present his paper, “Jan W Morthenson: The Reluctant Avant-Gardist?,” during the American Society of Aesthetics annual meeting in Tampa Florida, October 26-29. Commentator will be Nanette Nielson, University of Nottingham. For the full program, see

(Submitted by Per Broman)

BG Alum Wins International Guitar Competition -Mark Kroos Triumphs with a “Double” Feature

Acoustic guitarist Mark Kroos took first place in Guitar Player Magazine’s 2011 International Guitar Superstar Competition on July 23rd in Nashville. Mark and 4 other competitors each performed one original composition in front of renown guitar judges Muriel Anderson, Reeves Grabrels, Carl Verheyen and host Larry Carlton. Mark took the cake with his piece titled “Flight Attempt.” Fredrik Halland from Norway placed second and Arek Religa from Chicago came in third.

Currently based in Williamsburg, VA, Mark graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of the Arts in music. He resided in Bowling Green for a year following graduation to teach guitar and perform in his ska / punk band, The Argonauts.

Mark plays two guitar necks at the same time, one with each hand. His style is reminiscent of the late Michael Hedges and draws influence from guitarists such as Leo Kottke, Phil Keaggy and Tommy Emmanuel as well as various punk and indie rock bands.

Mark has been on tour since May, 2010 save a few short breaks for rest, playing concerts or giving clinics every other night on average. Mark plays at bars, coffee houses, listening rooms, churches, schools, house concerts and just about any kind of venue available. He was recently added to the roster of artists endorsed with Ovation Guitars.

Winning the Guitar Superstar Competition awards Mark with a number of prizes including a feature in Guitar Player Magazine and copious amounts of other press. Other endorsements and sponsorships have been offered and Mark has also finalized a partnership with D’Addario Strings and Planet Waves Accessories.

Video of Mark’s winning performance is available at

Print quality photos available at

For further information, contact
Mark Kroos

(Submitted by Mark Kroos)

BGSU Choral Society holds auditions

The College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University will hold open auditions for the 2011-12 season of the University Choral Society (UCS), a large chorus consisting of both University and community singers.

The ensemble will perform Handel’s “Messiah” with soloists and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 3 and 4 as part of the symphony’s regular season at the Toledo Museum of Art. On Feb. 25, the choral society, along with other BGSU choruses, soloists and the Bowling Green Philharmonia, will perform an opera gala program to celebrate the opening of new Wolfe Center on campus. On March 25, Toledo’s Rosary Cathedral will be the setting for a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” with the choral society and Philharmonia. To close the season, on April 21, the UCS will perform Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky” with the Lima Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Lima’s Crouse Performance Hall.

Mark Munson, director of choral activities, serves as the director of the chorus. During his 22 years at BGSU, he has led the Collegiate Chorale, A Cappella Choir and University Women’s Chorus. He is also director of the Lima Symphony Orchestra Chorus and is founder and director of the local vocal ensemble OPUS 181. During the 2005-06 school year, Munson lived in Sweden where he conducted and taught choral music. He is a past president of the Ohio Choral Directors Association.

The chorus rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 at the College of Musical Arts, with the first rehearsal scheduled for Aug. 30. For more information, and/or to schedule an audition, call the college at 419-372-2186.

(Submitted by Mark Munson)