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BGSU Philharmonia gives final Fall concert

The Bowling Green Philharmonia will present its final concert of the fall season at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestral activities, will conduct the performance, which will include works by Samuel Adler, Samuel Barber and Hector Berlioz.

“Centennial: A Celebration for Symphony Orchestral” by Adler, was commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in celebration of its 100th anniversary. Barber’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14” will feature soloist Dr. Penny Thompson Kruse. Kruse, a BGSU associate professor of violin, trained at Northwestern and Yale universities and earned a doctorate from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

The program will conclude with “Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14” by Berlioz. “Symphonie Fantastique” is actually the work’s subtitle. “An Episode in the Life of an Artist” is its proper name. It is one of the most important and representative pieces of the early Romantic period, and is still very popular with concert audiences worldwide.

“Symphonie Fantastique” is considered program music because it tells the story of an artist with a vivacious imagination, who has taken an overdose of opium in an attempt to remove himself from the despair he feels. It comprises five movements instead of the conventional four. The first is titled “Daydreams-Passions,” where the artist falls madly in love with his ideal woman. The second is “A Ball,” in which the artist is at a ball but cannot enjoy himself because he believes he sees the beautiful woman everywhere he looks. The third movement, “Scene in the Country,” is where the artist contemplates his fear of being alone. In movement four, “March to the Scaffold,” the artist is convinced he has killed his lover, poisons himself with opium and dreams that he is witnessing his own execution. In the fifth and final movement, titled “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath,” the artist dreams of his own funeral, at which witches, sorcerers and monsters have gathered.

Advance tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens, with a $3 increase the day of the performance. The special student rate is $5 for students who bring a canned good. Tickets can be purchased at the center box office weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. or by calling 419-372-8171 or toll-free 1-800-589-2224.

BGSU Young People’s Concerts series begins with ‘Wishing on A Star’

This year’s Young People’s Concerts series at Bowling Green State University will begin Saturday (Oct. 16) with “Wishing on a Star,” a presentation by the musical theater program in the College of Musical Arts.

Musical theater students will present a special salute to songs from Disney musicals such as “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Hercules” in a program that is sure to have everyone singing along.

The series continues on Nov. 13 with “Jazz!” a presentation by the Student Jazz Combos and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The concert will offer young audience members a glimpse into the world of jazz.

“Holiday Brass” will be presented Dec 4, featuring BGSU’s brass students as they celebrate the season with musical favorites.

Students from the voice department will perform a tribute to Valentine’s Day with “Serenade” on Feb. 12.

The final program of the season, “Renaissance Festival,” will entertain with music and mischief. Featuring members of the Collegiate Choral, directed by Dr. Sandra Frey Stegman, and other special guests, the show is scheduled for April 9.
All concerts in the series begin at 11 a.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Admission is $1 for children and $2 for adults and is payable at the center’s box office the morning of the event. The box office will open at 10:30 a.m. for each concert.

The Young People’s Concerts are recommended for children ages 5 and up, but younger music fans are welcome to attend. For more information, call the Moore Musical Arts Center Box Office at 419-372-8171 or 800-589-2224.

New Music Festival draws eclectic mix of performers

Bowling Green State University’s 31st annual New Music Festival will showcase the work of more than 25 guest composers and performers October 21-23. The international festival includes concerts, lectures and workshops.

This year’s featured guests include acclaimed composer Robert Morris, the JACK String Quartet and Duo Diorama.

Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music 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 the world premieres of works by Robert Morris and former featured festival guests Chen Yi and Steven Stucky and a special late-night performance at the Cla-Zel Theatre in downtown Bowling Green on Oct. 21.

Begun in 1980, the New Music Festival has hosted John Adams, Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Anthony Davis, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, Karel Husa, Joan La Barbara, Paul Lansky, Pauline Oliveros, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Morton Subotnick, Joan Tower, Vladimir Ussachevsky and more than 400 other guest composers and musicians.

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.

BGSU hosts Musical Discovery Day

Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts will hold its annual Musical Discovery Day on Monday, Oct. 18, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Moore Musical Arts Center.

More than 250 high school students register annually for the daylong event designed to provide students the opportunity to observe a typical day at the Moore Musical Arts Center. High school students interested in majoring in music are encouraged to attend.

Visiting students can attend classes and clinics on music theory and audition preparation. In addition, they will learn about the degrees and majors offered and can meet with music faculty and tour the BGSU campus.

Students will also have the opportunity to learn about available scholarships.  Staff from the University’s admissions and financial aid offices will be available to answer questions. Students may register online at

The event will feature performances by the BGSU Collegiate Chorale, Bowling Green Philharmonia and Wind Symphony.

Music Discovery Day is free and open to all high school students interested in pursuing music in college. For registration information, contact Amanda Van Wechel, interim coordinator of music admissions, at 419-372-8577 or email

Bowling Green opera students to perform Mozart and Handel works

From stage lights to sunlight, audiences at Bowling Green State University’s next Opera Theater production will see a double bill of Mozart and Handel. Mozart’s “The Impresario” and Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

“The Impresario,” one of Mozart’s early works, is a delightful glimpse into the backstage world of opera, complete with rich bankers, poor impresarios and dueling divas. In the comic opera with spoken dialogue, Gottlieb Stephanie’s libretto is combined with Mozart’s score, which he created as an entry for a musical competition.

Originally written in Italian, “Acis and Galatea” is a pastoral tale of love between a demigoddess and a simple shepherd who is threatened by a crude cyclops. The secondary characters provide humor without diminishing the audience’s capacity to sympathize with the main characters.

The production’s co-directors are Darin Kerr, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theater and Film, and Dr. Ronald Shields, department chair. Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, director of BGSU orchestral activities, is the musical director. The performance will be sung in English with English supertitles.

The cast of “The Impresario” includes sopranos Rachel Snitzer, a vocal performance major from Forest City, Iowa, in the role of Miss Silverpeal, and Rebecca Eaddy, a graduate student in vocal performance from Milan, Mich., as Madame Goldentrill. In addition to co-directing, Kerr will play the speaking role of Mr. Scruples. Performing the role of Mr. Bluff is baritone Ryan Jones from Columbus, a senior majoring in vocal performance. Tenor John Carmack, a graduate student in vocal performance from Willoughby, will appear as Mr. Angel.

The cast of “Acis and Galatea” will include tenor Greg Ashe from Huber Heights in the tile role of Acis. Galatea will be played by soprano Jing Lin, a graduate student in vocal performance from Putian, China. Also in the cast are Jake Wilder from Van Wert, a senior in vocal performance, as Damond; soprano Amanda Deboer, a doctoral candidate in contemporary studies in vocal performance from Bellevue, Neb., as Demetrius, and mezzo-soprano Kaleigh Butcher, a graduate student from St. Louis, Mo., studying vocal performance, as Octavia. Baritone Stephen Maus, from El Paso, Texas, will perform the role of Polypheme.

Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for senior citizens. On the day of the performance, tickets will be $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the Moore Musical Arts Center box office weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. or by calling 419-372-8171 or toll-free 1-800-589-2224.

You can learn more about the opera and hear from the performers and faculty by clicking here.

Prize-winning composer to speak at music college convocation

Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon will be the special guest speaker for the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts’ annual “All College Convocation” at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

The Wind Symphony, directed by director of bands Dr. Bruce Moss, will perform Higdon’s “Fanfare Ritmico” (cq) on the afternoon program.

As part of the college’s events honoring the University’s yearlong centennial celebration, Higdon will also spend time with composition students during her visit.

This past spring, Higdon received her second Grammy Award when her “Percussion Concerto” was named Best Classical Contemporary Composition. In addition, she received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for her “Violin Concerto.” She was also selected as one of the University’s top 100 alumni for the Centennial Alumni Awards at the April event on campus.

After graduating from BGSU in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in flute performance, Higdon received master’s and doctoral degrees in composition from the University of Pennsylvania and an artist diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she is now on the composition faculty. Her work has been commissioned and performed by orchestras across the country, and she has received many prestigious awards and fellowships.

Her teachers at Bowling Green included Dr. Marilyn Shrude, Dr. Burton Beerman, Dr. Wallace DePue, Judith Bentley and Robert Spano, who directed the Bowling Green Philharmonia from 1985-89.