BGSU Concert Band, Wind Symphony in concert together

The Bowling Green State University Concert Band and Wind Symphony will be in concert together at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Admission is free.

Directed by Carol Hayward, the Concert Band’s program will include “Epic Fanfaire,” by Emmy Award-winning composer Julie Giroux, and “Rhosymedre” (cq) by Ralph Vaughn Williams, which was originally composed for organ and later transcribed by Walter Beeler and published in 1972. Graduate Assistant Ro Ciesluk will conduct “Rhosymedre.” The band will also perform “Traffic” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem, which was originally part of his Symphony No. 3 written in 1958. This version for winds was published in 2003 in coordination with the celebration of Rorem’s 80th birthday.

The Wind Symphony, directed by Bruce Moss, will be celebrating two “100ths,” with works by Samuel Barber, who would turn 100 this year, and H. Owen Reed, who just turned 100 in June. Barber was an iconic American composer and H. Owen Reed was a longtime faculty member in composition at Michigan State. “Overture to ‘The School for Scandal’” by Barber was the composer’s first composition for full orchestra. The title refers to the comedic play “The School for Scandal” by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Barber intended the work to reflect the spirit of the play. “Heart of the Morn” by H. Owen Reed is based on the song “Michigan Morn” from the folk-opera “Peter Homan’s Dream.”

BGSU A Cappella, Collegiate choirs to give joint concert

The BGSU A Cappella Choir and Collegiate Chorale will perform together at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

The A Cappella Choir will perform sacred and secular works from the 1700s to the present. Highlights of the concert will include W.A. Mozart’s lively “Regina coeli” K. 276 for chorus and soloists, Edvard Grieg’s heartfelt “Ave Maris Stella,” Maurice Durufle’s contemplative “Ubi caritas,” Eric Whitacre’s sensuous “Water Night,” and Sean Caldwell’s driving arrangement of the gospel number “John the Revelator.” A Cappella Choir is an auditioned, 60-voice, mixed choir conducted by Timothy Cloeter, the newest addition to the choral faculty at BGSU.

The Collegiate Chorale, under the direction of Sandra Frey Stegman, will perform repertoire from a variety of style periods and genres. The opening sacred selections from the Renaissance period are contrasted with contemporary composer M. Shafer’s soundscape “Epitaph for Moonlight,” selected movements from “Zigeunerlieder” by J. Brahms, and music both beautiful and playful by American composers Samuel Barber and Eric Whitacre. Several members of the chorale will be featured in the uplifting closing gospel piece “He Is Marvelous,” by Rosephanye Powell. The Collegiate Chorale is a select mixed chamber ensemble consisting of predominantly upper class music majors.

Tickets are $10 for adults in advance or $13 if purchased at the door. Students can attend free with their student ID. Tickets may be purchased at the center box office weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. or by calling 419-372-8171, toll-free at 1-800-589-2224, or by e-mail at musictickets@bgsu.edu.

(Submitted by Susan Knapp)

Ryan Nowlin to conduct the BGSU Wind Symphony in his winning composition “Fanfare: Sounds of the Centennial” at the Centennial Academic Convocation

Be part of Nov. 9 Centennial Academic Convocation

On Nov. 9, the University will host a Centennial Academic Convocation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the state’s decision to locate a state normal school in Bowling Green, Ohio. The convocation will begin at 2:30 p.m. In Anderson Arena. ?More than 200 faculty members have agreed to participate in the event and be part of the academic processional.

Ron Clark, a New York Times best-selling author and the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, will be the keynote speaker. BGSU alumnus Ryan Nowlin, staff arranger for the United States Marine Band, will return to campus to conduct the BGSU Wind Symphony in his winning composition “Fanfare: Sounds of the Centennial.”

President Carol Cartwright will preside over the academic ceremony, and Larry Weiss, BGSU Centennial Anniversary Commission co-chair, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Faculty members who have indicated they will participate in the processional should report to 101 Olscamp Hall at 1:30 p.m. for the robing assembly where they will be lined up according to their colleges. There will be signage in the room to help participants locate their college.

BGSU opera students to perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Iolanthe’

Students and alumni from Bowling Green State University Opera Theater will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “Iolanthe” at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Wooster Center, 1124 E. Wooster St. in Bowling Green.

“Iolanthe,” which premiered in 1882 to hostile criticism, is now one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most beloved works. Iolanthe, mistress of the fairy revels, marries a mortal, which causes discord among the humans. Also known as “The Peer and the Peri,” the play comments on ineffective political institutions by using the make-believe world of fairies who infiltrate Parliament in order to “re-set” social boundaries.

“There will be a lot of energy and a lot of laughs,” promised Dr. Christopher Scholl, an assistant professor of music performance studies.

Stage Director Jesse A. Koza, a recent BGSU graduate, and Music Director Conrad Chu, a musical arts doctoral candidate in conducting, join forces with costume designer Melissa A. Penkava, a senior; set designer Meghan Johannes, and accompanist Kate Stubbs, also a BGSU alumna. The performance will be sung in English.

The title role of Iolanthe will be played by mezzo-sopranos Aubrey VonAlmen from Lima, Ohio, and Briana Sosenheimer, from Fort Wayne, Ind., both first-year graduate students. In the role of Phyllis will be sopranos Summer Aebker, a first-year graduate student from Lima, and McKayela Collins, a second-year graduate student from Elkhart, Ind. Playing the role of the Lord Chancellor is baritone Austin Heath, a senior from Rockford, Ohio. Playing the role of Lord Tolloller is tenor Chris Jackson, a junior from Cincinnati. Baritone Sean Manterfield, a second-year graduate student, will play Lord Mountararat. Bass Aaron Wagner, a senior from Dayton, will play Private Willis. Baritone Nathan Kendrick, a senior from Carlisle, Ohio, will play the role of Strephon. Mezzo-soprano Christine Amon, a first-year graduate student from Grand Rapids, Mich., will play the Queen of the Fairies. The role of Celia will be played by soprano Grace Hirt, a sophomore from Celina, Ohio. Mezzo-soprano Melissa A. Penkava, a senior from North Ridgeville, Ohio, will play the role of Leila. Soprano Brianna Michalko, a junior from Canadaigua, N.Y., will play Fleta.

The performances are free and open to the public.

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