BGSU Arts Events through April 30

BFA exhibit in Bryan Gallery

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April 11 – The BGSU Creative Writing Program welcomes Thrity Umrigar, a bestselling author of eight novels, including “The Space Between Us” and the recent “The Secrets Between Us.” She will read from her works as part of the weekly Prout Reading Series. Umrigar has also written a memoir and a children’s picture book. A former journalist, she has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and other publications. She is the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard and the Cleveland Arts Prize. She is a professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Prout Chapel. Free

April 11 – The International Film Series presents “The Farmer of Nathal: Not a Film about Thomas Bernhard” (“Der Bauer zu Nathal: Kein Film über Thomas Bernhard”). The 2018 film, produced by David Baldinger and Matthias Greuling, tells the story of Bernhard, a world-renowned author from Austria who is both acclaimed and sharply criticized. The documentary investigates Bernhard’s curious relationship to the community and its response to him. The film is, however, less about Bernhard and more about us; it is more about the impact of our community and environment on us and how we live and create. Viewing the poet as seismograph of society: even today, the confrontation with the contrarian Bernhard provides insights into the Austrian soul. The 7:30 p.m. screening in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union is co-sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum (New York) and is part of the Austrian Studies Conference being hosted at BGSU. Free

April 11 – Praecepta, the student chapter of the Society of Composers Inc., promotes new music activities at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

April 12 – The BGSU College of Musical Arts presents a recital by cello professor Brian Snow and piano professor Robert Satterlee for the weekly Faculty Artist Series. This event was rescheduled from March. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in the Marjorie Conrad M.D. Choral Room in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free

April 12 – BGSU’s School of Art and Creative Writing Program team up for a special presentation as part of the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition. The two arts programs come together to showcase creative writing BFA seniors reading some of their works, including ekphrastic pieces that vividly describe visual works of art by the School of Art BFA seniors. The collaborative presentation will be from 6-8 p.m. in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. The BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition runs through April 14. Gallery hours are 11 am. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free

April 12 – EAR | EYE: Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art features BGSU doctoral students performing contemporary music in the various galleries at the Toledo Museum of Art. This series explores the relationship of contemporary music and art through performances in response to specific works of art. The recital begins at 7 p.m. in the galleries of the museum, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Free

April 12 – The BGSU Department of Theatre and Film’s Elsewhere Productions presents “Dog Sees God,” a play written by Bert Royal about a teenage boy, CB, who begins to question the existence of an afterlife after his dog dies. Unable to find solace from his friends after his dog’s death, CB turns to an artistic classmate, but their rekindled friendship pushes the bounds of what CB’s friends are willing to accept, forcing CB to consider who he wants to be. “Dog Sees God” is a touching and thought-provoking play about being different in a school filled with people who all pretend to be the same. The play will begin at 8 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre, The Wolfe Center for the Arts. A second performance will begin at 8 p.m. on April 13. Free

April 12 – The BGSU Collegiate Chorale will present a concert at 8 p.m. at the Bowling Green First Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church St. Free

April 12 – The International Film Festival will present “Down There” (“Unten”), a 2016 documentary produced by Djodie Cenic and Hermann Peseckas. Filmmaker Cenic will discuss the documentary, which uses absurdly comic and tragic episodes to narrate his Austrian-Croatian family’s story. Cenic’s own experiences as a child of guest workers in Linz, Austria, provide insight into his political and personal confrontation with his own identity. The documentary screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Free

April 12 – The BGSU College of Musical Arts’ Faculty Artist Series features Brian Snow on cello. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in the Marjorie Conrad Choral Room, Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free

April 13 – The Falcon Choral Festival Final Concert is the last performance for the participants in the high school Men’s and Women’s Honors Chorus. The concert will begin at 5 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

April 14 – The winners of the Wayland Student Chamber Competition at BGSU will perform at the Toledo Museum of Art. The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the Great Gallery of the museum, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Free

April 14 – The BGSU Middle and High School Academy Bands will perform a final concert. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

April 16 – A Cooperative Bands Concert, conducted by BGSU music students, will feature the bands from St. Aloysius Catholic School, St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic School and All Saints Catholic School. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

April 16 – The BGSU Graduate String Quartet will perform on the Music at the Manor House series, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Toledo Metroparks Wildwood Manor House, 5100 Central Ave., Toledo. Free

April 16 – The Tuba Euphonium Ensemble and Horn Club of the BGSU College of Musical Arts will present a recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

April 17 – The College of Musical Arts presents tuba professor David Saltzman for the weekly Faculty Artist Series. Saltzman has been the tuba and euphonium instructor at BGSU and the principal tuba player with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra since 2007. He also is the principal tuba player for the summer Glimmerglass Opera Festival. He has performed with orchestras throughout the U.S. and Canada. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

April 18 – “A Forgotten Legacy: Rediscovering Europe’s Black Musical Past” will be the topic of Dr. Arne Spohr, a BGSU College of Musical Arts associate professor of musicology and a faculty fellow for the BGSU Institute for the Study of Culture and Society. The presentation will include a lecture about early modern black European composers and a live performance by the BGSU Early Music Ensemble of some of the compositions that have not been heard in 400 years. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St., Bowling Green. Free

April 18 – The International Film Festival, with the theme of “Undoing the Single Story,” features a screening of “Timbuktu,” the 2015 film directed by Mali’s Abderrahmane Sissako. The term “single story” refers to Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngoze Achidie’s TED talk, “The Danger of the Single Story.” Achidie explores the power of storytelling to construct and perpetuate stereotypes about others—especially if one tells one single story about them over and over again. This year’s International Film Festival therefore explores ways to discover unexpected, unfamiliar stories about cultures as different as those found in the film’s locations of Mauritania and Mali. The film is a work of breathtaking visual beauty that tells the story of self-described jihadists who, with high-caliber weaponry, are presuming to rule a small village and its surrounding grazing land and waters near Timbuktu. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Free

April 18 – The Spring 2019 Reading Series features Julie Webb and Ali Miller, creative writing MFA students and English department teaching associates. Webb will read poetry and Miller will read fiction. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free

April 18 – The BGSU Guitar Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

April 19 – The BGSU University Choral Society will present an off-campus performance titled “Choral Evensong.” The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. Free

April 22 – The BGSU jazz department will present a performance that features a variety of jazz favorites ranging from Thad Jones’ “Cherry Juice” and John Coltrane/Frank Foster’s “Giant Steps” to Thelonious Monk/Kenny Clarke/John Fedchock’s “Epistrophy” and Bret Zvacek’s “It Might Be You.” The performance will begin at 8 p.m. at the Clazel Theater, 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. Free

April 23 – Music at the Manor House welcomes piano students of BGSU Associate Professor Solungga Liu. The students will perform at 7 p.m. at the Toledo Metroparks Wildwood Manor House, 5100 Central Ave., Toledo. Free

April 23 – The Graduate String Quartet will perform a recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

April 24 – The College of Musical Arts presents the Middle School Honors String Festival, featuring beginning to advanced middle school string players. The students, who participated in chamber music sessions, master classes, string technique group sessions and chamber orchestra, will perform under the direction of guest conductor Andrew Hire, orchestra conductor at Strongsville High School. The final concert will begin at 5 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

April 25 – The International Film Festival screening of “Diego Star” is also the Pallister Francophone-Canadian Lecture for 2019. This year’s guest is French-Canadian filmmaker Frédérick Pelletier, who will discuss his film after the screening. “Diego Star” tells the story of Traore, a mechanic from the Ivory Coast who is unfairly blamed for a serious accident that occurs on the Diego Star, a dilapidated Russian cargo ship. The ship is towed to the nearest shipyard for repairs. In the interim, crew members find shelter with the inhabitants of the small local village. Far from everyone he loves and knows, Traore is engulfed by the Quebec winter. The talk and screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. A reception will follow. Free

April 25 – BGSU College of Musical Arts’ student composers will present their works. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

April 26 – The BGSU A Cappella Choir and the Women’s Chorus will present a performance at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets are $10 on the day of performance. BGSU students with an ID card are admitted free. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. 

April 26 – The BGSU School of Art hosts the opening reception for the MFA Thesis Exhibitions at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman Galleries in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibition runs through May 12. Gallery hours are 11 am. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free

April 27 – The BGSU Men’s Chorus will perform at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets are $10 on the day of performance. BGSU students with an ID card are admitted free. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. 

April 28 – Winners of the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition will perform at the Toledo Museum of Art. The recital will begin at 3 p.m. in the museum’s Great Gallery, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Free

April 28 – The Percussion Ensemble of the BGSU College of Musical Arts will perform at 3 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

April 29 – The College of Musical Arts presents the spring Global Music Showcase, featuring various BGSU world music ensembles in concert. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets are $10 on the day of performance. BGSU students with an ID card are admitted free. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171.

April 30 – The Bowling Green Opera Theater presents an evening of opera scenes. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

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