BGSU Arts Events through Sept. 29

The vocal ensemble Conspirare will present the contemporary oratorio "Considering Matthew Shepard" Sept. 17. See details below. (James Goulden photo/provided)

Sept. 5-29 – BGSU is part of the collaborative “ScupltureX – Igniting Change: Teaching Artists and Social Practice” with the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, Toledo Museum of Art, and Contemporary Art Toledo. The BGSU exhibition, sponsored by David and Myrna Bryan and curated by Saul Ostrow, features the work of regional sculpture faculty. BGSU also will host a series of presentations, including talks by Ostrow and Mel Chin, on campus Sept. 29.  Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free

Sept. 5 – The Faculty Artist Series presents Charles Saenz on trumpet. As a professor and coordinator of the College of Musical Arts’ brass area, Saenz has performed with numerous ensembles, released a solo recording, “Eloquentia,” in 2015 and is a member of the Tower Brass Quintet. His recital starts at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. The performance will also be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/bgsumusic/live. Free

Sept. 6 – The Prout Chapel Reading Series, hosted by the BGSU Creative Writing program, presents poet Tony Lograsso, a teaching associate in the Department of English, and fiction writer Anne Carney. The readings will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free

Sept. 11 – Tuesdays at the Gish presents “The Glass Castle” (2017, U.S., 127 minutes, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton), with an introduction by Mariia Spirina (cq), doctoral student in American culture studies. The film follows Jeannette (Brie Larson) and her wildly eccentric parents (Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts). Based on journalist Jeannette Wall’s bestselling memoir, the film intertwines events from her unpredictable nomadic childhood with scenes of Wall as a young writer who comes to terms with her parents. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union (Theater). Free

Sept. 11 – The Guest Artist Series presents pianist Heather Lanners. Lanners, a Canadian pianist, has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as an active soloist and chamber musician. Her recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

Sept. 12 – The Faculty Artist Series presents horn soloist Andrew Pelletier. Pelletier is a brass/percussion professor, a Grammy Award-winning chamber musician and president of the International Horn Society. His recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

Sept. 12 – “So Much More: Ohio’s African-American Artists” opens, presented by Bowling Green State University’s School of Art. Over the course of its planning, the exhibition has evolved from a tribute to the legacy of athlete, actor, visual artist and BGSU alumnus Bernie Casey along with other African-American alumni to a broader, intergenerational conversation among alumni, current students and invited African-American artists from Ohio addressing the intersection of racial identity and personal expression.  The exhibition, in the Willard Wankelman Gallery in the Fine Arts Center, runs through Oct. 21. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free

Sept. 13 – Author Clifford Chase will present “The Art and Craft of Fiction” as part of the Creative Writing program’s weekly reading series. Chase is author of “Winkie,” a novel about a sentient teddy bear accused of terrorism. His talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free

Sept. 17 – The Grammy-winning choral ensemble Conspirare presents “Considering Matthew Shepard” as part of the McMaster Residency in the College of Musical Arts. Under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson, the group will perform the three-part oratorio, an evocative and compassionate musical response to the murder of Matthew Shepard. Shepard was a young, gay college student at the University of Wyoming who in October 1998 was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field under a blanket of stars. The performance begins at 7 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. A talkback with BGSU panelists and Johnson will follow the performance at 9 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall. Admission is free for all BGSU faculty, staff and students with ID at the doorAdvance tickets for community members are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets are $10 the day of the performance. Call the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171 or purchase online at www.bgsu.edu/arts.

Sept. 18 – Tuesdays at the Gish presents “The Florida Project” (2017, U.S., 115 minutes, directed by Sean Baker), with an introduction by Britt Rhuart, doctoral student in American culture studies. This independent film starring Willem Dafoe as a caring motel manager introduces Brooklyn Prince as a six-year-old girl who lives with her brash young mother (Bria Vinaite) in a cheap motel near Disney World. The film follows her adventures and misadventures with her raging band of friends throughout a summer. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union (Theater). Free

Sept. 19 – The Faculty Artist Series presents saxophonist David Bixler. Bixler, associate professor and director of Jazz Activities Ensembles, is a composer and educator who has steadily garnered attention for his unique playing and writing. Joining Bixler for this performance are Jon Cowherd, piano; Ike Sturm, bass; and Rogerio Boccato, percussion. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

Sept. 20 – The Edwin H. Simmons Creative Minds Series welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove to campus. Dove is a former U.S. Poet Laureate and Virginia Poet Laureate, author of a novel, a short story collection, a book of essays and nine volumes of poetry. She will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free

Sept. 22 – The 2018 BGSU High School Honors String Festival welcomes intermediate to advanced string players to campus for this daylong opportunity. This year’s festival features guest music educator, composer and arranger Doug Eyink in a session called “Introduction to Alternative String Techniques.” The final performance, which features the festival participants and the BG Philharmonia, will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults. All tickets the day of the performance are $10.

Sept. 25 – Tuesdays at the Gish presents “Cineposium,” featuring short films created by BGSU students in their recent film production courses, curated and moderated by Lucas Ostrowski, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Film. Between screenings, the filmmakers, audience and faculty members will engage in a dialogue about the students’ projects. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union (Theater). Free

Sept. 25– The Guest Artist Series presents Annie Chalex Boyle on violin and Rick Rowley on piano. Boyle is an internationally recognized chamber musician, soloist and teacher and has won prizes at the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Competition and the Irvin M. Klein International String Competition. Rowley has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, and was a pianist for the Houston Saengerbund’s German Lieder Competition and the French American Vocal Academy’s Grand Concours du Chant for French Art Song. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in the Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

Sept. 26 – The Faculty Artist Series presents percussionist Daniel Piccolo. Piccolo is an assistant professor and has performed, taught and studied internationally during his 20-year professional career. His recital will begin at 8 p.m. in the Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

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