Arts and Entertainment

Black Swamp Players casting female version of ‘The Odd Couple’

From BLACK SWAMP PLAYERS The Black Swamp Players will hold auditions for the final production of its fifty-first season, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version), during the week of Feb. 25. Open auditions for the production will be held on the following dates: Monday, Feb. 25 and Tuesday, Feb. 26. Auditions will begin each evening at 7 and run to 9:00 PM. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, February 28 beginning at 7:00 PM. All auditions and callbacks will be held at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green. The script for The Odd Couple (Female Version) calls for a cast of six women and two men. Auditions are open to adults of all ages, races/ethnicities, orientations, sexes, and abilities. Those who want to audition should be prepared to cold read from the script. First performed in 1985, The Odd Couple (Female Version) is a modern riff on Simon’s classic comedy from 1965 about the unlikely friendship between a clean freak and a slob. The female version is set in the apartment of slovenly Olive Madison who, at the opening of the play, has invited a group of friends over for a weekly game of Trivial Pursuit. Late to arrive is Florence Unger, who has just been separated from her husband. Fastidious, depressed, and hyper-tense, Florence seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Olive becomes the one with murder on her mind when the pair decide to room together and hilarious results ensue. The production will be directed by Heath A. Diehl. The Odd Couple (Female Version) will open on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, April 27, Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, all at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28 and May 5 at 2 p.m.. All performances will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 526 E. Wooster Street in Bowling Green. Tickets for the production are $12/adults, $10/seniors and students, and can be purchased on the organization’s website or at the door.


Apollo’s Fire to bring the spirit of Bach’s coffeehouse to BGSU’s Kobacker Hall

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Back when Bach’s music was new, the composer and other professional and student musicians would hang out at Cafe Zimmermann, a coffee house in Leipzig, Germany, to play the latest sounds. Apollo’s Fire, a Baroque music ensemble based in Cleveland, will take listeners back to that time in the mid-18th century when it presents “A Night at Bach’s Coffeehouse” Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall on the Bowling Green State University campus. The free performance is part of Apollo Fire’s three-day residency presented by the Dorothy E. And Duwayne H. Hansen Musical Arts Series (https://www.bgsu.edu/musical-arts/events/residencies/hansen-musical-arts-series.html). During the residency the ensemble will hold open rehearsals and master classes for flutists and string players. The BGSU visit will feature an 11-member version of the ensemble, which was founded by Jeannette Sorrell 26 years ago. Kathie Stewart, the ensemble’s flutist, has been a collaborator and friend of Sorrell since before she started Apollo’s Fire. The two musicians met at Cincinnati Conservatory, where both were pursuing graduate work. Sorrell was studying harpsichord and conducting, and Stewart was working on a doctorate in flute performance. In Cincinnati, Stewart discovered her love of Baroque music. In the course of her studies, Stewart had played music from the history of flute from early music through contemporary. Her attention always seemed to return to the Baroque period. While later music tends to be “messy,” she said, “Baroque music is calm and clear. It gets messy enough, but then it all resolves.” By this time, Stewart said she was working hard on her instrumental studies. “But I wasn’t loving it.” The conservatory had a Baroque flute.  She took the instrument into a practice room to try to play music by Bach and Telemann. “It was horrifying,” she said. She found a book to guide her, and with that she applied herself to the period instrument.  “I tried things that were awkward and didn’t make sense on modern flute. They made perfect sense on the Baroque flute. I learned from the instrument what Baroque music was all about. Finally I was…


BGSU arts events through Feb. 20

Jan. 30 – The Faculty Artist Series welcomes Brittany Lasch on trombone. Lasch is an assistant professor in the College of Musical Arts. As the second-place winner of the 2017-18 American Prize, she has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles including the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the Queens Symphony and the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. She also was a winner of Astral Artist’s 2017 National Auditions and the 2015 national Collegiate Solo Competition hosted by the U.S. Army Band. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free. Jan. 31 – The Prout Reading Series presents poet Julie Webb and fiction writer Ali Miller during the first reading of the semester. Both women are MFA students in the BGSU Creative Writing program. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free. Feb. 1 – The Center for Women and Gender Equity presents “Women, Gender and Poetry Open Mic,” featuring 1997 BGSU alumna Kayla William as the keynote speaker. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, includes collaborative poetry activities, blackout poetry tables and open mic time. Free Feb. 1 – The BGSU Department of Theatre and Film’s Elsewhere Productions presents “I Didn’t Want a Mastodon” by Halley Feiffer and directed by Melissa Snyder. The production will begin at 8 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. A second performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Feb. 2. Free  Feb. 2 – The College of Musical Arts will host the eighth annual David D. Dubois Piano Competition, which features accomplished high school pianists competing for prizes. Mariana Lomazov, a Ukrainian-American pianist, is this year’s guest artist for the piano competition. One of the most passionate and charismatic performers on the concert scene today, she is the Ira McKissick Koger Professor of Fine Arts at the University of South Carolina School of Music, where she is founder and artistic director of the Southeastern Piano Festival. She will present a solo piano recital at 8…


Drama club presents festival of plays written & directed by students (showtimes updated)

From BGHS DRAMA CLUB The Bowling Green High School Drama Club presents a winter festival ofstudent-written and directed one-act plays on Friday, Feb. 1, and Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.“Not a Laughing Matter”, written by senior Kat Griffith, is an 11-minute“mocumentary” that originated as an entry in the 2017 Northwest Ohio 48-Hour Playfest. In its revised form, the comic play explores the efforts of a team of circus performers to raise the status of clowns. The play is co-directed by Griffith and sophomore Terra Sloane, and features actors Cole Nemeth, Alison Nonnemaker, Hailey Kozey, Sophie Hachtel, Isa Herrera , Lauren Clifford, and Jaycob Bagrowski.“Focus,” written and directed by senior Charlotte Perez, is a 25-minute drama that tells the story of a young boy with ADD who, in tandem with his parent and therapist, work to strengthen his ability to concentrate in school. In the play, the boy’s brain is personified by two characters, Azza and Abi, who represent the constant battle within the brain when effected by attention disorders. The play is directed by Charlotte Perez and features actors M. Clifford, Emma Matney, Dylan Perez, Sasha Zengel, Kenzie Matney, and Maddy Depinet.“First Date,” written and directed by junior Ethan Brown, is a 25-minute comedy about a teenage boy’s awkward efforts at impressing a girl at an Italian restaurant. Beset by fumbles, the boy is rescued when a magical character in the guise of a waiter helps the boy discover that honesty is more endearing than perfection. The play’s co-director is senior Sarah Kelly, and features actors Erik Schempf, Thomas Long, Alexandra Meade, and Katie Partlow.The 2018-2019 BGHS Improv Troup will also perform. The troupe’s leaders are Charlotte Perez, Thomas Long and M. Clifford, and members include Erik Schempf, Olivia Strang, Ethan Brown, Isaac Douglas, Terra Sloane, Emma Matney, Katie Partlow, Katie Mangan and Lauren Clifford.The production, held in the BG Performing Arts Center, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and can be purchased at the door.


Arts beat: Rebecca Law looks back at ‘Community,’ & ahead to birth of a new installation

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Flower artist Rebecca Louise Law isn’t quite done with Toledo yet. “Community,” her installation at the Toledo Museum of Art, closed Jan. 13 and has now been taken down. The English artist was on hand for the disassembling — the first time she’s been able to participate in the removal of one of her installations. It’s sad to see the piece, which was in place since June, come down, Law said. “But it’s amazing doing the derig and realizing how precious each of these pieces is, to take it down and pack it up and treasure it as it ought to be treasured to go on to the next place.” Laws wastes nothing, not even the dust that is the fate of dried flowers. “Community” in the Canaday Gallery. This was swept up. Working in the museum’s glass hot shop that dust will be encased in four large panels donated by Pilkington. Law is also using her Guest Artist Pavilion Project  residency at the museum to create work for her next installation, scheduled to go up at the Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan in September. Law admitted she’s relying on the skills of the technicians in the hot shop. Her abilities as a glass blower she said are “rubbish,” though she hopes to improve them in the last week of her residency.  She has been more focused on encapsulating flowers, and that got her thinking about how humans are themselves embedded in nature, “the cocoon experience.” So she started considering wombs and “where we come from.” So she will be creating glass wombs of all sizes, from gestation until just before birth. Though not a trained glass blower, she inspired by their work.“It’s like watching a dance,” Law said. “It’s like performance art because they are working with such a dangerous material yet they are moving so gracefully and creating such beautiful objects.” Those will be incorporated into the next show. That show will be more intimate than “Community.” The viewer will walk into an enclosed space. This idea…


Theater parents get in the act as super heroes & villains as high school drama club ‘flips the script’

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Back stage at Bowling Green Performing Arts Center, director Hailey Kozey is laying down the law to the cast before the tech rehearsal. No cell phones, and no talking. That’s distracting to the audience and crew. The cast nods acknowledgement. Director Hailey Kozey (right) delivers her notes after tech rehearsal with Katie Partlow (left) and Katie Mangan. Kozey is a high school freshman, and the actors are parents of Drama Club members. They are “flipping the script” in this production of “With Friends Like These … (Who Needs Enemies?)” The one-act comedy about a small town beset by evil-doers kept at bay by a single overworked super hero will be staged tonight (Friday, Jan. 25) at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the drama club fundraiser are $10 and $5 for students, which includes refreshments after the performance. Click to get tickets online. The idea for the production was hatched by parents during a trip last spring  to the State Thespian Conference. Tom Pendleton, who plays Captain Ten Eels and his alter ego Calvin, said the parents had left the conference to take a dinner break at a Chinese restaurant. They got to talking. Tom Pendleton as Captain Ten Eels and Erin Hachtel as his nemesis Lady Foxglove run through scene during the tech rehearsal Erin Hachtel, who plays the villain Lady Foxglove and her alter ego the florist Olivia, said that the parents spend a lot of time “running kids to rehearsal.”  Then an idea popped up, she said. “How funny would it be if we traded places with them, and we were the ones on stage? That would be hilarious.” And “let the kids direct,” Pendleton said recalling the dinner. Back at the conference, he said, they broached the idea to theater teacher Jo Beth Gonzalez. She latched onto it. As soon as she returned to Bowling Green, she reserved the PAC for the performance. “So we were committed,” Pendleton said. Debbie Long and Mike Hachtel during rehearsal for with “Friends Like These.” Gonzalez said she’s reached out to…


BGSU celebrates joy of piano with Dubois festival & competition

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University will welcome 23 top teenage pianists from as close as Toledo and as far as Taiwan as well as guest performer and judge Marina Lomazov for the David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition, Feb 1 through 3. The festival was established in 2008, and since then more than 200 pianists have come to campus to compete for the top prize of $3,000. The young pianists already have impressive resumes, often having won other competitions. Several have performed on “From the Top” on National Public Radio. The semifinalists have been selected through a preliminary round in which video recordings of applicants are screened. Each contestant must prepare a program of 20-30 minutes in length that includes pieces from three of the four major periods — Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary. One of the pieces must be a movement from a Classical sonata. The semifinal round will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Kobacker Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center with the finals taking place Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m. The winners are announced shortly after the last pianist performs. Lomazov will be on campus throughout the festival. On Friday, Feb. 1 she will present a master class with students in the College of Musical Arts from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall. On Saturday, Feb. 2 she will perform a free recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall. Tickets for the recital are $7 and $3 for children and non-BGSU students in advance from https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/BGSU/. All tickets are $10 the day of the performance. Students with BGSU ID card, and the festival participants will get in free. On Sunday morning, she will join two BGSU faculty members to judge the finals. All tickets are $10 the day of the performance. Lomazov is no stranger to competitions. She launched her career with prizes in several international events. Her performing has drawn praise from critics around the world. Talk Magazine Shanghai described her performances as “a dramatic blend of boldness and wit.” A native of Ukraine, Lomazov…


Pemberville Opera House hosting Evening with Cole Porter

From PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE The Live! In The House Concert Series will present an Evening with Cole Porter performed by heartland sings on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pemberville Opera House. The performers offer a glimpse of what it would be like to be entertained by Porter himself at the piano surrounded by friends, who happen to be great singers. Tickets are $12 from Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by contacting Carol Biley at 419-287-4848, carol@pembervilleoperahouse.org or www.pembervilleoperahouse.org Heartland Sings is a nonprofit vocal music production company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Founded in 1997, by Maestro Robert Nance, Heartland Sings has since grown into a broad based vocal arts company, consisting of full-time and part-time administrative and artistic staff. For nearly two decades, Heartland Sings has been changing the lives of participants and patrons through song. Heartland Sings entertains and enriches audiences within a 225-mile radius of Fort Wayne, with the purpose of serving as a professional, educational resource for the vocal arts, cultivating a community of artistic and cultural appreciation, and providing performance opportunities to area vocalists and musicians. Heartland singers are Maestro Robert Nance, president and artistic director, on piano with principal vocal artists Elaina Robbins, soprano, Ashlee Bickley, mezzo-soprano, Mark Phillips, tenor, Jerome Síbulo, baritone, and Ian Williams, bass-baritone.


BGHS drama students to Flip the Script by directing their parents & teacher

From BOWLING GREEN HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB Members of the Bowling Green High School Drama Club are getting a unique theatrical opportunity – directing their parents in a Flip the Script in Theatre Fundraiser. On Friday, January 25, at 7 P.M., 11 parents, joined by drama teacher Dr. Jo Beth Gonzalez, will take the stage under student guidance to perform a student-written one-act play as a fundraiser for the club. According to cast members: “Students get lots of opportunities to work with their peers, and we thought this would be a great learning experience for them to work with an adult cast. And a fun way to raise money for the club!”  Tickets for this fundraiser are $5 for students, $10 for adults which includes refreshments after the performance. Click to get tickets online.


BG Arts Council seeks submissions for older artists for 50+ Shades of Grey show

From BOWLING GREEN ARTS COUNCIL Bowling Green Arts Council is proud to announce 50+ Shades of Grey, an exhibit that will feature the work of artists who are 50 years of age or older. The show will occur February 22rd through March 28th, 2019 at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main Street, BG. All artists may submit up to two original works of art in any two-dimensional medium.  Members of Bowling Green Arts Council may submit up to three works. The entry fee for the show is $20 and the deadline for submission is February 5, 2019.  For more information regarding this exhibit and the application and payment process, please consult the BG Arts Council website at www.bgartscouncil.com, or you may obtain an entry form at the Senior Center. An opening reception at the Senior Center with refreshments and entertainment will be held from 5-7 pm on Friday, February 22. Guests will be able to vote for a People’s Choice Award to be announced at 6:30. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate courtesy of The Art Supply Depo.  50+ Shades of Grey is sponsored by the BG Arts Council and the Wood County Committee on Aging.


BG presenting ‘Coolest Weekend of the Year’

From BG CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Bowling Green invites you to the “Coolest Weekend of the Year” Feb. 8 and 9 during the 11th Annual Winterfest BG Chillabration full of winter themed activities for everyone.   We will kick things off downtown with the merchants Chocolate Crawl Fundraiser for the United Way on Friday, Feb. 8.  On Saturday Feb. 9 The Frozen Swamp Tent will be a Winter Market by day and host live music, beer and wine by night in the Ice Garden on the corner of S. Main St. and Clough.  Performing in the tent will be: Ginger & The Snaps; James Atkins Trio; Ind’grass; Oliver Hazard; and Amp Wagon. Winter Athletes in Ice is the theme for Saturday’s live ice carving demonstrations with sculptures of Olympic Gold Medalist Skater Scott Hamilton, Olympic Gold Medalist Curler Tyler George, a Falcon Hockey Player and a Snow Queen Ballerina with a live model from Julie’s Dance Studio. The Slater Family Ice Arena will be hosting an On-Ice Celebration and a Frozen 5K Skate both with Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton here for the SK8 to Elimin8 Cancer Fundraiser. This 2-day fun-filled community event also features Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, 1BookBG Trivia & Activities, Chili & Soup Cook-Off, Frostbite Fun Run, Cookie Creations, Youth Dodge Ball, Window Youth Art Exhibition, Four Corners Gallery BGHS Art Exhibit and WC Library’s I Love BG Scavenger Hunt & Break It Make It with Home Depot.   The Black Swamp Curling Center will be hosting Olympic Learn to Curls with Gold Medalist Tyler George. For a complete schedule of events and locations go to the NEW website at www.WinterfestBGOhio.com or the Winterfest BG face book page.  Come chillabrate with us!


Scots & friends brave the storm to celebrate poet Robert Burns

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Scottish and their fellow travelers, even those with nary a tartan in their genetic code, are a hearty lot. Elliot MacFarlane recites an ode to the haggis. The storm that gripped the region was not enough to keep a couple dozen souls from venturing out to celebrate the memory of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns at Naslada Bistro in Bowling Green. Outside the weather may have been frightful, but inside we had poetry, food, whisky, and most of all fellowship to keep us warm. This was the fourth year the restaurant has teamed with Elliot MacFarlane (David Donley), a bon vivant and lover of  Scottish tradition, to present this celebration of the Scottish poet.   Boby Mitov chats with diners. We came out to eat traditional dishes, as reimagined by Bulgarian chef Boby Mitov and hear tales of Burns and others by MacFarlane, our host, for the evening. Outside the air was cold, and the atmosphere still flecked with the last remnants of the storm. When someone uttered the word a “blizzard,” Mitov was quick to respond. “Not a blizzard, just snow.” Inside Joe Spencer’s  bagpipes rang out. Linda Brown reads a Shakespeare sonnet. The weather did keep a couple of those scheduled to add to the festivities from attending. No singer, and only one set of pipes. So MacFarlane called on a little extra participation from the guests, handing out poems for them to read aloud. Some came prepared with their own selections. That included Karen Wood, the host’s wife. She offered one of two tributes to Mary Oliver, an American poet who died at 83 this week. But neither this remembrance, nor the recollection of some of the more unfortunate circumstances of Burns’ own life were enough to cast a pall over the affair. Waiter Cole Olmstead serves the Scottish Beef Collops with Whisky Sauce with Rumbledethumps. Not given the measured doses of fine Scotch whisky that were doled out throughout the evening. Each shot offered a distinctive taste of Scotland, whether the peat or the sea breezes allowed to waft…


Picture book author Lindsay Moore lets young readers travel along with polar bear

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Drawing cadavers might not seem like the way to become a children’s author. For Lindsay Moore, though, medical and scientific illustration helped her hone the drawing skills needed to produce her first children’s book, “Sea Bear.” Lindsay Moore Moore, of Bowling Green, will mark the publication of “Sea Bear” on Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, with an appearance at the Wood County District Public Library, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. The book for ages 4-8 follows the journey of polar bear through the Arctic.  Her inspiration came from a visit to the Toledo Zoo with her three children. Moore found herself fascinated by learning how far a polar bear travels along the edge of ice and sea to keep itself alive. “I thought that was very remarkable.” That was in 2014.  While her background was in medical and scientific illustration, writing children’s books seemed a good fit for her life as a stay-at-home mother. Moore, 35, has children 5, 6, and 8 years old. She moved to Bowling Green with her husband, Tim Davis, who teaches in the biology department and is a lead researcher in the Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health.  “Sea Bear” was not her first foray into writing for children. Her first book about a lobster made the rounds publishers with no success. But she gained experience and insight from the effort. In writing “Sea Bear,” which has the subtitle “A Journey for Survival,” she wanted to present the facts, but keep the story from getting too dark for your readers. So image of the carcass of the seal pup was taken out. Writing about animals, she said, requires care to make it possible for people to relate to them without giving them human traits. “We don’t know why they do certain things,” she said. Moore said she’s been pleased with the early reviews of the book. Moore grew up in northern Michigan. When she was in third grade, a teacher “pulled me aside and told me ‘I think you could be a writer.’” Moore…


Piano legend Andre Watts to perform with Toledo Symphony

From  TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Legendary pianist André Watts returns to Toledo for his eighth appearance with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and his first in fifteen years. He will perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto on Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater. André Watts has performed with every TSO music director since Serge Fournier in the 1970s. This will be his first performance with TSO’s new music director Alain Trudel. The programs on Friday and Saturday evening will open with Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides ‘Fingal’s Cave,’” a piece that was chosen by TSO audiences, and close with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. André Watts made his professional debut at the age of 16 with Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic on one of the orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts, which was broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Two weeks later, Bernstein asked Watts to substitute at the last minute for Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt’s E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than half a century later, André Watts remains one of America’s most distinguished and celebrated performing artists. “André Watts is a treasure, and we are so lucky to present him in our 75th Anniversary season,” says Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “From his exciting debut with Leonard Bernstein in the early 1960s to today, Mr. Watts remains one of the most exciting pianists performing. He is the consummate interpreter of the Romantic concerto, and I think we are all in for a treat to hear him perform the Grieg Concerto.” Mr. Vassar adds, “In this historic year, it is symbolic that we have Mr. Watts with us again. He is the only soloist to have performed with every music director, going back to Serge Fournier. What a better way to tip the hat to history and experience some incredible music in the process!” André Watts made his TSO debut on February 13, 1970, performing Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto under the direction of Serge Fournier who served as the TSO’s…


Sax 4th Avenue opens St. Tim’s music series

From ST. TIM’S DISCOVERS St. Tim’s Discovers, the chamber music series sponsored by St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, opens 2019 with a recital by Sax 4 th Avenue. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m., the concert will be held in the sanctuary of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary Street, Perrysburg. St. Tim’s Discovers is dedicated to bringing classical music to communities throughout Northwest Ohio. The performance is free and open to the public; doors open to the public at 2:30 p.m. Formed by four BGSU alumni, Sax 4th Avenue is an exciting and innovative saxophone quartet. Since its formation in 1991, the quartet has entertained audiences throughout the Midwest with its unique brand of virtuosity, showmanship and humor. The quartet’s high-energy performances feature the classics of Bach, Haydn and Bizet; the unique jazz-fusion of Phil Woods; and the progressive rock of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Sax 4th Avenue’s expansive repertoire includes the finest in saxophone literature, original compositions, jazz standards and music that incorporates improvisation and choreography. Among the members of the quartet are Bowling Green resident Stan George, who is well-known as a music teacher for in the Perrysburg schools. Another member, Shannon Ford, will be familiar to Toledo area audiences for her many appearances with various ensembles including the Toledo Symphony and local big band Swingmania. Over the years, Sax 4th Avenue has made numerous appearances at community events, concert series, festivals, colleges, and secondary schools throughout Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. The quartet has performed as guest artists for the United States Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and has been featured at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educator’s National Convention, the Ohio Music Education Association’s Queen City Conference and the Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival. Sax 4th Avenue has also been featured with the San Luis Potosí Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Concert Band, the Lima Area Concert Band, the Maumee Community Band, the Defiance Community Band, the Fremont North Shore Concert Band and…