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BGSU Arts Events through May 10

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS 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 features the work of 10 Master of Fine Arts students, ranging from animation and sculpture to painting and photography. The show 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…

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BGSU Arts Events through April 3

March 25 – The BGSU School of Art’s printmaking division welcomes Lauren Kussro, an artist and educator at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her work has been shown in many locations around the country, including solo exhibitions at Nashville International Airport, Twist Gallery and Vanderbilt University, and group exhibitions at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta, the Dadian Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Manhattan Graphics Center in New York City. Her creative process is centered in playful investigation of the natural world, and frequently features combinations of printmaking, sculpture and sewing. Her public presentation will begin at 5 p.m. in 1215 Fine Art Center. Free March 25 – The College of Musical Arts’ Music at the Forefront series features Sarah Cahill, a pianist, composer and producer. The New York Times called her “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde.” She has commissioned and premiered over 60 compositions for solo piano and was named a 2018 Champion of New Music by the American Composers Forum. Her performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free March 26 – Music at the Manor House presents the piano students of BGSU piano professor Robert Satterlee. The recital will begin at 7 p.m. in the Wildwood Metropark Manor House at 5100 Central Ave., Toledo. Free March 26 – Tuesdays at the Gish presents “Wendy and Lucy,” a 2008 film directed by Kelly Reichardt. This award-winning film is an intimate character study of a young woman, Wendy, and her dog, Lucy. On her way to find work in Alaska, Wendy’s car breaks down in a small town and she finds herself stranded and unable to pay for repairs or even food. This American drama is a simple yet beautifully told narrative of uncertainty and hope in the face of hardship. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Free March 26 – BGSU composition students will present their works during the Student Composers Forum. They will perform at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free March 27 – Photographer David Hilliard will present a public lecture during a three-day residency in the BGSU School of Art. Hilliard’s color photographs, which were part of the 2017 FACE IT exhibition in the Fine Arts Center, are often triptychs presenting elaborative narratives. He explores a range of themes and situations drawn from his immediate surroundings from the awkwardness of adolescence to complex notions of intimacy and identity. His talk will begin at 5 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre, The Wolfe Center for the Arts. March 27 – The College of Musical Arts presents its Faculty Scholar Series. The event will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. March 28 – The BGSU Wind Symphony will present an evening of chamber music. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free March 30 – The College of Musical Arts’ Faculty Artist Series welcome Brittany Lasch on trombone. Winter weather in January postponed the original recital. Lasch is an assistant professor in the college. 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 Queen…


Gish name should remain on BGSU film theater

Dear Editor: The Black Students Union at BGSU would like to see the Gish Film Theater name removed from the Student Union.  These students should know that the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize has been awarded to several African Americans, including Spike Lee. In 1915, D.W. Griffith produced The Birth of a Nation, a racist movie that put the Ku Klux Klan in a favorable light.  Lillian Gish played a nurse from the North caring for wounded soldiers.  Because of her appearance in the film, the Black Students Union has implied that she is a racist; her sister, Dorothy, who was not in the film, is, by association with her sister, also, apparently, considered a racist.  The Birth of a Nation has never been shown in the Gish Film Theater.  President Rodney Rogers, assisted by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Ray Craig, appointed a task force of students, faculty and other stakeholders to review the controversy to decide whether the name should be removed. What is appalling, is that there is this movement afoot to defame the stellar film achievements of Lillian and Dorothy Gish, born and raised in Ohio.  There is no doubt, in my mind, that if these black students succeed in their defamation of the characters of Lillian and Dorothy Gish, they will have destroyed important film history.  Ralph Haven Wolfe founded the Gish Film Theater in 105 Hanna Hall in 1976. Ms. Gish came to the BGSU campus at least four times to be honored. If the Gish Film Theater name is removed, I think that it will indicate to the world that Bowling Green State University, as an institution dedicated to providing opportunities for differing views, has failed in that endeavor. Wally Pretzer Bowling Green


BGSU arts events through March 27

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS March 7 – The Prout Reading Series presents creative writing MFA students Lucas Fulton, poetry, and Christina Stump, fiction, teaching associates in the English department. Their reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. FreeMarch 7 – The BGSU Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Bruce Moss, will perform a concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets in advance are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults; all tickets are $10 on the day of performance. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. March 7 – The BGSU Department of Theatre and Film continues performances of “The Wolves,” the debut play by Sarah DeLappe about a girl’s indoor soccer team that navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The play, which earned DeLappe the 2015 Relentless Award for Playwriting and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, runs at 8 p.m. on March 7-9, and at 2 p.m. on March 9 in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children; all tickets on the day of the performance are $20. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/artsor by calling the Wolfe Center box office at 419-372-8171. March 9 – The College of Musical Arts hosts the annual Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition for BGSU voice and piano students. The semifinal round will start at noon and the final round at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free March 10 – Members of the BG Philharmonia in the College of Musical Arts will present a chamber orchestra concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets in advance are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults; all tickets are $10 on the day of the performance. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. March 11 – The BGSU University Band will present a spring concert. Directed by Dr. Bruce Moss, the band will perform at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets in advance are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults; all tickets are $10 on the day of the performance. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. March 11 – The College of Musical Arts welcomes Bulgarika, a group of four master musicians with decades of performing experience. They will share the very best of the Bulgarian folk-music tradition. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in 202B Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Free March 12-15 – Tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens is the featured artist when the BGSU College of Musical Arts celebrates jazz March 12-15. Stephens has garnered critical acclaim for his playing, compositions and arrangements. DownBeat Critics Poll ranked him second in the 2017 “Rising Star” category, and his Gratitude album was described as “a highly cinematic listening experience, full of rolling seas and shifting skies.”  Kicking off jazz week will be the BGSU Jazz Faculty performing at 7 p.m. on March 12 at the Wildwood Metropark Manor House, 5100 Central Ave., Toledo. Faculty members include David Bixler, saxophone; Ariel Kasler, guitar and piano, and…


BGSU marches into spring with full slate of arts events

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition:The 20th annual competition highlights talented vocalists and collaborative pianistsMarch 9 | Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center Kevin Bylsma, coordinator of the Conrad Art Song Competition, gets ready to announce the winners in 2017. The annual Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song competition features talented undergraduate and graduate singers and pianists working together to present a selection of art songs in various languages, ranging from the classical period, all the way to songs by living composers. The first round of competition takes place March 9 from 1-5 p.m., with the finalists announced around 6 p.m. The final round of competition, presented as a formal concert, begins at 8 p.m., with winners announced at the conclusion of the performance. Both the preliminary and final rounds are free and open to the public in Bryan Recital Hall. For more information, visit our website. Saxophonist Dayna Stephens headlines jazz week:Enjoy jazz performances each eveningMarch 12-15 | Bryan Recital Hall and Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center The jazz department welcomes tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens for our annual jazz week, March 12-15. Recent recipient of the number-two spot for the 2017 DownBeat Critics Poll in the category “Rising Star—Tenor Saxophone” Stephens has garnered critical acclaim over the years for his playing, compositions and arrangements. He will be featured in a concert with BGSU jazz faculty at 8 p.m. March 14 in Bryan Recital Hall, and as a soloist with Jazz Lab Band I on March 15 at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall. Other events throughout the week include the vocal jazz ensemble March 12 at 8 p.m., and student chamber ensembles March 13 at 8 p.m., both in Bryan Recital Hall. All events in Bryan Recital Hall are free. Tickets for the March 15 Jazz Lab Band I performance are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling the box office at 419-372-8171. Admission is free for all BGSU students with ID card at the door. Wendy and Lucy: Film celebrates Women’s History MonthMarch 26, 7:30 p.m. | 206 Bowen-Thompson Student UnionThis award-winning film is an intimate character study of a young woman, Wendy, and her dog Lucy. On her way to find work in Alaska, Wendy’s car breaks down in a small town and she finds herself stranded and unable to pay for repairs or even food. Directed by Kelly Reichardt and starring Michelle Williams, this American drama is a simple yet beautifully told narrative of uncertainty and hope in the face of hardship. The film is free and open to the public. BFA seniors present thesis exhibition:Art, creative writing collaboration highlights April 12 eventExhibition: March 30-April 14, Collaboration: April 12 | Fine Arts Center  Senior BFA art students share their consummate work, ranging from metals, sculpture, ceramics and painting to glass, digital art and graphic design. March 30, the two-week show opens with a panel of artists in various fields who will present “Where Next? The Future of Art” at 4 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre (Wolfe Center for the Arts), a video animation screening at 5 p.m. in 204 Fine Arts Center, an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. in the Galleries, and the awards presentation at 5:45 p.m. This year, a special collaboration between School of Art and the creative writing program…


BGSU Arts Events through March 13

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS At the galleries – The Annual Undergraduate Art and Design Exhibition, a juried selection of art in all media by students in the BGSU School of Art, will be displayed in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibition runs through March 3. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Feb. 25 – Current Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) students will perform a showcase recital during the College of Musical Arts’ DMA auditions. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 26 – The spring series of Tuesdays at the Gish presents “Marshall,” the 2017 film directed by Reginald Hudlin. Starring Chadwick Boseman, the film is about Thurgood Marshall, the leading NAACP lawyer from 1938-1961 whose victories include the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Topeka decision and who became the first African American Supreme Court Justice in 1967. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Free Feb. 27 – Piano faculty member Yevgeny Yontov will perform a recital in the College of Musical Arts’ weekly Faculty Artist Series. Yontov, one of the most promising Israeli pianists of his generation, was a finalist in the 2017 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and received the prize for Best Performance of Chamber Music and for Best Israeli Pianist. He has performed chamber music in Israel, Europe, Asia and North and South America in venues that include Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He joined the BGSU faculty in 2018 as an instructor of piano. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 28 – The weekly Prout Reading Series features readings by MFA students Shay Hawkins, poetry, and Matthew Stewart, fiction. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Feb. 28 – The BGSU Department of Theatre and Film presents “The Wolves,” the debut play by Sarah DeLappe about a girls’ indoor soccer team that navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The play, which earned DeLappe the 2015 Relentless Award for Playwriting and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, runs for two weekends: at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28, March 1-2 and 7-9, and at 2 p.m. on March 2, 3 and 9 in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children; all tickets on the day of the performance are $20. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling the Wolfe Center box office at 419-372-8171. Feb. 28 – The BGSU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Ken Thompson, will perform a concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults. All tickets are $10 on the day of performance. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling the box office at 419-372-8171. March 1 – The College of Musical Arts Guest Artist Series welcomes Natasha Farny on cello. Farny is…


Controversy swirls around Gish Film Theater over ties to ‘Birth of a Nation’

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News When “The Birth of the Nation,” originally called “The Clansman,” was released in 1915 it was a blockbuster, the first blockbuster movie. President Woodrow Wilson screened it at the White House, the first film shown in the White House, and then gave it a rave review. The film’s vicious depiction of African-Americans sparked civil unrest, including anti-black violence. Still from the silent film “The Birth of the Nation” is projected during town hall meeting hosted by the Black Student Union. The nascent NAACP  protested and campaigned to have it banned, and it was in two states, Ohio and Kansas. The Ku Klux Klan liked Griffith’s film so much it used the movie as a recruiting tool. That helped the Klan, once dormant, become more powerful and widespread, extending into the North including Wood County. More than 100 years later, the film is still stirring controversy. The Black Student Union at Bowling Green State University has questioned the name of the venerable Gish Film Theater.  The theater, then in Hanna Hall, was named for Lillian and Dorothy Gish in 1976, after Lillian  Gish received an honorary doctorate and visited campus. Lillian Gish, an Ohio native who made her stage debut in Risingsun, was a star of “Birth of Nation,” and a close associate of D.W. Griffith, the director and producer of the film. The move of the theater from Hanna Hall, itself controversial, to the Bowen Thompson Student Union gave the name more prominence. Kyle Thompson, political action director for the Black Student Union, said that visibility sparked the call for considering changing the name. The scheduled March 29 rededication of the theater, featuring Oscar-winning actress and BGSU graduate Eva Marie Saint, who worked with Lillian Gish in 1953, has been canceled. Saint is still scheduled to appear on campus at that time. President Rodney Rogers has asked Dean Raymond Craig, of the College of Arts and Sciences, to form a task force to study what if any action the university should take and report to the board of trustees in May. Last week, the Black Student Union organized a town hall meeting to elicit comment from all sides in the controversy. Thompson set the tone. “Keep in mind there are other voices in the room,” he said. “Respect each other. Please, at the end of the day, remember we’re all humans, and we all have emotions. We have to validate those and understand that this is a very touchy topic” He said the BSU’s call for action was aimed at creating “a better and safer campus.” “This is essentially like having a Confederate statue on campus,” he said. Tierah Townsend said that the Gish shouldn’t be in the union, which should be welcoming for all students. “BGSU prides itself as being a campus full of diversity and inclusion.” BGSU student Brandon Seifert argued that this had to be looked at in the context of the time it was created. Just about every public figure back in 1915 held views on race that would now be considered racist, he said. “Are we to go on a witch hunt through history defaming and erasing the names of influential figures because they held the popular opinion of the time, no matter horrible that opinion may be?” Gish…