Student quintet adds a touch of brass to BGSU graduation

By ABBY SHIFLEY BG Independent Correspondent “I see the graduate brass quintet as this great bridge for the university, and the town, the College of Musical Arts with the university. It’s one of the few musical ambassadors in the College of Musical Arts,” Andrew Pelletier, faculty director of the quintet and BGSU professor of horn, said. In three out of four BGSU commencements, the graduate brass quintet will be performing music ranging from “easy listening” to the National Anthem. BGSU Firelands’ commencement will be the only ceremony to miss out on the music. The quintet has some jazz music prepared, and simple, catchy tunes that audiences can listen to comfortably in the background. “Stuff that puts you in a good mood,” Pelletier said, which is appropriate considering many graduates and their friends and families will be in high spirits during the ceremony. The quintet performs at the commencement ceremonies in both the fall and spring, has a full concert performance each semester and has professional recording sessions at the end of the semester. These high quality recordings can be used by the students professionally later in their lives. The quintet started in 2013.  It was “born out of necessity,” Pelletier said. Before the graduate brass quintet existed, the commencement involving College of Musical Arts graduates was done by one of the BGSU bands, and the other commencements were done by non-BGSU ensembles. However, the president’s office wanted to switch over to BGSU ensembles only, and because commencements were moved to the Stroh Center from Anderson Arena, a group smaller than the Concert Band or Wind Symphony was needed because of the  lack of space. “It was an opportunity for us in the CMA to kind of go into partnership with the university,” Pelletier said. It was a chance to not only provide music for commencement but also create a graduate-level ensemble that brings in some of the best brass students in the country. The quintet has also performed at the Toledo School of the Arts and the Toledo Museum of Art, and presents concerts and hosts master classes when high school honors band come to BGSU. That further contributes to its “CMA ambassador” reputation. “They’re a good public face for the college in the community,” Pelletier said.

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Pro Musica grant winners to perform, speak at showcase

Pro Musica, an organization that supports BGSU music students, will present. showcase concert featuring  grant awardees Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Wood County District Public Library in downtown Bowling Green. The program is: Concertino da Camera for Saxophone Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) I. Allegro con moto II. Larghetto-molto agitato Claire Salli, saxophone Rhys Burgess, piano Presentation on Ball State Conducting Workshop Allison Davis The Swan from “Carnival of the Animals” Camille Saint-Saëns (1935- 1921) Coreisa Lee, flute Humay Gasimzade, piano Rhapsody, Op. 79, no. 1 Johannes Brahms (1833- 1897) Yang Xu, piano Presentation on visit to National Student Electronic Music Event in Charlottesville, VA Stephen Hennessey Allegro in A Minor Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) arr. Loren Glickman Lazy Blues for 5 Bassoons Jan Bach (b. 1937) BGSU Bassoon Ensemble Under the direction of Joshua Hart Ashley Mania, Kelly Ellis, Robbie Dunham, Kevin Daniel, Mikaela Kroyer, Nick Van Vorhis, Cozette Cecconie,

Arts beat: BGSU series inspires museum exhibit

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News Exhibits now at the Toledo Museum of Art, pose the questions: What does art sound like? Or what does music look like? Earlier this month the museum opened “Everything Is Rhythm” in the New Media Gallery. The exhibit pairs contemporary paintings with musical selections. The exhibit was inspired EAR/EYE, a collaboration between the museum and the Bowling Green State University College of Music Arts. Those concerts feature students in the doctorate in contemporary music program performing live in the museum’s galleries.  The concept is the same — music is selected to reflect a specific work of art.  “Stay Awake” by Elizabeth Murray on display in “Everything Is Rhythm” For “Everything Is Rhythm,” the music is recorded. Hans Hofman’s evocative “Night Spell” from 1965 is complemented by a segment from Miles Davis’ improvised score for the Louis Malle film “Elevator to the Gallows.” Scott Boberg, manager of programs and audience engagement, said the juxtaposition of the jazz wail of Davis’ trumpet with the vibrant darkness of the painting drew a “wow,” from the museum’s director, Brian Kennedy. The exhibit, curated by Boberg and Halona Norton-Westbrook, director of curatorial affairs, features 14 paintings. In front of each is a station in which the visitor can plug headphones and listen to a selection of music.   “In some instances, the composer and artist were known to one another and shared a direct connection, while in other instances, the selected musical composition and art work share ideas, approaches or aspects such as rhythm, texture or basic structure. In some instances, the art work and music paired with it are separated by decades,” Boberg said.  This is intended to engage the viewer in contemplating the connection, Norton-Westbrook said. That linkage doesn’t get any tighter than the pairing of Agnes Martin’s meditation on shades of white, “#18,” painted in 1995 with Harold Budd’s 1996 piece dedicated to the painter.  Last fall Budd visited the museum and BGSU to perform and discuss his work. Judit Reigl’s tribute to Bach’s Art of the Fugue is paired with a selection from that music that was performed by a string quartet from the Toledo Symphony in the museum earlier this year. The op art of Victor Vasarely is set to music by composer, performer, and producer Tim Story, of Maumee. The playlist is full of musical memories of composers, performers, and pieces that have…

New music from BGSU trio to help spread awareness of The Cocoon & its work

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News A few years ago Natalie Magaña needed the help of the Cocoon, which is “committed to ending domestic violence and empowering those affected by it.” Now Magaña, who is a graduate student in flute performance at Bowling Green State University, wants to return the favor. Composer Chace Williams (image provided) The Emanate Trio will perform a benefit concert, “Sign in the Window,” Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John XXIII on Route 25 in Perrysburg. Other members of the trio are Emily Morin, piano, and Madalyn Navis, violin. The trio will perform  a composition, “Sign in the Window,” composed by fellow graduate student Chace Williams specifically for the concert. They will also perform their own arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango’ as well as music by Nino Rota, Mel Bonis, and Bohuslav Martinu Magaña said she and Navis play in the liturgical band at the church. They talked about forming a chamber group that could do benefit concerts for local causes. In January with Morin they formed Emanate Trio, and they started brainstorming about causes they may assist. About that time she saw a story in BG Independent News about The Cocoon wanting to find new ways to promote their services. “I experienced things in my personal life,” she said. “I reached out to them a couple years ago. When I read they were looking for new ways to raise awareness of their services it was little personal to me and close to home, I thought this would be awesome.” So Magaña approached the Cocoon with the idea.  Cocoon staff will be on hand to meet with people during the reception following the concert.  Magaña also reached out to her friend Chace Williams, a first year graduate student in composition, to write a piece for the concert. She first heard his music before he came to BGSU, and she was drawn to his music even then.  For inspiration Williams turned to a poem by Eavan Boland, “Domestic Violence.” Williams said he was struck by a butcher shop’s sign that Boland quotes: “please to meet you meat to please you.” Williams said “that line inspired the whole form of the piece.” He said he walked away from the composition at one point, and that line stuck with him. “It was super powerful.” He drew on the poem’s four stanzas to develop the material for the piece….

Toledo Symphony to perform live with HD screening of ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’

From  TOLEDO ALLIANCE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS On Saturday, May 4, 2019, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will present “Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert” at the Huntington Center in celebration of National Star Wars Day. Local area restaurants, businesses, and coffee establishments are partnering with the TSO to promote special deals and themed-nights leading up to the event. The featured event of the day will take place at the Huntington Center at 8 p.m. on May the Fourth. The Toledo Symphony will present “Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert,” a screening of the 1977 film on a gigantic, high-definition screen while over 70 musicians of the Toledo Symphony perform John Williams’ Oscar-winning score live and in-sync with the movie. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’ score to 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope” as the greatest American film score of all time. Steven Jarvi, acclaimed conductor and Interim Artistic Director of the Charlottesville Opera, will conduct. Tickets start at $27 and may be purchased through the Toledo Symphony Box Office by calling 419-246-8000, in person at the Toledo Symphony Box Office located 1838 Parkwood Avenue, in person at the Huntington Box Office located at 500 Jefferson Avenue, or by visiting “We are all about breaking down what people perceive orchestral music to be,” says Zak Vassar, President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “Orchestral music always had deep roots in pop culture, and the entire Star Wars franchise is a perfect example of that. The music John Williams wrote for Star Wars is iconic, and it’s part of what makes the films so memorable and transcend generations.” John Williams has received five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards, and 23 Grammy Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the Academy’s most nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney. Williams scored all eight of the Star Wars saga films to date, beginning with 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope” for which he earned an Academy Award® for Best Original Score. His scores for “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens, “and most recently, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” were each nominated for Best Original Score. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’ score to 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope” as the greatest…

Choral Society performs Evensong service for Good Friday

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News As night approaches in England, the ancient cathedrals come alive with the sound of Evensong. Every day of the year at late afternoon, these services, less than an hour long, give praise, mostly with music, and with two readings appropriate to the season. The University Choral Society, directed by Mark Munson, will present an Evensong service for Good Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in First United Methodist Church. Michael Gartz, who will be the organist, said Evensong dates back to 1610 with the introduction of the King James Bible and the English prayer book. The order of the service has remained the same and that’s how it will be performed Friday. Munson will offer a brief introduction to those attending to give them a sense of what will occur. Mark Bunce sings as Mark Munson conducts the Intrit in the vestibule of First United Methodist Church. Evensong is infrequently performed in the United States. As organist at St. Timothy’s in Perrysburg Gartz has presented a few, and Trinity Episcopal in Toledo, his home church when he was growing up and early in his career, has offered Evensong services on special occasions. Gartz said his greatest exposure comes from attending Royal School of Church Music conferences in New Jersey during summers dating back to 1971. Cathedral organists from England would come over, and choirmasters would bring their boys choirs. The conference would culminate in an Evensong service  at St. Thomas on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Starting in 1989, singers from Trinity in Toledo, under the direction of Jim Metzler, traveled to England to sing. This led to the formation of Canterbury Singers USA. That ensemble travels to England during the summer and winter breaks when English choirs are on vacation. Mark and Tina Bunce, of Bowling Green, traveled to England with the Canterbury Singers and performed Evensong hundreds of time in a number of cathedrals.  Gartz who started touring with the ensemble in 2006, said he’s performed in at least 10 cathedrals. In their travels, the Bunces have sung for the 50th anniversary of VJ Day and for the 900th anniversary of Norwich Cathedral. On Friday, Mark Bunce will serve as the precentor who leads call and response sections. The Evensong has passages unfamiliar to most American choir singers. One feature is a psalm that’s chanted in speech-like patterns.  There is little…

BGSU Arts Events through May 10

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS 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….