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 been performed at BGSU and the museum. BGSU players perform music by John Cage. The EAR/EYE series is in its fourth year. At the most recent concert, Boberg recalled meeting with Marilyn Shrude, of the BGSU composition faculty, in a cafe and cooking up the idea for EAR/EYE. The April EAR/EYE performance took place in Gallery 3 of the Toledo Museum of Art. Listeners, seated on folding stools,  clustered around the performers. Boberg served as ring master directing listeners on how to position themselves as performers took up their stations near the selected works of art. Before each piece Norton-Westbrook spoke about the art, explaining, for instance, how Joan Miro’s painting was originally created for the bedroom of the children of a patron. But the work — “Woman Haunted by the Passage of the Bird” — proved too true to its title and frightened the children. Shrude explained that the John Cage piece performed with it gives the performers a variety of options. They have numerous pages of music that they can play in any order, or not at all. The quartet of musicians with conductor Alex Popovici took full advantage of the freedom. When soprano Hillary LaBonte sang her…

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BGSU Arts Events through April 16

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS At the galleries –  The School of Art hosts the annual BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition through April 14. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 6-9 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. April 3 – Cole Burger, a lecturer of class piano and piano pedagogy at BGSU, will present a Faculty Artist Series recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free April 4 – The Creative Writing program welcomes spring 2019 Distinguished Visiting Writer Rebecca Morgan Frank, who will present a craft talk during the weekly Prout Reading Series. Frank is the author of “Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country” and “The Spokes of Venus,” both from Carnegie Mellon University Press, and “Little Murders Everywhere,” a finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She has published poems in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, Harvard Review and elsewhere, and her collaborations with composers have been exhibited and performed across the U.S. She is co-founder and editor of the literary magazine Memorious. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Prout Chapel. Free  April 4 – The International Film Festival presents “The Edge of Heaven” (“Auf der anderen Seite”), a 122-minute film that shifts back and forth between Germany and Istanbul. Directed by Fatih Akin, the film tells the story of Ali Aksu (Tuncel Kurtiz) who takes a Turkish prostitute, Yeter (Nursel Köse), into his German apartment to protect her in spite of his disapproving son, Nejat (Baki Davrak). When Yeter dies in an altercation with Ali, Nejat goes to find her daughter in Istanbul. Ayten, Yeter’s daughter, escapes from Turkey when her political activism threatens her life. In Germany, she falls for a girl, Lotte (Patrycia Ziolkowska), who follows her to Istanbul when she is deported. The film, which won the Best Screenplay award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Free April 5 – The BGSU Opera Theater and the Department of Theatre and Film present the spring opera, “Semele,” the story of the ill-fated love of the mortal Semele and god Jupiter. Handel’s masterpiece of his mature period is considered something of an anomaly in his career: it is an English-language work with a secular text, written at a time when Handel was concentrating on the composition of sacred oratorios. Though never staged in Handel’s lifetime, the sensuous story, based on Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” lends itself to an operatic treatment. The vocal writing is virtuosic, tuneful and thrilling, and the choral movements are some of Handel’s most beautiful and exciting. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children. All tickets are $20 on the day of the performance. There is no charge for BGSU students with ID card. Tickets are available at or by calling 419-372-8171. April 8 – The College of Musical Arts welcomes guest artists Julian Ross and Samuel Rotberg on violin. Ross is a professor of violin and Rotberg is a lecturer in violin, both at Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio. The duo will perform a recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center.  April 8 – The College of Musical Arts presents guest artist Frank Lloyd, horn, who is known for his technical virtuosity, musicality and willingness to share his expertise. He has been on the faculty of the Guildhall School of Music, Trinity School of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, and since 1998, professor for horn at Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany, following in…

Triple music bill at Grounds

Tree No Leaves will host a triple bill of area bands Friday, April 5, at 7 .m. at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St., Bowling Green. The line up for the free show is: Violent Bloom (7-7:45 p.m.) is a harmonic chamber pop band from Toledo, Ohio. Crossing the borders of multiple genres, Violent Bloom’s music puts you in a state of harmonic bliss with vibrant melodies and genuine and well-written songs. Honey Monsoon (8-8:45 p.m.) is a soul/fusion band from Detroit, MI featuring bright vocals, unique and eclectic songs, live painting, and fire solos. The band just released their new album, Opal Soul. Check it out! Tree No Leaves (9-10 p.m.) is a Heavy Psychedelic Soul band conceived and uprooted in Bowling Green, Ohio. Founding member Dustin Ray Galish has performed and recorded with a collective of musicians and has released multiple albums online at Tree No Leaves is currently performing live in support of their newest record Prophet Holographic.

BGSU presenting Handel’s adult-themed opera ‘Semele’

 From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green Opera Theater and the Bowling Green State University Department of Theatre and Film will present Handel’s “Semele” April 5 and 7. “Semele,” a masterpiece of Handel’s mature period, is considered something of an anomaly in his career: It is an English-language work with a secular text, written at a time when Handel was concentrating on the composition of sacred oratorios. Though never staged in Handel’s lifetime, the dramatic story, based on Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” telling of the ill-fated love of Semele and Jupiter, lends itself to an operatic treatment. The vocal writing is virtuosic, tuneful and thrilling, and the choral movements are some of Handel’s most beautiful and most exciting. This combination of stirring music and compelling drama makes for a great night in the theater. “Semele” will be directed by Danielle Wright from Detroit’s Opera MODO and presented at 8 p.m. April 5 and at 3 p.m. April 7 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre of The Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for non-BGSU students/children in advance. All tickets are $20 the day of the performance. BGSU students are free with ID. Tickets are available online at or by calling 419-372-8171. This production includes sexual content that may not be suitable for all ages. Please use discretion. This production is one of the spring premier arts events sponsored by PNC Bank. To our guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at, Theatre and Film, 419-372–8495. Please notify us prior to the event. 

Guitarist Jim McCutcheon to perform ‘Live in the House’ show in Pemberville Opera House

From PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE Jim McCutcheon, “The Guitarman,” will perform a “Live! In The House Concert Series” concert April 6, 7:30 p.m. in the historic Pemberville Opera House. Tickets are available for $12 at Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by contacting Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848, or McCutcheon has performed throughout Ohio and abroad for more than three decades. His career has spanned performance, music education, including blending science and the arts, and radio production. McCutcheon has played the guitar since he was 11 years old.  He graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in physics and a medical school acceptance and then went on the road with a band. When the tour concluded, he knew music would be the best career for him, and he returned to Dayton, studying music at Wright State University, where he received a Bchelor in Music in Guitar Performance and later a M.M. in Music Education. As a member of the OAC Touring Roster, Jim has performed all over Ohio as “The Guitar Man” and has also performed in England and Russia. He has made four recordings for adults as well as three specifically for children. He has several publications of guitar compositions and instruction books to his credit, and has written a variety of magazine articles published in the U.S.A. and England.  In part due to his extensive work in schools developing programs relating science and  the arts, Jim was recently awarded the 2017 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Arts Education. Jim reviews recordings for Soundboard, the journal of the Guitar Foundation of America. He  also serves as Guitar Adviser to the National Federation of Music Clubs. He won the 2019 Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Adult Composer Competition with a piece for guitar and string orchestra. Jim can be heard weekends on Dayton Public Radio’s “The Intimate Guitar,” which he has  produced since 1986. He currently is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Dayton, and adjunct faculty at Wright State University and Miami University. He owns and operates McCutcheon Music in south Dayton, which, with a staff of over 50 teachers, has twice won Dayton Magazine’s “Best Music Instruction.”

Toledo Museum exhibit ‘Everything is Rhythm,’ April 6

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART “Everything is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music” opens in the New Media Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) April 6. In this multisensory exhibition, which runs through Nov. 3, music and art are brought together as 14 visual art masterpieces are paired with carefully selected musical accompaniments.  “Everything is Rhythm” is jointly curated by Halona Norton-Westbrook, director of curatorial affairs, and Scott Boberg, manager of programs and audience engagement.  “The Toledo Museum of Art has long celebrated the promotion of both the visual and musical arts,” explained Norton-Westbrook. “’Everything is Rhythm’ seeks to engage visitors by prompting close looking, contemplation and consideration of the connection between visual and auditory forms.” The pairings of the visual and musical works in the exhibition, which includes both the historical and contemporary, have been purposefully combined for a variety of reasons.  “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 explained.  For example, “And Then There Were Three” by Julian Stanczak (American, born Poland, 1928-2017) is paired with “Metamorphosis III,” by composer Philip Glass. The cinematic scale and proportion of Stanczak’s painting is matched by the lush repetition of this solo piano work, performed by Lisa Moore, whose in-gallery concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 will conclude this exhibition.   The title of the exhibition, “Everything is Rhythm,” takes its inspiration from a quote by the painter Larry Poons, whose work is prominently featured in the final section of this exhibition. “Everything is Rhythm” will be accompanied by a series of in-gallery concerts. 

Terra to host Midwest Rhythm Summit

From Elizabeth Lang, Muso Entertainment The Midwest Rhythm Summit returns to Terra State Community College on Friday, April 5-7. Now in its second year, this exciting, three-day music education and entertainment event features some of the world’s top performers including guitarist Dave Ellefson (Anthrax/Megadeth); bassist Frank Bello (Anthrax/Megadeth); legendary drummer Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel); award-winning drummer/producer Thomas Lang (Paul Gilbert); drummer/educator Dom Famularo, bassist Oskar Cartaya (Celia Cruz/Ruben Blades/Jennifer Lopez) and much more. Co-sponsored by Terra State Community College and Bass Gear Magazine, The Midwest Rhythm Summit is a unique, inspiring music event for fans and players alike. Sponsored by Terra State Community College and Bass Gear Magazine, The Midwest Rhythm Summit features: Q&A sessions, Artist Meet & Greets, Clinics, Masterclasses, Product Demos, Concerts and much more. Attendees will enjoy multiple exciting and informative sessions and presentations including “Audio for Gaming” with world-renowned video game composer Kazuma Jinnouchi (Halo 4&5/Guardians); mock studio sessions, live improv sessions, campus tours and more. Open to the public, the event also offers 12 musical instrument clinics including a masterclass with award-winning drummer Thomas Lang. The Midwest Rhythm Summit offers multiple concerts including a Saturday, April 6h evening performance from virtuoso rock supergroup Attitudes and Altitudes featuring Dave Ellefson and Frank Bello (Anthrax/Megadeth) as well as a Latin jazz concert from The Oskar Cartaya Band and a special performance from Little Kids Rock. “We’re incredibly proud to bring artists of this level to Terra State Community College,” said Midwest Rhythm Summit organizer and Terra State Community College Director of Musical Arts and Technology, Michael Czeczele. “We’re building what we hope is a unique, destination music event that has both a rewarding educational aspect as well as an appeal for music fans who just want to get up close to some of the music industry’s most celebrated players.” Three-day, Single Day and Evening Concert tickets available. Free student admission to clinics and masterclasses with valid student ID. Terra State Community College is located at 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont, Ohio 43420. For a full schedule of activities and to purchase tickets, visit