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BGSU announces fine arts events

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Sep 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM

BOWLING GREEN — Bowling Green State University has announced its fine arts events, happening this week through Oct. 17.

Percussionist Daniel Piccolo performed a recital Wednesday in the Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. He is an assistant professor and has performed, taught and studied internationally during his 20-year professional career.

Poet Anna Short and author Hadeel Salameh will host a reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. today in Prout Chapel. They are graduate students in the creative writing master of fine arts (MFA) program and teaching associates for the general studies writing program. 

The fourth annual Orchard Guitar Festival, featuring jazz guitarist Mike Stern, kicks off its two-day celebration Friday with master classes and a concert.

The master classes, all in the Bryan Recital Hall, will be led by jazz education pioneer Jack Peterson at 3 p.m. and educator, performer, composer and arranger Adam Schlenker at 4 p.m. In the evening, Schlenker will perform a concert at 7 and at 8 p.m., both in Bryan, Peterson will perform with BGSU jazz faculty and Chris Buzzelli, who was a student of Peterson’s at the University of North Texas. 

The college of musical arts and Toledo Museum of Art collaborate for a new season of “Ear/Eye: Listening and Looking” series featuring BGSU doctoral students. They will perform contemporary music in various galleries at the museum and explore the relationship of contemporary music and art through musical performances related to specific works of art. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo.

The department of theater and film opens its Elsewhere season Friday with “The How and Why,” written by Sarah Treem and directed by Rebecca Hammonds. The performance repeats Saturday. Both shows will begin at 8 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre in The Wolfe Center for the Arts. 

The BGSU wind symphony presents its first concert of the season at 8 p.m. Friday in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. 

The Orchard Guitar Festival begins its second day with an ensemble concert at noon in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Featured guitarist Mike Stern will present a clinic at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Bryan and a concert with the BGSU jazz faculty at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Regarded as one of the true guitar greats of his generation, Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early 1980s before launching his solo career in 1985. He has released 17 recordings, six of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. Advance tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. 

Guest artist John Mortensen, a concert artist and professor of music at Cedarville (Ohio) University, will conduct a piano master class at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Bryan Recital Hall, followed by a recital at 8, also in Bryan. 

Tuesdays at the Gish presents “Screen-Play,” featuring staged readings of two BGSU students’ screenplays, curated and moderated by Austin Windau, a film production major and honors college student. Discussions involving the authors, audience and performers follow each reading. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union theater.

The school of art’s ARTalk presents “Proceed + Be Bold,” featuring a panel of two architects and a designer. Architects Bryan Bell and Lori Ryker and designer John Bielenberg will address their work in social activism, environmental design and design for good and their connections to the Rural Studio. The discussion will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Poet Maddie Grigg and fiction writer Nicholas Rys will host a reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Prout Chapel. They are graduate students in the creative writing MFA program and teaching associates for the general studies writing program. 

The first jazz event of the season features the BGSU jazz faculty, jazz lab bands and guest drummer Matt Wilson. A Grammy nominee and New York-based drummer, Wilson is one of today’s most celebrated jazz artists, recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style, as well as for being a gifted composer, bandleader and teaching artist.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171.

The BGSU concert band will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in Kobacker Hall under the direction of Bruce Moss. Advance tickets in advance are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. 

The BGSU student chamber jazz ensembles will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Also on Oct. 9, the school of art hosts an exhibition of intricate textile costumes by artist Sha Sha Higby, one of the featured guests for the 2018 New Music Festival. Higby studied art, made dolls and pursued the art of puppetry and sculpture in her early years. She has received many prestigious grants that have enabled her to study the arts of carving, mask-making, puppetry and dance throughout Southeast Asia. Higby has entranced audiences with her mesmerizing puppetry/dance performances at major venues throughout the world since 1974.

Higby’s New Music Festival performance is at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at The Wolfe Center for the Arts. The exhibition of her costumes runs through Nov. 4 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. 

Tuesdays at the Gish presents “Nighthawks,” directed by Bruce Malmuth. The 1981 film features one of Sylvester Stallone’s head-turning performances as New York City is gripped in fear by the exploits of an international terrorist. Only two cops (Stallone and Billy Dee Williams) can stop the city-wide siege. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Gish Film Theater at the 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Children’s book author and illustrator Lindsay Ward will present her work and her processes for writing and illustrating during an event hosted by the English department, university libraries and the Arts Village. Ward, who lives in Peninsula, Ohio, has written numerous books, including the first two in the Dexter T. Rexter series.

Ward’s talk will begin at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 10 in the Pallister Room at the William T. Jerome Library. There also will be a “meet and greet” from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. in the curriculum resource center on the second floor. 

Dave Lewis, sound archivist of the BGSU Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, will lead the discussion for the Record Listening Club. The featured artist is Emmylou Harris and her album “Wrecking Ball.” The club puts a new spin on the idea of a book club. The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Pallister Conference Room at the Jerome Library.

Flutist Conor Nelson will perform during a recital at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Nelson is an associate professor in the college of musical arts. During his extensive performing career, he has appeared internationally as a soloist and won numerous awards and competitions. 

The BGSU department of theater and film’s Elsewhere Productions presents “Apocalypse Then,” a public reading by student Harmon Andrews at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in room 102 at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. 

Composition students present their newly composed works during a “Small Ensemble: Student Composers” forum. The performances, by musical arts students, will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Faculty members will perform at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Great Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. They will preview some of the music from the 39th annual New Music Festival, which opens Oct. 17. 

The printmaking program will host visiting artist Amze Emmons for a public lecture at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 in 1215 Fine Arts Center. An associate professor at the Temple University Tyler School of Art, Emmons is a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary artist whose background is in drawing and printmaking. His images evoke a sense of magical/minimal realism inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging and instruction manuals. 

Students will perform chamber works at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 during a recital in the main atrium at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St., Bowling Green.

Tuesdays at the Gish presents a screening of “Over the Top,” starring Stallone as a down-on-his-luck truck driver and competitive arm wrestler looking to bond with his estranged son on a cross-country drive. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union theater.

Higby, a puppetry/dance artist, opens this year’s New Music Festival at BGSU. Her performance will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

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