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BGSU presents annual Winter Wheat Festival of Writing

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Oct 31, 2018 at 2:00 PM

BOWLING GREEN — Various free events on the Bowling Green State University campus — including author events, concerts, master classes, plays and recitals — run through Nov. 20.

The opening event of the annual Winter Wheat Festival of Writing is a faculty reading by F. Daniel Rzicznek, author of “Settlers,” a collection of poetry, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Prout Chapel. He teaches at BGSU and is the director of the creative writing program. Details and registration for the festival sessions are at bgsu.edu/winterwheat

The BGSU brass ensembles join forces for an evening of chamber music. The performance features the Trumpet Guild, Trombone Choir, Horn Club and Tuba Euphonium Ensemble. The free concert will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center.

The festival continues with an editors’ roundtable at 2 p.m. Friday and creative writing workshops at 3 and 4:30 p.m. Creative writing faculty member Brad Felver, recent winner of the prestigious Drue Heinz Award, and BGSU MFA alumnus Brad Aaron Modlin will present readings at 6 p.m. The Friday workshops and readings are in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Details and registration are at bgsu.edu/winterwheat.

Guest artist Randy Hall will share his saxophone talents during a master class at 4 p.m. Friday in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. 

Bowling Green Opera Theater presents its fall production, “The Most Happy Fella,” the lively Broadway opera by composer Frank Loesser, also of “Guys and Dolls” fame. The romantic musical is set in the 1920s wine country of Napa Valley.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday in Kobacker Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. A repeat performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free for BGSU students with an ID card. To purchase tickets, visit or call the box office (419-372-8171) in the Wolfe Center for the Arts from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays. Tickets also may be purchased online at BGSU.edu/Arts.

Elsewhere Productions presents “The Sleeper,” by Catherine Butterfield. The dark and slightly zany comedy is about a suburban “security mom,” shell-shocked by the post 9-11 reality, who finds herself irresistibly drawn to her son’s tutor, a handsome young man with political leanings far different from her own. The free performance will start at 8 pm. Friday in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolf Center for the Arts. Another opportunity is at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The BGSU Galleries will host two calligraphy workshops as part of the “Shodo Way of Writing: Calligraphy Scrolls from the BGSU Asian Studies Collection” exhibition, which is on display through Nov. 18. The exhibition includes 30 calligraphy scrolls by contemporary Japanese masters of these traditional arts.

The calligraphy demonstration is by Kyoko Fujii, who started learning the art of shodo in her hometown of Hiroshima at age 6. She is a master instructor in kohitsu (pen writing) and mohitsu (brush writing). The workshops are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Pre-registration by Thursday is required at http://tinyurl.com/BGcalligraphy. Fujii will present a free public demonstration at 3:30 p.m. in the Willard Wankelman Gallery in the Fine Arts Center, followed by the exhibition’s opening reception.

Ada Limón is the featured author at the final day of the 2018 Winter Wheat Festival of Writing. She is the author of five books of poetry, including “Bright Dead Things,” which earned a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Her most recent book, “The Carrying,” was identified by NPR as one of the most anticipated books of the year.

Limón will read some of her works at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The event also includes an all-day book fair and workshop sessions at 9:30 and 11 a.m., 3 and 4:30 p.m. in the student union. An open-mic celebration closes the festival at 6:30 at Grumpy Dave’s in downtown Bowling Green. A detailed schedule and registration are available at bgsu.edu/winterwheat.

BGSU music composition students present their works during the student composers forum at 8 p.m. Sunday in Bryan Recital Hall.

The college of musical arts’ Guest Artist Series presents Ben Pierce on tuba at 8 p.m. Monday in the Bryan Recital Hall. Pierce, a BGSU alumnus, is a professor at the University of Arkansas. He is a frequent soloist at home and abroad and has won many international tuba and euphonium artist competitions.

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will read, workshop and record works by selected BGSU student composers in an annual event hosted by the college of musical arts.

The afternoon session, an open rehearsal with recordings in progress, will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Kobacker Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center.  An evening master class for composition students will feature the orchestra readings of guest composer Chen Yi, who blends Chinese and Western traditions. Her music is published worldwide and recorded on many record labels. Yi is the recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her master class will run from 7 to 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center.

The Faculty Artist Series presents Caroline Chin on violin during a recital at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Bryan Recital Hall. She is an assistant professor and has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as “riveting and insightful, who lights up in passages of violin pyrotechnics.” Chin has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. 

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Matthew Donahue, a lecturer in popular culture, will present and screen “The Amsterdam T-Shirt Project,” highlighting the artists, vendors and creators of souvenir T-shirts in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the souvenir T-shirt capital of the world. The presentation and screening will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Pallister Conference Room in the William T. Jerome Library.

The Prout Reading Series presents readings by master of fine arts students Erin Carlyle and Katy Cesarotti at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Prout Chapel. Carlyle, a poet, and Cesarotti, a fiction writer, are in the creative writing program.

The BGSU Early Music Ensemble and Graduate String Quartet will present a recital at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. 

The SPLICE Festival 2018, featuring music written for instruments and electronics, will hold its first concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Cla-zel Theatre, 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. The festival runs through Nov. 10. For a complete listing of events, visit https://splicemusic.org/festival/ii/program.

The festival continues with a concert at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9 and a talk at 1:30 p.m., both in Bryan Recital Hall. There will be a workshop at 3:30 p.m. in Room 0108 in the Moore Musical Arts Center and a concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall. 

The SPLICE Festival will present its final day of events in Moore Musical Arts Center, starting with a concert at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10 and a talk at 1:30 p.m., both in Bryan Recital Hall. There will be a workshop at 3:30 p.m. in Room 0108, and ending with a Music at the Forefront concert by the SPLICE Ensemble at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music.

The student reed quintet, with Andrew Hosler, Ava Wirth, Kendra Sachs, Nicole Grimone and Jennifer Bouck, will perform a recital at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Bryan Recital Hall.

Tunisian hip-hop artist “Medusa” Boutheina El Aloudi will be on campus to share her unique views on an industry dominated by male artists. She will perform at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 in the Bryan Recital Hall and will present a question-and-answer session at 12:30 p.m. in the Choral Rehearsal Hall in the Moore Center.

The Guest Artist Series welcomes Yu-Fang Chen on violin during a recital at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Bryan Recital Hall. She is an assistant professor of music performance at Ball State University and an enthusiastic performer of contemporary music who has performed at music institutions and festivals in more than 15 countries on four continents. 

The Jazz Lab Band 2, directed by Jeff Halsey, will present a concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. BGSU students with their ID card are admitted free of charge. 

Starting Nov. 14, Immigrant Ohio presents “Lost Dreams, Lost Hopes, Lost Loves, Lost Lives,” an exhibition of quilts created by the Migrant Quilt Project of Tucson, Ariz. The quilts are on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday — through Dec. 7 — in the Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library on the fourth floor at the William T. Jerome Library. The exhibition will be closed Nov. 22 and 23.

The School of Art Division of Art History presents “Meanings and Methods of the Early Modern Bird’s-Eye View,” a public lecture by Mark Rosen. He is an associate dean of undergraduate studies and an associate professor of visual and performing arts at University of Texas at Dallas. While maps are a common tool, their construction, accuracy and visual language can be complex, especially in the early modern era before the innovations of aerial travel and satellite imagery. Rosen will explore the perspectival views made between the 15th and 18th centuries and discuss how maps were made, what demands were made upon viewers, and how maps functioned in the worlds of science, cartography and art. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

The Record Listening Club, which puts a new spin on the idea of a book club, will discuss Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall.” American culture studies graduate student Jacqueline Hudson will lead the discussion. The club will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Pallister Conference Room on the first floor at the William T. Jerome Library. Free

Piano faculty member Solungga Liu will perform a recital at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Bryan Recital Hall. She is a champion of early 20th-century American music and an interpreter of new music. Her November 2017 debut at the Library of Congress earned praise for its “rhythmic precision, expression and a finely calibrated sense of balance between all of the moving parts.”

Guest artist Matthew Tropman, an assistant professor of tuba ad euphonium at the University of Arizona, will present a master class at noon Nov. 15 in the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Choral Room at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. He is an active freelancer, soloist and chamber musician who has released two albums. Tropman has been featured on programs such as NPR’s “All Things Considered.” 

Nov. 15 – The Department of Theatre and Film presents “Little Shop of Horrors,” the musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, songwriters for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.” The hilarious, smash hit sci-fi musical has been a favorite of theater-goers for over 30 years. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Nov. 15, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 18. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 for students, $10 for seniors and $15 for other adults. All tickets are $20 on the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased through the BGSU Arts Box Office in the Wolfe Center, online at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171.

The College of Musical Arts hosts the 61st annual High School Honor Band Nov. 15-17. Conductors this year are Ken Thompson, professor and coordinator of major ensembles at BGSU; Scott Lubaroff, director of bands at University of Central Florida; Sarah Labovitz, associate director of bands at Arkansas State University; and David Visnaw, director of bands at Anchor Bay High School. The BGSU Wind Symphony performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. The final performance for participating students and their families and friends will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 in Kobacker Hall. Free

The BGSU Collegiate Chorale will perform an off-campus concert at St. Aloysius Church, 150 S. Enterprise St., Bowling Green. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Nov. 16. Free.

The Jazz Lab Band 1, under the direction of David Bixler, will present a concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets in advance are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. BGSU students with their ID card are admitted free. All tickets purchased on the day of the concert are $10. Tickets can be purchased through the BGSU Arts Box Office in the Wolfe Center, online at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171.

The BGSU A Cappella Choir will present an off-campus concert at St. Aloysius Church, 150 S. Enterprise St., Bowling Green. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 17. 

The percussion ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Bryan Recital Hall.

Students will present piano works beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the main atrium at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St., Bowling Green. 

The Global Music Showcase will feature steel pan, Afro-Caribbean and Middle Eastern ensembles during a concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in Kobacker Hall. BGSU students with their ID card are admitted free. To purchase tickets, visit or call the box office (419-372-8171) in the Wolfe Center for the Arts weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. or online at BGSU.edu/Arts.

The vocal jazz and guitar ensembles will join forces for a concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center.

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