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'Die Fledermaus' set to flit about in BGSU's Donnell PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT, Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:23
Guest Director Eric Gibson wants to keep "Die Fledermaus" light.
Some productions may dig deep into the subtext, foreboding of war and imprecations of marital discourse. "There's no reason to bring all that angst into it," Gibson said.
"We've retained the lightness and comic flair," he said. The aim is for the production "not to take itself too seriously."
Gibson compared it to serving up chocolate cake. Why add any exotic ingredient?
The Johann Strauss will be staged Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15. Visit bgsu.edu/arts or call 419-372-8171.
"Die Fledermaus (The Bat)" made its premiere in 1874, but Gibson decided to set this production in the 1920s and make the Act 2 ball "a raucous New year's Eve Party," including some cross-dressing, "not typical gowns and tuxedos."
It's a time when "women are more empowered... and not so cookie-cutter and subservient to their men."
A university press release sums up the plot: "The tale of "Die Fledermaus" begins in the home of Gabriel von Eisenstein, a wealthy man of independent means. Eisenstein, his attractive wife, Rosalinda, and the rest of the cast lead the audience on an amusing journey from bedroom to ballroom to prison."
Family duo to headline Hump Day Revue tonight PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:54
PERRYSBURG - The homegrown brother-sister duo Will and Annie Fleming, appearing as "I Ambivalence," will headline tonight's Hump Day Revue at the Stones Throw, 176 E Wooster St., Bowling Green.
They will play and hour long set tonight at 10 p.m.  Lake Philadelphia, an electrified duo of bass and guitar, will open the show at 9:30 p.m.
Teen pianist offers recital at BG library PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:17
Teenage pianist Grace O'Hare will perform her own composition as well as classic and contemporary pieces in recital Saturday at 5 p.m. in the atrium of the Wood County District Public Library.
A sophomore in Bowling Green High School and a student of Cheryl Magrum,  she will perform her own composition "Paris, la Nuit, et la Musique."
Also on the program will be: "All of Me." by Jon Schmidt; "Notturno" by Ottorino Respighi; Preludes No. 1 & No. 2 by George Gershwin; "The Sunbeams...they Scatter" by South Korean pianist Yiruma; and
O'Hare, who also plays string bass, will be joined by Philip Konrad and Mickayla Thompson for a string trio rendition of another Yiruma piece, "Spring Rain."
Mo best in Dubois PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT, Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:29
Dubois Piano Competition finalist Evelyn Mo (right) receives her award from BGSU piano faculty member Laura Melton (left) as fellow pianist Sabrina Kozak (middle) looks on. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
After placing second in the David D. Dubois Piano Competition Evelyn Mo decided she wanted to return to Bowling Green.
This morning, Mo, a high school sophomore from northern Virginia, won the fourth Dubois competition held at Bowling Green State University, with sparkling performances of W.A. Mozart, Frederic Chopin and Lowell Liebermann.
Renowned pianist and guest judge Jeremy Denk was especially impressed with her performance of Chopin's Sonata in B-flat minor. She "played with incredible polish and sound," he said.
Mo, 15, has studied piano since she was 3. She doesn't remember not playing piano, and it's always something she's loved. "Even when I was young I always practiced."
Though she has diverse interests - she loves writing, math and science and also plays the violin, she knows she wants music to remain a part of her life even if that means the academic rigors of seeking two degrees in college.
Right now, she said, she's leaning toward studying piano performance and finance and economics.
"It's part of me," Mo said of music. "I like playing, I like performing. It's like telling a story when you play. It's an exhilarating experience." And that's how she felt after finishing her Dubois winning performance.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:33
Noted baritone Thomas Buckner to sing Forefront recital at BGSU PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:41
Thomas Buckner, who trained as an opera singer and made his mark as an advocate for new music, will perform Monday at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall on the Bowling Green State University campus.
The recital will be devoted to music by Robert Ashley, a composer known for his operatic and multimedia innovations and use of idiomatic English as texts.
Buckner sings on more than 40 recordings including nine featuring the work of Ashley.
He sang the lead roles in Ashley's operas "Atlanta (Acts of God)" and "eL/Aficionado," which was written specifically for Buckner.
In addition to Ashley, the baritone has collaborated with composers Alvin Lucier, Morton Subotnik, Roscoe Mitchell and many others.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 15:32
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