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Celebrated conductor to receive honorary degree

Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin will receive an honorary doctor of music degree from the College of Musical Arts Wednesday (March 14).

Slatkin’s visit to BGSU takes place under the auspices of the Conductor’s Guild Conductor Training Workshop, to be held on campus this week.

The degree conferral ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. A rehearsal of the Bowling Green Philharmonia, conducted by Slatkin, will immediately follow. Both the ceremony and the rehearsal are free and open to the public.

Celebrated around the world for his imaginative programming and outstanding interpretations of the standard and contemporary symphonic repertoire, Slatkin has appeared with virtually every major international orchestra, including the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra and Boston Symphony.

He brought prominence to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as its music director for more than 25 years. During that period, the orchestra garnered numerous Grammy Awards and nominations, an exclusive recording contract with RCA Red Seal Records, and national and international touring acclaim.

For the past 10 years, his dynamic leadership of the National Symphony Orchestra has enriched the cultural life of the nation’s capital.

Slatkin is also admired for training, encouraging and nurturing young conductors through his involvement with the National Conducting Institute and the Conductors Guild, and for guest appearances with student and youth orchestras across the United States and abroad.

Speakers to dissect ‘the listening brain’

“Why animals have ears” and how humans process music and language will be the topics of two guest speakers Thursday (March 15) as the University observes Brain Awareness Week.

With the theme, “The Listening Brain,” the program in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater will begin with a reception at 4:30 p.m., followed by the lectures—oriented to a general audience—at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

Giving the first lecture, subtitled “The evolution of hearing and sound localization in mammals,” will be Dr. Henry Heffner, a psychology faculty member at the University of Toledo. Heffner is an expert on the study of comparative hearing and perception, which he has examined in a wide range of animals, including elephants and horses.

Dr. Aniruddh Patel will then present “Music, Language, and the Brain.” An authority on the neuroscience of music and language, he will discuss how the brain perceives, and encodes different properties of, those more complex, emotional sounds. Patel is a Senior Fellow in theoretical neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, Calif.

Time for discussion will follow the lectures, which are sponsored by the J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind and Behavior at BGSU and the Office for Research Collaboration, housed at the University of Toledo. The BGSU center annually hosts lecturers during Brain Awareness Week, a worldwide celebration of neuroscience research.

Graphic arts luminary Rick Valicenti returns to alma mater

Visionary graphic designer Rick Valicenti will discuss his recent work Friday (March 16) in a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Lecture. The free 4 p.m. talk will be held in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater and is open to all.

Valicenti, who earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Bowling Green, is the founder of Thirst, a Chicago-based design group devoted to the creation of art with function. Thirst works are in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City.

Valicenti is also a former president of the Society of Typographic Art, a board member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts/Chicago and a juror for the National Endowment for the Arts' Presidential Design Awards. He has had one-man shows in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. A reception will follow his presentation, which is also part of the School of Art ARTalks series.

March 12, 2007