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Jazz Spotlight to feature Jack Schantz

The College of Musical Arts will host the annual Jazz Spotlight event at 8 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 25) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. 

The concert program will feature a mixture of popular standard repertoire and original jazz compositions. Guest artist Jack Schantz, trumpet and flugelhorn, will perform with the Jazz Lab Band I, directed by David Bixler, and the Faculty Jazz Group. 

Members of the Faculty Jazz Group are guitarist Chris Buzzelli, saxophonist Bixler, double bassist Jeff Halsey and percussionist Roger Schupp.

Schantz, a native of Orrville, Ohio, is a well-known fixture in the northeast Ohio jazz scene. Since 1993, he has been musical director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Schantz is an active educator, serving as coordinator of jazz studies at the University of Akron as well as presenting numerous clinics and master classes at colleges across the state.

During the 1980s, Schantz toured the United States and Japan as featured jazz trumpet soloist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Artie Shaw Orchestra and Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd. He has worked with dozens of highly touted jazz artists and has performed in many pit orchestras for touring Broadway shows. Schantz also performs with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Blossom Festival Band.  

Tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens and $10 for other adults in advance. Prices will increase $3 on the day of the performance. For ticket information, contact the Moore Center box office at 2-8171 weekdays from noon-6 p.m.

Ukrainian genocide dramatized in ‘Voices of the Holodomor’

The plight of Ukrainians during the 1933 “artificial famine” perpetrated against them by the Soviets will be illuminated in an innovative production by BGSU’s Elsewhere Theatre this week. The play has special meaning for northwest Ohio as many of the oral histories it is based upon come from area residents.

“Voices of the Holodomor: Oral Histories of the Ukrainian Genocide” will premiere Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 27 and 28) in the Wooster Street Center at 1124 E. Wooster St. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday and are free and open to the public.

Presented by the Department of Theatre and Film, the production commemorates the 75th anniversary of the artificial famine and is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the genocide. Adapted for the stage by theatre doctoral student E.M. Rooney, the play is based on the Oral History Project of the Commission on the Ukraine Famine as edited for the commission by James E. Mace and Leonid Heretz.

“Voices of the Holodomor” is divided into two parts: “The Living Museum of the Holodomor” and “Theaters of the Holodomor.” As audience members enter the theater space, they are free to roam to smaller venues to hear oral histories of the famine. The second part of the evening will be a sequence of stories taken from the commission’s report to Congress. Each scene progresses toward a theatrical narrative; the last scene is a play within a play. In this final scene, the audience will watch the actors of the oral histories transform into prisoners at the White Sea Prison Camp on the Solovky Islands, where Ukrainian director Les Kurbas directed a play about the prison camp in which they were incarcerated.  

Though there are numerous plays about the Holocaust, it is possible that this is the first play about the Holodomor, according to the theatre and film department. The goal is to reach out to survivors and family members, as well as the community at large.

Time to review decoration, heater policies

As colder weather approaches and we begin to plan for fall and winter holidays, students, faculty and staff are reminded to review BGSU's Fire Safety Decoration Policy. The University community is also reminded of the prohibition of portable heaters and halogen lamps. Environmental Health and Safety asks that everyone review this information.

Portable Heater and Halogen Lamp Policy—Portable heaters and portable halogen lamps are prohibited in University buildings. Fires and fire-related deaths have occurred nationally when halogen bulbs came in contact with combustible materials such as clothing, curtains, bedding and upholstered furniture. The portable heater and halogen lamp policy can be viewed at
Decoration Policy—For the safety of students, employees and visitors, there are requirements for the use of candles, lighting, Christmas trees and holiday decorations.
• Candles, incense, lanterns and similar "open-flame" receptacles are not permitted in residential housing, lit or unlit. Candles and other open-flame devices can be burned only in Olscamp Hall, the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and Prout Chapel, and only with a permit issued by Environmental Health and Safety.  
• Decorations shall be fire resistant, and cannot interfere with safe passage or evacuation.
• Exit signs, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire alarm pull stations, emergency lights, sprinkler heads and audible fire signals/strobe lights cannot be decorated, covered or obstructed in any way.
• Live or cut trees, straw, hay, leaves, corn shocks or dry vegetation is not permitted in any building.
• BGSU prohibits haunted houses and similar amusement or educational events in which building occupants or the general public is conveyed through a fixed or restricted course.
See the complete Fire Safety Decoration Policy at For more information, call Environmental Health and Safety at 2-2171

September 22, 2008