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February 13, 2012

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BGSU pianist honors John Cage at concert

The audience at Thomas Rosenkranz’s piano concert Feb. 19 in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery will hear the instrument played in a different way. Rosenkranz, music performance studies, will perform “Sonatas and Interludes” by renowned American composer John Cage using Cage’s “prepared piano” technique.

“John Cage came up with this way of preparing the piano when he was asked to compose a percussion piece for an upcoming dance ensemble,” Rosenkranz said in an email. “There happened to be no percussion instruments around at the time and only a grand piano. As a result, he famously turned the piano into something drastically different by changing each of the string's timbre by way of inserting these nuts and bolts in between the strings.

“It ends up sounding like a strange Indonesian Gamelan or something from the Far East,” he said.

The free concert begins at 3 p.m. “Sonatas and Interludes” lasts for about 50 minutes and has no intermission.

This year marks the 100th birthday (Sept. 5) of Cage, a pioneer of experimental, avant-garde music and electroacoustic music.

Rosenkranz has been a faculty member at BGSU since 2008. He has performed on four continents and in 2011 was a visiting professor at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. As a Cultural Ambassador sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, he often travels to North Africa and the Middle East promoting goodwill through his performances and his longstanding collaborations with musicians from other cultures. He received the Classical Music Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association.

For more information about Rosenkranz, visit his website at http://www.thomasrosenkranz.com.


Opera Gala launches Wolfe Center for the Arts

Get your tickets now for the Opera Gala, presented by the College of Musical Arts, in the newly opened Wolfe Center for the Arts. The program begins at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 in the Thomas and Kathleen Donnell Theatre.

The evening will feature solo arias, duets, quartets, quintets and overtures to some of world’s greatest operas including Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Magic Flute,” Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and Verdi’s “Rigoletto.”

In a showcase of student and faculty talent, the program features the Bowling Green Philharmonia, University Choral Society, Collegiate Chorale, Men’s and Women’s choruses, and faculty soloists including Christopher Scholl, Doug Wayland, Jane Rodgers, Sean Cooper, Sujin Lee, Ann Corrigan, Ellen Scholl, Lance Ashmore and Jennifer Cooper.

Special commentary and narration will be provided by WGTE-FM Program Manager and Music Director Brad Cresswell. Radio audiences may recognize him as the host of  “Afternoon Classics,”  “Live from FM 91” and “WGTE in Concert.” WGTE is a media sponsor of the event.

General admission tickets are $10 and available by calling the college box office at 2-8171 or by e-mailing musictickets@bgsu.edu. Tickets also will be available at the door. Seating is limited. 

 

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