Festival Series

The 2014/2015 Festival Series

Established in 1980, the Festival Series at the College of Musical Arts has become one of the oldest running performance series at BGSU and has featured some of the top artists in dance, classical music, new music and jazz. Over the last 33 years, our guests have included: Yo Yo Ma, The Vienna Choir Boys, Emmanuel Ax, The King’s Singers, Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Terence Blanchard, P.D.Q. Bach and Branford Marsalis, among others.

Festival Series is entirely supported by the community and our generous donors. Thank you for your continued support of this time-honored tradition celebrating the Arts at BGSU!


“With Kholodenko, the instrument, and the [Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1], showed refreshing vitality, showcasing a thoughtful and enterprising talent.” – Philadelphia Inquirer


2013 Gold Medalist, Van Cliburn Piano Competition

Saturday, February 14, 2015
8 p.m. | Kobacker Hall

2013 Gold Medalist in the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of audience and critics alike for powerful performances marked by vibrant imagination and intelligence. He has since made successful debuts with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center, Aspen Summer Festival, and La Jolla Music Society, and was named the Mariinsky Theatre’s September Artist of the Month by Valery Gergiev. He has previously performed across the globe and worked with Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Mark Gorenstein, and other distinguished conductors.

“ Cowherd’s playing shows an artful touch to the keys in ways Thelonious Monk used to; emphasis on just the right dynamic at just the right time and a sense of harmonic imagination that is tied to the music of the moment… “ –Thomas R. Erdmann, Jazz Review

JON COWHERD, Mercy Project

Saturday, April 11, 2015
8 p.m. | Kobacker Hall

Sponsored by the Student Jazz Association
The esteemed pianist/composer/arranger/producer Jon Cowherd is already firmly established as one of the jazz world’s most accomplished, expressive and in-demand young musicians. Cowherd is best known for his long-running partnership with drummer/bandleader Brian Blade, with whom he co-founded the Brian Blade Fellowship. Mercy Project features releases from Jon Cowherd’s debut album, “Mercy,” highlighting a collection of his compelling original compositions.