Danziger to give 'last lecture'
Dr. Edmund Danziger Jr., retired Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of History, will be the speaker for this year's Last Lecture Series sponsored by the Fayetta Paulsen Chapter of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society at BGSU.
His talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater and is free and open to the public.
Inspired by Randy Pausch's New York Times best-selling book, "The Last Lecture," BGSU Mortar Board asks students to nominate faculty members each year to present their own lecture as if it were their last. Danziger taught at BGSU for 47 years before retiring last December, when he was profiled in a Sentinel-Tribune story.
"We are honored to have him speak to us this year and hope that others can be inspired by his lecture as well," said Dylan Corp, Mortar Board chapter president.
The original "last lecturer," Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, delivered his last lecture shortly after he learned that his pancreatic cancer had become terminal. His lecture included stories of his childhood, lessons he wanted his children to learn, and things that he wanted his children to know about him. He stressed that one should have fun in everything one does, that one should live life to its fullest because one never knows when it might be taken.
Meridian Arts Ensemble to perform
The Meridian Arts Ensemble, a brass and percussion sextet known for bringing classical music to popular audiences, will perform two shows in Bowling Green as part of the Music at the Forefront concert series sponsored by the University's MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Clazel Theatre (127 N. Main St.) and at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Both are free and open to the public.
Founded in 1987, Meridian Arts Ensemble has had nine commercial CD releases, over 50 premieres, and performances on four continents and in 49 states. Now a faculty ensemble at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, the group began its career looking away from academic music and toward the American vernacular. Meridian's arrangements of the music of Frank Zappa brought critical and popular acclaim, interviews on NPR's Weekend Edition, and performances in concert halls and rock clubs. Commissions from Milton Babbitt, Mark Applebaum, The Common Sense Composers' Collective and John Halle, among many others, have created a balanced and broad-ranging repertoire for brass and percussion that peers into every corner of today's musical experience. Meridian's CD releases have garnered critical acclaim and a large and passionate popular following.
Consistently attracting a diverse audience base, the ensemble has worked tirelessly to keep the traditions of classical music alive, to spread their appeal and to revisit them from a contemporary sensibility. Their Bowling Green shows will feature a diverse mix of music by Andrew Rindfleisch, Igor Stravinsky, Robert Maggio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Arnold Schoenberg, Astor Piazzolla and more.
Music at the Forefront is an annual concert series featuring performances by accomplished and innovative performers of contemporary music. For more information, contact Director Kurt Doles at 419-372-2685 or by email at email@example.com.