Monday, October 19, 2015  
New Music and Art Festival begins Oct. 21 | Calligraphy scrolls exhibit opens
Fifth House Ensemble

36th annual New Music and Art Festival begins Oct. 21

Jennifer Higdon
The 36th annual Bowling Green New Music and Art Festival will showcase the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers Wednesday–Saturday (Oct. 21–24). The four–day international festival includes concerts, lectures and an art exhibition. This year's featured guests include Fifth House Ensemble and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer and BGSU alumna Jennifer Higdon.

Higdon is one of America's most acclaimed and frequently performed living composers. Her most recent project is an opera based on the best–selling novel "Cold Mountain," by Charles Frazier. It premiered to sold–out performances by the Santa Fe Opera in August of 2015 and will travel to Opera Philadelphia, Minnesota Opera and North Carolina Opera in the next two seasons.

The Chicago–based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by The New York Times for its "conviction, authority, and finesse." Having pioneered the art of narrative chamber music with its signature series "Black Violet," "The Weaver's Tales" and "In Transit," Fifth House's innovative programs engage audiences through their connective programming and unexpected performance venues.

On the art side, "DO IT: A Partcipatory Exhibition," opens at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 21) in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, with works by Yoko Ono, Hannah Weinberger, Max Neuhaus and more. The exhibition runs through Nov. 19.

Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM), the College of Musical Arts and the Fine Arts Center Galleries, the festival supports the creation of new work and engages both the University and city communities in the process of music appreciation and awareness.

Founded in 1980, the New Music Festival has hosted such notable composers as John Adams, Milton Babbitt, John Cage, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Philip Glass, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower, and more than 400 other guest composers and musicians.

Most festival events are free and open to the public. View a complete schedule of events.

Calligraphy scrolls exhibition opens at Fine Arts Center

"Shodo/Brush Writing: Calligraphy Scrolls from the BGSU Asian Studies Collection" will be on display through Nov. 15 in the Willard Wankelman Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibition features 30 calligraphy scrolls by contemporary Japanese masters of the traditional art.


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Falcon BEST Robotics set to compete

Teams from 15 area high schools and middle schools and one from Indiana will demonstrate their robotics skills during the third annual Falcon BEST Robotics Game Day on Oct. 24 at the University.

The day's events, which are free and open to the public, begin with a welcome and parade of robots at 9 a.m. in the Stroh Center. The competition will begin at 9:30 a.m. with awards around 2:30 p.m., as the teams and their robots master Pay Dirt 2015, a competition of skill and strategy.