BGSU NEW MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL DIVES DEEP INTO CONTEMPORARY WORKS
Award-winning composer Dai Fujikura and the highly regarded Spektral Quartet will be among the contemporary-music luminaries at the 37th annual New Music and Art Festival Oct. 19-22. The BGSU festival provides northwest Ohio audiences an opportunity to engage with international artists at the leading edge of new music and art.
Organized by BGSU’s MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, College of Musical Arts and Fine Arts Center Galleries, the four-day event will showcase works by more than 30 composers in eight concerts, along with panel discussions, composer talks and a groundbreaking multimedia exhibit. Most events are free.
Opening at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, “The Deathworks of May Elizabeth Kramner” is a recreation by the Poyais Group of outsider artist Kranmer’s (1867-1977) private lifework, a tent version of the town where she lived, with each tent representing someone who had died. Discovered by a team of anthropologists after her death but then lost in a fire, the installation was remade by the Poyais Group (Jesse Ball, Thordis Bjornsdottir, Olivia Robinson and Jesse Stiles) based on notes by one of the original anthropologists. The exhibit will be on view through Nov. 21. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.
Fujikura will open the music portion of the festival with a composer talk at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. His compositions will be played at three concerts that day and at other times throughout the festival, including in a Spektral Quartet concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Center.