Acclaimed jazz guitarist Mike Stern will headline the 2018 Orchard Guitar Festival at BGSU.  ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌
Monday, September 24, 2018  
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Mike Stern by Sandrine Lee
Jazz guitar great happy to return to BGSU
Mike Stern headlines Orchard Guitar Festival

Acclaimed jazz guitarist Mike Stern, who first made his mark in the early 1980s playing with Miles Davis, will headline the 2018 Orchard Guitar Festival at Bowling Green State University.

The festival will take place Sept. 29 and 30 at the Moore Musical Arts Center, and also features guitarists Adam Schlenker and Jack Petersen.

To contemporary jazz guitar aficionados, Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats of his generation. He is a player of remarkable facility whose searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity. Stern launched his solo career in 1985, and has released 17 recordings as a band leader, including six Grammy-nominated albums.

“I love to meet with music students,” Stern said. “It’s really fun, especially at BGSU. I’ve been there a couple of times over the years, back when (retired professor of jazz guitar) Chris Buzzelli was still teaching there. Usually, I learn more from the students, but I love doing whatever I can do in terms of helping them out.

“I’ll probably play a little bit at the teaching clinic, but do more talking because I like to keep it kind of loose so everyone is comfortable and can ask questions. I’ll try to get everybody involved as much as possible. It’s fun and I hope certainly informative for other guitar players.”


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First provost candidate to visit Tuesday

Following a national search, the first of four finalists for the position of provost and senior vice president for academic affairs will visit campus Tuesday (Sept. 25) and hold her open forum for the University community. Each candidate will address "The Future of Public Higher Education," and there will be time for questions from attendees. The forums will also be live streamed and recorded and may be viewed by logging in to MyBGSU.
  • Dr. M. Beth Fisher Ingram, professor of economics at North Dakota State University, will hold her open forum from 3-4 p.m. Sept. 25 in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.
  • Dr. Joe Benjamin Whitehead, Jr., senior adviser for research for the University of North Carolina System, will hold his forum from 3-4 p.m. Oct. 4 in 206 Union.
  • Dr. Christopher Keil McCord, acting executive vice president and provost at Northern Illinois University, will hold his forum from 3-4 p.m. Oct. 9 in 206 Union.
  • Dr. Susan R. Stapleton, dean of the Graduate College at Western Michigan University, will hold her forum from 3-4 p.m. Oct. 18 in 206 Union.
The University community is encouraged to attend the forums and to provide the search committee their thoughts and impressions by returning the evaluation form for the respective candidates.

Each finalist's curriculum vitae, along with evaluation forms, is posted on the provost search site.

Photographer presents ARTalk tonight

Gregory Halpern, a former Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the 2016 Photobook of the Year, will present a free talk at 5 p.m. today in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

The Rochester Institute of Technology professor is known for his unerring eye for beauty, yet his photographs also focus on the contradictions and unlikely occurrences in that beauty.

Halpern has published five books, including his Photobook of the Year winner, “Zzyzx,” a collection of photographs of Los Angeles. He holds a B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. Prior to teaching at RIT, he taught at California College of the Arts, Cornell University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Harvard and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

His talk is presented by the BGSU School of Art.