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“Firmly rooted in traditional klezmer folk tunes, David Krakauer’s ensemble ‘hurls the tradition of klezmer music into the rock era.’ ” –The New York Times
Klezmer Madness! Saturday, September 29, 2012 Kobacker Hall | 8 p.m. David Krakauer, klezmer clarinet and guests The Festival Series opens with the joyful, celebratory sounds of Klezmer Madness! featuring the new wave music of clarinetist David Krakauer and his ensemble. His music defies being labeled; instead, he enjoys diverse artistic collaborations with such performers and composers as Dawn Upshaw, Itzak Perlman, John Zorn, John Cage, Danny Elfman and Socalled. Krakauer is both a master of Eastern European Jewish klezmer music and a major voice in classical music. He has appeared with the Tokyo, Kronos, Orion, and Emerson string quartets, plus as soloist with orchestras internationally. In December 2009, he premiered a new klezmer-inspired concerto written for him by the young Polish composer Wlad Marhulets. Major appearances of Klezmer Madness! have included Carnegie Hall and the Venice Biennalle.
Early Holiday Friday, November 30, 2012 Kobacker Hall | 8 p.m. New York Polyphony presents I Sing the Birth Begin the holiday season early with the New York Polyphony (NYP) in their holiday program, I Sing the Birth. Establishing a reputation as one of the world’s finest a cappella vocal ensembles, NYP was praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” by National Public Radio. The four men of NYP apply not only refined musicianship and interpretive detail but also a uniquely modern sensibility to its varied repertoire, which ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary works. Hailed as a “stunning tour through chant, polyphony and renaissance harmonies” by Minnesota Public Radio, the group’s most recent CD Tudor City spent three weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard’s classical album chart. The ensemble has participated in major concert series and festivals throughout the U.S., Mexico and Europe. NYP has been heard on Public Radio International, Minnesota Public Radio and National Public Radio. Recent engagements include a residency at Dartmouth College and the premiere of the Missa Charles Darwin, a newly commissioned secular Mass setting based on texts of Charles Darwin by composer Gregory Brown, at a TEDx event in Woods Hole, Mass. In December 2011, New York Polyphony made its national television debut on “The Martha Stewart Show.”
“Dignified or passionate, hushed or exultant, they perform everything with an expressive intensity that commands attention.” –Fanfare Magazine
Duo Brilliance Saturday, February 9, 2013 Kobacker Hall | 8 p.m. Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, duo pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Rice are perhaps the most thrilling young piano duo performing today. They offer adrenalized classical concerts that are revolutionizing the duo experience for the 21st century. The Steinway Artists bring their joyous camaraderie and refined artistry to the concert stage, dazzling audiences around the world as a four-hand and two-piano team. Their performance is described by ThirdCoast Digest as “the intense synchronization of genius.” Graduates of The Juilliard School, Anderson and Roe are featured on the Sounds of Juilliard CD celebrating the school’s centennial year. The duo has appeared on NPR and MTV, toured extensively across North America (and beyond), and performed in nearly every New York City venue imaginable, from Carnegie Hall to children’s hospitals. The duo released their debut album, “Reimagine,” in 2008, and their music videos have been viewed millions of times on YouTube alone. Anderson & Roe, who believe strongly in the communicative potential of music, aim to make classical piano music a relevant and powerful force in society.
“Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers transposed from the dance floor to the keyboard…” –The Southampton Press
“The ensemble, made up of operatic voices from around the country, produces a sound of such sumptuous power, energy and commitment that one is hard put to find words worthy of the effect they make on an audience.” –The Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Celebrate the Negro Spiritual Saturday, February 23, 2013 Kobacker Hall | 8 p.m. American Spiritual Ensemble In honor of Black History Month, celebrate the Negro spiritual with the American Spiritual Ensemble. Comprised of some of the finest classically trained singers in the United States, the mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive. Since its inception by Dr. Everett McCorvey in 1995, the vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic repertoire ranging from spirituals to classical to jazz and Broadway numbers highlighting the black experience. The American Spiritual Ensemble is unique in that more than 90 percent of the members are accomplished soloists who have sung in theaters and opera houses world wide, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and abroad in Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland, Spain and Japan. The resulting sound of this group is something that choral groups with two or three featured soloists cannot duplicate. The American Spiritual Ensemble has presented diverse concerts throughout the U.S., Europe and South America and has toured Spain twelve times presenting more than 100 concerts.
Music from South Africa Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Kobacker Hall | 8 p.m. Hugh Masekela, trumpet and vocals Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela closes the 2012-13 Festival Series. An innovator in the world music and jazz scene, active as a performer, composer, producer and activist, this iconic artist is best known for his integral role in Paul Simon’s tour behind the classic album Graceland. Masekela’s Grammy award-winning hit Grazing in the Grass sold over 4 million copies and made him an international star. He has collaborated with numerous artists in the U.S., Africa and Europe including Miriam Makeba, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte and Herb Albert. Masekela also co-created the Broadway smash musical Sarafina that introduced the sounds and passion of South African music to theater audiences worldwide. Masekela’s work as an activist raised international awareness of the South African government’s restrictive Apartheid policies. In the 1980s, Masekela’s hit song Bring Him Back Home became an anthem for the Free Nelson Mandela movement. Articulate and brilliantly musical in a number of genres, Masekela has been a defining force in world music and the struggle for human rights both in Africa and around the world.
“Masekela seems to speak through his horn–conveying every imaginable sound and emotion–and uses his voice in a similar way.” –The Guardian
ticket Information Encircle the World! Choose from our traditional series, single tickets or group tickets! Traditional Series Attend all five concerts and pick your seats! This series is ideal for the seasoned subscriber who enjoys that special seat in Kobacker Hall. Available now. Adult Student GOLD (Mezzanine) $157 SILVER (Main Floor A-T) $119 $55 BRONZE (Main Floor U-Y/Bal) $99
Single Tickets Individual tickets for individual concerts This selection is ideal for those who only want to attend a concert or two. (Please note: single ticket prices and additional handling fees: $3 handling fee per order.) GOLD $38 $38 $32 $38 $38
Klezmer Madness! New York Polyphony Anderson and Roe American Spiritual Ensemble Hugh Masekela
SILVER $29 $29 $24 $29 $29
BRONZE $24 $24 $19 $24 $24
STUDENT $12 $12 $12 $12 $12
Group Tickets Save by purchasing tickets for groups of 10 or more for individual concerts in the silver section. Call the Moore Center box office for group ticket prices for that concert. Single and group tickets will be available Sept. 17 for Klezmer Madness. Single and group tickets will be available Oct. 1 for remaining series events. To order tickets contact the Moore Center Box Office at 419-372-8171 or 1-800-589-2224.
All Festival Series performances are at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall located in the Moore Musical Arts Center on the BGSU campus. Free parking is available in Lots C, 16, 1 and 18.
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