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The 38th annual Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival will showcase the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers and includes concerts, composer talks and an art exhibition and lecture. Featured guests include composers Steven Mackey and Sarah Kirkland Snider, Chicago-based ensemble Latitude 49, and vocalist Shara Nova.
The 8 p.m. Oct. 21 concert is $7, all other events are free.
For a complete schedule of events, visit festival.bgsu.edu or contact the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at 419-372-2685.
Bluffton University will host a fall choral concert featuring the University Chorale and Camerata Singers at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Yoder Recital Hall.
Natalie Mallis, visiting assistant professor of music, will conduct the concert in collaboration with university accompanists Ana Yoder Coulter and Benjamin Crook. The music of Palestrina, Handel, Debussy and Durufle will be featured.
This event is free. An offering will be taken for music scholarships.
The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts will welcome Irma Thomas, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet for the Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans tour at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.
Tickets range from $35 to $55 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office, at marathoncenterarts.org, or by calling 419-423-2787. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
According to Allmusic.com, Irma Thomas was dubbed the “unrivaled Soul Queen of New Orleans” by the city officials. Her recordings include “You Can Have My Husband (But Don’t Mess with My Man),” “It’s Raining,” “Ruler of My Heart,” “Break-a-Way,” “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand),” and “Time Is on My Side,” which went on to become a hit for the Rolling Stones.
With a recording career spanning 58 years, she won her first Grammy Award when her 2006 album, “After the Rain,” was named best contemporary blues album. As Don McLeese wrote in his review of that album, “Most singers who have been recording as long as Thomas resort to tricks, mannerisms, and show-off displays, but she remains the anti-diva, a stylist of exquisite understatement whose every note rings true and hits home.”
Hailed as “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone, the Blind Boys of Alabama first rose to fame in the segregated South with their vocal harmonies and roof-raising live show. They released their debut single, “I Can See Everybody’s Mother But Mine” on the iconic Veejay label in 1948, launching a 70-year recording career that would see them rack up five Grammy Awards, enter the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, collaborate with everyone from Mavis Staples and Stevie Wonder to Prince and Lou Reed, and perform on the world’s most prestigious stages.
Their latest album, “Almost Home,” grew out of the recognition that the band’s original lineup is down to just two remaining survivors: longtime group leader Clarence Fountain and current leader Jimmy Carter. Both men were born in Alabama during the Great Depression, and while Carter is still active and regularly touring with the group, Fountain’s health precludes him from traveling much these days, though he does appear on the album.
The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet represents a tradition that started in 1961 when Preservation Hall first opened in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The band comprises some of the most revered alumni of the hall, many of whom have toured the world with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for decades.
For more information, visit www.allmusic.com and www.blindboys.com.
A benefit concert and live auction for Derek “Troll” Leonard will be held from 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 28 at Dave’s Hideaway, 1730 Lima Ave.
In 2012, Leonard, of Findlay, was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrpysin Deficiency, a rare condition that affects the liver and lungs. He is currently awaiting a new liver and hopes to have the transplant in the next few months.
The event will feature music by the Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaws, an auction and 50/50 raffle at 8 p.m.
The Sojourner Quartet will perform a Veterans Day concert, “God and Country,” with the help of Susan Kayser on the piano. The quartet is a southern gospel group that sings with professional musician tracks recorded at Chapel Valley Studios in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee.
Members are Isaac Steinhour (tenor and Findlay High School graduate), Mark May (Findlay native, baritone and member since 1992), Larry Counterman (bass and Indiana resident), and Jeff McGlade (lead and Findlay resident since 1984). The concert will include patriotic favorites like “America The Beautiful” and “God Bless America” along with a tribute to the armed forces. Veterans will be admitted free and their seats can be reserved.
Brent Neuenschwander, First Presbyterian Church director of music, will present a concert of organ music in the church sanctuary as part of its 2017 Artist Series. The concert will feature music from composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach and Charles-Marie Widor. In addition, Neuenschwander will perform a special variation set on the national anthem. A free-will offering will be received.
Styx, the Chicago-based band that rose to top-hit status in the 1970s and ’80s with songs that included “Lady,” “Come Sail Away” and “Blue Collar Man,” is making a stop in Lima this fall. The band draws from over four decades of barn-burning chart hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts.