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Residency by Composer and Pianist Harold Budd Continues Toledo Museum of Art’s Legacy of Presenting Music

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Genre-defying artist and composer Harold Budd. Photo by Matthew Budd.

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) welcomes genre-defying artist Harold Budd to its classical concert hall and galleries for an artist residency that brings together music and visual art within the setting of the Museum’s unique performance spaces and world-class permanent collection. Budd will give a master class at Bowling Green State University on Oct. 5, and a rare career spanning concert on Oct. 6. A scheduled artist talk on Oct. 7 is sold out.


Great Performances: Harold Budd

Saturday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Artist Talk and 8 p.m. Performance in the Peristyle Theater

On Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. in the PeristyleBudd will perform several world premieres, including Petits Souffles – a new work for celeste and string quartet, the six parts of which were inspired by visual art from the first half of the 20th century – as well as other newly-composed and reworked pieces for keyboard and string ensemble and compositions from early in his career. Budd will be joined by the TSOMA Ensemble, a group of Toledo-area musicians that include for this concert violinists Merwin Siu and Cheryl Trace (both members of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra), violist Kalindi Bellach (a graduate of BGSU’s doctoral program in music performance), and cellist Brian Snow (Assistant Professor at BGSU). The performer lineup also includes Grammy award-winning percussionist Sean Connors (Third Coast Percussion). A pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. will offer a chance for the audience to hear Budd share his creative process and the visual inspiration behind Petits Souffles

Tickets are $15 for Museum members, $35 for nonmembers and can be purchased in advance at  or by phone during Museum hours at (419) 255-8000 ext. 7448. This concert is supported in part by Robert and Rose Wagner with additional support from the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

Parking at the Museum is free for members and $7 for nonmembers.

Music in the Peristyle

Harold Budd, over the course of his more than 50-year career, has composed and recorded in classical, neo-classical, jazz and avant-garde styles, and his numerous solo and collaborative albums have gained him a devoted worldwide following. Budd’s Peristyle concert continues the musical legacy of Toledo Museum of Arts’ premier concert space, which opened in 1933 thanks to the vision and financial support of the museum’s co-founder Florence Scott Libbey. That first Peristyle concert was presented by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. In 1935 composer Igor Stravinsky performed his own works on piano with violinist Samuel Dushkin. In addition to Budd, Peristyle pianos have been played by Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and many legendary soloists. Recent music-based projects at TMA have included The Roedelius Cells, an eight-channel audio installation by internationally-acclaimed, Toledo-based composer, producer, and recording artist Tim Story.

The Harold Budd Residency

Budd will begin his TMA residency by spending time in the permanent collection galleries, initiating a creative process that will lead to new compositions. On Friday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. Budd will teach a master class for students and faculty of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University sharing compositional, improvisational and performance techniques and processes. The master class is open to the public and will take place in Kobacker Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center at BGSU. Admission is free.

“This is truly an unprecedented residency for the Toledo Museum of Art,” said Scott Boberg, TMA manager of programs. “As a composer and performer, Harold is often inspired by art, architecture and physical spaces. To have him working in the Museum, a place with its own unique combination of classical and modern influences, is a marvelous tribute to Harold’s legendary career and a continuation of the museum’s century-long legacy of presenting music.”