Art News Brief: July 2016


Editor’s note: The original version of this news brief appeared in print in the July issue and had a huge error. The brief stated that the Akron Art Museum was to begin construction of the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden in July. In fact, construction has been underway for quite some time and is almost COMPLETE. The garden opening is July 16, 2016. See below for more information.

Akron Art Museum Opens Bud and Susie Rogers Garden

The Akron Art Museum is enlivening the landscape of the city—both literally and culturally—with the creation of the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. The art museum will manage and program the space, however, the garden will be open to the public and available to visitors for a range of creative activities, such as a trailhead for bicyclists, a picnic and play space for families, an outdoor space for yoga or even an exploration space for urban naturalists.

The garden opens Saturday, July 16. The Akron Art Museum has put together quite the party to celebrate this grand opening, including a dedication brunch with a performance by the Woodwind Quintet (tickets can be purchased here) and an ice cream social for members with performances by Verb Ballets and Singers Companye (registration here), followed by a free public celebration from 2-9 pm with family programming and activities and evening performances by The Del Rios, Shivering Timbers and Wesley Bright.

The garden has been made possible by a lead gift from Rick and Alita Rogers, and will be named in honor of Rick Rogers’ parents, longtime community volunteers and museum supporters, Bruce “Bud” Rogers and his wife, Suzanne “Susie” Rogers.


Marie Bucoy-Calavan, photo by Dennis Roliff
Marie Bucoy-Calavan, photo by Dennis Roliff

New Chorus Director and New Partnerships for ASO

The Akron Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome Marie Bucoy-Calavan as the Akron Symphony Chorus Director. Bucoy-Calavan succeeds Maria Sensi Sellner, who stepped down at the close of the 2015-2016 season. Bucoy-Calavan will prepare the Akron Symphony Chorus for four performances with the Akron Symphony and conduct one stand-alone chorus concert in the 2016-2017 season. Choral highlights of the season include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.


ASO is also excited about new partnerships for the 2016-2017 season. Kicking off on Saturday, September 24, 2016, it is a season of unprecedented community collaboration as the ASO partners with organizations, artists, and children throughout Akron. A collaborative approach to programming is not unusual for the orchestra, but this season takes that approach to a completely new level, with nearly every concert featuring meaningful—and often multi-layered—artistic collaborations.


(Featured image courtesy of Akron Art Museum)