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Join us for a Black History Month Concert featuring TSA, Feb. 1
Photo of retired BGSU professor Michael Peslikis

Michael Peslikis is a retired Bowling Green State University music theory professor. With over six decades of experience in the music industry, Professor Peslikis’ knowledge of music genres is quite diverse – from ragtime to blues and even polka.

The Queens, New York native grew up with a piano in his home where his Greek father would invite friends over to play music from their native locales. Thus, his love for piano was cultivated by his father’s friends which would serve him greatly in his career as a musician and educator.

After his days as a budding pianist, he would go on to attend Queens College, majoring in music. Since then he has been teaching and picking up a gig or two around the local music scene. The students at Toledo School for the Arts are very excited to be working with such an experienced and talented musician and educator.

As for the performance, look forward to hearing the debut of an original arrangement or two the professor has written just for us! Thank you, Toledo Lucas County Public Library and Professor Peslikis for collaborating with us!

Black History Month Music Celebration Concert

February 1, 2018 | 3 p.m. | Main Library

TSA - Toledo School for the Arts
TLCPL - Toledo Lucas County Public Library

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Originally posted at http://www.toledolibrary.org/blog/black-history-month-music-celebration-featuring-michael-peslikis-and-the-toledo-school-for-the-arts by Toledo Lucas County Public Library blogger Lainie R.

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Art Students Prepare for Black History Month

Coming in early February, students from the Toledo School for the Arts will kick off Black History Month with a concert at the Main Library. These students are planning a musical collaboration with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and retired BGSU professor, Michael Peslikis.

TSA students rehearsing for Black History Month music concert.

What started off as a school project, has quickly grown into something more. The high school students take time out of their busy schedules once a week to prepare their performance. They meet every Monday, sometimes with Dr. Peslikis, to rehearse and explore black history through musical interactions. Even with so few rehearsals, much progress and individual discovery has taken place. During rehearsals, young musicians delve into the rich history of African American music, sharpening their skills along the way, while learning more about black history.

Toledo School for the Arts rehearsing for music concert.

From 1800’s parlor songs to the blues, a wide range of music will be featured in the February program, and they are already looking forward to the performance. It will be a vibrant showcase of some of the country’s most influential songs, as well as other tunes, which may not be as familiar to the average listener.

The concert will be held at the Main Library (February 2018). Admission is free and the concert is open to the public. We hope you’re just as excited as we are. See you at our Black History Month celebration in February!

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