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The 2011 Bowling Green New Music Festival - our 32nd - takes place October 12 –15, 2011. This year’s festival will feature David Lang as special guest composer and guest ensemble Mantra Percussion, as well as performances by BGSU ensembles, faculty, students and guests. Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and the College of Musical Arts, the festival has hosted John Adams, Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Anthony Davis, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, Karel Husa, Joan La Barbara, Paul Lansky, Pauline Oliveros, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Morton Subotnick, Joan Tower, Vladimir Ussachevsky and more than 350 other guest composers and musicians since 1980.
Tentative Schedule of Events
Avant-jazz giant Tony Malaby and his Tamarindo Trio (William Parker, bass and Tom Rainey, drums) will conduct a one-day residency at the College of Musical Arts, culminating with a 7 p.m. performance at the Clazel Theatre in downtown Bowling Green. Tamarindo's residency is sponsored in part by the Department of Jazz Studies.
12:30-2 p.m. - workshop, 1002 Moore Musical Arts Center
3:30-4:30 p.m. - Tony Malaby lecture, 1004 MMAC
7 p.m. - concert, Clazel Theatre
Featured Guest Composer David Lang discusses his works and compositional style.
Innovative music educator and performer Christopher Azzara presents a workshop on creativity and improvisation in the classroom.
Concert 1: "Laws of Nature" 7:30 p.m., Kobacker Hall (free)
A concert featuring the BGSU Percussion Ensemble performing the music of David Lang, plus other works.
A special "after hours" performance of works with and without film at the historic Cla-Zel Theatre in downtown Bowling Green, featuring DMA students, faculty performers from the College of Musical Arts and guest performers.
Hailed by The New York Times as "...finely polished...a fresh source of energy," Mantra Percussion is committed to substantially expanding the future of percussion repertoire by commissioning and performing new, significant works for large percussion ensemble by both prominent and emerging composers to breathe new life into the art. Their aim is for most of these works to engage cross-discipline collaborations to produce evening-length events that look toward a grander artistic vision. Their performance consists of only one work - the U.S. premiere of Michael Gordon's Timber for six percussionists.
Mantra Percussion performs works by students from the Toledo School for the Arts, the culmination of a year-long composition and creativity project sponsored by the Center - the MACCM Institute - followed by a discussion with festival guests about programs cultivating young composers.
Performances by the BGSU Philharmonia, Wind Symphony and Collegiate Chorale
Most events are free and open to the public.
Tickets for the Saturday night concert are available from the Moore Musical Arts Center Box Office, open weekdays noon–6 p.m.
Call (419) 372-8171 or (800) 589-BACH (2224) for tickets.
Parking is available in lots 1 and 16 after 7 p.m. Both these lots are located to the north of the the Moore Musical Arts Center. A one-day visitor’s pass can be obtained from the Visitor’s Information Center, located off Wooster Street in front of the football stadium, if parking is needed before this time. A complete campus parking map is available here.
The Moore Musical Arts Center is located on the BGSU campus at the corner of Willard and Ridge Streets.
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Contact the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at (419) 372-2685
The festival schedule is subject to change.
Presented by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University
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