New Music from Bowling Green


Faculty and graduate students from Bowling Green State University’s renowned contemporary music program performed at Constellation in Chicago (3111 N. Western Ave.) with a program of new music by Marcos Balter, Louis Andriessen, George Lewis, Stephen Hartke, BGSU faculty composer Christopher Dietz, Marc Mellits and Monte Weber. The concert took place on Sunday, April 13 at 8:30 p.m., and is presented as part of the Frequency Series, a regular new music showcase curated by Peter Margasak.

Watch the performances here!

For more information about Constellation in Chicago visit there website: http://www.constellation-chicago.com.

Participating faculty from the College of Musical Arts include pianists Laura Melton and Thomas Rosenkranz, flutist Conor Nelson, violinist Stephen Miahky, clarinetist Kevin Schempf, and graduate student saxophonists Matthew Younglove and Noa Even, flutist Elise Roy, guitarist Ariel Kasler, tubist Aaron Hynds, percussionist Zeca Lacerda, and pianist Stephanie Titus. Also participating are three recent graduates of the DMA program in Contemporary Music, saxophonist Jeffrey Heisler, pianist I-Chen Yeh and percussionist Isabelle Huang Streng.

In April of 2013 a group performed at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. The program from that concert is available here, and an archived internet broadcast of the concert is avaliable from WQXR's Q2 "New York Now" series here.

Radio Series

Also part of the New Music from Bowling Green initiative is a radio series devoted to living composers and their works. Produced by WGTE Public Media and hosted by Brad Cresswell, New Music from Bowling Green draws primarily on live concert recordings from the New Music Festival and Music at the Forefront concert series, as well as commercial recordings featuring the Bowling Green Philharmonia and the BGSU Wind Symphony. Designed with the mainstream classical music listener in mind, the program features audience-friendly modern works that are introduced by their composers. We also hear from the performers who bring those works to life – in some cases, for the very first time.

The list of composers who appear on the series to introduce their own work reads like a Who's Who of Modern Music: Samuel Adler; Caleb Burhans; Sebastian Currier; Michael Daugherty; David Lang; Ingram Marshall; Kevin Puts; Shulamit Ran; Huang Ruo; Steven Stucky, and Christopher Theofanidis, among many others. Also featured is Pulitzer Prize-winner (and BGSU alumna) Jennifer Higdon, who personally takes us on a three-episode tour of her Grammy award-winning discography.

The radio series homepage can be viewed here.