New Music Festival
"Believe it or not, a little town in northwest Ohio is one of the liveliest spots for new music in the whole United States. For 25 years, MACCM has pursued the latest musical ideas and the highest musical standards with fearless vision. Bowling Green students are lucky to have this amazing resource — but so are we all."
—Steven Stucky, 2012
The 2015 Bowling Green New Music
October 21-24, 2015
Featuring guest composer JENNIFER
and FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE
At the heart of the Center’s activities is the renowned New Music Festival. This annual event celebrates the contemporary arts through concerts, panels, art exhibitions, seminars, master classes and papers. Begun in 1980, the festival has hosted John Adams, John Luther 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, David Lang, Paul Lansky, George Lewis, Robert Morris, 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.
In 2015, we are proud to feature BGSU alumna
Higdon and the
Ensemble from Chicago, in addition to many other guest
composers and performers. This year's festival also features guest
performances by percussionist Scott Deal and the Assembly
The Center accepts scores year-round for consideration on the
Bowling Green New Music Festival and perfomance on other
Fifth House Ensemble
2015 Bowling Green New Music Festival
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, October 21
7pm, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, School of Art
Exhibition opening: "DO IT," a collection of performative and instruction-based artworks by some of today's most provocative and acclaimed artists.
Thursday, October 22
1pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Composer Talk: Jennifer Higdon
Jennifer Higdon is a major figure in contemporary Classical music, receiving the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto and a 2010 Grammy for her Percussion Concerto. Higdon enjoys several hundred performances a year of her works, and blue cathedral is one of America’s most performed contemporary orchestral works, with more than 500 performances worldwide since its premiere in 2000. Her works have been recorded on over four dozen CDs. Higdon's acclaimed first opera, Cold Mountain, by based on the best-selling novel by Charles Frazier, was premiered by the Santa Fe Opera in August 2015. Higdon holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Friday, October 23
8pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 6: Fifth House Ensemble
Fifth House Ensemble is one of Chicago’s most imaginative and innovative chamber music groups. Since its inception, Fifth House Ensemble has been committed to the mission of sharing the art of chamber music in a way that is personal, relevant, and entertaining. Their concert will feature music by Dan Visconti, Stacy Garrop and Jennifer Higdon.
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund,
a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National
Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from
the Ohio Arts Council, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.
Saturday, October 24
10:30am, Conrad Choral Room, Wolfe Center for the Arts
Young Composers' Concert
*this is a tentative schedule - concert programs and composers are
subject to change.*