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 Festival
October 21-24, 2015

Featuring guest composer JENNIFER HIGDON


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 Jennifer Higdon and Fifth House Ensemble from Chicago.

The Center accepts scores year-round for consideration on the Bowling Green New Music Festival and perfomance on other University-sponsored concerts.

Fifth House Ensemble
Fifth House Ensemble
Jennifer Higdon
2014 Bowling Green
New Music Festival
Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 15

6pm, Willard Wankelman Gallery, Fine Arts Center
Exhibition/performance: SOUND/SCULPTURE,
featuring art works by Nathalie Miebach, Harry Bertoia and more. Artist talks by Celia Bertoia and Nathalie Miebach start at 6, with short performances by the Combustible Arts Ensemble and Kusuma Sari Balinese Gamelan at 7.


Thursday, October 16

1pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Composer Talk: Paul Dresher
Paul Dresher is an internationally active composer noted for his ability to integrate diverse musical influences into his own coherent and unique personal style. He pursues many forms of musical expression, including experimental opera and music theater, chamber and orchestral composition, live instrumental electro-acoustic music performances, musical instrument invention, and scores for theater, dance, and film. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2006-07, he has received commissions from the Library of Congress, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, the Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Symphony, California EAR Unit, Zeitgeist, San Francisco Ballet, Walker Arts Center, University of Iowa, Meet the Composer, Seattle Chamber Players, Present Music, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music America, National Flute Association, and the American Music Theater Festival. He has performed or had his works performed throughout North America, Asia, and Europe at venues including New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic the Munich State Opera, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, Arts Summit Indonesia ‘95, Festival Interlink in Japan, and five New Music America Festivals. Dresher has also worked extensively with many choreographers including Margaret Jenkins, Brenda Way/ODC San Francisco, Nancy Karp & Dancers, Wendy Rogers Dance Company, and Allyson Green Dance.

3pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 1:
chamber works by Lou Harrison, Elliott Schwartz, William Dougherty, Pablo Chin, Jenni Brandon and Steven Snowden.

7:30pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 2:
Ensemble and choral works by Paul Dresher, Morgan Krauss, Reiko Fueting, Christopher Dietz, Tetsuya Yamamoto and Libby Larsen.

9:30pm, Clazel Theatre (127 N. Main St., downtown Bowling Green)
Concert 3:
Works by Ian Dicke, Paul Dresher, Robert Erickson, James Romig and Amy Beth Kirsten.


Friday, October 17

10:30am, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 4:
Chamber works by Paul Dresher, Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Mikel Kuehn, Christopher Chandler and Elainie Lillios.

2:30pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 5:
Chamber works by Nathan J. Stumpff, Garth Knox, James Romig, Gregory Mertl and Sebastian Currier.

4:30pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Talk: Jeffrey Nytch, "The Entrepreneurial Symphony"

8pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 6: Paul Dresher Ensemble: Double Duo
- works by Paul Dresher, Martin Bresnick and John Cage.


Saturday, October 18

10:30am, Conrad Choral Room, Wolfe Center for the Arts
Young Composers' Concert

2:30pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 7:
Electroacoustic and chamber works by Matthew Harder, Takuma Itoh, Jeffrey Nytch, HyeKyung Lee and Christopher Biggs.

8pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 8:
Orchestral and wind ensemble works by Marilyn Shrude, Hong-Da Chin, Paul Dresher and Kevin Walczyk.


*this is a tentative schedule - concert programs and composers are subject to change.*