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 the Fifth House 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 Saxophone Quartet.

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's appearance and residencies are made possible in part 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.

Fifth House Ensemble
Fifth House Ensemble
Jennifer Higdon
2015 Bowling Green New Music Festival
Schedule of Events

Tuesday, October 20

4pm, Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main St., BG)
Young Composers Workshop with Fifth House Ensemble.
Contact: Maria Simon (mariasimon@wcdpl.org)


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.

3pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 1:
chamber works by Jennifer Higdon, Tom Beverly, Sean Harold and Steven Mackey.
Higdon: rapid.fire
              Flute Poetic
Harold: Feeling at moments of deathlike being...
Mackey: See Ya Thursday

7:30pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 2:
Ensemble works by Burton Beerman, Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Travers and Murray Gross
Higdon: O magnum mysterium
Beerman: Quintet
Gross: Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
Travers: Concierto de Milonga

9:30pm, Clazel Theatre (127 N. Main St., downtown Bowling Green)
Concert 3:
Works by John Adams, Nicholas Deyoe, Christopher Dietz, Bill Ryan, Kurt Isaacson and James Young
Young: Propaganda
Deyoe: new work
Adams: American Berserk
Dietz: Until the end, my dear
Isaacson: flickering species
Ryan: Simple Lines


Friday, October 23

10:30am, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 4:
Chamber works by Marilyn Shrude, Clint Needham, Jennifer Higdon, Joshua Jandreau and John McCowen
Needham: Mobiles
Jandreau: Kasl
Beverly: Ocotillo
Higdon: Piano Trio
Shrude: energy flows nervously...in search of stillness
McCowen: Mundana for Duo

2:30pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 5:
Works by Bin David Li, Rob Deemer, Jennifer Higdon and Elainie Lillios
Li: Fanfare for the Midwest
Lillios: The Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind
Higdon: Splendid Wood
Deemer: Prolegomenon
Higdon: Zaka!

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.
Garrop: Frammenti
             Silver Dagger
Visconti: Low Country Haze
Higdon: Smash
              Autumn Music

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

2:30pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 7:
Electroacoustic works by Mikel Kuehn, Carolina Heredia, Mark Bunce, Benjamin Taylor, Luigi Nono and Bret Bohman.
Bunce: Schroedinger's Cat
Heredia: Dejate Caer
Bohman: Traces
Nono: ...sofferte onde serene...
Kuehn: Rite of Passage
Taylor: Can You Crack It?

8pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 8:
Orchestral and wind ensemble works by Jennifer Higdon, including her Oboe Concerto (Nermis Mieses, soloist) and Violin Concerto (Caroline Chin, soloist)
Higdon:  Fanfare Ritmico
               Oboe Concerto
               Violin Concerto

Tickets for Saturday night are available at 

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