Fifth House Ensemble
36th annual New Music and Art Festival begins Oct. 21
The 36th annual Bowling Green New Music and Art Festival will showcase the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers Wednesday–Saturday (Oct. 21–24). The four–day international festival includes concerts, lectures and an art exhibition. This year's featured guests include Fifth House Ensemble and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer and BGSU alumna Jennifer Higdon.
Higdon is one of America's most acclaimed and frequently performed living composers. Her most recent project is an opera based on the best–selling novel "Cold Mountain," by Charles Frazier. It premiered to sold–out performances by the Santa Fe Opera in August of 2015 and will travel to Opera Philadelphia, Minnesota Opera and North Carolina Opera in the next two seasons.
The Chicago–based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by The New York Times for its "conviction, authority, and finesse." Having pioneered the art of narrative chamber music with its signature series "Black Violet," "The Weaver's Tales" and "In Transit," Fifth House's innovative programs engage audiences through their connective programming and unexpected performance venues.
On the art side, "DO IT: A Partcipatory Exhibition," opens at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 21) in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, with works by Yoko Ono, Hannah Weinberger, Max Neuhaus and more. The exhibition runs through Nov. 19.
Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM), the College of Musical Arts and the Fine Arts Center Galleries, the festival supports the creation of new work and engages both the University and city communities in the process of music appreciation and awareness.
Founded in 1980, the New Music Festival has hosted such notable composers as John Adams, Milton Babbitt, John Cage, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Philip Glass, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower, and more than 400 other guest composers and musicians.
Most festival events are free and open to the public. View a complete schedule of events.