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Composition Area News
Oct 11, 2018 5:36 PM BGSU Tuba/Euphonium Professor to premiere Tuba Concerto
On Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater, Toledo Symphony Music Director Alain Trudel will lead a breathtaking program that brings together three famous Russian composers: Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, and Stravinsky. The concert on Saturday evening also features the world premiere of Samuel Adler’s Tuba Concerto performed by the Toledo Symphony’s very own David Saltzman who is also the Tuba and Euphonium instructor at Bowling Green State University.
Sep 25, 2018 2:09 PM The 39th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival – October 17-20, 2018
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio —The 39th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival will showcase the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers October 17-20. The four-day international festival includes concerts, lectures and an art exhibition. This year's featured guests include Pulitzer Prize and Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, the ensemble Hub New Music, and artist Sha Sha Higby.
Sep 18, 2018 1:41 PM Ethnomusicologist Christopher Witulski's new book explores spirit possession ceremonies in Morocco
Christopher Witulski's new book, The Gnawa Lions: Authenticity and Opportunity in Moroccan Ritual Music, is now available from Indiana University Press as a part of the Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa series.
Sep 6, 2018 6:01 PM Composer Marilyn Shrude to be featured at the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music
Composer Marilyn Shrude will be featured at the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music on September 9 and 20, 2018.
May 9, 2018 2:05 PM Congratulations to Dr. Mikel Kuehn on recent accomplishments
Congratulations to Dr. Mikel Kuehn on the following recent accomplishments!
Apr 5, 2018 1:53 PM Alum Sears wins National Competition
Brian Sears (MM 2016) won first prize in the highly competitive 2018 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission competition, co-sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and the Society for ElectroAcoustic Music in the United States.
Feb 26, 2018 2:30 PM Composition Faculty Dr. Elainie Lillios to visit Marshall University as a featured guest composer
Composition faculty Dr. Elainie Lillios will visit Marshall University as the featured guest composer of their annual New Music Festival, March 1-2, 2-18.
Feb 6, 2018 1:59 PM Mantra Percussion to perform in Kobacker Hall February 19
Percussion sextet Mantra Percussion returns to BGSU for a concert on Monday, February 19 at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center as part of the Music at the Forefront concert series sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. The concert is free and open to the public.
Christopher Dietz - "SCATTER"
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