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 2018 Bowling Green New Music & ART Festival
October 17-20, 2018

Featuring guest composer AARON JAY KERNIS
and guest ensemble HUB NEW MUSIC

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, Dai Fujikura, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, Jennifer Higdon, Karel Husa, Joan La Barbara, David Lang, Paul Lansky, George Lewis, Steven Mackey, Robert Morris, Pauline Oliveros, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Bright Sheng, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Steven Stucky, Morton Subotnick, Joan Tower, Vladimir Ussachevsky and more than 400 other guest composers and musicians.

In 2017, we are proud to feature the music of the amazing Aaron Jay Kernis, with featured enesemble HUB New Music. Further details will be posted here as programs are developed!

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


Aaron Jay Kernis
HUB New Music
38th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival
October 2017
Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 18

6 p.m. // Room 204 Fine Arts Center
ARTalk: Michael Fox (BFA 2013) -  “Subjectivity in a Data-Driven Culture”   
Wednesday, October 18
Followed by a reception for the artist in the West Wing Gallery of the Fine Arts Center.
Using data-driven technology development as a platform, Subjectivity in a Data-Driven Culture explores how art can provide a context for subjective realities in a culture where apathy augments a singular ontology. In this situation, what is the responsibility of the artist?
Michael Fox is a Los Angeles-based artist researching the use of natural aesthetics to inform subjective conclusions. He graduated with a BFA in Digital Arts from BGSU in 2013 and a MFA in Art and Technology Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Working directly with innovators from research organizations such as Northwestern University’s Cognitive Science Department, The Chin Lab at the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University’s Medical Robotics team, he explores how evolving technology can be utilized to alter space and produce objects that invoke questions about social change. Michael is also this year’s New Music & Art Festival visiting artist.
Sponsored by the BGSU Galleries and the College of Arts & Sciences.Followed by a reception for the artist in the West Wing Gallery of the Fine Arts Center.

Thursday, October 19

1pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Composer Talk: Sarah Kirkland Snider and Steven Mackey

Deemed "one of the decade's more gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers" (Pitchfork), composer Sarah Kirkland Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative that has been hailed as "rapturous" (The New York Times), "haunting" (The Los Angeles Times), and "strikingly beautiful" (Time Out New York). With an ear for both the structural and poetic, Snider's music draws upon a variety of influences to render a nuanced command of immersive storytelling.
Snider's works have been commissioned and performed by some of the most prestigious orchestras, ensembles, and soloists throughout the world, including the San Francisco, Detroit, Indianapolis, and North Carolina Symphonies, the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, and the American Composers Orchestra; violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, percussionist Colin Currie, and vocalist Shara Nova (formerly Worden); Ensemble Signal, The Knights, yMusic, and Roomful of Teeth, among many others. Her music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and at festivals including BAM Next Wave, Aspen, Ecstatic, Sundance, NY Festival of Song, and Zurich's Apples & Olives. Penelope, her song cycle for mezzo and orchestra (or chamber ensemble), has been performed over forty times in the United States and Europe.

Steven Mackey was born in 1956, to American parents stationed in Frankfurt, Germany.  He is regarded as one of the leading composers of his generation and has composed for orchestra, chamber ensembles, dance and opera. He has received numerous awards including a Grammy in 2012. His first musical passion was playing the electric guitar in rock bands based in northern California.  He blazed a trail in the 1980's and 90's by including the electric guitar and vernacular music influence in his concert music and he regularly performs his own work, including two electric guitar concertos and numerous solo and chamber works. He is also active as an improvising musician and performs with his band Big Farm.

3pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 1:
chamber works by Carl Schimmel, John Liberatore, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Tom Schnauber, Braxton Blake, and Drew Baker.

7:30pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 2:
Large Ensemble works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Steven Mackey, David Dzubay, Jennfier Jolley, and Mikel Kuehn, with special guest Shara Nova.
Not many people can front a rock band, sing Górecki’s Third Symphony, lead a marching band processional down the streets of the Sundance film festival and perform in a baroque opera of their own composing all in a month’s time. But Shara Nova can.

Her multi faceted career as My Brightest Diamond, which began with an acclaimed independent rock record, has reflected her journey into the world of performing arts. This Is My Hand, her fourth album, marks a confident return to rock music, one informed by her mastery of composition and a new exploration into the electronic.

Born in diamond rich Arkansas and then raised all around the country, Nova came from a musical family of traveling evangelists. She went on to study operatic voice and then classical composition after a move to New York City.

Shara began issuing recordings as My Brightest Diamond in 2006, following a protean period in the band AwRY, and joining Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoisemakers live ensemble. Asthmatic Kitty Records released her debut album, Bring Me The Workhorse in 2006, A Thousand Sharks’ Teeth in 2008, and 2011’s All Things Will Unwind, which featured songs written for the chamber ensemble yMusic.

In between MBD, well known fans became collaborators, and collaborative projects amassed. Highlights include singing in Laurie Anderson’s 2008 show “Homeland,” delivering guest vocals on The Decemberists’ 2009 Hazards of Love album and subsequently joining them on tour, performing in Bryce and Aaron Dessner’s multimedia presentation “The Long Count,” singing and recording for Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang and singing in Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Penelope” and “Unremembered.” Shara has also worked with David Byrne (on his concept musical “Here Lies Love”), Fat Boy Slim, Bon Iver and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

9:30pm, Clazel Theatre (127 N. Main St., downtown Bowling Green)
Concert 3:
Works by Stephen Lilly, Frank Felice, Du Yun, Kate Soper, Amanda Schoofs, and Kevin Ernste.

Friday, October 20

10:30am, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 4:
Chamber works by Janice Misurell-Mitchell, Ingrid Stölzel, Daniel Bayot, Marilyn Shrude, Erin Rogers, and Steven Mackey.

2:30pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 5:
Works by Cydonie Banting, James Romig, Michael Eckert, Robert Gibson, Ao Xiang, Kevin Puts, and Steven Mackey.

8pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 6: LATITUDE 49

Latitude 49 is a Chicago based mixed-chamber group blending the finesse of a classical ensemble with the drive and precision of a finely tuned rock band. With members coming together from across the United States and Canada, L49 epitomizes a diverse, unconventional family of sounds, instruments, and human experiences. The group is Ensemble in Residence at the Kenosha Creative Space, and previously at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Michigan. They have presented numerous concerts each season in major venues including the Ravinia Festival (Chicago), (le) Poisson Rouge (NYC) and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Music Box. More than thirty works have been written for L49 so far by a multitude of composers ranging from aspiring students to Pulitzer prize-winning masters. With commissioning and supporting living composers at the heart of its mission, L49 strives to engage diverse audiences with new sounds and specially curated programs that reflect the world in which we find ourselves, with all its beauty and curiosities. With its name taken from the parallel that serves as the Canadian/United States border, Latitude 49 serves as a bridge between artists, composers, and listeners of today. Their concert will feature music by Steven Mackey, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Mark Kilstofte, Gabriela Smith, and Christopher Cerrone.

Saturday, October 21

2:30pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 7:
Electroacoustic works by Kyong Mee Choi, Asha Srinivasan, Mike McFerron, Scott Miller, Jay C. Batzner, and Konstantinos Karathanasis.

8pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 8:
Orchestral and percussion works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Steven Mackey, Richard Cornell, Christopher Dietz, and Gabriella Lena Frank.

Tickets for Saturday night are available here

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