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 42nd Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival
OCTOBER 21-23 2021
Featuring guest composer AUGUSTA READ THOMAS
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, Aaron Jay Kernis, 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, Evan Ziporyn and more than 400 other guest composers and musicians.
In 2021, we are AGAIN proud to feature the music of Augusta Read Thomas, with featured performers Michael Hall (viola) and Marianne Parker (piano).
2021 New Music Festival Program Book
See our Media page for archived performances from 2020.
COMPOSER TALK: Augusta Read Thomas
1:30 p.m., Thursday, October 21 - Bryan Recital Hall
3:30 p.m., Thursday, October 21 - Kobacker Hall
Music by Andrew Sigler, Augusta Read Thomas, Turkar Gasimzada, Yotam Haber, and Edwin Roxburgh.
8 p.m., Thursday, October 21 - Kobacker Hall
Wind ensemble music and large chamber works by Piyawat Louilarpprasert, Michael Gilbertson, Omar Thomas, Marilyn Shrude, Adam Har-Zvi, and inti figgis-vizueta.
2:30 p.m., Friday, October 22 - Kobacker Hall
Music by Augusta Read Thomas, Bernard Rands, Robert Morris, Hannah Lash, and Cory Brodack.
8 p.m., Friday, October 22 - Kobacker Hall
Michael Hall (viola) and Marianne Parker (piano)
Music by Pierce Gradone, Augusta Read Thomas, Sharon Hartanto, Francine Trester, Stacy Garrop, and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst.
2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 23 - Kobacker Hall
Music by Viet Cuong, Third Coast Percussion, Augusta Read Thomas, Nebal Maysaud, and David Leisner.
8 p.m., Saturday, October 23 - Kobacker Hall
Orchestral and choral music by Augusta Read Thomas, Jake Runestad, Jocelyn Hagen, Shulamit Ran, Gity Razaz, and Cynthia Wong. Tickets for this event are available here.