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 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 2018, 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
39th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival
October 2018
Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 17

Guest Artist Residency: Sha Sha Higby
Performance, 7pm, Donnell Theatre, Wolfe Center
The school is also featuring an exhibition of her costumes Oct. 9-Nov. 4 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. 


Thursday, October 18

1pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Composer Talk: Aaron Jay Kernis

Winner of the 2002 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, 1998 Pulitzer Prize, and 2011 Nemmers Award, Aaron Jay Kernis is one of America's most honored composers. His music appears prominently on concert programs worldwide, and he has been commissioned by America’s preeminent performing organizations and artists, including the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco, Toronto, and Melbourne (AU) Symphonies, Los Angeles and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, Walt Disney Company, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Renee Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Sharon Isbin. Recent and upcoming commissions include his 4th Symphony for the New England Conservatory (for its 150th anniversary) and Nashville Symphony; concerti for violinist James Ehnes, cellist Joshua Roman, violist Paul Neubauer, and flutist Marina Piccinini; a horn concerto for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Grant Park Music Festival; a work for the Borromeo String Quartet; and a piece for the San Francisco Girls and Brooklyn Youth Choruses with The Knights for the New York Philharmonic Biennial.

His works have been recorded on Virgin, Dorian, Arabesque, Phoenix, Argo, Signum, Cedille and many other labels. Recent recordings include his Goblin Market, and Invisible Mosaic II (Signum); Three Flavors, featuring pianist Andrew Russo, violinist James Ehnes and the Albany Symphony with conductor David Alan Miller (Albany); and a disc of his solo and chamber music, On Distant Shores, (Phoenix). Kernis’s conducting engagements include appearances with the Pascal Rioult Dance Company, at major chamber music festivals in Chicago and Portland, and with members of the San Francisco and Minnesota Orchestras and New York Philharmonic.

He is the Workshop Director of the Nashville Symphony Composer Lab and, for 11 years, served as New Music Adviser to the Minnesota Orchestra, with which he co-founded and directed its Composer Institute for 15 years. Kernis teaches composition at Yale School of Music, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Classical Music Hall of Fame. Leta Miller's book-length portrait of Kernis and his work was published in 2014 by University of Illinois Press as part of its American Composer series.

3pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 1:
chamber works by Samuel Adler, Catherine Likhuta, Eric Mandat, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Shulamit Ran.

7:30pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 2:
Large ensemble and wind ensemble works by Jim Stephenson, Steve Reich, Aaron Jay Kernis, Emily Koh, and David Biedenbender.

9:30pm, Clazel Theatre (127 N. Main St., downtown Bowling Green)
Concert 3:
Works by Bret Bohman, Missy Mazzoli, Mark Micchelli, Paulo Guicheney, and Andy Akiho.

Friday, October 19

10:30am, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 4:
Chamber works by Kristin Kuster, Marilyn Shrude, Matthew Ricketts, Dennis Sullivan, and Mikel Kuehn.

2:30pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 5:
Works by Michael Laurello, Rand Steiger, Adam Silverman, Maria Grenfell, and Emily Joy Sullivan.

8pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 6: HUB NEW MUSIC

Hub New Music is  “one of the most talked about younger contemporary classical ensembles” (Oregon ArtsWatch). With its unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello, the ensemble of “intrepids” (WQXR, New York) has been praised for performances of adventurous repertoire that are “gobsmacking and perfectly played” (Cleveland Classical), with the Boston Globe encouraging audiences, "next time the group offers a concert, go, listen, and be changed."

The ensemble celebrates the fluidity and diversity of voices in today’s classical music landscape, and has championed the works of leading composers such as Mason Bates, Matthew Aucoin, Anna Clyne, Kati Agócs, Nico Muhly, Robert Honstein, Laura Kaminsky, Angel Lam, and more. Highlights for the 2018/19 season include festival appearances at the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music Festival (Bowling Green, OH), Sacramento State Festival of New American Music, Blue Sage Arts Center Modern Music Festival (Paonia, CO), and Connecticut Summerfest (Hartford, CT); new quartets by award-winning composers Kati Agócs and Matthew Aucoin; its international debut in mainland Japan with the Silkroad Ensemble’s Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi), and a collaboration with Boston's Urbanity Dance at the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA).

Also fueled by the spirit of collaboration, Hub has brought several large-scale projects into fruition. These include “Matsuri,” an evening length collaboration with shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, and the Asia/America New Music Institute (AANMI); a 25 minute collaborative work with the renown composer/harpist Hannah Lash (spring 2020); a concert-length song-cycle with composer/performer collective Oracle Hysterical entitled Frontier Journals (2020-21); and a choreographed production of its Soul House program presented with Urbanity Dance and the Peabody Essex Museum. For its visionary programming as both a quartet and as collaborative artists, HNM was named one of WQXR’s “10 Cutting-Edge Artists That Have Captured the Imagination,” in 2016 and has been featured in the Boston Globe on multiple occasions. 

Hub New Music is a group of passionate educators whose approach to teaching places contemporary music within the context of a centuries old yet rapidly evolving musical tradition. Working with student performers and composers alike at residencies across the country, HNM trains future generations of contemporary artists and places strong emphasis on arts entrepreneurship as a vital component of a musical education. Hub New Music has held and looks toward residencies at the New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, Lehigh University, Cleveland State University, Washington & Lee University, Texas State at San Marcos, and several others.

Hub New Music owes thanks to its supporters including the Cricket Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, the Florence & Joseph Mandel Family Foundation, Johnstone Fund for New Music, Alice Ditson Fund for Contemporary Music at Columbia University, and New England Conservatory Office of Entrepreneurial Musicianship. The ensemble’s name is inspired by its founding city of Boston and the notion that a hub is a center of innovation. They will perform music by Aaron Jay Kernis (with special guests from the College of Musical Arts), Anna Clyne, and Rob Honstein.

Saturday, October 20

1pm, Choral Room
Panel Discussion: Ryan Ebright leads a panel of composers including Aaron Jay Kernis, Samuel Adler, Catherine Likhuta, and Maria Grenfell in a talk about politics in music.

2:30pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 7:
Chamber works by Aaron Jay Kernis, Ted Hearne, Daniel Felsenfeld, Rob McClure, and Eric Moe.

8pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 8:
Orchestral and large ensemble works by Kory Reeder, Martin Kennedy, John Corigliano, Aaron Jay Kernis and Erkki- Sven Tüür .

Tickets for Saturday night are available here

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