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

41st Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival
October 15-18, 2020

Featuring guest composer AUGUSTA READ THOMAS
and guest ensemble THIRD COAST PERCUSSION

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 2020, we are proud to feature the music of Augusta Read Thomas, with award-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion. The schedule will be announced during the summer.

The Center accepts scores year-round for consideration on the Bowling Green New Music Festival and performance on other University-sponsored concerts, and runs a call for scores that runs from December-March.

40th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival
October 2019
Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 16

7pm, Donnell Theater, Wolfe Center for the Arts
Miwa Matreyek, presented by the Fine Arts Center Galleries and the School of Art

Thursday, October 17

1pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Composer Talk: Evan Ziporyn

3pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 1:
chamber works by Salvatore Macchia, Phillip Cooke, James Romig, Evan Ziporyn, and Gyorgy Kurtag.

7:30pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 2:
Large ensemble and wind ensemble works by Viet Cuong, Sky Macklay, Emilio Gonzalez, and Nico Muhly, including the world premiere of Evan Ziporyn's Impulse Control for drum set and wind ensemble, commissioned for the Festival.

9:30pm, Clazel Theatre (127 N. Main St., downtown Bowling Green)
Concert 3:
Works by Aaron Israel Levin, Stephen Lilly, Keith Hamel, and Evan Ziporyn.

Friday, October 18

10:30am, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 4:
Chamber works by Michael Fiday, Peder Barret-Due, Anne M. Guzzo, Piotr Szewczyk, Christopher Dietz, Piyawat Louilarpprasert, and Mavis MacNeil.

2:30pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 5:
Works by Anthony Donofrio, David Sampson, Evan Ziporyn, Roger Zare, Ellen Harrison, and Andrew Norman.

8pm, Kobacker Hall

New Music Detroit (NMD) is a collective of musicians dedicated to performing groundbreaking musical works from the late-20th century to the present day. A highly flexible ensemble with a cast of core members and prominent guest artists, NMD performs new and adventurous classical music in a wide variety of settings, for a wide variety of people.

NMD strives to collaborate with the most exciting creative voices of our time and regularly gives performances of rarely-heard works by today's major composers.

Through innovative programming and risk-taking, virtuoso performances, NMD continues to explore new ways of bringing the best of new and experimental music to the City of Detroit. 

NMD presents music by Evan Ziporyn and Amy Beth Kirsten on this program.

Saturday, October 19

2:30pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 7:
Chamber works by Marilyn Shrude, Georgi Dimitrov, Christine Southworth, Kenneth Young, Ivan Moody, and Ana Paola Santillan Alcocer.

8pm, Kobacker Hall
Concert 8:
Orchestral and choral works by Mikel Kuehn, Louis Karchin, John Corigliano, Paul Frucht, and Evan Ziporyn.

Tickets for Saturday night are available here

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