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 45th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival
OCTOBER 18-20, 2024

Featuring guest composer PAOLA PRESTINI
special performances by cellist JEFFREY ZIEGLER

Click on each link to view a program (live now, 10/18!).

COMPOSER TALK: Marcos Balter
1:30 p.m., Thursday, October 19 - Bryan Recital Hall

  • CONCERT #1
    3:30 p.m., Thursday, October 19 - Bryan Recital Hall
    Marcos Balter - Wicker Park      
    Garrett Evans, saxophone

    Missy Mazzoli - A Flourish of Green        
    Carolyn Anderson, "Silvana"
    Jonathan Kroeger, "Lorenzo"
    Sandra Coursey, piano

    Martin Rokeach - Big Talker
    Andrew Pelletier, horn

    Ned Rorem - Suite for Flute, Cello and Piano (I, III)
    Shannon Lotti, flute; Anthony Marchese, cello; Stephen Eckert, piano

  • CONCERT #2
    8 p.m., Thursday, October 19- Kobacker Hall
    New Music Ensemble and Graduate Percussion Quartet
    Catherine Likhuta - a place that is yours
    Stephen Downing - (when we) fade
    Marcos Balter - Bladed Stance
    Piyawat Louilarpprasert - Smelly Tubes


    Wind Symphony
    Cyntha Wong - Mech Mania (wp)
    Viet Cuong - Moxie
    James Stephenson - Symphony no. 4

  • CONCERT #3
    10:30 a.m., Friday, October 20 - Bryan Recital Hall
    Terri Sánchez - Dragon
    Terri Sánchez, flute

    James Johnston - Fuzzy Math
    Caroline Chin, violin; James Johnston, piano

    Piyawat Louilarpprasert - Fly
    John Sampen, soprano saxophone

    Tristan Murail - Résurgence; La Sorgue à Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
    Stephen Eckert, piano

    Marcos Balter - Descarga
    Jacob Koch, percussion

  • CONCERT #4
    2:30 p.m., Friday, October 20 - Bryan Recital Hall
    Steven Mark Kohn - The Old Things (wp)
    Keith Phares, baritone; Kevin Bylsma, piano

    Christopher Dietz - Force Majeure (wp)
    Stephanie Titus, piano

    Marcos Balter - Landscape of Fear
    Garrett Evans and Sam Valancy, sopranino saxophones

    Jeffrey Mumford - Two Elliot Carter Tributes
    Marcos Balter - False Memories
    Solungga Liu, piano

    Anthony R. Green - Collide-oscope IV
    Leah Asher - Letters to my Future Self
    Maya Bennardo, violin; Hannah Levinson, viola

  • CONCERT #5
    8 p.m., Friday, October 20 - Kobacker Hall
    Marcos Balter - Meltdown Upshot
    Carola Bauckholt - Pacific Time
    Michelle Lou - To care for the bodies of the dead (wp)

  • CONCERT #6
    2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 21 - Bryan Recital Hall
    Miguel del Aguila - Summer Song
    Dwight Parry, oboe - Solungga Liu, piano

    Brian Mark - What you Seek: A Song Cycle based on 3 Rumi Texts (wp)
    Keri Lee Pierson and Carolyn Anderson, sopranos
    Brian Mark, electronics

    Marilyn Shrude - Lost in My Garden
    Yu-Fang Chen, violin - Peter Opie, cello

    James Romig - A Circle With Many Centers
    Dan Piccolo, Nick Fox, Jacob Koch, vibraphone

  • CONCERT #7
    8 p.m., Saturday, October 21 - Kobacker Hall
    Collegiate Chorale
    Jake Runestad - Ritual,  (2022)
    Jeffrey Derus - I Will Go (2016)
    Saunder Choi - A Journey of Your Own (2021)
    Sydney Guillaume - Ay’bobo Pou Yo (2020)
    Katerina Gimon - Fire from “Elements” (2018)

    DMA Students, with THE Modern Dance Company
    Ned Rorem - Songs of Sadness (1994)


    BGSU Philharmonia

    Marcos Balter - Orun
    Samuel Adler - Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra
          David Saltzman, tuba soloist
    Missy Mazzoli - Orpheus Undone

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Featured Artists

Marcos Balter


Praised by The Chicago Tribune as “minutely crafted” and “utterly lovely,” The New York Times as “whimsical” and “surreal,” and The Washington Post as “dark and deeply poetic,” the music of composer Marcos Balter (b.1974, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is at once emotionally visceral and intellectually complex, primarily rooted in experimental manipulations of timbre and hyper-dramatization of live performance.

Past honors include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Music Award, fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and the Tanglewood Music Center (Leonard Bernstein Fellow), two Chamber Music America awards, as well as commissions from the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Chicago Symphony Music Now, The Crossing, Meet the Composer, Fromm Foundation at Harvard, The Holland/America Music Society, The MacArthur Foundation, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Recent performances include those at Carnegie Hall, Köln Philharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, ArtLab at Harvard University, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Hall, Teatro Amazonas, Sala São Paulo, Park Avenue Armory, Miller Theater, Villa Medici, Teatro de Madrid, Bâtiment de Forces Motrices de Genève, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago. Recent festival appearances include those at Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Acht Brücken, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Aspen, Frankfurter Gesellschaft für Neue Musik, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, and Banff Music Festival. Past collaborators include the rock band Deerhoof, dj King Britt and Alarm Will Sound, yMusic and Paul Simon, Claire Chase and the San Francisco Symphony, the International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Orquestra Experimental da Amazonas Filarmonica, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra, and conductors Karina Canellakis, Susanna Malkki, Matthias Pintscher, and Steven Schick.

His works are published by PSNY (Schott), and commercial recordings of his music are available through New Amsterdam Records, New Focus Recording, Parlour Tapes+, Oxingale Records, and Navona Records.

He is the Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition at Columbia University, having previously held professorships at the University of California San Diego, Montclair State University, and Columbia College Chicago, visiting professorships at the University of Pittsburgh, Northwestern University, and the University of Pennsylvania, and a pre-doctoral fellowship at Lawrence University. He currently lives in Manhattan, New York.

Dal Niente


           Ensemble Dal Niente performs new and experimental chamber music with dedication, virtuosity, and an exploratory spirit. Flexible and adaptable, Dal Niente’s roster of 26 musicians presents an uncommonly broad range of contemporary music, guiding listeners towards music that transforms existing ideas and subverts convention. Audiences coming to Dal Niente shows can expect distinctive productions—from fully staged operas to multimedia spectacles to intimate solo performances—that are curated to pique curiosity and connect art, culture, and people.
    Now in its second decade, Ensemble Dal Niente has performed concerts across Europe and the Americas, including  appearances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC; The Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico City; Radialsystem Berlin, MusicArte Festival in Panama City; The Library of Congress and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; The Americas Society; and the Darmstadt Summer Courses in Germany. Dal Niente is the recipient of the 2019 Fromm Music Foundation prize, and was the first-ever ensemble to win the Kranichstein prize for interpretation in 2012. The group has recordings available on the New World, New Amsterdam, New Focus, Navona, Parlour Tapes+, and Carrier labels; has held residencies at The University of Chicago, Harvard University, Stanford University, Brown University, Brandeis University, and Northwestern University, among others; and collaborated with a wide range of composers, from Enno Poppe to George Lewis to Hilda Paredes to Roscoe Mitchell.
    The ensemble's name, Dal Niente ("from nothing" in Italian), is a tribute to Helmut Lachenmann's Dal niente (Interieur III), a work that upended traditional conceptions of instrumental technique; and also a reference to the group’s humble beginnings. This is Dal Niente's second guest appearance at the New Music Festival, previously featured in 2013.

About the Festival

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.

See our Media page for archived performances from 2020 and 2021.

NMF Production Team:

Festival Director: Kurt Doles
MACCM Assistant: Pedro Reis Amaral
Manager of Recording Services: Michael Laurello
Technical Director: Keith Hofacker
Assistant Manager of Recording Services: Marco Mendoza
Coordinator of Public Events: Theresa Clickner
Dean, College of Musical Arts: William Mathis

Special Thanks to:
The MACCM Advisory Committee
Dan Piccolo & the BGSU Percussion Studio
All our volunteers

Updated: 03/21/2024 10:24AM