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.


We aren't going to be able to meet in person, isn't quite our normal NMF experience, but we will not be deterred; we will continue with pre-recorded concert and interview offerings that will be released starting in mid-October.
These offerings will include an interview with featured guest composer Augusta Read Thomas, a special performance by Third Coast Percussion, and three concert presentations by our own intrepid faculty and students, including works by Stephen Hartke, Evan Williams, Gemma Peacocke, Matthew Evan Taylor, Tony Manfredonia, Marilyn Shrude, Julius Eastman, Inez McComas, Hong-Da Chin, Tie Zhou, Pablo Gomez-Estevez, Mikel Kuehn, Joseph Klein, Jlin, Tyondai Braxton, and Philip Glass...and of course our featured guest Augusta Read Thomas including the WORLD PREMIERE of Con Moto, a new work for Third Coast!

Watch this space for more details, we'll be announcing specific details as we can confirm things!

Thanks for sticking with us as we enter our fifth decade of the Bowling Green New Music Festival!