New Music from Bowling Green

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Radio Series

Part of the New Music from Bowling Green initiative is a radio series devoted to living composers and their works. Produced by WGTE Public Media and hosted by Brad Cresswell, Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green draws primarily on live concert recordings from the New Music Festival and Music at the Forefront concert series, as well as commercial recordings featuring the Bowling Green Philharmonia and the BGSU Wind Symphony. Designed with the mainstream classical music listener in mind, the program features audience-friendly modern works that are introduced by their composers. We also hear from the performers who bring those works to life – in some cases, for the very first time.

The list of composers who appear on the series to introduce their own work reads like a Who's Who of Modern Music: Samuel Adler; Caleb Burhans; Sebastian Currier; Michael Daugherty; David Lang; Ingram Marshall; Kevin Puts; Shulamit Ran; Huang Ruo; Steven Stucky, and Christopher Theofanidis, among many others. Also featured is Pulitzer Prize-winner (and BGSU alumna) Jennifer Higdon, who personally takes us on a three-episode tour of her Grammy award-winning discography. A SIXTH season is now in production, and began airing in January 2019. To celebrate this new season, we held a "live" taping of an episode of the show on Sunday, February 10. The performance is archived on the College of Musical Arts YouTube Page.   


More information can be found at the WGTE Web site.

CURRENT PROGRAMS STREAMING FROM PRX:

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Focus On: Caleb Burhans
We spend the hour with composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and all-around modern music Renaissance man, Caleb Burhans.

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Festival 2015 Roundup
We hear “live in concert” performances from the 36th annual New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University.

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Focus On: Evan Chambers
Composer and BGSU alumnus Evan Chambers takes us on a tour of his extraordinary chamber cantata “The Old Burying Ground,” inspired by his life-long fascination with graveyard walks and epitaph spotting.

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Composer's Choice: Jennifer Higdon
Composer and BGSU alumna Jennifer Higdon shares favorite works by her colleagues in a program which pays tribute to one of her former teachers, longtime BGSU band director Mark Kelly.

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Focus On: Vicky Chow
We spend an hour with visionary pianist Vicky Chow, who takes us through her latest recording & performance projects.

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Composer's Choice: Jennifer Higdon II
Composer and BGSU alumna Jennifer Higdon introduces more favorite works by some of her celebrated composer colleagues, including Pulitzer winner Kevin Puts.

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Composer Tracks
Composers and performers with BGSU connections join us to introduce their own recordings.

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In Performance: Fifth House Ensemble
Composers Stacy Garrop, Jennifer Higdon, and Dan Visconti join us for a “live in concert” performance from one of the top groups on the modern music scene, the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble.

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Composer's Choice: Marilyn Shrude
Composer and longtime BGSU faculty member Marilyn Shrude recounts the composers whose work has had a direct and profound influence on her own art.

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Composer Tracks II
More contemporary recordings are introduced by their respective composers: Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly, and Avner Dorman.

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Composer's Choice: Samuel Adler
Veteran composer and educator Sam Adler introduces music by his former composition students Kevin Puts and Barbara Harbach.

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Focus On: Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
BGSU alumni and a powerful force in contemporary classical music, the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble joins us to introduce their new album "Hushers."

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Composer's Choice: Samuel Adler II
Celebrated composer and educator Samuel Adler returns with more from his former composition students Kevin Puts and Christopher Theofanidis.

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Close Up with Jennifer Higdon
Composer and BGSU Alumna Jennifer Higdon co-hosts this episode, which features her own works plus the first installment in her 6-part subseries “Living Women Composers.”

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Close Up with Jennifer Higdon II
Composer and BGSU Alumna Jennifer Higdon co-hosts this episode, which features her own works plus the second installment in her 6-part subseries “Living Women Composers” with composer Libby Larsen.

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Festival 2016 Roundup
We hear concert performances from the 2016 New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University. Also, Jennifer Higdon profiles the music of Marilyn Shrude in the next installment of her subseries “Living Women Composers.”

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Festival Redux
We revisit performances from season one of NMBG with fresh introductions by their respective composers. Also, Jennifer Higdon pays tribute to Joan Tower in her ongoing subseries “Living Women Composers.”

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Festival Redux II
We revisit more performances from season one of NMBG with fresh introductions by their respective composers. Also, Jennifer Higdon presents music by Andrea Clearfield as part of her subseries “Living Women Composers.”

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Fresh Tracks
We sample new albums with Bowling Green connections, including the latest from the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. Also, the final installment in Jennifer Higdon’s 6-part subseries, “Living Women Composers.”

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In Residence: Roomful of Teeth
We hear a program inspired by cutting-edge vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth’s 2017 residency at Bowling Green State University, introduced by RoT founder Brad Wells and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw.

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Close Up with Michael Daugherty
Multi Grammy-winning composer Michael Daugherty takes us on a backstage tour of his musical career, providing the stories behind some of his best-known works.

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Close Up with Michael Daugherty II
Multi Grammy-winning composer Michael Daugherty takes us on a backstage tour of his musical career, providing the stories behind some of his best-known works.

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Music at the Forefront: Spektral Quartet
We spend the hour with the Chicago-based visionary ensemble Spektral Quartet and some of the works created just for them, including selections from a recent “Music at the Forefront” concert at Bowling Green State University.

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Close Up with Kathleen Supové
We visit with action-packed performance artist/keyboardist (and force behind The Exploding Piano) Kathleen Supové, and sample her discography – including a work she brought to Bowling Green State University in 2015.

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In Concert: New Music Gathering 2017
We hear concert performances from the contemporary music world’s premiere conference, the annual New Music Gathering, which in 2017 was held at Bowling Green State University.

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In Concert: GVSU New Music Ensemble
We hear a concert performance from the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, made up entirely of works commissioned by the group and introduced by their director, Bill Ryan. Part of the 2017 New Music Gathering at Bowling Green State University.

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Higdon on Higdon
Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon co-hosts this episode, introducing her music and profiling her composing colleague Maria Schneider.

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Higdon on Higdon II
Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon co-hosts this episode, introducing her music and profiling her composing colleague Caroline Shaw.

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Festival at the Forefront
We hear live performances from both the 2017 New Music Festival and Music at the Forefront concert series at Bowling Green State University. Also, Jennifer Higdon presents music by her composer colleague Gabriela Lena Frank.

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Fresh Tracks
We sample new and recent recordings from artists with Bowling Green connections. Also, Jennifer Higdon’s Living Women Composers feature profiles Gabriella Smith.

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Dead White Man Music
Composer and BGSU grad Evan Williams introduces his harpsichord concerto, "Dead White Man Music," which reflects on the state of diversity in classical music. Also, up next in Jennifer Higdon’s Living Women Composers series: Meredith Monk.

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BGSU Roundup
We sample the discography of composers and performers with BGSU connections. Also, Jennifer Higdon profiles her composing colleague Stefania de Kenessey in "Living Women Composers."

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Focus On: Karl Larson
Acclaimed contemporary pianist and BGSU grad Karl Larson introduces selections from his solo discography and recordings with his trio Bearthoven. Also, Jennifer Higdon offers a "Living Women Composers" profile of Vivian Fung.

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In Concert: Latitude 49
Dynamic new music ensemble Latitude 49 performs in concert at Bowling Green State University. Also, music by Roshanne Etezady, introduced by her composing colleague Jennifer Higdon.

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In Concert: Latitude 49 (part two)
We continue our live concert performance from Latitude 49 at Bowling Green State University. Also, Jennifer Higdon offer her latest "Living Women Composers" profile: Missy Mazzoli.

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In Memoriam Matt Marks
We pay tribute to one of the most compelling voices in new music, Matt Marks, who passed away unexpectedly in 2018 at age 38. Joining us for this episode are three people who knew Matt well: conductor Alan Pierson (Alarm Will Sound); singer Mellissa Hughes, and pianist Kathleen Supové.

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Focus On: Conspirare
Inspired by their 2018 appearance at Bowling Green State University, we spend the hour with the Austin-based Grammy award-winning choral ensemble Conspirare. Also, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon introduces music by fellow Pulitzer winner Julia Wolfe.

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NMBG Live!
The first part of a “live in concert” version of the show hosted by Brad Cresswell at Bowling Green State University. Also, composer and BGSU grad Jennifer Higdon profiles fellow composer Cindy McTee.

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NMBG Live! (part two)
The second part of a “live in concert” version of the show hosted by Brad Cresswell at Bowling Green State University. Also, composer and BGSU grad Jennifer Higdon profiles composing icon Joan Tower.

Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green - Video Sampler

A quck recap of some highlights from past seasons of NMBG.