Groundbreaking artists highlight BGSU New Music Festival

BOWLING GREEN, O.—The 34th annual New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University Oct. 16-19 will showcase nearly 30 guest composers and performers. The four-day international festival includes concerts, lectures and an art exhibition. This year's featured guests include award-winning composer George Lewis, Ensemble Dal Niente and audio artist and performer Pamela Z.

Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM), the College of Musical Arts and the Fine Arts Center Galleries at BGSU, the festival supports the creation of new work and engages both the University and city communities in the process of music appreciation and awareness.

Highlights of this year’s festival include an exhibition of installation works by Lewis, Pamela Z and Terry Adkins at the Fine Arts Center Galleries, world premiere performances of works by Lewis, Mikel Kuehn, Mathew Fuerst, Marcos Balter and Braxton Blake, and several performances by Ensemble Dal Niente, an acclaimed new music ensemble with strong ties to the BGSU College of Musical Arts.

Founded in 1980, the New Music Festival has hosted such notable composers as John Adams, Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, Philip Glass, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower, and more than 400 other guest composers and musicians.

Most festival events are free and open to the public.

Tickets for the final Saturday concert can be purchased at

Online tickets will be available up to midnight the night before the concert. To purchase tickets in person or by phone, call 419-372-8171 or visit the Arts Box Office, located in the Wolfe Center for the Arts, from noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The College of Musical Arts Box Office will be open two hours prior to the performance.

For a complete schedule of events, visit or contact the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at 419-372-2685.

The festival schedule is subject to change.

Updated: 12/02/2017 12:56AM