Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green

Bowling Green New Music Ensemble
 

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"Magnetic North for new music lovers points to Bowling Green, Ohio."

— David Lang, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in music

For the last 35 years, hundreds of composers, performers, and lovers of contemporary music have descended annually on a small college town in Northwest Ohio for a singular event: the New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Home to the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, BGSU also sponsors a multi-venue concert series called Music at the Forefront, which shines a spotlight on new and exciting young performers.

Hosted by Brad Cresswell, New Music from Bowling Green features live concert recordings from the New Music Festival and Music at the Forefront, alongside the commercial discography of related composers, alumni, and BGSU faculty. Designed with the mainstream classical listener in mind, the program provides an invaluable look at what's new in American music today.

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New Music from Bowling Green is sponsored by the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, produced by WGTE Public Media and distributed internationally by The WMFT Radio Network and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Since launching in October 2013, the program has been heard by nearly two million listeners on more than 160 radio stations world-wide.

In Performance: Fifth House Ensemble

Fifth House Ensemble Fifth House Ensemble (http://fifth-house.com/)

Composers Stacy Garrop, Jennifer Higdon, and Dan Visconti join us for a “live in concert” performance at Bowling Green State University, featuring one of the top groups on the modern music scene, the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble.

Music heard in this episode (all performances by Fifth House Ensemble, recorded live in concert on October 23, 2015):

Stacy Garrop: Silver Dagger

Jennifer Higdon: Autumn Music

Dan Visconti: Low Country Haze

Stacy Garrop:Frammenti

Dan Visconti:Soundings (excerpt)

Audio Teaser: Dan Visconti introduces Low Country Haze.

Microphone Listen  •  3:20

Composer Tracks I

Evan Williams Composer Evan Williams

Composers and performers with BGSU connections join us to introduce their own recordings, with contributions from Nathan Davis, Missy Mazzoli, Evan Williams, David Lang, and Mark Bunce.

Music heard in this episode:

Nathan Davis: Like Sweet Bells Jangled
International Contemporary Ensemble
New Focus 120

Missy Mazzoli: Still Life with Avalanche
eighth blackbird
Cedille 133

Evan Williams: Heavy
Levels
(from Still, 2016 self-release)

David Lang: again (after ecclesiastes)
Theater of Voices/Hiller
Harmonia Mundi 807496

Mark Bunce: Schrödinger’s Cat
John Sampen, alto saxophone (plus electronics)
AMP Records 016

Nathan Davis: An outside with an inside in it (excerpt)
Tony Arnold, soprano
International Contemporary Ensemble
Starkland 223

Audio Teaser: Evan Williams talks about Heavy.

Microphone Listen  •  3:00

Composer's Choice: Jennifer Higdon, Part Two

Kevin Puts by David White Kevin Puts by David White

Composer and BGSU alumna Jennifer Higdon shares more of her favorite works by her colleagues Anna Clyne, Dan Visconti, and Kevin Puts.

Music heard in this episode:

Anna Clyne: Prince of Clouds
Curtis 20/21 Ensemble
Jennifer Koh & Jaime Laredo, violins
Cedille 146

Kevin Puts: Symphony No. 4, From Mission San Juan: Healing Song
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Alsop
Harmonia Mundi 907580

Dan Visconti: Lonesome Roads
Horszowski Trio
Bridge 9386

Jennifer Higdon: Cold Mountain: Come Back to Me (excerpt)
Isabel Leonard, soprano; Nathan Gunn, baritone
Santa Fe Opera Orchestra/Harth-Bedoya
Pentatone 5186 583

Audio Teaser: Jennifer Higdon introduces music by Kevin Puts.

Microphone Listen  •  4:00

Focus On: Vicky Chow

Vicky Chow by Kaitlin Jane Vicky Chow by Kaitlin Jane

We spend an hour with visionary pianist and Music at the Forefront guest Vicky Chow, who takes us through her latest recording & performance projects.

Music heard in this episode:

Andy Akiho: Vick(i/y)
Vicky Chow, prepared piano
New Amsterdam NWAM 083

Molly Joyce: Rave
Vicky Chow, piano with electronics
New Amsterdam NWAM 083

Daniel Wohl: Bones
Vicky Chow, piano with electronics
New Amsterdam NWAM 083

Michael Gordon: Sonatra
Vicky Chow, piano in just intonation
Cantaloupe Digital

Audio Teaser: Vicky Chow on her "dark side" (background music: Daniel Wohl, Bones).

Microphone Listen  •  3:00

Composer’s Choice: Jennifer Higdon, Part One

Jennifer Higdon by J.D. Scott Jennifer Higdon by J.D. Scott

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.

Music heard in this episode:

Joseph Schwantner: From a Dark Millennium
North Texas University Wind Ensemble/Corporon
Gia 657

Joel Puckett: The Shadow of Sirius: Into the Cloud
Amy Porter, flute
University of Michigan Symphony Band/Haithcock
Equilibrium 100

Jennifer Higdon: Fanfare Ritmico
BGSU Wind Symphony/Moss

Kristin Kuster: Two Jades
Xiang Gao, violin
University of Michigan Symphony Band/Haithcock
Equilibrium 100

Audio Teaser: Jennifer Higdon introduces Schwantner's From a Dark Millennium.

Microphone Listen  •  2:00

Focus On: Evan Chambers

Evan Chambers by Brad Cresswell Evan Chambers by Brad Cresswell

University of Michigan composer and BGSU alumnus Evan Chambers takes us a personal tour of his extraordinary cantata "The Old Burying Ground" – a setting of simple yet powerful texts taken from old epitaphs, which are paired with modern poems.

Music heard in this episode:

Evan Chambers: selections from The Old Burying Ground

Introduction/And Pass From Hence Away
Nancy Eliza/Pompeii/Emma
O Say Grim Death
A Bar So Pure/Uncut Grass/O Drop On My Grave
Paths of Peace

University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra/Kiesler
Tim Eriksen, folksinger; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Anne-Carolyn Bird, soprano
Dorian Sono Luminus 92113

Audio: Listen to the entire episode (posted with permission).

Microphone Listen  •  59:00

Festival Roundup

Heredia Carolina Heredia by Michael Black

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

Music heard in this episode:

Carolina Heredia: Déjate Caer
Caroline Chin, violin with electronics

Aaron Travers: Concierto de Milonga (world premiere)
Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu, piano
BGSU New Music Ensemble/Dietz

Jennifer Higdon: O magnum mysterium
BGSU Collegiate Chorale/Cloeter
Charles Gibb and Gabriel Gutierrez, flutes
Sam Fronk, percussion

Jennifer Higdon: Splendid Wood
BGSU Marimba Ensemble/Schupp

Audio Teaser: Carolina Heredia and Déjate Caer.

Microphone Listen  •  9:27

Focus On: Caleb Burhans

Caleb Burhans Caleb Burhans by Timothy Saccenti

We spend an hour with composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans as he shares his music.

Music heard in this episode (all composed by Caleb Burhans):

No
Roomful of Teeth
New Amsterdam 041

The Things Left Unsaid
Tarab Cello Ensemble
Cantaloupe 21094

Excelsior
Fifth House Ensemble
Cedille 148

Audio Teaser: Caleb Burhans introduction.

Microphone Listen  •  1:05