New Music from Bowling Green

LIVING AMERICAN COMPOSERS: NEW MUSIC FROM BOWLING GREEN is a radio series devoted to living composers and their works. The program originates from the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM), part of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University in Northwest Ohio. Since 1980, MACCM has been hosting some of the biggest names in modern music at the annual New Music Festival. It also sponsors a multi-venue concert series called Music at the Forefront, which shines a spotlight on new and exciting young performers of contemporary music.

Produced by WGTE Public Media and hosted by Brad Cresswell, New Music from Bowling Green draws primarily on live concert recordings from the New Music Festival and Music at the Forefront, 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.

Other highlights include a program of works by recent BGSU grads, and a performance by the BGSU New Music Ensemble recorded live at New York City's celebrated new music cabaret, (Le) Poisson Rouge.

LIVING AMERICAN COMPOSERS: NEW MUSIC FROM BOWLING GREEN is distributed world-wide through The WFMT Radio Network (distribution page can be found here).

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  • Season One, EP 01: Adler; Higdon; Puts; Lang

    In this inaugural episode of NMFBG, we take a roller coaster ride through the mind of Ludwig van Beethoven, courtesy of 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts (pictured). Also, we hear more music inspired by the past, from veteran composer Samuel Adler. Later on, we visit with two other Pulitzer Prize winners, David Lang and Jennifer Higdon — who evokes a luminous, out-of-body experience with her tone poem blue cathedral.

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  • Season One, EP 02: Carter; Luther Adams; Daugherty; Theofanidis

    In this episode of NMFBG, we "Raise the Roof" with Michael Daugherty (pictured) and his tour-de-force of a Timpani Concerto. We also hear an early work by modern music icon Elliott Carter, plus John Luther Adams' hypnotic vision of a deep, dark, sea. Finally, Christopher Theofanidis packs seven hundred years of history into a 12-minute violin concerto.

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  • Season One, EP 03: Ross; Marshall; Huang

    In this episode of NMFBG, Chinese-born composer Huang Ruo (pictured) offers a haunting elegy to his Grandmother, who died in 2004. Also, Ingram Marshall reinvents a popular hymn tune and John Ross sets the intimate, subtle imagery of Iowa's first poet laureate, Marvin Bell.

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  • Season One, EP 04: Jennifer Higdon, part one

    In this episode of NMFBG, we begin our three-episode tour of BGSU alumna Jennifer Higdon's Grammy-winning discography, curated by the composer herself. Jennifer tells us about her early years as a flute major at Bowling Green; how she got her start in composition, and how painting and colors figure prominently in her work.

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  • Season One, EP 05: Jennifer Higdon, part two

    In this episode of NMFBG, we continue our three-part survey of music by BGSU alumna Jennifer Higdon, who gives us the backstory on two of her most popular concertos. We hear Jennifer's Soprano Saxophone Concerto, alongside her classical/bluegrass hybrid Concerto 4-3, written for the crossover string trio Time for Three.

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  • Season One, EP 06: Jennifer Higdon, part three

    In this episode of NMFBG, we conclude our three-part survey of music by Pulitzer prize winner (and BGSU alumna) Jennifer Higdon. We hear two more high-powered concertos, and learn more about her early years at Bowling Green — not just from Jennifer herself, but from acclaimed conductor Robert Spano, who was on faculty at the time.

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  • Season One, EP 07: Godfrey; Shrude; Williams

    In this episode of NMFBG, Tuba virtuoso Velvet Brown (pictured) introduces us to the concert hall music of famed film composer John Williams. Also, Bowling Green faculty member Marilyn Shrude fashions her own virtual reality out of an ever-changing palate of orchestral colors, and we hear from Syracuse-based composer Daniel Strong Godfrey, who uses the colors of the orchestra to trace the light of day from sunrise to dusk.

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  • Season One, EP 08: Osborne; Prangcharoen; Rindfleisch; Meridian Arts

    In this episode of NMFBG, Thomas Osborne takes the poetry of Philip Larkin as a point of departure in his evocative work for prepared piano, And the waves sing because they are moving. Also, we hear a Southeast Asian blend of mystical harmonies which casts the soprano sax in the role of shaman, from Thailand's leading classical composer Narong Prangcharoen. Later on, we visit with the New York-based Meridian Arts Ensemble (pictured), as they put a new spin on some well-known South American tunes.

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  • Season One, EP 09: Samuel Adler

    In this episode of NMFBG, we focus our energies entirely on the music of American composer, author, conductor and teacher Samuel Adler, whose remarkable career has spanned well over half a century. We sample some commercial recordings of his music, alongside a collection of live concert recordings from the New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University.

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  • Season One, EP 10: Live at (Le) Poisson Rouge

    In this episode of NMFBG, we take the show on the road to New York City and the celebrated avant-garde cabaret known as (Le) Poisson Rouge. We hear excerpts from a concert given there in April of 2013, by members of the Bowling Green New Music Ensemble (pictured), including Scarlatti-inspired pieces by Sebastian Courrier. Also, a piano tour-de-force by Christopher Dietz that documents the raucous rehearsal period leading up to the premiere of Stravinsky's infamous Rite of Spring.

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  • Season One, EP 11: Student Composers

    In this episode of NMFBG, we sample the works of young composers at the beginning of their careers — all of whom are recent graduates of Bowling Green State University. We hear music inspired by ancient Chinese art from Timothy Stulman, alongside Cory Keating's As the Night Blooms, inspired by the nocturnal adventures of his vegetable garden. Also, Evan Williams (pictured) transforms a single note into a rich and exotic sound world in his string quartet "GRIME," which filters the avant-garde through a pop music lens.

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  • Season One, EP 12: Stucky; Burhans; Johanson

    In this episode of NMFBG, Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky introduces us to his orchestral song-cycle American Muse, which sets the words of four very different American poets. Also, singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans (pictured) sits in with the JACK Quartet to perform his hypnotic string quartet Contritus, which explores the Catholic Prayer of Contrition.

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  • Season One, EP 13: Heuser; Ryan; Ran; Gann

    In this episode of NMFBG, we explore a wide emotional landscape in music: from a stirring depiction of holocaust survivors perilously making their way to the Promised Land by Shulamit Ran (pictured), to Jeffrey Ryan's haunting setting of a gothic poem which centers around Ophelia, the lovesick young girl who meets a tragic fate in Shakespeare's Hamlet. We'll also hear a hypnotic meditation for chamber ensemble by Kyle Gann, which expands on one of the most mystical and unsettling songs of American iconoclast Charles Ives.

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