Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green

Bowling Green New Music Ensemble
 

Airs locally Friday 8 - 9 p.m.
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"Magnetic North for new music lovers points to Bowling Green, Ohio."
— David Lang, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning composer

For nearly four decades, 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 musicians.

Produced by WGTE Public Media and hosted by Brad Cresswell, Living American Composers: 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 adventurous classical listener in mind, the program features audience-friendly works that are introduced by their respective composers and performers.

Recent highlights include an ongoing feature called Living Women Composers, which is curated and hosted by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer (and BGSU alumna) Jennifer Higdon. We also offer in-depth profiles of cutting edge groups including Latitude 49, Conspirare, Roomful of Teeth, Alarm Will Sound, and the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University.

Besides Jennifer Higdon (who also serves as occasional co-host), other composers and performers include multi Grammy Award-winner Michael Daugherty, “The Exploding Pianist” Kathleen Supové, Pulitzer winners David Lang and Kevin Puts; Bearthoven frontman Karl Larson, and the highly-acclaimed Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble among many others.

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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 through 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 worldwide.

NMBG Live! (Part Two)

NMBG Live!

The second half 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 composer icon Joan Tower.

Music heard in this episode:

Christopher Dietz: Actias
Caroline Chin, violin; Brian Snow, cello
live concert performance

Nick Zoulek: Rushing Past Willow
Nick Zoulek, saxophone
live concert performance

Joan Tower: No Longer Very Clear: Or Like a…an Engine
Ursula Oppens, piano
Joan Tower: Instrumental Music
Naxos 8.559215

Aaron Jay Kernis: Two Movements (with Bells) - Excerpt
Laura Melton, piano; Caroline Chin, violin
live concert performance

Audio Clip: Jennifer Higdon introduces music by Joan Tower.

Microphone Listen  •  1:35

NMBG Live! (Part One)

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.

Music heard in this episode:

Kristin KusterRain Chain
Dan Piccolo, vibraphone
live concert performance

David T. Littlethe earthen lack
Brian Snow, cello
live concert performance

Cindy McTee: Circuits
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Cindy McTee: Symphony No. 1
Naxos 8.559765

Mikel Kuehn: Double Labyrinth
Kenneth Cox, flute; Henrique Batista, marimba
live concert performance

Audio Clip: Jennifer Higdon introduces music by Cindy McTee.

Microphone Listen  •  1:21

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.

Music heard in this episode:

Craig Hella Johnson: Considering Matthew Shepard: Cattle, Horses, Sky and Grass; I am Like You/We Are All Sons (part two); In Need of Breath
Conspirare
Considering Matthew Shepard
Harmonia Mundi HMU 807638

Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer: Characteristics
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Trio Mediaeval
Steel Hammer
Cantaloupe Music CA21099

Craig Hella Johnson: Considering Matthew Shepard: Epilogue
Conspirare
Considering Matthew Shepard
Harmonia Mundi HMU 807638

Audio Clip: Craig Hella Johnson talks about the use and influence of Bach in Considering Matthew Shepard.

Microphone Listen  •  2:08

In Memoriam Matt Marks

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; singer Mellissa Hughes, and pianist Kathleen Supové.

Music heard in this episode:

Matt Marks: A Song for Wade (This Is Not That Song)
Alarm Will Sound
Concert Performance

The Beatles
  arr. Matt Marks: Revolution 9
Alarm Will Sound
Modernists
Cantaloupe Music CA21117

Matt Marks:  I Like Stuff
Melissa Hughes, Girl
Matt Marks, Boy
The Little Death, Vol. 1
New Amsterdam Records NWAM020

Matt Marks:  Jesus Loves Me
Melissa Hughes, Girl
Matt Marks, Boy
The Little Death, Vol. 1
New Amsterdam Records NWAM020

Matt Marks: Dr. Gradus vs. Rev. Powell
Kathleen Supové, piano
The Debussy Effect
New Focus Recordings FCR170

Audio Clip: Alan Pierson talks about his early memories of Matt Marks in Alarm Will Sound.

Microphone Listen  •  3:03

In Concert: Latitude 49 (Part Two)

Latitude 49 Latitude 49

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.

Music heard in this episode:

Christopher Cerrone: Double Happiness
Latitude 49
live concert performance
NMF 38 (2017)

Sarah Kirkland Snider: You Are Free
Latitude 49
live concert performance
NMF 38 (2017)

Missy Mazzoli: Cathedral City
Melissa Hughes, vocalist
Victoire
Cathedral City
New Amsterdam Records NWAM025

Steven Mackey: Micro-Concerto
Latitude 49
live concert performance
NMF 38 (2017)

Audio Clip: Jennifer Higdon introduces music by Missy Mazzoli.

Microphone Listen  •  1:47

In Concert: Latitude 49 (Part One)

Latitude 49 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.

Music heard in this episode:

Gabriella Smith: Number Nine
Latitude 49
live concert performance
NMF 38 (2017)

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Ballade
Latitude 49
live concert performance
NMF 38 (2017)

Roshanne Etezady: Damaged Goods: IV. Eleventh Hour
eighth blackbird
meanwhile
Cedille Records CDR133

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Thread and Fray
Latitude 49
live concert performance
NMF 38 (2017)

Mark Kilstofte: Ballistic Etude 3.1
Latitude 49
live concert performance
NMF 38 (2017)

Garrett Schumann: A Five-Note Chord, seen from the porch of a curious mind
Latitude 49
Curious Minds
L49 Records

Audio Clip: Sarah Kirkland Snider talks about the New Music Festival at BGSU.

Microphone Listen  •  :31

Focus on: Karl Larson

Karl Larson Karl Larson

Acclaimed contemporary pianist and BGSU grad Karl Larson introduces selections from his discography. Also, Jennifer Higdon offers a Living Women Composers profile of Vivian Fung.

Music heard in this episode:

Robert Honstein: Grand Tour: Lagoon
Karl Larson, piano
An Economy of Means
New Focus Recordings FCR202

Anthony Vine: From a Forest of Standing Mirrors
Bearthoven
Trios
Cantaloupe Music CA21129

Shelley Washington: Silk
Bearthoven
Live Concert Performance

Vivian Fung: Glimpses: Kotekan
Conor Hanick, prepared piano
Dreamscapes
Naxos 8.573009

Scott Wollschleger: We See Things That Are Not There
Karl Larson, piano
Matt Evans, vibraphone
American Dream
Cantaloupe Music CA21145

Ken Thomson: Restless: II. Forge
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Karl Larson, piano
Restless
Cantaloupe Music CA21124

Audio Clip: Karl Larson talks about coming up with the name "Bearthoven."

Microphone Listen  •  1:41

BGSU Roundup

Ryan Muncy Ryan Muncy "Hot" Album Cover

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.

Music heard in this episode:

Baljinder Sekhon: Gradient
Jeffrey Heisler, alto saxophone
I-Chen Yeh, piano
Gradient
AMP Records AMPREC017

Mikel Kuehn: Undercurrents
Ensemble Dal Niente
Michael Lewanski, conductor
Object/Shadow
New Focus Recordings FCR160

Stefania de Kenessey: Spontaneous D-Combustion: Vivace
Mary Kathleen Ernst, piano
Keeping Time
Innova 868

Franco Donatoni: Hot
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Ensemble Dal Niente
Michael Lewanski, conductor
Hot
New Focus Recordings FCR130

Audio Clip: composer Mikel Kuehn talks about Undercurrents.

Microphone Listen  •  1.06

Dead White Man Music

Composer Evan Williams Composer Evan Williams

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.

Music heard in this episode:

Evan Williams: Dead White Man Music
Daniel Walden, harpsichord
Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Cunningham, conductor
live concert performance

Meredith Monk: Dark/Light 2
Katie Geissinger, voice
Bohdan Hilash, clarinets
John Hollenbeck, percussion
On Behalf of Nature
ECM New Series 2473

Evan Williams: Beautiful Death
Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Cunningham, conductor
live concert performance

Audio Clip: Evan Williams discusses Dead White Man Music.

Microphone Listen  •  5:30

Fresh Tracks

Bearthoven Bearthoven

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

Music heard in this episode:

Laura Steenberge: The Four Winds
Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Motherland
New Focus Recordings FCR203

Mary Kouyoumdjian: Byblos
Duo Noire
Night Triptych
New Focus Recording FCR210

Gabriella Smith: Carrot Revolution
Aizuri Quartet
Blueprinting
New Amsterdam NWAM104

Scott Wollschleger: American Dream (excerpt)
Bearthoven
American Dream
Cantaloupe Music CA21145

Audio Clip: Composer Laura Steenberge introduces The Four Winds.

Microphone Listen  •  1:26

Festival at the Forefront

Composer/guitarist Steven Mackey Composer/guitarist Steven Mackey

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

Music heard in this episode:

Steven Mackey: OHM
BGSU Wind Symphony
Kenneth Thompson, conductor
live concert performance
NMF 38 (2017)

Neil Rolnick: Digits
Kathleen Supové, piano with computer
live concert performance
Music at the Forefront (March 2015)

Gabriela Lena Frank: Quijotadas for string quartet: II. Sequidilla para la Mancha
Alias Chamber Ensemble
Gabriela Lena FRANK: Hilos
Naxos 8.559645

Kevin Puts: And Legions Will Rise
Penny Thompson Kruse, violin
Gunnar Owen Hirthe, bass clarinet
Henrique Batista, marimba
live concert performance
NMF 38 (2017)

Audio Clip: Composer Kevin Puts talks about And Legions Will Rise (extended interview).

Microphone Listen  •  2:48

Higdon on Higdon II

Co-hosts Jennifer Higdon and Brad Cresswell Co-hosts Jennifer Higdon and Brad Cresswell (credit: BGSU)

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

Music heard in this episode:

Jennifer Higdon:Violin Concerto
Caroline Chin, violin
Bowling Green Philharmonia
Emily Freeman Brown, conductor
live concert performance
NMF #36 (2015)

Caroline Shaw: Partita for 8 Voices: Sarabande
Roomful of Teeth
Roomful of Teeth
New Amsterdam Records NWAM041

Jennifer Higdon: String Poetic: Climb Jagged
Shannon Thomas, violin
Frank Huang, piano
Celebrating Women Composers
Blue Griffin BGR487

Audio Clip: Jennifer Higdon introduces Caroline Shaw's Sarabande.

Microphone Listen  •  1:30

Higdon on Higdon

Brad Cresswell and Jennifer Higdon Co-hosts Brad Cresswell and Jennifer Higdon (credit: BGSU)

Grammy® and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon co-hosts the season six opener, introducing her music and profiling her composing colleague Maria Schneider.

Music heard in this episode:

Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral
Bowling Green Philharmonia
Emily Freeman Brown, conductor
New Music from Bowling Green, Vol. 3
Albany Records TROY633

Jennifer Higdon: Machine
UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony
live concert performance

Jennifer Higdon: Kelly’s Field
UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony
live concert performance

Maria Schneider: Perfectly Still this Solstice Morning
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Winter Morning Walks
artistShare ASO121

Jennifer Higdon: Oboe Concerto
James Button, oboe
Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
All Things Majestic
Naxos 8.559823

Jennifer Higdon: Cold Mountain: Our Beautiful Country
Chanticleer
Heart of a Soldier
Chanticleer Records CLIC0015

Audio Clip: Jennifer Higdon talks about blue cathedral.

Microphone Listen  •  2:15

In Concert: New Music Gathering II

Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble (credit: SALT Arts Documentation) Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble (credit: SALT Arts Documentation)

In our final episode for season five, we hear a concert performance from the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, made up entirely of works commissioned by the group. Part of the 2017 New Music Gathering at Bowling Green State University.

Music heard in this episode (all performances by the GVSU New Music Ensemble):

Alexandra Gardner: Vixen

David Biedenbender: Red Vesper

Molly Joyce: Bite the Dust

Sarah Kirkland Snider: You Are Free

Adam Cuthbert: Location Sharing

Jad Abumrad: Counting in C

Audio Extra: Listen to the entire episode with introductions by the GVSU ensemble's founder and director, Bill Ryan. (posted with permission)

Microphone Listen  •  59:00

In Concert: New Music Gathering I

New Music Gathering (credit: SALT Arts Documentation) New Music Gathering (credit: SALT Arts Documentation)

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.

Music heard in this episode:

Jon Fielder: Kerplünkte
Keith Kirchoff, piano with electronics

Daniel Bayot: The Philosophy of Wood
Daniel Bayot, voice
Steven Sloan, voice
Daniel Landis, voice

Gabriella Smith: Huascarán
Latitude 49

Arlene Sierra: Urban Birds
Kathleen Supové, piano
Yu-Lien The, piano
Stephanie Titus, piano

Rusty Banks: Magicicada
L+M Duo

Audio Extra: pianist Kathleen Supové and Arlene Sierra's Urban Birds (posted with permission)

Microphone Listen  •  16:18

Close Up with Kathleen Supové

Pianist Kathleen Supové (supove.com) Pianist Kathleen Supové (supove.com)

We visit with action-packed performance artist/keyboardist (and force behind The Exploding Piano) Kathleen Supové, with some of her best performances – including a concert appearance at Bowling Green State University.

Music heard in this episode:

Randall Woolf: What Remains of a Rembrandt
Kathleen Supové, piano with soundtrack
FCR170

Neil Rolnick: Digits
Kathleen Supové, piano with computer
BGSU New Music Festival (Innova 656)

Carolyn Yarnell: The Same Sky
Kathleen Supové, piano with soundtrack
Koch International 7572

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

Microphone Listen  •  59:00

Music at the Forefront: Spektral Quartet

Spektral Quartet (credit: Dan Kullman) Spektral Quartet (credit: Dan Kullman)

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.

Music heard in this episode:

Marcos Balter: Chambers
Spektral Quartet
Parlour Tapes+ PT001

Chris Fisher-Lochhead: Hack – Set 4 – Pryor, Williams, Ms. Pat, Notaro
Spektral Quartet
DSL-92198

David Reminick: The Ancestral Mousetrap: IV. Bringing a Dead Man Back Into Life
Spektral Quartet
DSL-92198

Hans Thomalla: Bagatellen
Spektral Quartet
(recorded live in concert at BGSU, 2016)

Learn more about Spektral Quartet's ringtone project, Mobile Minatures, at http://spektralquartet.com/mobile-miniatures/

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

Microphone Listen  •  59:00

Close Up with Michael Daugherty II

Michael Daugherty in his home studio (WGTE) Michael Daugherty in his home studio (WGTE)

Multi Grammy-winning composer Michael Daugherty continues the backstage tour of his musical career, with more stories behind some of his best-known works.

Music heard in this episode (all composed by Michael Daugherty):

Mt. Rushmore: Teddy Roosevelt
Pacific Symphony & Chorale/St. Clair
Naxos 8.559749

Labyrinth of Love: Oh come to me in dreams, my love!
Hila Plitmann, soprano
Edward Goodman, baritone saxophone
University of Michigan Symphony Band/Haithcock
Equilibrium 140

Tales of Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Zuill Bailey, cello
Nashville Symphony/Guerrero
Naxos 8.559798

Jackie O: I Am Curious (Yellow)
Eric Owens, bass
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra & Chorus/Larkin
Argo 455 591

Raise the Roof
Roger Schupp, timpani
Bowling Green Philharmonia/ Brown
TROY1020

Metropolis Symphony: Mxyzptlk
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Zinman
Argo 452 103

Audio Extra: Michael Daugherty entertaining at the piano.

Microphone Listen  •  1:31

Close Up with Michael Daugherty I

Composer Michael Daugherty (credit: WGTE) Composer Michael Daugherty in his home studio (credit: WGTE)

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.

Music heard in this episode (all by Michael Daugherty):

Snap!
London Sinfonietta/Stenz
Decca 458145

Metropolis Symphony: Oh Lois
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Zinman
Decca 452103

American Gothic: Pitchfork
Nashville Symphony/Guerrero
Naxos 8.559798

Niagara Falls
University of Michigan Symphony Band/Haithcock
Equilibrium 86

Winter Dreams
North Texas Wind Symphony/Corporon
GIA 989

Audio Extra: Michael Daugherty talks about how growing up in Iowa influenced his music, and introduces Niagara Falls.

Microphone Listen  •  3:20

In Residence: Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth (credit: Bonica Ayala Photography) Roomful of Teeth (credit: Bonica Ayala Photography)

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.

Music heard in this episode:

Brad Wells: Render
Roomful of Teeth
NWAM065

Brad Wells: Otherwise
Roomful of Teeth
NWAM065

Caroline Shaw: Partita for 8 Voices
Roomful of Teeth
NWAM078

Rinde Eckert: Cesca’s View
Roomful of Teeth
NWAM078

Audio Extra: Brad Wells on RoT and Otherwise.

Microphone Listen  •  4:00

Fresh Tracks

Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (credit: Aleksandr Karjaka) Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (credit: Aleksandr Karjaka)

We sample recent and upcoming 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.

Music heard in this episode:

Cara Haxo: Three Erasures
Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
New Focus Recordings

Jennifer Higdon: American Canvas
Dolce Suono Trio
Innova 991

Tina Davidson: Blue Curve of the Earth
Hilary Hahn, violin
Cory Smythe, piano
DG B0019103

Scott Wollschleger: Soft Aberration
Anne Lanzilotti, viola
Karl Larson, piano
FCR 182

Audio Extra: Cara Haxo introduces Three Erasures.

Microphone Listen  •  3:35

Festival Redux II

Composer Andrea Clearfield	(credit: Mark Stehle) Composer Andrea Clearfield (credit: Mark Stehle)

We revisit 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.

Music heard in this episode:

John Luther Adams: Dark Waves
Robert Satterlee & Laura Melton, pianos

David Lang: Cheating, Lying, Stealing
BGSU Wind Ensemble/Moss

Andrea Clearfield: Convergence
Barbara Westphal, viola
Christian Ruvolo, piano
Bridge 9442

Nico Muhly: Keep in Touch
Nadia Sirota, viola
Nico Muhly, keyboards/electronics
Anohni, vocals

Audio Extra: Jennifer Higdon introduces music by Andrea Clearfield.

Microphone Listen  •  2:20

Festival Redux I

Bowling Green Philharmonia (credit: BGSU) Bowling Green Philharmonia (credit: BGSU)

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.

Music heard in this episode:

Ingram Marshall: Bright Kingdoms
Bowling Green Philharmonia/Brown
Troy 1654

Joan Tower: Stroke
Nashville Symphony/Guerrero
Naxos 8.559775

Andrew Rindfleisch: In the Zone
Meridian Arts Ensemble
Innova 850

Andrew Rindfleisch: A Little Fanfare Music (by Lady MacBeth) (excerpt)
Meridian Arts Ensemble
Innova 850

Audio Extra: Jennifer Higdon introduces music by Joan Tower.

Microphone Listen  •  2:50

Festival 2016

Mary Kouyoumdjian by Dominica Eriksen Mary Kouyoumdjian by Dominica Eriksen

We hear concert performances from the 2016 New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University, including an excerpt from Mary Kouyoumdjian's powerful "Children of Conflict" series. Also, Jennifer Higdon profiles the music of Marilyn Shrude in the next installment of her subseries Living Women Composers.

Music heard in this episode:

Takuma Itoh: Undercurrent
BGSU New Music Ensemble/Dietz

Joseph Dangerfield: Remnants
Ryan Fogg, piano
Troy1288

Jonathan Newman: Blow It Up, Start Again
BGSU Wind Symphony/Thompson

Marilyn Shrude: Sotto Voce
Caroline Chin, violin
Brian Snow, cello
Laura Melton, piano

Mary Kouyoumdjian: A Boy and a Makeshift Toy
Michael Hall, viola
Stephanie Titus, piano

Dai Fujikura: My Butterflies (excerpt)
BGSU Wind Symphony/Thompson

Audio Extra: Mary Kouyoumdjian introduces A Boy and a Makeshift Toy.

Microphone Listen  •  3:52

Close Up with Jennifer Higdon II

Composer Libby Larsen (credit: Ann Marsden) Composer Libby Larsen (credit: Ann Marsden)

Composer and BGSU Alumna Jennifer Higdon co-hosts this episode, which features her own works plus the second installment in her six-part subseries Living Women Composers with a profile of Libby Larsen.

Music heard in this episode:

Jennifer Higdon: All Things Majestic
Nashville Symphony/Guerrero
Naxos 8.559823

Libby Larsen: Four on the Floor
Kentucky Center Chamber Players
New Dynamic

Jennifer Higdon: On the Death of the Righteous
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia/Harler
Innova 806

Jennifer Higdon: Loco (excerpt)
Fort Worth Symphony/Harth-Bedoya
FWSO

Audio Extra: Jennifer Higdon introduces Four on the Floor by Libby Larsen.

Microphone Listen  •  2:00

Close Up with Jennifer Higdon I

Jennifer Higdon by Candace diCarlo Jennifer Higdon and Beau – Photo by Candace di Carlo

We open season five with composer and BGSU Alumna Jennifer Higdon, who co-hosts this episode, introducing her own works plus the first installment in her six-part subseries Living Women Composers.

Music heard in this episode:

Jennifer Higdon: Flute Poetic
Jan Vinci, flute
Reiko Uchida, piano
Troy1649

Du Yun: When a Tiger Meets a Rosa Rugosa
Hilary Hahn, violin
Cory Smythe, piano
DG B0019103

Jennifer Higdon: Viola Concerto
Roberto Diaz, viola
Nashville Symphony/Guerrero
Naxos 8.559823

Audio Extra: Jennifer Higdon on how to interest the mainstream classical audience in contemporary music.

Microphone Listen  •  3:43

Composer's Choice: Samuel Adler, Part Two

Composer Samuel Adler and his wife, conductor Emily Freeman Brown Composer Samuel Adler and his wife, conductor Emily Freeman Brown

We conclude the fourth season of NMFBG with the second of our Composer's Choice episodes from veteran composer Samuel Adler, featuring music by two of his former students: Kevin Puts and Christopher Theofanidis.

Music heard in this episode:

Kevin Puts: Flute Concerto
Adam Walker, flute
Peabody Symphony Orchestra/Alsop
Naxos 8.559794

Christopher Theofanidis: Symphony No. 1: Movements I & IV
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Spano
ASO 1002

Audio Extra: Sam Adler on contemporary classical music, then and now.

Microphone Listen  •  4:24

Focus On: Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

Quince Ensemble by Aleksandr Karjaka Quince Ensemble by Aleksandr Karjaka (http://www.karjaka.com/)

We spend the hour with the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble as they introduce works from their latest recording, Hushers.

Music heard in this episode (all performances by Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble):

Giacinto Scelsi: Sauh III & IV
New Focus 177

Kate Soper: Songs for Nobody
New Focus 177

Warren Enström: Hushers
New Focus 177

Molly Herron: Stellar Atmospheres
Also feat. Molly Herron, The Dervishes
Kivie Kahn-Lipman, bass viol
Loren Ludwig, bass viol
Doug Balliett, violone

Quince is:
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano
Kayleigh Butcher, mezzo-soprano
Elizabeth Pearse, soprano
Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano

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

Microphone Listen  •  59:00

Composer's Choice: Samuel Adler, Part One

Aaron Copland and Samuel Adler, 1962 (University of North Texas) Aaron Copland and Samuel Adler, 1962 (University of North Texas)

Veteran composer and educator Samuel Adler introduces music by his former composition students Kevin Puts and Barbara Harbach.

Music heard in this episode:

Kevin Puts: Symphony No. 2
Peabody Symphony Orchestra/Alsop
Naxos 8559794

Samuel Adler: Symphony No. 6 (excerpt)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Serebrier
Linn 545

Barbara Harbach: Hommage from Sinfonietta
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Angus
MSR Classics 1258

Samuel Adler: Sonata No. 2 for Violin & Harpsichord (excerpt)
Charles Castleman, violin; Barbara Harbach, harpsichord
Albany Troy041

Audio Teaser: Sam Adler introduces Kevin Puts, who introduces his own Symphony No. 2.

Microphone Listen  •  3:00

Composer Tracks II

Composer Nico Muhly Composer Nico Muhly

More contemporary recordings are introduced by their respective composers, with contributions from Nico Muhly and Nadia Sirota; Jennifer Higdon, and Avner Dorman.

Music heard in this episode:

Jennifer Higdon: Percussion Concerto (version for wind ensemble)
Master Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Rose, percussion
“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band/ Fettig
USMB 31

Nico Muhly: Etude 1 & Etude 1a
Nadia Sirota, viola feat. Nico Muhly, keyboards
New Amsterdam Records 16

Avner Dorman: Concerto Grosso
Metropolis Ensemble/ Cyr
Naxos 8559620

Audio Teaser: Opening segment with Nadia Sirota and Jennifer Higdon.

Microphone Listen  •  3:34

Composer's Choice: Marilyn Shrude

Marilyn Shrude Composer 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.

Music heard in this episode:

Olivier Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus: Regard des anges
Michel Béroff, piano
EMI Classics 76915

Witold Lutosławski: Jeux venitiens
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Wit
Naxos 8.554283

Steven Stucky: Cradle Songs: Lilajze, Jezuniu
Chanticleer
Teldec 24570

György KurtágKafka Fragments (excerpts)
Tony Arnold, soprano; Movses Pogosian, violin
Bridge 9270

György Kurtág: Játékok (excerpts)
Gábor Csalog, piano; Aliz Asztalos, piano & speaking voice
BMC Records 139

Henri Dutilleux: Ainsi la nuit: Parenthese #2 & Litanies
Juilliard String Quartet
Sony Classical 52554

Marilyn Shrude: A Window Always Open on the Sea (excerpts)
Core Ensemble
New World 80559

Audio Teaser: Opening and Marilyn Shrude introduces Messiaen.

Microphone Listen  •  2:57

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 and 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, Limbs).

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 open season four by spending the 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