BGSU New Music Festival connects ‘Music and the Physical World’


BOWLING GREEN, O.—The Bowling Green State University New Music Festival explores nature, sustainability and the interconnectedness of all things through the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers Oct. 17-20. The international festival includes concerts, lectures and workshops, organized around the theme “Music and the Physical World.” This year’s featured guests include award-winning composer John Luther Adams, author Barry Lopez, the JACK Quartet, sound artist Marina Rosenfeld and percussionist Doug Perkins.

Highlights will include an opening address by Lopez, a performance of Adams’s environmental outdoor percussion work “Inuksuit” on the BGSU quad, a concert at the Clazel Theatre celebrating the influential West Coast new music record label Cold Blue, and a screening of Leonard Kamerling’s documentary “Strange and Sacred Noise.

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

Founded in 1980, the festival has hosted such notable composers as John Adams, Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, David Lang, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Joseph Schwantner, 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. For a complete schedule, visit or contact the MACCM at 419-372-2685.