New Music Festival draws eclectic mix of performers

JACK String Quartet

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Bowling Green State University’s 31st annual New Music Festival will showcase the work of more than 25 guest composers and performers October 21-23. The international festival includes concerts, lectures and workshops.

This year's featured guests include acclaimed composer Robert Morris, the JACK String Quartet and Duo Diorama.

Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and the College of Musical Arts 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 the world premieres of works by Robert Morris and former featured festival guests Chen Yi and Steven Stucky and a special late-night performance at the Cla-Zel Theatre in downtown Bowling Green on Oct. 21.

Begun in 1980, the New Music Festival has hosted John Adams, Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Anthony Davis, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, Karel Husa, Joan La Barbara, Paul Lansky, Pauline Oliveros, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Morton Subotnick, Joan Tower, Vladimir Ussachevsky and more than 400 other guest composers and musicians.

Most festival events are free and open to the public. For ticket information, contact the Moore Musical Arts Center box office at 419-372-8171 or 1-800-589-2224.

For a complete schedule of festival events, visit http://festival.bgsu.edu or contact the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at 419-372-2685.

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Editor’s Note: Biographies of Robert Morris, the JACK Quartet and Duo Diorama are available by calling Bonnie Blankinship. Marketing and Communications, at 419-372-2618.

(Posted October 12, 2010 )