The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM) celebrates 25 years of dynamic music making with its annual New Music Festival, October 17-20, 2012.
Featured Guest Composer: John Luther Adams
The 2012 Bowling Green New Music Festival, held on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, will be a wide-reaching interdisciplinary gathering featuring the work guest composer John Luther Adams, prize-winning author Barry Lopez, sound artist Marina Rosenfeld and many other composers, performers and scholars. Titled “Music and the Physical World,” this festival’s events will focus on music, the written word, visual art and science, exploring topics about nature, sustainability and the interconnectedness of all things. Other featured guests will include the JACK Quartet, ecomusicologist Aaron Allen and percussionist Doug Perkins.
Festival highlights include a performance of Adams’ mammoth outdoor environmental percussion work Inuksuit, a concert celebrating the influential West Coast record label Cold Blue, a screening of Leonard Kamerling’s film version of Strange and Sacred Noise, An ongoing installation of Rosenfeld’s video work WHITE LINES, and much more.
Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and the College of Musical Arts, the 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, David Lang, Paul Lansky, Robert Morris, 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 350 other guest composers and musicians since 1980. The 2012 festival marks the 33rd consecutive year of new music festivals at Bowling Green.
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Most events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.