The 2011 Bowling Green New Music Festival is coming in October.
The 2011 Bowling Green New Music Festival – our 32nd – takes place October 12 –15, 2011. This year’s festival will feature David Lang as special guest composer and guest ensemble Mantra Percussion, as well as performances by BGSU ensembles, faculty, students and guests. 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, 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 350 other guest composers and musicians since 1980.
Tentative Schedule of Events
Wednesday, October 12
Residency: Tony Malaby‘s Tamarindo Trio
Avant-jazz giant Tony Malaby and his Tamarindo Trio (William Parker, bass and Tom Rainey, drums) will conduct a one-day residency at the College of Musical Arts, culminating with a 7 p.m. performance at the Clazel Theatre in downtown Bowling Green. Tamarindo’s residency is sponsored in part by the Department of Jazz Studies.
Thursday, October 13
Composer Talk: David Lang, 2:00 p.m, Bryan Recital Hall
Featured Guest Composer David Lang discusses his works and compositional style.
Workshop: Christopher Azzara, “Inspiration and Meaning Through Improvisation,” 4:00 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall”
Innovative music educator and performer Christopher Azzara presents a workshop on creativity and improvisation in the classroom.
Concert 1: “Laws of Nature” 7:30 p.m., Kobacker Hall (free)
A concert featuring the BGSU Percussion Ensemble performing the music of David Lang, plus other works.
Dark Waves (2007, two pianos & electronic sounds): John Luther Adams
Oyster (2008, chamber orchestra): John Orfe
The So-Called Laws of Nature (2002, percussion ensemble): David Lang
Concert 2: “Downtown Music” 9:30 p.m., Cla-Zel Theatre (free)
A special “after hours” performance of works with and without film at the historic Cla-Zel Theatre in downtown Bowling Green, featuring DMA students, faculty performers from the College of Musical Arts and guest performers.
Decantations III (2011, variable ensemble, sruti boxes and electronics): Ravi Kittappa
this was written by hand (2003, piano): David Lang
wed (1997, piano): David Lang
Black (2008, two bass clarinets): Marc Mellits
How to Pray (2002, chamber ensemble): David Lang
Heroin (2008, cello and voice): Lou Reed, arr. David Lang
In and Out of the Game (2010, four trombones and electronic sounds): Eve Beglarian
Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986, piano version): John Adams/John Orfe
Dance Music (2000, saxophone and electric guitar): David Smooke
Friday, October 14
Concert 3: “One” 10:30 a.m., Bryan Recital Hall (free)
New Work (2011, nine trumpets, world premiere): Matthew Roddie
Press Release (1991): David Lang
Trapset (2000, solo flute): Harold Meltzer
Memo 8 (2000, solo oboe): Bernard Rands
Jonah (2011, world premiere, nine bass clarinets and narrator): Brad Balliett
Concert 4: “E pluribus unum” 2:30 p.m., Kobacker Hall (free)
Fantasmi (2005, eight saxophones): Marilyn Shrude
Swarm (2011, brass ensemble, world premiere): Christopher Dietz
La bocca, I piedi, Il suono (1997, 104 saxophones): Salvatore Sciarrino
Concert 5: “Messages” 4:00 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall (free)
Long Path (2004, piano and electronics): Kevin Ernste
Five Songs of the Von Seggerns (2010, soprano and chamber ensemble): Chin Ting Chan
Once Again to the Light (2011, saxophone and electronics, world premiere): James Mobberley
The Starry Messenger (2010, chamber choir, world premiere): Jeffrey Brooks
Concert 6: Mantra Percussion: “Timber” 8:00 p.m., Kobacker Hall (free)
Hailed by The New York Times as “…finely polished…a fresh source of energy,” Mantra Percussion is committed to substantially expanding the future of percussion repertoire by commissioning and performing new, significant works for large percussion ensemble by both prominent and emerging composers to breathe new life into the art. Their aim is for most of these works to engage cross-discipline collaborations to produce evening-length events that look toward a grander artistic vision. Their performance consists of only one work – the U.S. premiere of Michael Gordon’s Timber for six percussionists.
Timber (2011, U.S. premiere): Michael Gordon
Saturday, October 15
Concert 7: MACCM Institute, 10:30 a.m., Bryan Recital Hall (free)
Mantra Percussion performs works by students from the Toledo School for the Arts, the culmination of a year-long composition and creativity project sponsored by the Center – the MACCM Institute – followed by a discussion with festival guests about programs cultivating young composers.
Concert 8: “Playthings,” 2:30 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall (free)
Pillaging Music (2005, piano and found object percussion): Nico Muhly
Hard, Hard, Hard! (2011, toy piano and toy instruments, world premiere): Ge Gan-Ru
qsqsqsqsqqqqqqqqq (2009, three toy pianos and three-channel 1-bit tones): Tristan Perich
the end (2008, soprano, ukulele and spoons): Ruby Fulton
novice trip (2008, chamber ensemble): Andrea LaRose
Photon Clockwork (2005, solo horn): Matthew Roddie
Giraffes (2008, flute and marimba): Harold Meltzer
Douze Mains (2011, piano 12-hands, world premiere of complete version): Mayke Nas
Concert 9: “Method in Madness” 8:00 p.m., Kobacker Hall ($)
Performances by the BGSU Philharmonia, Wind Symphony and Collegiate Chorale
again (after Ecclesiastes) (2005, choir): David Lang
Junk Pop (2011, wind ensemble): Ruby Fulton
Polka Nation (1996, wind ensemble): Evan Chambers
Cheating, Lying, Stealing (1995/2011, world premiere of wind ensemble version): David Lang
Bright Kingdoms (2005, orchestra and elecronics): Ingram Marshall
e.t.e.r.n.i.t.y. (2011, orchestra, world premiere): Amy Beth Kirsten
Grind to a Halt (2004, orchestra): David Lang
The Moore Musical Arts Center houses Bryan Recital Hall, Kobacker Hall and the Kennedy Green Room.
The Cla-Zel Theatre is located at 127 N. Main St. in downtown Bowling Green.
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