“Magnetic North for new music lovers points to Bowling Green, Ohio.” – David Lang, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music.
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 performers.
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 mainstream classical listener in mind, the program features audience-friendly works that are introduced by their respective composers and performers.
This season features a quartet of “Focus On” episodes, in which we spend an hour each with a specific composer or performer (Caleb Burhans, Evan Chambers, Vicky Chow, and Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble). We also offer a “Composer’s Choice” theme, wherein composers like Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Adler, and Marilyn Shrude introduce their own favorite works from amongst their students, colleagues, and influences. Rounding out the season are highlights from the BGSU New Music Festival, including a “live in concert” episode from Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble.
About Brad Cresswell
Award-winning producer, programmer, and music host Brad Cresswell is Radio Program Manager and Music Director for WGTE Public Media in Toledo, Ohio. Previously, Brad was a host and producer for WNYC Radio in New York, where he oversaw the creation of that station’s 24/7 contemporary music service on the Internet and HD Radio, WNYC2 (precursor to WQXR’s popular Q2 channel, our digital partner for this radio series). Brad has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Metropolitan Opera Radio, both behind the scenes as a writer and in front of the microphone as host of the popular Metropolitan Opera Quiz. Before entering the Public Radio arena, Brad enjoyed a successful 16 year career as an opera singer, with leading roles at the New York City Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; San Francisco Opera; Washington Opera, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires to his credit, among others. His singing voice can be heard on commercial classical recordings issued by the London, Philips, New World, Innova, and Carlton Classics record labels.
About the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM)
The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music is an award-winning national center devoted to the study, performance, creative work and promotion of new music within the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. The mission of the center is to bring the local, state, national, and international musical communities together through research, performances, compositions and outreach programs. At the heart of the Center’s activities are the annual Bowling Green New Music Festival and the Music at the Forefront concert series. In addition, the Center administers a grant program in support of contemporary music projects and research at the College of Musical Arts, and organizes New Music from Bowling Green Concerts featuring faculty and student performers at acclaimed venues around the country.