JPR Classics Special Series
9:38 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Music from Bowling Green, Season 2: Sunday Evenings at 7pm

JPR's Classics & News Service presents the second season of a special classical series from WFMT called Living American Composers: New Music From Bowling Green, Sunday evenings at 7pm Beginning January 4th.

Brad Cresswell hosts Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green Sunday evenings at 7pm on the Classics & News Service
Brad Cresswell hosts Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green Sunday evenings at 7pm on the Classics & News Service

New Music from Bowling Green is a radio series devoted to living composers and their works. The program originates from the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM), part of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University in Northwest Ohio.  Since 1980, MACCM has been hosting some of the biggest names in modern music at the annual New Music Festival.  It also sponsors a multi-venue concert series called Music at the Forefront, which shines a spotlight on new and exciting young performers of contemporary music.

New Music from Bowling Green draws on live concert recordings from the New Music Festival and Music at the Forefront, as well as commercial recordings featuring the Bowling Green Philharmonia and the BGSU Wind Symphony.  The program features ear-friendly modern works that are introduced by their composers.  You'll also hear from the performers who bring those works to life – in some cases, for the very first time. 

Highlights from the second season include a Music at the Forefront concert from violist Nadia Sirota; an all-Frederic Rzewski sampler, and three episodes dedicated solely to works composed by women – which are also performed by women. You'll also hear a live concert recording from Chicago's avant-garde music venue, Constellation, and survey music by some of the most exciting young composers on the horizon. Composers featured during this season include Nico Muhly; Braxton Blake; Cindy McTee; Orianna Webb; Stephen Hartke; Marc Mellitts; George Lewis; Avner Dorman, and Marilyn Shrude. We also focus on the music of Jennifer Higdon, who is an alumni of Bowling Green State University and a curator for our series.

Award-winning producer; programmer, and music host Brad Cresswell is Radio Program Manager and Music Director for WGTE Public Media in Toledo, Ohio.  For several years Brad was a host and producer for WNYC Radio in New York, where he oversaw the creation of that station's 24/7 classical music service on the Internet and HD Radio, WNYC2 (now WQXR's popular Q2 channel).  During his time in New York, Brad also worked behind the scenes at Metropolitan Opera Radio, where he wrote dozens of radio scripts for their SirusXM channel.  In front of the microphone, he can still be heard as a regular host of the popular Metropolitan Opera Quiz, which is heard on over 300 radio stations world-wide. 

Tune in Sunday evenings at 7pm, for Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green on JPR's Classics & News Service beginning January 4th.

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