JPR Classics Special Series
10:38 am
Fri March 21, 2014

New Music from Bowling Green: Sunday Evenings at 7pm

JPR's Classics & News Service presents a special classical series from WFMT called Living American Composers: New Music From Bowling Green, Sunday evenings at 7pm through June.

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. 

The list of composers featured on New Music from Bowling Green reads like a "who's who" of modern music: David Lang, Kevin Puts, John Luther Adams, Shulamit Ran, Christopher Theofanides, and Michael Daugherty (among many others).  The program also focuses heavily on the music of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, who is one of the world's most-performed living composers. 

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.