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Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green

"Believe it or not, a little town in Northwest Ohio is one of the liveliest spots for new music in the whole United States." - Stephen Stucky, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in music.

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.

Produced by WGTE Public Media and hosted by Brad Cresswell, 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.  Designed with the mainstream classical music listener in mind, the program features audience-friendly modern works that are introduced by their composers.  We 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).  We also focus heavily on the music of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, who is one of the world's most-performed living composers.  Jennifer is an alumna of BGSU, having graduated from the College of Musical Arts in the mid 1980's.  While she entered the school as a flutist, Jennifer left as a budding composer. In a special three-episode arc, she takes us on a tour of her works that relate directly to her experiences at Bowling Green.  Acclaimed conductor Robert Spano also makes an appearance, to lend some insight into those formative years (he was on BGSU's faculty at the time).  Other highlights of the series include a program of award-winning works by student composers (some of them still in high school!), and a concert recorded live at New York City's celebrated new music cabaret, (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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.  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).  In 2007, Brad was a co-recipient of the first ASCAP Deems Taylor Multimedia Award for his work on 24 Hours and 33 Minutes: The Playful and Playable John Cage, an online contemporary music festival.  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.  Before entering public radio, Brad enjoyed an 18-year career as an operatic tenor, and performed leading roles with the New York City Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; San Francisco Opera; Washington Opera, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, among many others.   His singing voice can be heard on commercial classical recordings issued by the London, Philips, New World, Innova, and Carlton Classics record labels.

Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through September 30, 2014. 

For more information please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, or Estlin Usher at 773-279-2112,

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