Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green

Series produced by WGTE Public Media

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"Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green" is a radio series devoted to living American composers and their works.
Update: all of Season Ten is now available for auditioning/download!

Designed with the curious classical listener in mind, this award-winning 13-part, 1-hour radio series offers an invaluable look at what's new in American music.

"New Music from Bowling Green" features exclusive concert material from one of the premiere modern music festivals in the country, alongside in-depth profiles of some of our most important composers—including Grammy® and Pulitzer-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, who is a curator and occasional co-host of the program.

We also offer in-depth profiles of cutting edge groups including New Music Detroit, HUB New Music, Kinds of Kings collective, Latitude 49, Conspirare, Roomful of Teeth, Alarm Will Sound, and the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University.

Other composers and performers featured include multi Grammy® Award-winner Michael Daugherty, Grawemeyer Awardee Andrew Norman, Bang on a Can All Stars founder Evan Ziporyn, “The Exploding Pianist” Kathleen Supové, Pulitzer winners David Lang and Kevin Puts; violinist and new music visionary Johnny Gandelsman, Bearthoven front man Karl Larson, and the highly-acclaimed Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble.

Available FREE OF CHARGE to stations via PRX. Also available via FTP upon request (newmusic@wgte.org).

Each season contains 13 episodes. Stations are encouraged to run episodes of their choosing to fit a 13-week schedule, 26-week schedule, or more.

Questions? Contact us at newmusic@wgte.org or through the PRX messaging system.

Host and Producer: Brad Cresswell
Co-host and Curator: Jennifer Higdon
A Production of WGTE Public Media, Toledo, OH.
Underwriters: MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University (OH); National Endowment for the Arts.

• Length: 59 minutes
• Breaks: one floating 60-second break with music bed towards bottom of the hour
• Audio: MP2 (44.1 kHz stereo 256 kbps), available in three segments or as one single file
• Media assets, custom promos and tags on request: newmusic@wgte.org
• Average CUME per episode: 150,000 (more than two million total listeners since launch) source: The WFMT Radio Network

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Designed with the curious classical listener in mind, this award-winning 13-part, 1-hour radio series offers an invaluable look at what's new in American music."New Music from Bowling Green" features exclusive concert material from one of the premiere modern music festivals in the country, alongside in-depth profiles of some of our most important composers—including Grammy® and Pulitzer-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, who is a curator and occasional co-host of the program.We also offer in-depth profiles of cutting edge groups including New Music Detroit, HUB New Music, Kinds of Kings collective, Latitude 49, Conspirare, Roomful of Teeth, Alarm Will Sound, and the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University.Other composers and performers featured include multi Grammy®... Show full description


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104 Pieces

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Caption: Marilyn Shrude
We hear part of a live concert with two of New York's most dynamic new music ensembles, in celebration of the 75th birthday of distinguished Americ...

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  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Augusta Read Thomas, Credit: Anthony Barlich
Pulitzer finalist and Grammy winning composer Augusta Read Thomas (a.k.a. "Gusty") returns to share more personal stories and to introduce her music.

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: "Vent" album cover, Credit: AMP Recordings
Saxophone virtuoso (and BGSU grad) Jeffrey Heisler takes us on a personal tour of his album "Vent," which features guest musicians—including his wi...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Composer's Voice album cover, Credit: Albany Records/BGSU
Conductor Emily Freeman Brown joins us to introduce the latest album in the BGSU Philharmonia's recording series, "The Composer's Voice." We're als...

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Augusta Read Thomas, Credit: Anthony Barlich
Two-time Composer in Residence for the BGSU New Music Festival, Augusta Read Thomas (a.k.a. "Gusty") joins us to introduce her work.

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jennifer Higdon, Credit: Andrew Bogard
Pulitzer and Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon joins us for a sampling of recent recordings of her music.

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Interstate Logo
We examine the chamber music drama "Interstate" with music by Kamala Sankaram and a libretto by Jennifer Cresswell and Kathleen Kelly (inspired in ...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Samuel Adler and his wife Emily Freeman Brown, Credit: WGTE
Legendary composer Samuel Adler, now in his ninth decade, shares some of the music he's written for various performers during the global pandemic.

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Showpony (Laura Nygren)
Producer Mickey Emch shares performances from some of her favorite musicians, including double-bassist/singer/electronic musician Laura Nygren and ...

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  • Added: Feb 23, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Anna Meredith, Credit: Gem Harris
We hear works that fuse genres, including Evan Zyporyn's pop/primal "War Chant" and his Gamelan-influenced "Kekambangan." Also, Inti Figgis-Vizuet...

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  • Added: Feb 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Composer Andrew Norman, Credit: Jessa Anderson
We hear a sampling of performances from recent New Music Festivals at Bowling Green State University, including Andrew Norman's high-octane octet G...

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Kinds of Kings, Credit: KoK
We spend the hour with Kinds of Kings, a collective of US-based composers focused on amplifying and advocating for under-heard voices. Also, series...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Evan Williams, Credit: SnoStudios
Composer and conductor Evan Williams joins us to introduce his own music, plus music from other living composers of color.

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: New Music Detroit, Credit: newmusicdetroit.com
We hear more of a concert from New Music Detroit, recorded live at the 40th annual New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University.

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: New Music Detroit, Credit: newmusicdetroit.com
We hear the first part of a concert from New Music Detroit, from the 40th annual New Music Festival at BGSU. Also, Jennifer Higdon introduces music...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Matthew Evan Taylor, Credit: Michelle Leftheris
We sample composer/saxophonist Matthew Evan Taylor's album "Say Their Names," a musical response to the 2020 protests against police brutality. Als...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Quince Ensemble, Credit: Karjaka Studios
We sample a new release from the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble of David Lang's meditation on the Tristan and Isolde story, "love fail." Also, ...

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Composer Jennifer Higdon, Credit: J.D. Scott
Series curator and BGSU alumna Jennifer Higdon joins us to introduce her latest recordings.

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Sarah Kirkland Snider, Credit: Anja Schutz
Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider introduces us to her "Mass for the Endangered" - a modern re-imagining of the traditional Catholic Mass as a prayer ...

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: New Music from Bowling Green Live, Credit: WGTE
We take the show to the source with an in-concert edition of our program, recorded live in front of a studio audience at Bowling Green State Univer...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 13