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New Music from Bowling Green Returns July 3rd at 7pm

JPR's Classics & News Service presents the new season of WFMT's Living American Composers: New Music From Bowling Green, Sunday evenings at 7pm beginning July 3rd.

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. 

This season will focus on BGSU residencies with composers David Lang and Jennifer Higdon; composer Paul Dresher and his Double Duo, and contemporary music groups Alarm Will Sound and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). The show also visits our “neighbors to the north” with two programs from University of Michigan composers, and explores the professional and personal dynamics between some high-profile classical couples—including veteran composer Sam Adler and his wife, conductor Emily Freeman-Brown.

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 July 3rd.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.