From July 15-August 1, we return to the Berkshires for the annual blockbuster Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Music happens all day every day, with dozens of special concerts museum-goers and the general public. The final eight days comprise a festival within a festival that we call BANG ON A CAN PLAYS ART. Throughout the entire festival, we've programmed stellar concerts and gallery recitals at 1:30 and 4:30 daily. Below is a list of 4:30 shows thru July 24, not to be missed! And be sure to visit BANG ON A CAN PLAYS ART for more info on the final week's programming.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 - 4:30pm: Nick Photinos, cello, performs a new work by brilliant bassist/composer Florent Ghys.
THURSDAY, JULY 16 - 4:30pm: Vicky Chow, piano, performs music by #bangalums Andy Akiho, Jakub Ciupinski, Jacob Cooper, Molly Joyce,and Daniel Wohl.
TUESDAY, JULY 21 - 4:30pm: Bang on a Can honors Ornette Coleman - "Stories and music from our time with Ornette."
THURSDAY, JULY 23 - Late Show at 10pm: Sarah Goldfeather Band performs in the Chalet.
FRIDAY, JULY 24 - Late Show at 10pm: Latin music big band at the American Legion Bar in North Adams. Featuring Gregg August, Joe Gonzales, Ben Lapidus and festival fellows.
For the final 8 days of the Festival, we've programmed concerts that pair the works of contemporary composers with the contemporary visual artists in the Galleries. For a more in-depth description of the Festival and the below programs:
SATURDAY, JULY 25 - 4:30pm: Bang on a Can Plays Francesco Clemente, featuring Terry Riley's Tread on the Trail. More Info.
SATURDAY, JULY 25 - 8pm: A Michael Gordon Oratorio - Van Gogh wherein brilliant theater director David Herskovits directs a work exploring the life and restless soul of Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh. Joining the Bang on a Can All-Stars will be violinist-singers Charles Yang and Eliza Bagg. More Info.
SUNDAY, JULY 26 - 4:30pm: Bang on a Can Plays Clifford Ross featuring John Cage's Ryoanji More Info.
MONDAY, JULY 27 - 4:30pm: World Premieres Concert featuring 9 fresh new works by Festival composers. More Info.
The Bang on a Can Marathon is a 6-hour day-night boundary-busting festival finale featuring 50+ musicians and composers from around the world and has become one of the most diverse, open and exciting summer music events in the Berkshires. This year’s highlights include excerpts from Philip Glass’s legendary Einstein on the Beach, music/video by Christian Marclay, songs by Meredith Monk, the forceful Singing in the Dead of Night by this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe, an ambitious world premiere by the brilliant Minneapolis based composer Jeffrey Brooks, and more.
Actually, why be coy? Here's what we've programmed so far, not in program order yet:
Andy Akiho - NO one To kNOWAnna Clyne, A wonderful DayChris Cerrone, High WindowsChristian Marclay, Fade to SlideClaude Vivier, Et je reverrai cette cille etrangeDavid Lang: How To PrayJeffrey Brooks, Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved BrotherJulia Wolfe, Singing in the Dead of NightKyle Gann: Snake Dance 3Maura Bosch, About the NightMeredith Monk, Double FiestaMichael Gordon, Tree-OhOrchestra of Original Instruments, led by Mark StewartOscar Bettison, Gauze VespersPaul Dolden, RavePaula Matthusen, ontology of an echoPere Gudmonsen-Holmgreen, Din Tavshed Philip Glass, Bed - from Einstein on the BeachPhilip Glass, Knee play 4 - from Einstein on the Beach
For the fifth year in a row, Bang on a Can partners with the Noguchi Museum to present an innovative performance series.
JG Thirlwell is a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn, who also works under many pseudonyms including Manorexia, Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Baby Zizanie, Hydroze Plus and Wiseblood. He has released over thirty albums, composed commissions for Bang On A Can and Kronos Quartet among others, and creates the musical score for the show Venture Bros on Cartoon Network. Thirlwell will be presenting a program of works for string quartet, including a world premiere and a NY premiere. He will join the quartet for the last piece, which will be for string quartet with electronic treatments.
photo of JG Thirlwell: Marylene Mey
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