Bang on a Can is exceptionally excited to pay tribute to a great friend and colleague, Mary Lou Aleskie. Mary Lou has invited us to many parties and asked us to bring our instruments. These parties have come in all shapes and sizes and have taken place all across the country. We have been honored to present our unique brand of innovative music-making to each of them. As the President of La Jolla Music Society, she invited us to southern California; as Executive Director of Da Camera of Houston, she invited us to Texas; and now as Executive Director of the renowned International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven she’s invited us up to Connecticut many times, and our visits are always inspiring and the programs inspired; and as a co-chair of the (International Society for the Performing Arts) ISPA Congress in New York, she’s invited us uptown. We are thrilled to finally have a party where we can feature her! Mary Lou’s continued support for our work and her dedication to so many other remarkable artists and arts professionals and the field as a whole is indeed notable, but that’s not all. Equally notable are the incessant questions she asks of all of us, the challenges she poses, the critical effort she requires of her peers. She has valuable opinions about the art she champions as well as the business of the arts, and she offers them freely and fearlessly. The energy and spirit she puts into these relationships is off the chart. And so is the admiration we have for her as a leader and a visionary and trusted friend.

Donor Levels


"Bang Backer": One ticket to the dinner and concert; VIP pass for premium seating at the Bang on a Can Marathon; 2 complimentary tickets to the Bang on a Can Summer Marathon at MASS MoCA. 


"Bang Benefactor": One premium table of up to 11 guests; luxury accommodations, meals and tickets for 2 to the Bang on a Can Summer Marathon at MASS MoCA; recognition as a lead sponsor of the Benefit; a full-page ad in the Benefit Journal; season-long recognition as a lead sponsor of Bang on a Can at all our concerts and programs; up to 11 VIP passes for premium seating at the Bang on a Can Marathon

Any and all donations to the Bang on a Can Benefit will be credited on our program and on our website, with hearty thanks!

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The above secure donation form allows you to make a gift to the Benefit. Once your donation is received and confirmed by an automated acknowledgment, you will get an email from Tim Thomas asking how you'd like your gift applied - for tickets, donation, Journal Ad or any combination. Your response to that email will then ensure that your tickets will be waiting for you at the door! You should feel free to contact us at any point to cancel your attendance, make changes to your gift, or augment your purchase. We are forever grateful! 



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