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."
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.
TUESDAY, JULY 28 - 4:30pm
: David Lang & Suzanne Bocanegra
featuring Lang's darker
and Bocanegra's projections. More Info.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 - 4:30pm
: Bang on a Can Plays Toy Pianos & Jim Shaw
, Vicky Chow
and Matt Evans
playing works by John Cage
, David Lang
and more, written for toy pianos. More Info.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 - 7pm
: Bang on a Can Plays Windsor Lake
is a free outdoor concert for all ages at the North Adams town park and lake. More Info.
THURSDAY, JULY 30 - 4:30pm
: Alvin Lucier
& Clifford Ross
featuring intimate works by the legendary composer and Festival guest composer Alvin Lucier
. On the program will be Canon
(1996), Broken Line
(2006) and Fidelio Trio
(1987). More Info.
THURSDAY, JULY 30 - 8pm
: Bang on a Can Plays Sol LeWitt & Saylor/Morris
featuring classic works by Alvin Lucier
including I am sitting in a room More info.
FRIDAY, JULY 31 - 4:30pm
: Kate Moore's Stories For Ocean Shells
features Bang on a Can All-Star Ashley Bathgate on the cello, performing this lilting, gorgeous piece by Australian composer Moore interacting with the Clifford Ross gallery. More Info.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 - 4pm - 10pm
: The Bang on a Can Marathon,
a smorgasbord of outstanding performances of a diverse and challenging program of works by (mostly!) living composers. Not to be missed! More Info.