Over 30 recitals and concerts in all!
The 2014 performance calendar will be announced in Spring 2014.
Here is info from the 2013 festival, for reference:
July 17- Aug 3, 2013: The festival included daily recitals in the museum galleries at 1:30pm (M-F) & 4:30pm (M-Sat) (free with museum admission) featuring festival faculty and fellows! (See schedule below).
Saturday, July 27: Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer performed by Bang on a Can All Stars and special guest vocalists Emily Eagen, Katie Geissinger, Daisy Press- Julia Wolfe’s mesmerizing evening-length art ballad Steel Hammer is inspired by her love for the legends and music of Appalachia, and culls from both the music and oral traditions of the region. The text is taken from over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad – based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales – and explores the subject of human vs. machine in this quintessential American legend. Steel Hammer was runner-up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and stretches the standard instrumentation of Bang on a Can All-Stars with wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, banjo, and more, to evoke the rich instrumental colors of Appalachia. The New York Times calls it a “wild hybrid” and an “obsessive study of the song’s many versions.” More information and tickets here.
Saturday, Aug 3: the 12th Annual Summer Marathon -Bang on a Can’s annual 6-hour day-night boundary-busting festival concert featuring 50+ musicians and composers from around the world has become one of the most diverse, open and exciting summer music events in the Berkshires. Some of the many highlights of this year's show include music by techno master Aphex Twin performed by a 20-member amplified chamber orchestra of festival musicians with guest conductor Alan Pierson of Alarm Will Sound; David Lang's these broken wings recently featured on the 2013 GRAMMY Awards; British renegade composer Steve Martland's classic Horses of Instruction; Michael Gordon's The Sad Park for string quartet, Bang on a Can’s Orchestra of Original Instruments, and much more.
MUSIC BY: Gregg August, Jacob Druckman, Sean Friar, Michael Gordon, Annie Gosfield, Eleanor Hovda, Bun Ching Lam, David Lang, Ingram Marshall, Steve Martland, Bill Ryan, Ken Thomson, Aphex Twin, Julia Wolfe, and the Orchestra of Original Instruments. See the full schedule here and get tickets here.
4:30pm Gallery Recitals:
Wednesday, July 17 - Mark Stewart, multi-instrumentalist, performs Music for Uncommon and Common Instruments with David Cossin, Gabe Gomez, Lamine Touré, and the voices of those present.: Prelude (for long plumbing pipe); Grand Duo for two 9-foot Banjos, (banji by Gunnar Schoenbeck) featuring David Cossin; Etude (for 5-string Banjo & Hang Drum) featuring David Cossin; Trifle (for Slide Whistle Organ); Meditation (for Chaladoo); Private Time (for Travel Basso); To Whom It May Concern: Thank You (for electric guitar); Can You Teach Me That? (for guitar and percussion); What, and if so, Why? (for the Totem Boing Video Instrument)
Thursday, July 18 - Vicky Chow, piano performs Christopher Cerrone's Hoyt-schemerhorn; Steve Reich's Piano Counterpoint (MA premiere); Nik Bartsch's Modul 18, Modul 42, Modul 26; Andy Akiho's Karakurenai with Matt Evans, drums; Pat Swoboda, bass.
Friday, July 19 - Todd Reynolds, violin, performs his own Beginner's Mind and #MocaBang; John King's KingKosmos; and Michael Gordon's Light is Calling with Adam Cuthbert, trumpet and laptop; David Cossin, drums; Gregg August, double bass; Lamine Touré, drums.
Saturday, July 20 - Vicky Ray, piano performs Visual Music: George Antheil's The Golden Bird; Chinary Ung's Dotted Path; Louis Andriessen's Image de Moreau; Stephen Hartke's The Flames of the Sun Make the Desert Flower Hysterical; Kevin Volans's Notes d’un peintre; John Zorn's dead ringer; Beatriz De Dia's A chanter m’er, arranged by Ray.
Monday, July 22 - Nick Photinos, cello, performs Jacob TV's Tatatata; David Lang's stuttered chant with David Cossin, cello; Thomas Ades's Lieux retrouvés for cello and piano, Op. 26 with Vicky Chow, piano; David Lang's undanceable (happy birthday aaron kernis); Jacob TV's May This Bliss Never End with Vicki Ray, piano.
Tuesday, July 23 - Music from Japan, performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Vicki Ray: Somei Satoh's Incarnation II; Akiko Ushijima's Distorted Melody; Mamoru Fujieda's Gamelan Cherry (Part 1 & 2); Somei Satoh's SHU (Spells) (4th movement).
Wednesday, July 24 - Ashley Bathgate, cello, performs Jacob Cooper's Arches; Peteris Vasks The Book (Part II); Daniel Bjarnason's Bow To String (I. Sorrow Conquers Happiness, II. Blood to Bones, III. Air to Breath); Tim Hansen's Traveler.
Thursday, July 25 - The music of Michael Gordon performed by summer festival fellows and faculty: Tree-Oh; For Madeleine, Yo Shakespeare.
Friday, July 26 - The music of David Lang, performed by summer festival ensembles: revolutionary etude #1; miracle ear; wed; cheating, lying, stealing.
Saturday, July 27 - Todd Reynolds' Soundpainting Orchestra
Monday, July 29 - TEN WORLD PREMIERES by the composition fellows of the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA: Adam Cuthbert, Erik DeLuca, Alex Dowling, Stephen Feigenbaum, Ben Hjertmann, Finola Merivale, Emma O'Halloran, Brendon Randall-Myers, Max Stoffregen, and Liza White. More info. here.
Tuesday, July 30 - Music for bass quartet: David Sánchez, Pat Swoboda, Ben Willis, and Gregg August perform Tom Nazziola's Palmas (world premiere); Christopher Culpo's Of Ground, of Air, or Ought and Poem 372 by Emily Dickinson; Gregg August's A Humble Tribute to Guaguancó.
Wednesday, July 31 - Saxophone quartet: Kendra Emery, Zach Herchen, Olivia Shortt, and Ken Thomson perform Ken Thomson's 4+4; Tim Berne's Repulsion; Donnacha Dennehy's Rooney's Centre for mild, medium-lasting, artificial happiness; Michael Gordon's The Low Quartet; Gregg August's Affirmation.
Thursday, Aug 1 - performances by the summer festival ensembles - music by Louis Andriessen, Marc Mellits, Donnacha Dennehy
Friday, Aug 2 -TBA
Saturday, July 20 - 11:30am - Kids Can Too! Invite the whole family to play along with Festival faculty and fellows.
Monday, July 22 - 7pm - Special showing of the film These Birds Walk with Q&A by the film's composer - Bang on a Can faculty member Todd Reynolds. At Images Cinema in Williamstown, MA. More info. and tickets here.
Wednesday, July 24 - 9pm - Bang on a Can fellows play Latin music at the Mohawk Pub
Thursday, July 25 - 7pm - Bang on a Can and Found Sound Nation perform outdoors on Main St. as part of the "Downstreet Arts" event
Wednesday, July 31 - 7pm - Concert at Windsor Lake