In the outdoor sculpture garden at the Noguchi Museum, Ned Rothenberg will present original and traditional solo work for shakuhachi, the end blown Japanese bamboo flute. He will also perform works on the clarinet and alto saxophone, which are informed by his travels back and forth to Japan throughout the last 35 years.
“Julia Wolfe’s Her Story,…has a ferocity that is literally written into the score, but also an absence of resolution as it looks back to suffrage with one wary eye toward the future steps this country still needs to take for something resembling true equality.”
“Wolfe’s style of clear, direct vocal expression landed with unmissable impact.”
Her Story invokes the words of historical figures and the spirit of pivotal moments to pay tribute to the centuries of ongoing struggle for equal rights, representation, and access to democracy for women in America. The 30-minute piece for orchestra and women’s vocal ensemble incorporates text from throughout the history of women’s fight for equality, ranging from a letter written by Abigail Adams, to words attributed to Sojourner Truth, to public attacks directed at women protesting for the right to vote, to political satire, and is the latest in a series of Wolfe’s compositions highlighting monumental and turbulent moments in American history and culture, and the people—both real and imagined, celebrated and forgotten—that defined them. NPR describes Julia Wolfe as “our labor documentarian, tackling historic issues that resonate today… By marrying history and music, Wolfe forces us to look to our past to protect our future.”
The immersive, visual performances will be directed by Anne Kauffman with scenic and lighting design by Jeff Sugg, costumes by Marion Talan de la Rosa, and produced by Bang on a Can.
Her Story was Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the National Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony and with the generous support of Linda and Stuart Nelson.
Each day during the Summer Festival we share incredible new music from Fellows and Faculty. Join us 1:30 pm for a spotlight on the Bang on a Can Fellows, in rotating galleries. Just check at the Museum entrance for details. And then at 4:30 pm one of our world renowned faculty perform a concert of their own choosing. And it’s always FREE with Museum.
Today Thursday at 1:30 pm
Work Title: My Mountain Top
Composer: Andy Scott
Performer: Jessica Scott, alto flute
Work Title: Interludium
Composer: Jeppe Ernst
Performer: Katerina Anagnostidou
Work Title: Fjögur lög með millispilum
Composer: Finnur Karlsson
Performer: Thórgunnur Anna Örnólfsdóttir, voice
Work Title: Musique de table
Composer: Thierry de Mey
Performers: Natasa Hadjiandreou, Erika Dohi, and Victor Sintchak – percussion
Gallery: The Prow
Work Title: I’m Sure You Will
Composer: Andrew Noseworthy
Performers: Yaz Lancaster and Friends (open instrumentation)
Our friends at MASS MoCA are so incredible. Who else would let us take over a living Museum, its galleries and grounds, for three days of non-stop music? The 2022 festival happened July 28-30, and now it’s but memories and oodles of audio and video recordings, many of which will make available on our archive as soon as possible. Thank you to all who played and listened!
In the meantime, you can check out the program that was, by clicking through to the LOUD Weekend mini-site.
The 2018 Carnegie Hall performance of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Anthracite Fields was one of the season’s most unforgettable events. Inspired by the lives of Pennsylvania coal miners, Wolfe uses oral histories, interviews with miners and their families, speeches, and children’s stories in moving musical tableaux that depicts their plight. Hear this “major profound work” (Los Angeles Times) for the first time or be moved by it once again.
Bang on a Can All-Stars The Choir of Trinity Wall Street – Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor
The May 6th First Friday with Robert Black will include 2 sonic delights. Miya Masaoka’s Four Moons of Pluto takes us to a beautiful, other-worldly place via a specially tuned double bass – pulsating overtones and beating harmonics are nested in a static and meditative soundscape. Valentine by Jacob Druckman delivers a cornucopia of taps, squeaks, whispers, thumps, bumps, and plucks with a timpani mallet in a theatrically tinged explosion of extended techniques.
Program: Four Moons of Pluto (2015) – Miya Masaoka Valentine (1969) – Jacob Druckman
“Right now – this minute – is an amazing time to love music. Musicians and listeners from every corner of the music world are pushing beyond their boundaries, questioning their roots, searching and stretching for the new. There has never been a time when music contained so much innovation and diversity, so much audacity and so much courage. And we want to show you all of it. With the creation of LONG PLAY we are presenting more kinds of musicians, playing more kinds of music, bending more kinds of minds. LONG PLAY expands and enlarges our scope and our reach, and puts more new faces on stages than ever before. It’s a lot of music!”
The 2018 Carnegie Hall performance of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Anthracite Fields was one of the season’s most unforgettable events. Inspired by the lives of Pennsylvania coal miners, Wolfe uses oral histories, interviews with miners and their families, speeches, and children’s stories in moving musical tableaux that depicts their plight. Hear the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street as they perform this “major profound work” (Los Angeles Times) for the first time or be moved by it once again.