"And what assures Lang’s hypnotic opera of being an inescapable winner is a mesmerizingly virtuosic performance by Rod Gilfry destined for the annals of opera."
Review of the 2018 Peoples Commissioning Fund concert at Merkin Hall, by Tristan McKay.
"And if there’s one thing to celebrate about Bang on a Can (other than the fabulous music), it is the warm sense of community: the vibe was something like a family reunion, with the house filled by students, founders, Bang on a Can Summer Festival alumni, composers and performers, and of course enthusiasts and supporters."
Bang on a Can at 30 - an article in 2-parts by Allan Kozinn!
"In May 1987, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon — three composers not long out of Yale University, in New York to kickstart their careers — decided to try mixing composition with entrepreneurship by presenting a 12-hour, new-music marathon at Exit Art, a gallery at Broadway and Prince Street, in SoHo."
"With a structure in place, anything was possible, and tendrils sprang rapidly."
"Perhaps the most radical notion that has taken root thanks to Bang on a Can is that of success through generosity, with composers attending each other’s concerts, playing each other’s music and founding record labels that foster new voices."