CMF: Sō Brooklyn, Sō Boulder, Sō Percussion

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 7:30pm

The 2016 CMF Presenting Series opens with a stunning program by Brooklyn based ensemble, Sō Percussion, current Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University.  Described by the New Yorker as “an exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” a performance by Sō Percussion is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat!  

Chautauqua Auditorium
900 Baseline Rd.
Boulder, CO 80302

'memorial ground' performed by East Neuk Festival (world premiere)

Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 5:00pm

The title, ‘Memorial Ground’ has a double meaning. It refers to the battlefield itself, but a ‘ground’ in music is also a chord sequence that repeats over and over, on top of which you can add extra lines. David Lang’s ground will be a few minutes long and will repeat as needed, the way that hymns repeat. This will serve as a ‘bed’ for solos that will be sung or spoken over it. These solos are one place where every choir can bring their own choices to bear: David will provide melodies without words so each choir can choose and set words that reflect their own thoughts on the battle centenary. This could be a poem, a prayer, a roll call of the fallen from the local War Memorial; other texts such as letters, diaries or personal accounts.

Cambo Barn
St Andrews, FIF KY16 8QD United Kingdom

'simple song #3' performed by the Seattle Symphony

Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 8:00pm

LIVE WITH THE SILVER SCREEN The Symphony in Hollywood

Lights! Camera! Music! Hollywood brought together the best composers on earth with visionary film directors, and the movies accessed new dimensions of action and suspense. Film clips come to life on a giant screen with the Seattle Symphony playing music from Gone with the Wind to “Glory” from Selma.

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

'make peace' performed by The Crossing (world premiere)

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 8:00pm

Jeff Quartets is a concert-length set of fifteen new works for four voices, presented as a journey over an evening. Unlike many of the works we sing, with divisi ranging from 8 to 24 voices, the quartets will be for 4 parts only; a simple tribute to a musical form Jeff loved. Our composers: Louis Andriessen, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, William Brooks, Robert Convery, Eriks Esenvalds, Paul Fowler, Ted Hearne, Bo Holten, Gabriel Jackson, David Lang, Lansing McLoskey, Santa Ratniece, David Shapiro, Kile Smith, and Lewis Spratlan.

The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Sō Percussion at PS21 Chatham

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 8:00pm

On Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m. So Percussion will present a program of music and talk about their work at Summerfest, Chatham Village’s annual summer street fair. They’ll be at the stage in the village parking lot on Main Street. This program is free.

Sō Percussion: Steve Reich’s “Drumming” on the Lincoln Center Festival

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 8:00pm

The acclaimed quartet Sō Percussion brings their “impressive vitality” (Washington Post) to Reich’s 1971 breakthrough work, Drumming. Considered one of the first minimalist masterpieces, Drumming marks a major shift in Reich’s early work, when he applied processes he’d been developing with looped tapes to live performance. With kaleidoscopic textures that bloom from a single repeated rhythm, this major, four-part percussion work continues to intrigue and impress audiences 45 years after its premiere.

Lincoln Center - Alice Tully Hall
1941 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
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BOAC All-Stars Play Brian Eno’s Music For Airports

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 8:00pm

All-Stars bring Eno’s pioneering ambient work to life in an expanded performance that includes a full orchestra of festival fellows. The concert will also features new entries in the All-Stars’ Field Recordings project—new music interwoven with archival recordings—including works by Roomful of Teeth’s Caroline Shaw, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Gabriella Smith, Rene Lussier, and more.


Sō Percussion “Trilogy” at Lincoln Center Festival: Reich, Dessner, Lang

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 8:00pm

Shifting patterns rise and fall in hypnotic arcs in Steve Reich’s exuberant Music for Pieces of Wood (1973), performed entirely on pitched claves. A clear homage to Reich’s piece, Bryce Dessner’s atmospheric Music for Wood and Strings suspends similarly intricate patterns in clouds of reverb. The evening culminates in David Lang’s breakthrough percussion quartet, the so-called laws of nature, which reveals an entirely new realm of music through a whimsical orchestra of invented instruments, many constructed by the performers themselves.

Lincoln Center - Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
165 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

New Work for Crater Lake performed by the Britt Festival Orchestra (World premiere)

Friday, July 29, 2016 to Saturday, July 30, 2016

FREE to all park-goers

World Premiere Performance: 
Friday, July 29, 10 a.m. Watchman Overlook Corral. This performance is by invitation only, with vehicular transportation coordinated by Britt. In addition, walkers or cyclists are welcome to attend.

Performances at Picnic Hill, near the Rim Village:
Friday, July 29, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m.

Crater Lake National Park
OR 97604

Sō Percussion’s “Trilogy” at the Lincoln Center Festival: Xenakis, Ergün, Trueman

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 8:00pm

In Métaux, from Xenakis’s groundbreaking 1978 work Pleiades, ghostly overtones rise above the sharp pings of struck metal creating a truly otherworldly experience. Proximity, a contemplative 25-minute piece by the Turkish-born, Oakland-based composer and improviser Cenk Ergun, continues the sense that different combinations of metallic sounds—made here by bells, cymbals, vibes, glockenspiels, and tam tams—can unlock entirely “hypnotically meditative” new sonic realms (NewMusicBox). The crackle and fuzz of a needle dropping on vinyl opens Dan Trueman’s five-act story of man and machine in the digital age, which pulls in metronomes, drum machines, repurposed video game controllers, mics, amps, digital filters, and much more, all to dazzling effect.

Lincoln Center - Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
165 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023


Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 4:00pm

© Stephanie Berger

6-hour festival finale featuring more music by guest composer, Eco-Revolutionary John Luther Adams, plus a special renditions of Steve Reich’s early classic Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ, Julia Wolfe’s raucous Tell Me Everything, and a world premiere by Bang on a Can All-Star and festival favorite, Ken Thomson.

MASS MoCA - Hunter Center
North Adams, MA 01247

Sō Percussion’s “Trilogy” on the Lincoln Center Festival: Cage, Lansky, Mackey

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 8:00pm

The earliest piece planned for Sō Percussion’s trilogy of concerts, John Cage’s Third Construction from 1942, represents a landmark in composing for percussion. Here, instruments from around the world—including rattles, drums, tin cans, claves, cowbells, lion’s roar, cymbal, ratchet, teponaxtle, quijades, cricket caller, and conch shell—are arranged and re-arranged into various combinations to create an astonishing array of colors and rhythms. The second piece, Paul Lansky’s Threads, is one of the most popular works ever written for percussion ensemble. Structured like a Baroque cantata, it swings between moments of intense delicacy and ecstatic drumming. Finally, the four mini-concertos of Steve Mackey’s It Is Time marshal the virtuosity of the individual members of Sō Percussion to speed up, slow down, warp, celebrate, and mourn our perceptions of time.

Lincoln Center - Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
165 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

John Luther Adams: Dream in White on White

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 8:15pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra with the Music School Festival Orchestra 
Rossen Milanov, conductor 

John Luther Adams, Dream in White On White 
R. Strauss, Eine Alpensinfonie, op. 64

Chautauqua Amphitheater
1 Ames Ave
Chautauqua, NY 14722

Sō at the Chautauqua Festival

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 4:00pm

With its innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope of the modern percussion ensemble. Sō Percussion creates and presents new collaborative works to adventurous and curious audiences — come be curious!

Lenna Hall at the Chautauqua Institution
One Ames Ave
Chautauqua, NY 14722

Inuksuit - John Luther Adams

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

A performance like no other Bravo! has ever done. Scored for 9 to 99 percussionists across a vast outdoor space, “Inuksuit,” composed by Grammy Award-winner John Luther Adams, was described by The New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece.” Presented in Maloit Park with 66 percussionists, “Inuksuit” provides a unique and individualized listening experience. As the soundscape builds you walk through the piece visiting small collections of players or lone instrumentalists who, as they move to various performing stations, weave apparent randomness into a stunning cohesion. 


Maloit Park
Minturn, CO 81645
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Inuksuit - John Luther Adams

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 1:30pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

Premiered in New York in 2012 “Inuksuit,” written for nine to 99 percussionists, strives to provide an ever-changing soundtrack to the enormity of the earth itself. The composer, Pulitzer-Prize-winner John Luther Adams, has said of it, “At a certain point the music becomes too big for the concert hall, so then you have no choice but to move outside.” The New Yorker’s Alex Ross has described the work as “the ultimate environmental piece.”

The epic composition for large percussion ensemble will be performed on the David Karetsky Music Lawn outside the Benedict Music Tent August 7. Listeners are invited to wander freely through the (musical and actual) landscape, so not only is each performance unique, so is the journey of each individual listener. Inuksuit is a co-production of the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival and School.


David Karetsky Music Lawn
960 N. 3rd Street
Aspen, CO 81611
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Sila: The Breath of the World - John Luther Adams

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 4:00pm

Wander around the Riverwalk Center Lawn and be part of the “ecological listening” this unique composition by John Luther Adams celebrates. Musicians of the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra are set loose from the conductor’s baton and allowed to play at their own tempo, with just one condition: each sustained tone or rising phrase lasts the length of a full exhalation. The composer’s deep concern with the interactions between humans and environment are exhibited, and what results, as Adams says, is “the breath of the world, the memories of not just one of us, but all of us.” Co-presented with Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA).

Riverwalk Center Lawn
150 W Adams Ave.
Breckenridge, CO 80424

'public domain' performed by Mostly Mozart Festival chorus at Lincoln Center (world premiere)

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 5:00pm


Is there anything more celebratory than singing together? This year, experience the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang’s the public domain featuring a 1,000-voice volunteer choir. Led by renowned choral conductor Simon Halsey and presented outdoors on Lincoln Center’s iconic campus, the piece honors the shared knowledge that connects us all. It will be both an artistic revelation and an unforgettable community event.

Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023

Amber Waves of Grain performed by the Britt Festival Orchestra

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 8:00pm

American composer Julia Wolfe won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2015. The Wall Street Journal wrote that Wolfe has "long inhabited a terrain of [her] own, a place where classical forms are recharged by the repetitive patterns of minimalism and the driving energy of rock." The orchestra will perform her 1988 work Amber Waves of Grain. 

Britt Pavilion
350 S 1st St
Jacksonville, OR 97530

Inuksuit - John Luther Adams

Saturday, August 27, 2016

© Shawn Brackbill

More than 60 percussionists will come together to perform John Luther Adams’s “Inuksuit,” an epic outdoor piece that has helped to redefine what live musical experience can be in the 21st-century. Rite of Summer will be presenting two afternoon performances of “Inuksuit,” a work the New York Times has called “the ultimate environmental piece.”

1pm and 3pm


Governors Island at Nolan Park
New York, NY 11231
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'darker' performed by St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at Liquid Music with film by Suzanne Bocanegra

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 8:00pm

David Lang, one of America’s preeminent living composers and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music, brings his contemplative work darker to Saint Paul for its Midwest premiere. Scored for 12 strings, darker is more of an object than a piece of music, weaving together intricate solo lines into a delicate and subtly emotional fabric. “My piece, like life, expends a lot of effort to go a very short distance,” says Lang. “From beautiful to a little less beautiful, from a little light to something a little darker.” The score to darker invites performers to add a live visual or lighting design to their performance, choosing from elements created by New York based visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra.

Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102

'the little match girl passion' performed by Pro Coro Canada ConSept

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 9:00pm

Pro Coro Canada ConSept provides a late evening meditation during the busy season of Advent, with David Lang’s spare yet incredibly fulfilling Little Match Girl Passion.  Introduced by the Dean of All Saints’ Cathedral, the Very Rev. Neil Gordon, this one hour candlelight performance showcases a quartet of singers who also play the glockenspiel and other percussion instruments.

All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral
10035 103 St NW
Edmonton, AB Canada
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'the little match girl passion' staged by R. B. Schlather at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:00pm

From the haunting Hans Christian Anderson story comes this Pulitzer Prize-winning parable. Composed by David Lang, it's influenced by Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and described as "poignant...and consoling" (New York Times). This performance is staged by R. B. Schlather whose directorial vision was hailed by the New York Times as "intriguing" and "inventive" in The Met's magical Medieval Sculpture Hall.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Mediaeval Hall
1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028
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