Vox Humana presents choral repertoire spanning over 500 years. Works by Dvorák, Ešenvalds, Gesualdo, Pärt, Rheinberger, and from the composer of “the little match girl passion”, the British Columbia premiere of David Lang’s “the national anthems” accompanied by the Emily Carr String Quartet. The concert will also feature “Bush Chord”, a newly commissioned work by Victoria composer Tobin Stokes, as well as “Woefully Arrayed” by John McCabe, and written for Stile Antico.
Upcoming Shows (view archive of past shows)
Jean Mouton (1459-1522):
Ave Maria Virgo Serena
Anon. 14. årh.:
Dole Super Te - Absolon Fili mi
Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474):
Lamentatio Sanctae Matris Ecclesia
(i) Herodes Iratus; (ii) Vox in Rama
Ave Sanctissima Maria
David Lang (b.1957):
where you go
Andrew Hamilton (b.1977):
Everything is Ridiculous
Howard Skempton (b.1947):
More Sweet than my Refrain
Steve Reich (b.1936):
Clapping Music (arr. Paul Hillier)
Terry Riley (b.1935):
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (1932-2016):
Tre Stadier (Three Stages)
I. In the Streets
II. In the Woods
III. Streets, Woods, - Like as the Waves
Performances by Sō, Theo Bleckmann, and Wolfgang
After party at 10pm featuring Round Peg Square Hole
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Tickets to main benefit $300 each
Tickets to after party $25 each (already included for main benefit attendees) - beginning at 10pm, doors open for a special performance by Square Peg Round Hole!
The Bang on a Can All-Stars travel to Athens Greece for two shows!
June 18 - 8:30pm - Music for Airports
June 19 - 9:00pm - Anthracite Fields with the Fons Musicalis choir.
Both shows are FREE!
Anonymous Man is a concert-length work from Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon. The text is drawn from real life—Gordon's experiences living in a changing neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, meeting his future wife (the composer Julia Wolfe), raising a family, and especially encounters with two homeless men who lived across the street. The piece reaches a surprising epiphany—after the bombing of the neighboring World Trade Center, and a few years later when one of the homeless men dies and Gordon watches the outpouring of sympathy from the community—that evokes Lincoln's funeral train going through the streets of Manhattan, including Desbrosses. The interplay of personalities is beautifully rendered in music, springing from Michael’s conversations with the homeless men—serious, funny, mysterious, poetic, and mundane.
Enter the world of the gods, spirits, and shamans of ancient Chinese myths and poetry in this evening-length work co-composed by Lao Luo and Bang on a Can Co-Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.
Your guide is the extraordinary Chinese vocalist Gong Linna, whose dynamic voice travels across vast terrains of sonic colors. Her adventurous artistic range that embraces Chinese folk, pop, and avant-garde art music has drawn comparisons to Björk. Singing in both Mandarin and English, she joins the ever-intrepid Bang on a Can All-Stars for a thrilling cross-cultural voyage through dramatic musical landscapes, from groove-driven melodies and lyrical meditations to punk back beats and stratospheric vocalizations.
The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. The residency portion of the project is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music and runs from July 17-Aug 6. The cornerstone of the residency are the public performances which run from July 19- Aug 5. The performances include daily recitals by faculty and fellows of the residency in the MASS MoCA galleries (free with museum admission), additional free performances in the community, and a festival finale blow-out concert - a 6 hour performance in the Hunter Center on Aug 5! More information coming soon.
Kick-off to a special West Coast festival of JLA’s work: Listening Party with John Luther Adams and Randall Kline
On this first night of the John Luther Adams Festival, JACK Quartet performs music from the album The Wind in High Places, including the pastoral 2011 title piece as well as the 2015 quartets Canticles of the Sky and untouched, and Dream of the Canyon Wren (2013), a work composed specifically for the JACK Quartet.
For the second night of the John Luther Adams Festival, JACK Quartet performs the U.S. premiere of Everything That Rises, a new work composed specifically for the JACK Quartet.
Named for the iconic human-shaped stone monuments erected by indigenous peoples of the Arctic to mark important locations, Inuksuit is intended to create a harmonious marriage of music and geography that allows the audience to create their own experience as they move within the vast performance area. As listeners’ walk, the balance between various musicians located within the space changes, mixed with the natural sounds of the environment – a primary aspect of the concept JLA calls “sonic geography.” The recording of the work won the 2015 GRAMMY Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition,” and filmmaker Len Kamerling’s feature-length film Strange and Sacred Noise includes footage of the piece performed on the tundra in Alaska. Percussionist and composer Doug Perkins directs this event held in a public location to be named soon.
Composed in 2005, Veils and Vesper is a four-part electronic soundscape that evolves slowly and organically over its six-hour duration in the hallowed confines of Grace Cathedral. Presented as an audio installation, the piece, and the audience’s experience of it, constantly shifts and changes as listeners move around the space. Like few other musical experiences presented at Grace, Veils and Vesper will take full advantage of the cathedral’s unique acoustic properties and natural 7-second delay.
Percussionist Doug Perkins and pianist Vicki Ray perform solo and duo compositions on this final night of the John Luther Adams Festival:
Red Arc / Blue Veil
Bang on a Can represents all that is most gleefully non-conformist and boundary-breaking in new music. Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, this pioneering American artistic collective and its three composer-directors, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, bring their signature energy to this Late Night Prom, together with their six-piece amplified ensemble.
The All-Stars perform classic works by Wolfe, Lang and Louis Andriessen alongside an 80th-birthday tribute to Philip Glass and a world premiere by Michael Gordon, performed by the Proms Youth Ensemble. Expect propulsive rhythms and plenty of big grooves.
Michael Gordon: Big Space
David Lang: sunray
Julia Wolfe: Big Beautiful Dark & Scary
Philip Glass: Closing
Louis Andriessen: Workers Union