Exalted performed by Kronos Quartet and San Francisco Girls Choir

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:30pm

Kronos Festival 2019 kicks off with the Bay Area premiere of Stacy Garrop’s Glorious Mahalia, a work that celebrates gospel singer Mahalia Jackson through the words and spirit of oral historian and activist Studs Terkel. The San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe, joins Kronos to perform Michael Gordon’s requiem Exalted. Throughout the evening, writer Rebecca Solnit and others perform Voices of a People’s History, which brings to life the extraordinary stories of Americans who helped shape the country’s social movements. The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts’ Dragon String Quartet opens the show with Rhiannon Giddens’ composition for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future education initiative. More details to be announced; check below for up-to-date program information.


San Francisco, CA

"8" performed by Cello Octet Amsterdam

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 8:15pm

The Amsterdam Cello Octet cannot be missed during Dordt in Cello. This octet makes the work of a composer a true, enchanting experience. Michael Gorden's '8' is on the program tonight. Not only the Cello Octet Amsterdam brings the composer Michael Gordon into ecstasy - you are also drawn into it as an audience.

Dordrecht, Netherlands

'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by Manhattan Choral Ensemble

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Music, David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion has been hailed by Pitchfork as “the most profound and emotionally resonant work of [Lang’s] career.” The secular oratorio sets Hans Christian Andersen’s story in the format of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, elevating the doomed fairy tale heroine to a Christ-like figure. New Yorker Lang’s Passion will be paired with brand new compositions by innovative New York composers.

Manhattan Choral Ensemble
New York, NY

'crowd out' performed on LA Philharmonic's "Noon to Midnight"

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 12:00pm

Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang had the inspiration for crowd out during a soccer match in London, where he heard the thousands of untrained voices swell, crest, and recede – at times in unison, and at times in total contrast with one another. He composed this major vocal work for one thousand voices as a way of framing how we understand the excitement, fear, and loneliness we feel in crowds; the text itself was crowdsourced with the help of various Internet search engines.


LA Phil's Noon to Midnight
Walt Disney Hall
Los Angeles, CA

'prisoner of the state' performed by the New York Philharmonic (world premiere)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 7:30pm to Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 8:00pm

Don’t miss this contemporary take on Beethoven’s Fidelio. In prisoner of the state, our climactic season finale, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang transforms the classic opera into an exploration of challenging an evil government, putting a fresh lens on the fall of a political tyrant. The Philharmonic — an integral part of the drama — serves as witness in this fully staged opera.

David Geffen Hall
New York , NY

‘killer’ and 'LAD' performed by Sean Shibe (guitar)

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:00pm

Acoustic and electric, ancient and modern, traditional and innovative... Sean Shibe brings modern classic Electric Counterpoint (Steve Reich) together with mellow, old and new tunes; the driving sound of Julia Wolfe’s LAD (originally for 9 bagpipes) plays against the gentle melancholy of Peter Maxwell Davies’ hugely popular Farewell to Stromness. Join him as he goes electric, fusing ancient ambient Scotland with pulsating modern New York.

Wigmore Hall
London, United Kingdom

'pierced' performed by Blaricum Music Festival

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 9:00pm

We’re very honoured to have award winning (Pulitzer Prize, Oscar nominations, Musical America’s Composer of the Year etc.) American composer David Lang in Blaricum on this 4th of July (Independence Day)! Next to two wonderful pieces by Mozart (for winds) and Dvořák (for strings) we’ll experience the Dutch Premiere of David Lang’s ‘Pierced’ for cello, piano, percussion soloists and string orchestra. It’s a highly energetic piece with a fantastic climax. Really a journey you don’t want to miss!

Blaricum Music Festival
Blaricum, Netherlands

'the public domain' performed by Nederlands Kamerkoor

Friday, July 5, 2019 to Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Netherlands Chamber Choir and the International Choir Biennial are joining forces for a unique and ambitious project: The Public Domain. The goal: to fill the public space with choral singing. 1000 singers sing David Langs Public Domain at two unique locations: the Zuidas in Amsterdam and the Schalkwijk district in Haarlem. And you can participate!

International Choir Biennale
the Zuidas
Amsterdam, Netherlands

'the day' and 'world to come' performed by Maya Beiser with choreography by Lucinda Childs and danced by Wendy Whelan [World premiere]

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 to Sunday, August 4, 2019

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

Jacob's Pillow
Doris Duke Theatre
Lenox, MA