'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by Ensemble L’Homme Armé

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 9:00pm

On the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the construction of the Church

PresentationBiographiesGuillaume Dufay was the most influential composer in Europe in the mid-fifteenth century. Like many other musicians of the time, he used to travel to the continent following princes and popes. In his wanderings he worked for the most important musical chapels, in particular for the papal chapel in Rome. His music had a great diffusion and was transcribed, distributed and played wherever the polyphony had taken root. Among the successive generations, few composers have not absorbed elements of his style. The hymn Ave maris stella was sung during the Vespers of the Virgin . In the modern liturgy the Alma redemptorisit is sung at the end of Compline, from the Saturday before the first Sunday of Advent, until the second vespers of the Purification (2 February). The motand Mirandas parit urbs was probably composed while Dufay was in Florence, at the service of the papal chapel, during the Council which was held in Florence thanks to the influence of the Medici. As for the Supremum est mortalibus , the occasion was the ceremony for the signing of a peace treaty. 
The American composer David Lang was born in 1957. In 2008 he won the Pulitzer Prize for the opera The little match girl passion, and in 2013 he was named Composer of the Year by the magazine Musical America. His music is influenced, in a very special blend, influences of modernism, minimalism and rock.

Florence, Italy

'death speaks' performed by City Music Foundation

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 8:00pm

Premiered alongside his acclaimed the little match girl passion, this haunting song cycle continues its moving comparison between the worlds of the living and the dead. With lyrics drawn solely from the songs of Franz Schubert, who personified Death numerous times, Lang "connects the dots between Romantic morbidity and emo rock" (The New York Times). death speaks is paired with songs and instrumental numbers by Dowland, Ravel, JS Bach, Kurtág and Jonny Greenwood, as well as by Schubert himself.

The performers include two City Music Foundation Artists: Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano) and Andrey Lebedev (guitar). Not often open to the public, Barts Pathology Museum is a Victorian gallery hidden at the top of St Bartholomew’s Hospital; it houses over 5000 medical specimens displayed over 3 mezzanine levels.

St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Barts Pathology Museum
London, United Kingdom

'cheating, lying, stealing' performed by Ensemble MidVest

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 10:00pm

A late night concert, where we focus on music by the Danish composer Bent Sørensen, who will fill 60 years in 2018.


For the 16th year in a row, the beautiful old manor house forms the framework of the Nørre Vosborg Chamber Music Festival. As always, it is Ensemble MidtVest, which draws the artistic content of the festival and presents the audience for the absolute best chamber music spiced with exciting, internationally international guests. This year's festival guest is the young German percussionist Johannes Fischer, who can be experienced in self-composited works based on the Renaissance and Baroque times as well as brand new tones of, among others, the American composer David Lang. As always, there are some intense days of classical music from the sun rising until the sun sets.

Nørre Vosborg Chamber Music Festival
Nørre Vosborg, Denmark


Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 4:00pm

Caramoor throws open its gates and invites you to discover John Luther Adams’s Inuksuit, an epic outdoor piece performed by more than 60 percussionists and other instrumentalists, directed by Doug Perkins. Inuksuit calls for the audience to wander outside among musicians playing an incredible array of instruments including conch shells, sirens, gongs, bells, drums, cymbals, and glockenspiels, dispersed throughout the landscape.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Katonah, NY

The Vermeer Room performed by Tokyo Sinfonietta

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 10:00pm

Tokyo Symphonyetta The 43rd Regular Concert 
Music From Japan Japan in TOKYO 
Encounter with Music Japan · USA · Canada
Date and time: Saturday, July 7, 2018 18 
: 00 Opening venue: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Small Hall 【Program】 New Shin virtue In the Deep Sea II (2006) Zosha di Castri (1985-) "Cortège" (2010) Julia (1947-) "Piano Quintet - Soul Shape" (2018) Naoko Hishinuma · Wolf (1958 -): "The Vermeer Room" (1989) Anthony Chan (1982 -) "vis-à-vis" (2010) Conductor: Yasuaki Itakura Performance: Tokyo Sinfonietta Admission: JPY 4,000 / student 2,000 yen (All seats free) Ticket reservation: Tokyo Concerts 03-3200-9755 (Monday - Friday 10: 00 ~ 18: 00)        (booked at HP, payable / received at Seven Eleven) Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Ticket Service

The Vermeer Room

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA

Monday, July 9, 2018 to Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is a 3-week residency and festival of today's most exciting new music. We invite 40 performers and composers from all over the world to learn from and play alongside our faculty, the world's most accomplished contemporary musicians. Applications for the residency are now online and due Jan 9. The public performances include free performances in the community, recitals in the gallery and a blowout festival finale on July 28. More performance details to be listed in the spring.

Our special guest composer for 2018 is Steve Reich!


North Adams, MA 01247

Quartet & Piano Phase

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 8:00pm
Orli Shaham, piano & ensemble, Aspen Music Festival and School Harris Concert Hall
Aspen , CO

Terry & Gyan

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

We are presenting a full-length program of Terry's music: intricate and often improvisational structures containing elements of minimalism, jazz, ragtime, and North Indian raga, the combination of which have defined Terry's diverse and prolific career.

Oval Space
London, United Kingdom

'man made' performed by So Percussion with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 8:15pm

ō’s repertoire ranges from “classics” of the 20th century, by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis, et al, to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers such as Caroline Shaw, David Lang, Steve Mackey, and Paul Lansky, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall, including vocalist Shara Nova, electronic duo Matmos, the groundbreaking Dan Deacon, legendary drummer Bobby Previte, jam band kings Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, choreographer Shen Wei, and composer and leader of The National, Bryce Dessner, among many others.


Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Ampitheater
Chautauqua, NY


Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 8:00pm
Music Academy Of The West Hanh Hall
Santa Barbara, CA

In the Name of the Earth (World premiere)

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 3:00pm

Join together with hundreds of neighbors, visitors, and singers in the northernmost part of Central Park for the world premiere of In the Name of the Earth, a large-scale choral work by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Luther Adams. In this commission for four choirs led by the incomparable Simon Halsey, nearly 800 experienced and amateur singers transform the names of North American rivers, lakes, mountains, and deserts into a communal meditation on Adams’s holy trinity: the Earth, the Water, and the Holy Wind. Experience geography in sight and sound as you move around the beautiful water of the Harlem Meer and through an enveloping sound world created by 360-degree singing.


Lincoln Center
New York City, NY

'manifesto' performed by Opera National du Rhin

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 8:00pm

Philippe Arlaud invites you to join forces with conductor Claire Levacher at the head of the Linea ensemble at an unexpected event with unexpected surprises and unusual complicities. In a setting where lights and video will have the share and will transform the Opera House, events will not fail with the world premiere of Francesco Alvarado (1984), the French creations of Singing Garden by Toshio Hosokawa (1955 °) and Rhondda Rips It Up!(excerpts) by Elena Langer (1974) and the performance by a men's choir of a work by David Lang (1957). In the second part of this show with which Musica and L'Ososphère are associated, dancers of the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin directed by young choreographers and accompanied by DJs will invest a surprise and convince you that the title of this evening is not usurped ...

Opera House
Strasbourg, France

'manifesto' performed by Opera National du Rhin

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 8:00pm

Philippe Arlaud invites you to join forces with conductor Claire Levacher at the head of the Linea ensemble at an unexpected event with unexpected surprises and unusual complicities. In a setting where lights and video will have the share and will transform the Opera House, events will not fail with the world premiere of Francesco Alvarado (1984), the French creations of Singing Garden by Toshio Hosokawa (1955 °) and Rhondda Rips It Up!(excerpts) by Elena Langer (1974) and the performance by a men's choir of a work by David Lang (1957). In the second part of this show with which Musica and L'Ososphère are associated, dancers of the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin directed by young choreographers and accompanied by DJs will invest a surprise and convince you that the title of this evening is not usurped ...

Opera House
Strasbourg, France

'wed' arranged for piano trio performed by Fidelio Trio

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 8:00pm

Glass recently invited Fidelio Trio to New York to record two works for release on his Orange Mountain Label. Pendulum, with its classic undulating Glass-isms is the result of one of these recordings, and here receives its European Premiere.

Kevin Volans composed his plaintive and evocative Third Piano Trio Le Tombeau des Regrets for Fidelio Trio in 2017 and this marks its London premiere. Bang on a Can founder David Lang has made a new version of his 1995 still song wed for piano trio. And lastly, three new trios by cult esoteric musical figure John Zorn receive their UK premieres.

King's Place Hall One
London, United Kingdom

'evening morning day', 'where you go', 'solitary', 'again (after ecclesiastes)' performed by Cappella Amsterdam

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 8:15pm

An a cappella program full of reflection 

People come, people go and the world always exists. That is the theme of Again and again , in which the old master Josquin des Prez (c.1450 / 55-1521) and the contemporary American composer David Lang (and others) sing the cycle of life then and now: from beginning to end from grief and punishment to love, reconciliation and resignation. An a cappella program full of reflection.

Of course there are huge differences between the music of Josquin des Prez and David Lang, but there is also an important similarity, which effortlessly bridges five centuries of history. Time, or rather the elimination of time, plays a crucial role in the works of both composers. The idea of ​​being a whirling leaf in eternity blows through the works of both composers.

Muziekgebouw Grote Zaal
Amsterdam, Netherlands

'the mile long opera' performed at The High Line (world premiere)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:00pm to Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

For five consecutive nights, October 3-7, 2018, 1,000 singers from across New York will come together on the High Line for the first-ever performances of The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock – an ambitious, collective, free choral work that shares personal stories from hundreds of New Yorkers about life in our rapidly changing city. 

The stories sung in the The Mile-Long Opera have been gathered through first-hand interviews with residents throughout the city, asking what 7:00 pm means to them. They reveal a vast spectrum of feelings and perspectives—and, by extension, represent the diverse character of the city’s inhabitants and their individual experiences. 
Set in one of the most dynamic public spaces for observing New York City and its multitude of intersecting lives, The Mile-Long Opera invites audiences to move in and out of groups of singers as they walk along the High Line. 

At the heart of the work is an extensive community engagement initiative that activates non-profit cultural organizations across all five boroughs. Six Anchor Partners serve as a hub for engaging local audiences—from recruiting singers, to holding and welcoming the public for open rehearsals and workshops, to hosting social and cultural events in the lead-up to the October performances.


The High Line
New York , NY

'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by The Singers-MCA

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00pm to Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 8:00pm

The Singers begin the season with two striking works – David Lang’s little match girl passion, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music. This stark setting of Hans Christian Andersen’s lonely tale combines with texts from Picander’s libretto for Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion to highlight the suffering and lonliness of the young child. Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, performed with chamber orchestra, is a soaring reflection on the light in times of darkness.

Minneapolis, MN

'the little match girl passion' performed by FolkOperan

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

The girl with the sulfur sticks is Hans Christian Andersen's most tragic saga. It's the story of the girl who, on New Year's Eve, is getting barefoot in the snow, in vain to sell sulfur sticks nobody wants to buy. For fear, she dares not go home to her father without selling some. With frozen fingers she turns the sulfur sticks one by one. They turn on and off. Delivered to her destiny in a world of absent adults, the girl is found deadless, frozen to death, on New Year's Day.

Those who had been able to give the girl food and shelter, bought her sulfur sticks and maybe saved her life, now singing with sadness and sadness, her painful story on the stage of Folkoperan. The work is performed in a processed version of David Lang's passion story  The Little Match Girl Passion . The performance is influenced by improvised elements, audience interaction, music by Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš and choreographed movements, signed by internationally-performing choreographer Örjan Andersson.  

In collaboration with Ersta Sköndal Bräcke College, Martin Åsander, composer and vocalist in VoNo, writes new compositional music about children's rights and vulnerability based on seven professors' reflections and scientific texts on the history of HC Andersen.

Vokalensemblen VoNo (formerly Voces Nordicae) was formed in 1999 and consists of twelve singers and the artistic director and conductor Lone Larsen. With Stockholm as a base, they have been touring around the country and internationally, and received great attention for their innovative performances. By constantly challenging traditional driving standards, VoNo creates a unique stage platform where classical a cappella, folk music, improvisation and poetry are united in musical euphoria.

Stockholm, Sweden

Terry Riley & Gyan Riley

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 8:00pm

It’s possibly hard to do justice in words to the influence of Terry Riley on so much adventurous music that has emerged over the past half century. Take his legendary In C, a simple piece of musical genius that still resonates as loudly in impact today and perhaps achieving more widespread influence than ever currently since its first recorded appearance in 1968. Add in his sublime minimalist keyboard recordings such as Shri Camel and A Rainbow In Curved Air, his early tape work, his collaborations with Pandit Pran Nath, John Cale, La Monte Young – a huge favourite on the TUSK team, a huge influence on our listening and so much of the music we love and bring to the festival.

So it is fitting, in the year that TUSK makes the move to expand its reach into Sage’s Hall One, that it is Terry Riley that takes us there. Terry will perform in a duo with his son Gyan, who has a growing discography of his own that includes releases on labels such as John Zorn’s Tzadik and has worked with Zakir Hussian, Dawn Upshaw and many others.

Tusk Festival
London, United Kingdom

Terry Riley & Gyan Riley

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 8:00pm

This larger-than-life character created, in the early 1960s, an unconventional minimalist musical style that inspired many: Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Brian Eno, John Cale and The Who's Pete Townshend. It is accompanied by Tracy Silverman and his son Gyan Riley that he comes to present us Terry Riley : Live at 85! This concert brings together all the complexity of his work, elements of minimalism, jazz, ragtime and Indian raga, whose combination defines Riley's diverse and prolific career. On the program, Tracy Silverman and his electric violin will offer excerpts from the album The Palmian Chord Ryddle . Terry Riley, accompanied by his son Gyan, will then present some key works from his repertoire, including Salome Dances for Peace and Emerald Runner. A dream project, enhanced by this unique complicity between father and son.

Palais Montcalm
Quebec City , Canada

new work for Cello Octet Amsterdam (world premiere)//new work for Ashley Bathgate (world premiere)

Saturday, October 20, 2018

For New York composer Michael Gordon, minimal music holds no secrets. Over the course of 30 years, he turned the minimal idiom completely inside out and found his own composing language. Gordon’s language could still be called ‘minimal music’ but sounds nothing like Reich, Glass, or Louis Andriessen, the foremost inspirer of the three Bang on a Can composers. The composer wants this new work – which lasts an hour – to be performed in an intimate setting ‘with the audience seated around it.’ The Muziekgebouw’s Grote Zaal will be specially adapted for this performance.

Cello Biennale Amsterdam Muziekgebouw
Amsterdam, Netherlands

'the day' and 'world to come' performed by Maya Beiser at Cello Biennale

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 8:00pm to Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:00pm

In the spotlights this Cello Biennale: Bang on a Can! The famous composers trio from New York, with Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, who never see their music as separate from what’s happening in society. Thirty years ago, still very unknown, they started a marathon for new music in a small stage in Downtown New York, now they are all three world famous. Music of all three composers will be performed in various concerts and settings throughout the Biennale.

Cello Biennale Bimhuis
Amsterdam, Netherlands