Tours

'i lie' performed by Hard-Chor

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 8:00pm

Toru Takemitsu - Vocalise I (from Wind horse) 
Jake Runestadt - Nyon Nyon 
Anton Webern - Dormi Jesu (from 5 canons op. 16) 
Aaron Copland - Help us, O Lord (from Four Motets) 
Aaron Copland - Thou, O Jehovah (out Four Motets) 
Aaron Copland - From Four Motets 
Aaron Copland - Sing to our King (from Four Motets) 
Toru Takemitsu - Vocalise II (from Wind horse) 
Thomas Jennefelt - Villarosa Sarialdi 
Per Norgard - Evening Song

Thomas Mandel - And you say 
Arvo Pärt - Virgencita 
John August Pamintuan - De profundis 
Eric Whitacre - Enjoy the silence 
Karl Jenkins - Exultate, jubilate 
Gabriel Jackson - Orbis patrons Optime 
David Lang - I lie

Gläserner Saal / Magna Auditorium, Musikverein Wien
Wien, Austria

'she is called' performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Series
Silent Voices is a multimedia, multi-composer, and multi-year series of concert works with spoken word conceived, produced and performed by Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Silent Voicesamplifies the voices of those silenced or marginalized in our communities and harnesses the power of young people to be instruments of change. The Chorus has commissioned a dynamic group of innovative artists to interpret rich personal stories and historical narratives exploring contemporary themes of identity, orientation, status, boundaries, and belonging.

This Show
Silent Voices: Lovestate, the third installment in the Silent Voices series, builds on the success of its earlier premieres at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, National Sawdust, and Prototype Festival, in a program including stand-out works from the earlier series and new premieres. In Lovestate, a dynamic roster of composers and artists collaborate with the choristers in confronting the challenges of division and categorization, racism, sexism, immigration, threats to our environment and our understanding of truth, as we seek to affirm our vision of a more inclusive and compassionate future—a world we can all look forward to. Unifying this musically and topically broad work is the distinctively versatile and beautiful sound of the rigorously-trained singers—a chorus of culturally and socioeconomically diverse New York City young people, ages 12–18. Commissioned composers for Lovestate include: Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Shara Nova, Paola Prestini, Toshi Reagon, Angelica Negron, Bora Yoon, and others.

Produced and Performed by Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Conceived and Conducted by Dianne Berkun Menaker
Chorus costumes provided by rag & bone

ASU Gammage
Tempe, AZ

So Percussion at the Royal Conservatory

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 8:00pm

Redefining the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble, Sō Percussion performs Amid the Noise by Jason Treuting alongside works by Vijay Iyer, Suzanne Farrin, and Donnacha Dennehy.

Amid the Noise is a patient study of musical spaces, using a few meaningful quotes for material and structure. Each piece is made up of a few layers of melody, harmony, drone, noise, and rhythm. Some of the elements are prescribed, but many are left open for the performer to explore.

Program:
Vijay Iyer: Torque
Suzanne Farrin: New Work TBD
Donnacha Dennehy: Broken Unison (premiered last week at Carnegie Hall).
Jason Treuting: amid the noise

Koerner Hall
Toronto, Canada

'manifesto' performed by Vancouver Chamber Choir

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 8:00pm

The final audition concert presents Erick Lichte, whom Vancouverites know as the Artistic Director of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir. His mostly contemporary and international repertoire will include John Tavener’s Village Wedding, David Lang’s manifesto, Eric Whitacre’s A Boy and a Girl and more music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Zachary Wadsworth, Roberto Caamaño, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Eleanor Daley, Jennifer Higdon, Steven Sametz, Felix Mendelssohn and George Gershwin.

Shaughnessy Heights United Church
Vancouver, Canada

Fire in my mouth performed by the New York Philharmonic and The Crossing Choir (world premiere)

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 8:00pm to Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 8:00pm

Jaap van Zweden conducts Julia Wolfe’s immersive visual and musical event — featuring lights, chamber choir, video, and projection — that explores a seminal event in New York City, the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 that killed more than 100 young immigrants. 

David Geffen Hall
New York , NY

MUTED performed by Monica Germino

Monday, January 28, 2019 to Wednesday, January 30, 2019

“I’m going to write you a piece so soft, I don’t care if no one can hear it.” 
This was composer Michael Gordon’s response to Monica Germino’s news that she would have to protect her hearing by stopping or adapting how she played the violin.

Inspired by Germino’s strength and determination, four of the world’s leading composers – Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang (co-founders of Bang on a Can) and legendary composer Louis Andriessen – joined forces to create MUTED. This collective composition features what Germino calls ‘whisperviolin’ and a part for Monica’s singing voice (in settings of texts from the 1930’s New York Post cult column Archy and Mehitabel).

Taking audiences to the thresholds of audibility, this intensely theatrical piece is conceived for small groups of listeners in intimate spaces.

 

ANNEX
Vancouver, Canada

LA Dance Project (Benjamin Millepied) performs to music by David Lang

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 to Friday, February 1, 2019

In 2011, Benjamin Millepied took his leave of the New York City Ballet, a company in which he danced all the major roles in the repertoire as principal dancer. A year later, he set up the L.A. Dance Project in Los Angeles, which is both a dance company and a creative hub bringing together a collective of artists from different fields (music, the visual arts, video, etc.). Building on its exceptional soloists and programmes which are open to all influences, the L.A. Dance Project combines Modern American Dance with a creative impetus which is deeply attuned to the contemporary world. For this third visit to the avenue Montaigne, Benjamin Millepied is taking over the entire evening to showcase his latest work.

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Paris, France

'east broadway' performed by Emanuele Arciuli

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 8:45pm

Premio Abbiati 2011 as best soloist of the year, Emanuele Arciuli is a pianist in love with America and his music: his interest has been realized in a book,  Piano Music in the United States(Edt) and in numerous lessons, both radio and that television. With American Landscapesproposes a journey through American music, using five different keyboards: the piano, the electric piano, the toy piano, the harpsichord, the prepared piano. A succession of authors, from John Cage and Philip Glass to John Adams and Harold Budd, for a unique project, which unites the spectacular and visual component, a surprising variety of languages, styles and compositional techniques. But above all it offers a choice of the highest compositional quality, with intense, direct, communicative, intelligent works.

PROGRAM

John Adams, China Gates for piano 
Henry Cowell, Set of Four (excerpts) for harpsichord amplified 
John Cage, Suite for Toy Piano
John Cage, The Perilous Night for piano prepared  
John Philip Glass, Etude # 2 
Kyle Gann, Fractured Paradise for keyboard 
Julia Wolfe sampler , East Broadway for piano toy and magnetic tape 
Harold Budd, Children on the Hill for electric piano and harmonizer 
Alan Hovhaness, Dark River and Distant Bell
Frederic Rzewski, Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues for piano 

Teatro Verdi
Pordenone, Italy

'the little match girl passion' performed by Helsinki Chamber Choir

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 4:30pm

The Helsinki Chamber Choir’s concert features a brand new commissioned piece and contemporary music that engages in dialogue with Baroque classics. In his work The Little Match Girl Passion (2007), post-minimalist David Lang presents his interpretation of H.C. Andersen’s classic tale. The work also draws, however, from the form of the St Matthew Passion by Bach, and the tale is raised to a new level to compare a little girl’s anguish to the suffering of Jesus.

Icelandic Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s arrestingly beautiful Ad Genua for string quintet and mixed choir (2016) is one of seven works by contemporary composers written for the American choir The Crossing, in response to the seven cantatas of Dietrich Buxtehude’sMembra Jesu Nostri.

The concert also features a premiere performance: praiseworthy Icelandic-German Steingrimur Rohloff has composed a new choir piece based on the texts of Danish poet Peter Laugesen. In recent times, Rohloff has been particularly praised as a composer of stage music.

House of Nobility
Helsinki, Finland

'illumination rounds' performed by Ensemble 20/21

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 8:00pm

Curtis alumnus and world renown pianist Peter Serkin joins Curtis 20/21 and the Vera String Quartet to perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, a work written in 1942 in response to the rise of authoritarianism and World War II. The program features other politically-charged works, including pieces by Curtis alums Jonathan Holland and 20/21 artistic director David Ludwig, as well as gripping musical statements by David Lang and Nina Young.

 

There will be a pre-concert conversation on stage with some of the composers of these works, as well as a discussion of the intersection of politics and music.

Gould Rehearsal Hall
Philadelphia, PA

'the little match girl passion' and 'make peace' performed by The Crossing

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 2:00pm

The Crossing takes their show on the road with a signature work, David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning the little match girl passion, and highlights from the 2016 Jeff Quartets written by some of their closest composer friends.

February 6, 2019: Holloway Hall, Salisbury University, MD
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February 7, 2019: The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington DE
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February 8, 2019: Pfleger Concert Hall, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
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February 9, 2019: Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC
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February 10, 2019: Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Center, Notre Dame University, IN
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'little eye' performed by Katinka Kleijn

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 7:30pm

PROGRAM

DAVID LANG     little eye for cello and four percussionists (1999)
DAI FUJIKURA     osm for solo cello (2015)LIA KOHL     and mouth and for cello and video (2017)
MARCOS BALTER     shadows of listening for cello and live electronics (2017)     
INTERMISSION
BRYAN JACOBS     ly ful hood for cello and electronics (2015)
DU YUN     Zinc Oxide (2018)
PAULINE OLIVEROS     For Two or Three Instruments (2016)
ALVIN LUCIER     Music for Cello with One or More Amplified Vases (1993)

 

University of North Carolina Moeser Auditorium
Chapel Hill, NC

'the little match girl passion' performed by Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 3:00pm

This a cappella performance of the Baltimore Choral Arts Chamber Chorus recounts Hans Christian Andersen’s haunting short story of a poor child’s hopes and dreams. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composition will be matched with striking images created by MICA students. Visual and musical compositions are injected into the little match girl passion to create a multi-sensory mash-up!

 

Brown Center Falvey Hall
Baltimore, MD

Sō at the National Gallery (Washington, DC)

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 3:30pm

So Percussion performs works originally composed for keyboard instruments. The program includes selections from Elliot Cole’s Postludes for Bowed Vibraphone; Vijay Iyer’s Torque; selections from Dan Trueman’s Nostalgic Synchronic (for prepared digital piano); Jason Treuting’s Nine Numbers 4; Caroline Shaw’s Taxidermy; Donnacha Dennehy’s Broken Unison; and a new work by Suzanne Farrin.

 

National Gallery
Washington, D.C.

Portland, OR—songbirdsongs

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Caballito Negro collaborates with flutist Sophia Tegart and percussionist Chris Whyte to present the epic John Luther Adams’ songbirdsongs (a collection of indeterminate miniature pieces for piccolos and percussion based on free translations of bird songs). 

Portland State University
Portland, OR

TwoSense play at Cal State Uni Fullerton

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Ashley Bathgate, cello and Lisa Moore, piano – the incredible TwoSense duo perform together again in LA at the New Music Festival in CSUF.

Program tbc:

Family Matters – Paul Dresher

Velvet – Kate Moore

New Work – Pamela Madsen

Spun – Amy Kirsten

Prayers Remain Forever – Martin Bresnick

 

Cal State Uni Fullerton, Meng Concert Hall
Fullerton, CA

'the loser' performed by LA Opera

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 8:00pm to Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 8:00pm

Two piano prodigies at a master class encounter an even greater talent: the virtuoso Glenn Gould, on the cusp of superstardom. The devastating realization that they will never approach their new rival’s level of artistry changes their lives forever. A painful meditation on dreams forsaken and hopes unrealized unfolds in an unusually intimate staging that incorporates multiple levels of the spectacular Theatre at Ace Hotel. Composer David Lang returns to LA Opera for the first time since his spellbinding anatomy theater. (Note: as was the case with anatomy theater, the title of the loser is spelled in lowercase.) In an intimate work for baritone, piano and chamber ensemble, the loser stars Rod Gilfry, in a role he created for the work’s premiere at the pathbreaking Bang on a Can festival.

The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Los Angeles, CA

Detroit, MI—Become Ocean

Saturday, February 23, 2019 to Sunday, February 24, 2019

Leonard Slatkin brings the American Music festival to a close with works by Kristin Kuster, Barber’s haunting Violin Concerto, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and the startling silence of John Cage on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, minimalist percussion masterworks of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, plus John Luther Adams’s visionary Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean.

Artists
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Joseph Becker, percussion
Andres Pichardo, percussion
Jeremy Epp, timpani
James Ritchie, timpani

Program
STEVE REICH Clapping Music
PHILIP GLASS Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists & Orchestra
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Become Ocean

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
Detroit, MI

'love fail' performed by Oriana Women's Choir

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 8:00pm

Contemporary composer David Lang’s love fail has been called a meditation on the timelessness of love weaving texts from Tristan and Isolde, adapted by the composer from a variety of source texts, together with contemporary poetry by Lydia Davis. The SSAA piece was originally scored for a vocal quartet, and in our performance, audiences will be delighted to hear the full ensemble as well as a variety of quartets and octets, showing off the range of voices of Oriana. This performance marks the Canadian première of the choral arrangement.

Calvin Presbyterian Church
Toronto, Canada

'just (after song of songs)' performed by the San Francisco Girls Choir

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 4:00pm

The San Francisco Girls Chorus builds upon its award-winning commitment to music of our time with a concert featuring works from a group of luminary contemporary composers. Highlighted by the World Premiere performance of an SFGC commission from avant-rock and improvisational composer Fred Frith, the program includes music by American minimalist Steve Reich, film composer David Lang, jazz saxophonist John Zorn, and prominent Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. The chorus will be joined by contralto Kristen Sollek, who will make her SFGC debut as soloist in Vaughan Williams’ rarely heard Magnificat.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, CA

Sō at Longwood Gardens (PA)

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:00pm

With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble. Programmed for curious audiences, their inventive repertoire and instrumentation spans anything between a snare drum and a flower pot.

Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia, PA

'the writings' performed by Theatre of Voices (world premiere)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 7:30pm

When Theatre of Voices performed Stockhausen’s epic Stimmung at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times praised the ensemble's performance as “confident and luminous, controlled yet free …” Theatre of Voices returns to give the New York premiere of an Arvo Pärt work accompanied with a film by award-winning Danish director Phie Ambo. Paul Hillier, Theatre of Voices' artistic director, conducted the world premiere of David Lang’s the little match girl passion and the ensemble recorded it to tremendous acclaim. Both reacquaint themselves with Lang’s music in the writings—the world premiere of the complete cycle. 

Carnegie Hall Zankel Hall
New York , NY

'public domain' performed by London Symphony

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

Enter into the discordant and energetically disorienting sound world of Philippe Manoury’s Ring, written for large ‘spatialised’ orchestra and extended percussion. Steel drums, timbales and anvils all feature in this new musical experience, as LSO musicians are scattered throughout the Barbican Hall.

Scriabin’s Symphony Fourth Symphony, The Poem of Ecstasy, depicts a cosmic spirit’s assent into consciousness, the ‘joy of liberated action, a divine play of worlds’ according to the composer. The piece seems to alternate between slow, unhurried languor and striving energy, all based around the composer’s new modes of tonality giving the end product an ethereal sense of musical mysticism. 

Barbican Centre foyer
London, United Kingdom

'ever-present' performed by Bryce Dessner, David Chalmi and the Labèque Sisters

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 8:00pm

Foreign to all musical hermetism, the Labèque sisters put the same requirement when they collaborate with the greatest note teps composers (Berio, Boesmans, Golijov or Glass) or share the stage with percussion, guitars, jazzmen and dancers. To celebrate 50 years of minimalism, they had imagined a Minimalist Dream House to house the works of the pioneers of the movement and those they influenced. They continue today by interpreting the American succession (David Lang, Caroline Shaw, Bryce Dessner), the unknown Julius Eastman, and a much anticipated creation of Thom Yorke.

Lyon National Orchestra
Lyon, France

'ever-present' performed by Bryce Dessner, David Chalmi and the Labèque Sisters (UK premiere)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:30pm

Acclaimed pianists, sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque, are renowned for their energetic double act and their passion for minimalist music. In 2013 they released an album entitled Minimalist Dream House, featuring works by minimal music pioneers and their successors.

The Labèques now continue their journey, which started with the album, with a series of live concerts, with the Barbican date also featuring Bryce Dessner (guitar) and David Chalmin (guitar, voice, live-electronic).

Here the sisters and their guests will perform works by American composers David Lang, Caroline Shaw, Bryce Dessner, Timo Andres, French composer David Chalmin and a new work by Radiohead front man Thom Yorke.

Minimalism developed in the USA in the 1960s as a music genre that brought together what had been thought to be incompatible: it was new and experimental, while also being clear, honest and melodious. Through constant repetition, the radically simplified musical language unleashed new energies and soon became influential in genres ranging from krautrock and pop to techno.

Barbican Hall
London, United Kingdom

'low resolution' and Spinning Jenny performed by Jennifer Koh

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 8:00pm

Inspired by Paganini’s landmark set of 24 caprices, Jennifer’s project Shared Madness asks “What is the relationship between the violinist and the instrument?” The project explores virtuosity in the 21st century and is comprised of short works for solo violin from some of today’s most celebrated composers, including Phillip Glass, Bryce Dessner (from The National), Kaija Saariaho, and Julia Wolfe (co-founder of Bang on a Can). It premiered at the New York Philharmonic’s 2nd Biennial in June 2016.

Fox Cabaret
Vancouver, Canada

'Dystopia,' 'Gotham,' and 'El Sol Caliente' at Spoleto Festival USA

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Filmmaker Bill Morrison is renowned for artful and haunting techniques that forge new works out of archival, historical, and original footage. With powerful scores composed by Michael Gordon and performed by the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Morrison has made three 30-minute films capturing the aura of three American cities: Gotham (2004) for New York, Dystopia (2008) for Los Angeles, and El Sol Caliente (2015) for Miami. Presented for the first time as a trilogy with live orchestra, City Symphonies celebrates character of place and how it evolves, pairing image and music to share the energy, chaos, and beauty of urban life.

Memminger Auditorium
Charleston, SC

'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