Tours

Acquanetta performed by Bard College

Thursday, July 11, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019

“Unmissable..sublime...massive-scale cinematic revelations unfolding out of a seemingly empty space.” —Time Out New York

An homage to the campy and spine-chilling horror films of the 1940s, Acquanetta combines theater, opera, and film to explore the world of a real-life B-movie star with a mysterious past. Known for her exotic beauty, Acquanetta—aka Mildred Davenport—was the star of such cult 1940s horror films as Captive Wild WomanJungle WomanThe Sword of Monte Cristo, and Tarzan and the Leopard Woman, before she disappeared from public life. With a soaring and often comic score from Bang on a Can cofounder Michael Gordon and text by librettist Deborah Artman, Acquanetta examines the ways in which the movie camera manipulates how we see and are seen. A vivid cast of characters reveals their inner longings and emotional shadows in a haunting meditation on identity, transformation, stereotypes, and typecasting, set in the heyday of Hollywood glamour. This visual and musical tour de force is directed by Tony-nominee Daniel Fish, whose 2015 SummerScape production of Oklahoma! is now running on Broadway.

Fisher Center
Hudson, NY

'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

Lisa Moore: Metamorphosis

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 8:00pm

New York-based Australian pianist Lisa Moore (pictured) has been called "the queen of avant garde piano." In this program in Nidaros Cathedral, she presents Philip Glass's music from his recording Mad Rush, including all of his Metamorphosis, along with music by David Lang and Martin Bresnick.

Nidaros Cathedral
Trondheim, Norway

Bang on a Can's LOUD Weekend

Friday, August 2, 2019 to Sunday, August 4, 2019

Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA present LOUD Weekend, a fully loaded eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental and electronic music. 

Some highlights of the inaugural Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA include:

the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Field Recordings, a major multi-media concert of endless ambient textures, film, and electro-acoustic forays into the future;

Ben Frost’s visceral and maniacal Music for 6 Guitars featuring Ben Frost, Daniel Reimer, Dither Guitar Quartet, and brass sextet;

the incomparable and outer-planetary Sun Ra Arkestra;

Dracula – the timeless, classic, original 1931 film brought to life with Philip Glass’ acclaimed score, featuring Michael Riesman of the Philip Glass Ensemble;

Brian Eno’s pre-ambient classic Discreet Music performed by Contact ensemble (Toronto);

a communal, open-to-the-public, all ages and skill levels ‘performance’ of Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Mediations;

a hypnotic other-worldly odyssey solo set by electronic multi-instrumentalist and singer Julianna Barwick;

the just intonation electric guitar driven Baltimore band Horse Lords;

pioneering composer-singer Pamela Z’s unique blend of operatic bel canto and live digital creations;

composer-singer-instrument inventor Lesley Flanigan’s live sonic sculpture;

special guest composers Annie Gosfield, Tristan Perich, Brendon Randall-Myers,

PLUS music by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and more;

AND PERFORMANCES BY Gregg August, Vicky Chow, David Cossin, Mark Stewart, Ken Thomson, Brad Lubman, Nick Photinos, Todd Reynolds, Lauren Radnofsky, additional solo sets by Ben Frost, Michael Riesman, and many more!

 

MASS MoCA
North Adams, MA

JACK Quartet performs John Luther Adams in Fishtail, Montana

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 6:30pm

The Olivier Music Barn, 6:30 PM
Pre Concert Talk: 5:00 PM, Tiara Acoustic Shell

JACK Quartet
Christopher Otto, violin
Austin Wulliman, violin
John Pickford Richards, viola
Jay Campbell, cello

JOHN LUTHER ADAMS: String Quartet No. 1, The Wind in High Places
Above Sunset Pass
Maclaren Summit
Looking Toward Hope

ADAMS: Dream of the Canyon Wren

INTERMISSION

ADAMS: String Quartet No. 5, Lines Made by Walking
2019 Tippet Rise Commission for String Quartet and World Premiere
Up the Mountain
Along the Ridges
Down the Mountain

Tippet Rise Art Center
Fishtail, MT

Lisa Moore: The Commuter Variations

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

With a unique blend of animation, piano keys, film, words and theatrics, pianist Lisa Moore gives the world premiere performance of The Commuter Variations.

The new work by animation artist Sal Cooper and composer Kate Neal celebrates Melbourne Recital Centre’s 10th Anniversary year and is the highlight of a dramatic multi-media concert about movement and commuting. The program includes world and Australian premieres of virtuoso works by Bresnick, Griswold, Lang, Ligeti, Mazzoli, and Nas, plus a post-performance Q&A with the artists.

Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne, Australia

BBC Proms: John Luther Adams's In the Name of the Earth (European Premiere)

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 11:00am

Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Luther Adams is a master of large-scale musical spectacles – sonic installations that take the natural world not just as their inspiration but also as a stage.

In the Name of the Earth celebrates the elements in a musical meditation on rivers, lakes, mountains and deserts.

The Proms audience immersed in the sound of eight choirs – totalling more than 600 singers – placed around the auditorium.

Marshalling these huge vocal forces are conductors Neville Creed, Neil Ferris, Simon Halsey and David Temple.

Audience members who would like to participate in this morning’s performance are invited to a preparatory sing-through session at 10.40-11.00am, to learn the final theme of In the Name of the Earth.

Royal Albert Hall
London, United Kingdom

John Luther Adams: Canticles of the Sky in London, UK

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:30pm

DEEP MINIMALISM 2.0 Sunday
Part of Classical Season 2019/20
The second day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration.

What can you expect from this weekend?

The soft strains of Malibu’s spoken voice with swells of 16 live cellos and cut-up sound Foley. The entombing chorales of Nivhek, featuring shimmering vibraphone.

The slowly layering canons of John Luther Adams’ Canticles of the Sky, 16 individual cello lines evoking the movement of sun and moon in a fantasy sky.

The dark underworld chromaticism of Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories, where the flow of piano tones become an unspoken mantra to infinity.

Laura Cannell’s long-drawn studies of medieval folk fiddle and double pipe music, riffing on melodies which feel both close at hand and buried by stages of modernity.

Southbank Centre
London, United Kingdom