Tours

John Luther Adams: Purgatorio in Dortmund, Germany

Friday, November 15, 2019 to Saturday, February 15, 2020

Ballet by Xin Peng Wang after Dante Alighieri
Music by John Luther Adams and Kate Moore

A man, confused by the circumstances of his time and embittered by his life, gets lost in a seemingly hopeless forest. He believes he has come to an end when a mysterious stranger invites him on a fantastic journey. It leads into the fiery chasms of hell and over the steep heights of the Purification Mountain finally into paradise.

Xin Peng Wang’s dance-like Sphere Show spans three seasons. 2021 – in the 700th year of Dante’s death – all three parts will be united in a single evening in the Ruhr metropolis.

With Purgatorio now the ascent to the dizzying heights of the Refining Mountain is imminent. Many dangers lurk, some hard testing must be passed before we are allowed to pass through the huge flame wall of purgatory. Will we have the strength?

 

Show Dates:

November 2, 2019
November 15, 2019
November 17, 2019
November 28, 2019
December 13, 2019
January 11, 2020
January 25, 2020
January 31, 2020
February 15, 2020

Opera House Dortmund
Dortmund, Germany

The day (Lucinda Childs / Maya Beiser / Wendy Whelan / David Lang)

Friday, January 24, 2020 to Thursday, February 6, 2020

Lucinda Childs choreographs a musical, visual, and danced poem about our memories, in tribute to those who were torn from their lives.

It all started on the day of the terrorist attacks in New York, September 11, 2001. The composer David Lang, an iconic figure in American contemporary music, and acclaimed cellist Maya Beiser were working on the piece "World to Come", not far from the Twin Towers, when they collapsed. Beiser then suggested to Lang that he compose a second piece. They integrated the voices that punctuate the piece, a hymn to life. And Wendy Whelan, an iconic dancer of the New York City Ballet, embodied these souls in a sublime visual poem on the passage to the hereafter. So, who other than Lucinda Childs to make this a shared artwork, a total artwork? Together, these four key artists have created a masterpiece of refinement and depth that goes straight to the core of Lucinda Childs's art: mastery of space, clarity of gesture, precision of line.

Theatre de la Ville
Paris, France

Clouded Yellow performed by Kronos Quartet

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:00pm

Over the course of a decade, Michael Gordon has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet on a series of provocative works that have sought to stretch, bend and otherwise reshape the boundaries of modern classical music. Clouded Yellow assembles these works for the first time, perfectly encapsulating the breadth and complexity of this long-standing creative partnership.

Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

'the little match girl passion' performed by Bridge Voices

Monday, January 27, 2020 to Tuesday, January 28, 2020

David Lang’s the little match girl passion for four singers and percussion tells the story of a scorned little girl, abused by her own family, who tries to sell matches on New Year’s Eve. She is ignored by passersby, and eventually freezes to death. The piece won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in musical composition.

match girl uses old elements—a classic tale by H.C. Andersen and a structure inspired by Bach’s St. Matthew Passion—to create a modern narrative for those in our community who are most vulnerable to the cold. Its minimalist texture creates a haunting atmosphere, challenging listeners to examine our collective and individual responsibility in fighting homelessness.

1.27.20 | 7:00 pm
Western Presbyterian Church
2401 Virginia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037

1.28.20 | 12:10 pm
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

Washington, D.C.

Ecstatic Music: Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 7:30pm

A New Sounds co-presentation hosted by John Schaefer
Featuring world premieres by Amanda Berlind, Alvin Curran, Hildur Guðnadóttir and Qasim Naqvi, plus New York composer Phil Kline's Exquisite Corpses and Julius Eastman's super-groove Stay on It.  

Bang on a Can’s People’s Commissioning Fund is a radical partnership between artists and audiences to commission works from adventurous composers. Founded in 1997, long before crowd-funding became the norm through Kickstarter and the like, Bang on a Can’s PCF has pooled contributions of all sizes from hundreds of friends and fans and since its inception has commissioned over 50 works of music for New York’s electric Bang on a Can All-Stars.

Kaufman Music Center Merkin Hall
New York, NY

Lisa Moore at WQXR Presents: Beginner's Ear

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 12:30pm

Unplug and recharge your batteries during a 60-minute guided, live music meditation every Friday, starting January 17 through March 6. This edition will feature classical pianist Lisa Moore and Colombian composer Julián De La Chica.

The Greene Space
New York, NY

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

Friday, February 14, 2020 to Saturday, March 7, 2020

Man as a dreamer would rather withdraw into his own visions, far from the hectic reality. In this dream program, pearls from French choral music will be featured alongside still works by David Lang. The music of David Lang (winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2008) finds an increasingly large audience. It is not without reason that our program Again and Again with music by Lang in 2018 was well appreciated. Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saëns are among the most loved French composers of all time and take you to another world in these dreamy works. The Psalm symphonyfinally, perhaps the most magical sound of the widely admired psalm 150 by one of the most visionary dreamers in 20th-century music history: Igor Stravinsky. Due to its composition, this program is a fantastic introduction for new listeners to choral music.

Netherlands

Grand Band: Peak Debut

Friday, February 14, 2020 to Saturday, February 15, 2020

Grand Band is a unique musical ensemble that includes six pianos arranged in a circle and played by “the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene” (The New York Times). The sextet engulfs the audience in the sonic intensity of four landmark contemporary works: the iconic and massive Gay Guerilla by cult underground figure Julius Eastman; the pulsating Sensitive Spot by Australian sound artist Kate Moore; and my lips from speaking, a riff on Aretha Franklin’s Think by Pulitzer-winning composer Julia Wolfe. In a thrilling combination of sight and sound, Missy Mazzoli’s Three Fragile Systems is enhanced by the debut of an animated film by Joshua Frankel. In this film, commissioned by Peak Performances, Frankel builds a world of geometry, color, and looping patterns of human bodies created collaboratively with choreographer Faye Driscoll, heightening the experience of the music.

Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

'the little match girl passion' performed by University of Michigan

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 8:00pm

Acclaimed by The New Yorker as “an American Master,” Composer David Lang is part visionary sound artist, part musical mad scientist.  With one foot in the classical tradition and one in the future, his music explores meaning and musical relationships in a way that is at once fiercely intellectual and plain-spoken.  Join the U-M Chamber Choir, under the direction of Eugene Rogers, for a stunning performance of Lang's Pulitzer-Prize winning work, the little match girl passionThe New York Times describes this touching work as “understated and ethereal… tender and mysterious.” The performance on February 18  will be the opening event of his week-long William Bolcom Guest Residency at the University of Michigan, which will feature performances of his music and other events across campus.  

University of Michigan Museum of Art
Ann Arbor, MI

'the little match girl passion' performed by Aperio

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00pm

APERIO, Music of the Americas presents a unique multimedia program featuring recent and world premiere works for voice, piano and percussion by American composers David Lang and Shawn Crouch. The program begins with David Lang’s 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning oratorio The Little Match Girl Passion. Scored for only four solo voices - soprano, alto, tenor, and bass with additional percussion played by the vocal ensemble - the music traverses a cathartic experience of suffering and transformation told through Hans Christen Andersen’s fantastically dark children’s tale by the same name.

Considered a pivotal piece in Lang’s recent output, The Little Match Girl Passion signifies an inward looking compositional style that embraces historical precedents such as Bach’s choral works and a capella motets. Washington Post music critic Tim Page described the work as “a pristine and immaculately distilled setting…deeply felt without ever delving into sentimentality, absolutely simple yet leaving nothing out.” Pitchfork Magazine praised The Little Match Girl Passion as “the most profound and resonant work of Lang’s career” describing the music as “breathtakingly spare and icily gorgeous.”

Match
Houston, TX

Bearthoven at Constellation Chicago

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 8:30pm

Bearthoven - Karl Larson (piano), Pat Swoboda (bass), Matt Evans (percussion)

Described by the New Yorker as one of the ‘vital institutions’ of the NYC contemporary music scene, Bearthoven will present two of their most substantial commissions to date in their Chicago debut at Constellation on February 20. The piano / bass / percussion trio’s program features Mixed Tulips, a blistering new amplified work by Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon, alongside Sarah Hennies’s subdued, otherworldly Spectral Malsconcities, which was composed for Bearthoven in 2018.

“One of New York’s Vital Institutions” - New Yorker (Steve Smith)

“Telepathic, out-of-this-world” - The Observer (Brad Cohen)

“Bearthoven is not just a piano, a bass and some drums — it seems greater than the sum of its parts; a kind of chameleon that is both the subject and the object of the creative process, a synergistic unit that informs and becomes the art that is created at its behest.”- ICAREIFYOULISTEN (Cristian Kriegeskotte)

Constellation
Chicago, IL

Timber Remixed danced by Richard Alston Dance Company

Friday, February 21, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020

Boasting a “rich, pliant, full-bodied” style that transports audiences “to the heart of dance itself” (The New York Times), Richard Alston Dance Company returns to Peak Performances for its final American engagement before the company closes its doors after more than 25 years. A selection of recent works highlights the unflagging invention of this beloved group, led by Richard Alston, one of the world’s finest choreographers currently celebrating his 50th year of making dances. Performed to live music, Alston’s witty Brahms Hungarian is presented alongside Shine On, the last piece the choreographer will create for the company. The fast-paced Detour, created by associate choreographer Martin Lawrance, rounds out a thrilling program that celebrates a troupe still in top form, even as the curtain closes.

Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

Bang on a Can All-Stars and RNCM Manchester

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 7:30pm

Julia Wolfe Believing
Kate Moore Ridgeway
Philip Glass Closing
Steve Martland Horses of Instruction
Steve Reich 2×5

Robert Black bass
Vicky Chow piano
David Cossin percussion
Mark Stewart guitar
Ken Thomson clarinet
Arlen Hlusko cello
with Musicians from the RNCM

Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognised worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Performing each year across the globe, the All-Stars have shattered the definition of what concert music is today.

RNCM students join BOAC for an all live (so 10 musicians) version of Steve Reich’s unapologetic and startling piece, originally written for Kraftwerk’s opening night appearance at Manchester International Festival 2009, at the Velodrome. The Guardian described that gig as ‘a sly and subversive – but best of all, fun – celebration of modernism and modernity. Truly wonderful…’ 

RNCM Concert Hall
Manchester, United Kingdom

Julia Wolfe: Flower Power (UK Premiere)

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 7:30pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars join the BBC Concert Orchestra and Principal Conductor Bramwell Tovey for the UK premiere of Flower Power, a new work from Pulitzer prize-winning American composer Julia Wolfe.

In her new work, Wolfe draws on the energy generated by a radical revolutionary moment - the late 1960s - a time when experimental ideas and questions permeated all parts of the political, social and artistic landscapes. This shift brought new spiritual and intellectual explorations, a breakdown of social norms, psychedelic visions, artistic explosion, and a greater and more open expression of love and peace.

The programme also includes English and American minimalism in orchestral form by Steve Martland, John Adams and Philip Glass.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
London, United Kingdom

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

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 8:00pm

An extraordinary work, David Lang’s the little match girl passion explores the Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name. As a community, we experience this story in a narrative form modeled on J.S. Bach’s passions. The suffering of the ‘match girl’ is transfigured; is elevated and transformed into hope. It asks both singers and audience to reflect on the suffering of all those who are vulnerable in our society. It encourages us to come face to face with the sorrow and suffering of others, and to consider how we might respond. We perform this masterpiece of the 21st century in support of Care for Real, which serves the Edgewater neighborhood.

Church of the Atonement
Chicago

Julia Wolfe: Flower Power (Scandanavia Premiere)

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 7:30pm

Danish Music Conservatory's PULSAR Festival featuring a new work by American composer Julia Wolfe.

The work is commissioned jointly by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the DR Symphony Orchestra and features one of the festival's main names, the dynamic NewYorker ensemble Bang on a Can All Stars as soloists. Also experience the premier performances of the Conservatory's young composers, who give their widely different suggestions on how orchestral music should sound in the 21st century.

The event is free and requires no registration.

Pulsar Festival
Copenhagen, Denmark

'mystery sonatas' danced by LA Dance Project

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 8:30pm

The most American of French choreographers returns to pay tribute to the music of Bach in a piece carried by twelve exceptional dancers.

Benjamin Millepied sails with a disconcerting inspiration between classic and contemporary and explores these two genres with glee. He overturns the codes in a dance with a charming singularity, all in elegance and fluidity, punctuated by group choreographies of crazy power and served by the unfailing commitment of all his magnificent company.

La Colonne Theater
Miramas, France

Anthracite Fields at Pulsar Festival

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:00pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars and Chorus Pro Musica present: A Pulitzer Prize–winning oratorio about coal miners at the turn of the 20th century, Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields combines folk, rock, and classical genres in what the Los Angeles Times called “an unforgettably haunting, harrowing evocation of the plight of Pennsylvania’s coal miners, incorporating many musical styles and effectively shadowy visuals.”

Berklee Performance Center
Boston, MA

Pianisti di Altri Mondi Series: Lisa Moore

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 11:00am

Lisa Moore, formidable pianist who has linked her name to the main exponents of the new music of our times, will make us know in a spectacular and engaging way, with a surprising and completely out of the ordinary recital, the constant and stimulating combination of music and images , between music and theatrical happening, which has characterized a lot of contemporary production with its inventions. Through pages of Philip Glass, John Adams, György Ligeti, Frederic Rzewski and the young but already well-known Missy Mazzoli we will witness the enchanting fusion of sounds, gestures, colors, movements.

Teatro Franco Parenti
Milan, Italy

Michael Gordon’s A Travel Guide to Nicaragua (World Premiere)

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 7:00pm

Hailed as “superb” (The New York Times) and “ardently angelic,” (The Los Angeles Times) The Crossing is a multiple Grammy® Award-winning, Philadelphia-based new music choir conducted by Donald Nally. Known for its commitment to thought-provoking new works, The Crossing brings the “reigning queen of the avant-garde cello” (The Washington Post) Maya Beiser to Philadelphia for the world premiere of Michael Gordon’s A Travel Guide to Nicaragua. Gordon spent his childhood living in Nicaragua, and the piece reflects his memories and musings on the culture, as well as insights from Mark Twain’s writings of a trip through the small, beautiful country.

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA

Michael Gordon’s A Travel Guide to Nicaragua (NY Premiere)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 7:30pm

Hearing a new work from Michael Gordon, one of the founders of Bang on a Can, is always an eagerly anticipated event. Hearing it performed by a cutting-edge cellist and a “luminous and acute” (The New York Times) chorus makes it a concert you won’t want to miss. The rhythmic innovations of Gordon’s music are merged with what The New Yorker describes as “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz, and the intransigence of classical modernism.” Experience something new and adventurous from Gordon, who spent part of his childhood living outside of Nicaragua’s capital city.

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

Bang on a Can All-Stars at Stanford University

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:30pm

Bang on a Can started by imagining a kind of utopia for music—and then they started to build it. Building a utopia is a political act that pushes people to change, but it can also keep them apart. Now more than ever, Bang on a Can is committed to growing a worldwide community dedicated to innovation through music. This concert at the Bing seeks to demonstrate an open, welcoming, and inclusive space for music and ideas from a wide variety of styles. It features work from co-founders Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon alongside compositions by jazz giant Ornette Coleman, young pioneer Anna Clyne, and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore.

Bing Studio, Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Gong Linna and the Bang on a Can All-Stars: Cloud River Mountain

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 7:30pm

Superstar Chinese fusion singer Gong Linna sets new lyrics to centuries-old Chinese melodies backed by the musicians of Bang on a Can. Gong’s husband, German composer Robert Zollitsch (Lao Luo), composes many of the brilliantly staged pieces. In 2010, Linna’s performance of the song "Tan Te" on Chinese national television to billions of viewers made her an overnight sensation, vaulting her to celebrity status. In recent years she has starred on television in China but she remains virtually unknown to the Western world. We are thrilled to have her as part of Stanford Live’s 2019–20 season.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
Stanford, CT

Bang on a Can All-Stars in Portland

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:30pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world, and experimental music, this eclectic six-member ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories for the last 30+ years.

Kaul Auditorium, Friends of Chamber Music
Portland, OR

Bang on a Can All-Stars: Field Recordings

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 8:00pm

Bang on a Can brings new music from its provocative, wide-ranging multi-media project Field Recordings to the Coolidge. Seeking “inquisitive and unconventional” musical thinkers, BoaC founders Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and David Lang conceived a project they describe as “rooted in mystery and experimentation.” “We asked composers from different parts of the music world to find a recording of something that already exists,” Lang says, “a voice, a sound, a faded scrap of melody—and then write a new piece around it.” Archival audio, found sound and video have inspired this interesting program of recent pieces by ten imaginative composers—with Julia Wolfe’s Mink Stole, a 1997 Library of Congress commission, as an opener.

Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

So Percussion at University of Pennsylvania

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 7:30pm

With an expansive sonic imagination and “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (The New Yorker) So Percussion has redefined the scope of the percussion ensemble. Making its Annenberg Center debut, the group offers innovative interpretations of modern works by Dessner, Lansky and Cage as well as new compositions by Penn students. “Through a mix of consummate skill and quirky charm, this mercurial quartet has helped to ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion music old and new.” (The New York Times)

Harold Prince Theatre
Philadelphia, PA

Julia Wolfe: Anthracite Fields

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 8:00pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars and Houston Chamber Choir present: Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields is a lovingly detailed oratorio with original video about turn-of-the-20th-century Pennsylvania coal miners, awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music. This haunting, timely work draws on oral histories, interviews, speeches, geographic descriptions, children’s rhymes, and coal advertisements to provide an intimate look at a particular slice of American life. The always-adventurous Bang on a Can All-Stars join Da Camera’s frequent artistic collaborators from Houston Chamber Choir.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center
Houston, TX