Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present Theo Bleckmann

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:30pm

Grammy nominated jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop icon Kate Bush in a project that goes beyond re-creating her music to further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him in this venture are long-time collaborator percussionist Ben Wittman, bassist Skuli Sverrisson, and keyboardist Henry Hey, along with special guest, multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar, and laptop. This season’s Bang on a Can performances celebrate the power of artists voices, which resonates with themes in the Museum’s fall exhibitions.

The Jewish Museum
New York, NY

"Voice as Practice" Workshop with Meredith Monk & Ellen Fisher

Friday, November 8, 2019 to Sunday, November 10, 2019

The voice, the original human instrument, expresses an eloquent language of the heart that delineates energy for which we don’t have words.

With careful instruction and supportive guidance from Meredith Monk—celebrated internationally for the last 50 years and hailed as “a magician of the voice”—together with Ellen Fisher an interdisciplinary artist, you will tap into landscapes of sound. Together, in this workshop you will unearth feelings, energies, and memories that could not otherwise be expressed.

This is a rare opportunity to uncover your unique voice with methods developed by a pioneering composer who is also a longtime Buddhist practitioner.

1440 Multiversity
Scotts Valley, CA

The Day at Williams Center for the Arts

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 8:00pm

THE DAY is a new music/dance work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang. A collaboration among legends, THE DAY is an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys—life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance.

Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College
Easton, PA

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

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:30pm

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

Lisa Moore at Toledo Museum of Art

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:00pm

Pianist Lisa Moore performs a program of contemporary solo works, including Metamorphosis III by Philip Glass.  This concert is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Everything is Rhythm: Mid-Century Art and Music in which Moore’s performance of Glass’s work for solo piano is paired with a painting by Julian Stanczak. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund, the Victoria Majure Souder Program Fund, Hartmann & Associates, Joseph and Judith Conda, Shaun Coughlan, Carlos A. de Carvalho, Geraldine Mowery, Nancy K. Phlegar, and an anonymous donor.

Toledo Museum of Art
Toledo, OH

Caleb Burhans with BalletCollective and The Knights

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 to Saturday, October 26, 2019

BalletCollective returns to NYC with two world premieres and repertory featuring an inspiring roster of artistic contributors: artists Zaria Forman and Trevor Paglen, photojournalist George Steinmetz, science fiction writer Ken Liu, composers Judd Greenstein, Paul Moravec, Julianna Barwick, and Caleb Burhans, choreographers Troy Schumacher, Julianna Barwick, and Preston Chamblee, an ensemble of dancers from New York City Ballet, and orchestral collective The Knights. Evening shows on Wednesday, October 23; Friday, October 25; and Saturday, October 26. Matinee on Saturday, October 26.

Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
New York, NY

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 to Sunday, October 27, 2019

A collaboration among legends, THE DAY is a new work by cellist Maya Beiser, beloved dancer Wendy Whelan, iconoclastic choreographer Lucinda Childs, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang. A New York premiere, this momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius comes in an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys—life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. THE DAY is a bold and highly collaborative work that explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance.


The Joyce Theater
New York, NY

John Luther Adams: Lines Made by Walking (NY Premiere)

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

If The New York Times calls you “the nation’s most important quartet,” then you must be doing something right… in the case of the JACK Quartet, they’ve established themselves as one of the leaders in new music, giving voice to countless composers, while creating a new body of works that prove classical music has a future far beyond powdered wigs and dusty scores.

For their Crypt Sessions debut, the JACK will give the New York premiere of Lines Made by Walking, a piece by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams that channels nature in all of its magnificence and fragility.

Church of the Intercession
New York, NY

'wed' performed by Trillium Piano Trio

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 2:30pm

Joaquín Turina: “Circulo”, Fantasy for Piano Trio Op. 91 
David Lang: Wed (2018) 
Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 1, No. 1 
Bedřich Smetana: Piano Trio, Op. 15

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Delray Beach, FL

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

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 8:00pm to Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:00pm

THE DAY is a new music/dance work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang. A collaboration among legends, THE DAY is an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys—life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance.

UCLA Center for the Art of Performance
Los Angeles, CA

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

Monday, October 14, 2019 to Tuesday, October 15, 2019

THE DAY is a new music/dance work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang. A collaboration among legends, THE DAY is an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys—life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance.

Carolina Performing Arts
Chapel Hill, NC

'slow movement' performed by Ensemble Muzzix

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 3:15pm

After the Round The World Of Sound projects - Moondog Madrigals (2014) and IN motion - Music With Changing Parts by Philip Glass (2016) who brought them together, the Dedalus and Muzzix ensembles come together to showcase two major works from the post- modernism. On the one hand, David Lang's play , Slow Movement (1993) and on the other, the iconic work of Louis Andriessen , Hoketus (1976).

Riverrun Festival
Albi, France

John Luther Adams: Dream in White on White in NYC

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 7:30pm

Sound and stimulation are set to “on” at this new-music series at The Appel Room, overlooking Central Park. The season kicks off with a contemporary complement to the New York Philharmonic’s staged production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung, asking how music can tell stories. Hosted and curated by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner, and featuring Philharmonic musicians.

Tickets to the 2019-20 Sound ON concerts will be available at a later date.

Jazz at Lincoln Center
New York, NY

John Luther Adams: Become River (New Zealand Premiere)

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 7:30pm

Hamish McKeich Conductor
Russel Walder Oboe

Tchaikovsky/Ellington The Nutcracker Suite (Selection)
John Luther Adams Become River (New Zealand premiere)
Milhaud Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67 (Selection)
Derek Bermel Canzonas Americanas: Mvts. 1-3 (New Zealand premiere)
Russel Walder arr. Psathas Untitled new work (World premiere)

The finale of the 2019 Shed Series presents a programme of light, relaxing music to entertain as we head towards the end of the year.

Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’ Become River is a beautiful and meditative piece of music inspired by the natural world and is part of a trilogy of works including Become Ocean and Become Desert.

Shed 6
Wellington, New Zealand

Ecstatic Music: Alarm Will Sound & Eartheater - "The Hunger"

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:30pm

Donnacha Dennehy's The Hunger concerns itself with the Great Irish Famine of 1845–52, which transformed Irish society irrevocably, resulting in the loss of approximately one million people to death and another million to emigration. Asenath Nicholson, an American so moved by the waves of immigrants arriving in New York that she travelled to Ireland to bear witness. Her astonishing first-hand, published account, “Annals of the Famine in Ireland,” is The Hunger’s main narrative thread. Featuring vocialists Katherine Manley and Iarla O'Lionáird.

The Hunger will be presented alongside Eartheater's When Fire is Allowed to Finish by Queens-based artist Alexandra Drewchin (A.K.A. Eartheater), creating an evening of music centered around historical accounts of personal loss. Eartheater distills foley-filled digital production and classical composition into works suspended between reckless romanticism and precisely detailed sonic tapestries. When Fire is Allowed to Finish is comprised of six emotionally charged movements arranged by composers Aaron Parker, Steve Snowden and Conrad Winslow.

Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center
New York, NY

John Luther Adams: Qilyaun in London, UK

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:00pm

A thunderous bass drum takes us to other worlds as Joby Burgess headlines this night of percussion and electronics. He performs John Luther Adams’s Qilyaun, written for bass drum and electronic delay. The piece takes its name from the Iñupiaq (Indigenous people of north-western Alaska) word for the shaman’s drum. Translated literally, it means ‘device of power’ – the shaman’s ‘vehicle’ for their journeys, riding the sound of the drum to and from the spirit world. Elsewhere he performs some of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Voyages – taken from their nonclassical release Import/Export.

Kicking off the evening is Reylon, who returns after winning nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands in January 2019. He presents Leaves, an original electroacoustic folk set that integrates augmented yangqin (Chinese hammer dulcimer), found sound, and voice. Stylistically, it synthesizes traditional and contemporary yangqin playing, soundscape composition, and alternative folk singing. The work stems from a contemplation of how transcultural experience fragments identity and the ways we attempt to weave ourselves back together.

DJ sets in between acts come from nonclassical Associate Composer Lola de la Mata.

The Victoria
London, United Kingdom

'street' and 'arsenal of democracy' performed by Arsenal of Democracy

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 7:30pm

Based on the sound aesthetics and composition of the legendary Dutch "Orkest de Volharding", the ensemble focuses on the dominance of brass in contemporary music. A powerful line-up pushes dynamic boundaries and breaks with tradition - Berlin's first new music street band. 

STEVE REICH »City life« (2005) | 
JULIA WOLFE "Arsenal of Democracy" (1993) 
SILKE EBERHARD "new work" (2019, 
op. Cit. , Commissioned work) JOANNA BAILIE "Intermittence" (2005) | 
DAVID LANG »Street« (1994)

Heimathafen Neukölln
Berlin, Germany

'gravity' and 'after gravity' performed by Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss, piano

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 8:00pm

Finishing off the Concert Series with a magnificent program of two pianos and piano duo works is Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss. This Israeli-American duo boasts a multitude of accomplishments.

LANG Gravity (2005)
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata for Four Hands in C Major
LANG After Gravity (2007)
BRAHMS Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos

Reinberger Chamber Hall
Cleveland, OH

New work for San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Splinter Reeds and Roomful of Teeth (world premiere)

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 8:00pm

On September 14, we open our 2019-2020 season with a stunning assembly of forces for the world premiere of a new, concert-length, site-responsive work by Bang On A Can founding composer Michael Gordon.

At the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Cultural Center, within view of the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay, we'll present the first-ever performance of this piece for twenty-one musicians–joining together for the first time the SF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PLAYERS with the Grammy Award-winning vocal octet ROOMFUL OF TEETH and Bay Area wind quintet SPLINTER REEDS. From its seat across the Bay, Angel Island serves as a focal point for this powerful new work's exploration of the larger themes embedded in the history of immigration to the Americas.

The eight-voice ensemble Roomful of Teeth–known for their ongoing work in the study of pan-global vocal styles and the creation of a new repertoire without borders–will be a vehicle for the narrative element, while the adventurous virtuosity of Splinter Reeds and SFCMP will interact with and augment the work's drama through instrumental means. By virtue of its connection to the shared and tangible experiences of diverse peoples in the Bay Area and the larger scope of U.S. history, Gordon's piece will be a watershed exploration of issues at the forefront of our local and national dialogue.

Cowell Theatre
San Francisco, CA

John Luther Adams: Nunataks (Solitary Peaks) in Portland, OR

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 7:30pm

In Wildness takes on the most poignant challenge of our time as we connect with our miraculous and irreplaceable world. 3A leads you on a journey through the Arctic and its vanishing polar ice, warming temperatures, rising sea levels, and threatened wildlife habitats through works of George Crumb, John Luther Adams, and Mary Kouyoumdjian. A powerful lighting design, masked performers, and ethereal sounds of wildlife promise to transport our audience into both the present and aftermath of this global climate crisis.

Third Angle New Music
Portland, OR

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

Bang on a Can All-Stars at Sonoma State University

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 7:30pm

Formed in 1992, 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 six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. The concert features music
by BOAC co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe; minimalist masters Philip Glass and Steve Reich; jazz legend Ornette Coleman; and avant-rockstar Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Rohnbert Park, CA

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi: Balún

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Balún is a self-proclaimed "dreambow" ensemble whose members hail from Puerto Rico. Though currently residing in New York City, Island culture remains the cornerstone of their forward-thinking, malleable sound. Balún incorporates Caribbean rhythms, old school dembow, glitchy IDM and dreamy dance pop into tunes that are slick and modern but firmly rooted in the traditional sounds of their homeland.


Presented in partnership with Bang on a Can, this innovative performance series is held in the Museum's outdoor sculpture garden. In case of rain or artist's preference, concerts take place in the galleries.

Noguchi Museum
New York, NY

Sō Percussion at S.U.N.Y Fredonia

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 1:45pm

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 role of the modern percussion ensemble, placing it at the leading edge of 21st-century music. Program includes a newly commissioned work by Julia Wolfe.

Mason Hall, S.U.N.Y. Fredonia
Fredonia, NY

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble: Unearthed

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 7:30pm

Meredith Monk has been fearlessly charting new paths in music, art and performance since the mid ’60s. Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, as an eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words. Joined by Katie Geissinger and Allison Sniffin, both members of her renowned Vocal Ensemble, Monk offers a unique experience with this work, in this space, on this occasion — a celebration of Jim Hodges’ artwork, Unearthed.


Grace Cathedral
San Francisco, CA

'teach your children' performed by San Francisco Choral Society (world premiere)

Friday, August 16, 2019 to Saturday, August 17, 2019

We’re thrilled to announce the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s teach your children.

San Francisco Choral Society’s newest commission is Lang’s thoughtful contemplation on the lessons parents and children learn from each other—in the hope that we may come to teach each other better.

San Francisco Choral Society
San Francisco, CA

'death speaks' performed by La Jolla Music Society

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang curates a two-part series in The JAI, our exciting alternative performance space, celebrating some of the most innovative compositional voices today. Each selected composer honors the storied chamber music of our past while forging new musical paths forward out of the older tradition.

The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
La Jolla, CA

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi: Laaraji

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 3:00pm

Best known for his transcendent albums Celestial Vibration and Essence/Universe to the Brian Eno–produced Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, Laraaji’s mystical and uplifting combination of zither, vocals, and more have made a profound impact on listeners for decades. His recordings can be found at labels: WARP records, All Saints records, GLITTERBEAT, Numero Group, Stones Throw, Leaving Records, Soul Jazz, and Virgin, among others.


Presented in partnership with Bang on a Can, this innovative performance series is held in the Museum's outdoor sculpture garden. In case of rain or artist's preference, concerts take place in the galleries.

Noguchi Museum
New York, NY

'the little match girl passion' performed by the University of Auckland Chamber Choir

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 4:30pm

Conducted by Karen Grylls (ONZM), the choir will present the New Zealand premiere of the little match girl passion (2007) by David Lang. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, the work is based on Hans Christian Andersen's story The Little Match Girl.

The choir will also present several shorter works by Renaissance and contemporary composers, conducted by students of the School of Music


University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand

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

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


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

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!


North Adams, 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

'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

John Luther Adams: songbirdsongs in Katonah, New York

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 3:00pm

Convene with the birds through the universal language of music. Built around Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s performance of Messiaen’s complete Catalogue d’Oiseaux over three concerts, the weekend will also include bird walks, a panel discussion, and family activities celebrating our feathered friends. Interspecies musician David Rothenberg invites you to appreciate the various aesthetics of bird songs by playing to and with them, and Sandbox Percussion performs songbirdsongs by John Luther Adams. The weekend offers a rare chance to meditate on birds and the beauty of nature’s musical gifts.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Katonah, NY

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

John Luther Adams: songbirdsongs in Ashland, Oregon

Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 1:00pm

Caballito Negro collaborates with flutist Debra Harris, percussionists Chris Whyte and Jared Brown, continuing a series of presentations of the epic John Luther Adams’ “songbirdsongs”. A meditation on wildness, “songbirdsongs” is a collection of indeterminate miniature pieces for piccolos, ocarinas, and percussion, based on free translations of bird songs.

Ashland, OR