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

'the public domain' performed by Nederlands Kamerkoor

Friday, July 5, 2019 to Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Netherlands Chamber Choir and the International Choir Biennial are joining forces for a unique and ambitious project: The Public Domain. The goal: to fill the public space with choral singing. 1000 singers sing David Langs Public Domain at two unique locations: the Zuidas in Amsterdam and the Schalkwijk district in Haarlem. And you can participate!

International Choir Biennale
the Zuidas
Amsterdam, Netherlands

'pierced' performed by Blaricum Music Festival

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 9:00pm

We’re very honoured to have award winning (Pulitzer Prize, Oscar nominations, Musical America’s Composer of the Year etc.) American composer David Lang in Blaricum on this 4th of July (Independence Day)! Next to two wonderful pieces by Mozart (for winds) and Dvořák (for strings) we’ll experience the Dutch Premiere of David Lang’s ‘Pierced’ for cello, piano, percussion soloists and string orchestra. It’s a highly energetic piece with a fantastic climax. Really a journey you don’t want to miss!

Blaricum Music Festival
Blaricum, Netherlands

‘killer’ and 'LAD' performed by Sean Shibe (guitar)

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:00pm

Acoustic and electric, ancient and modern, traditional and innovative... Sean Shibe brings modern classic Electric Counterpoint (Steve Reich) together with mellow, old and new tunes; the driving sound of Julia Wolfe’s LAD (originally for 9 bagpipes) plays against the gentle melancholy of Peter Maxwell Davies’ hugely popular Farewell to Stromness. Join him as he goes electric, fusing ancient ambient Scotland with pulsating modern New York.

Wigmore Hall
London, United Kingdom

Lad performed by Sean Shibe (guitar)

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:00pm

Acoustic and electric, ancient and modern, traditional and innovative... Sean Shibe brings modern classic Electric Counterpoint (Steve Reich) together with mellow, old and new tunes; the driving sound of Julia Wolfe’s LAD (originally for 9 bagpipes) plays against the gentle melancholy of Peter Maxwell Davies’ hugely popular Farewell to Stromness. Join him as he goes electric, fusing ancient ambient Scotland with pulsating modern New York.

Wigmore Hall
London, United Kingdom

John Luther Adams: Dark Waves at Makrokosmos Project

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 5:00pm

Come experience the otherworldly sound of John Luther Adams’ Dark Waves for two pianos and electronics – a cautionary tale of rising sea levels and the endless beauty (and destruction) of the ocean. Part of a lager festival (Makrokosmos Project) presenting the complete piano music of Toru Takemitsu plus work by Jacob Druckman, Gabriela Lena Frank, Olivier Messiaen, and George Crumb. Thursday, June 27th, 2019 from 5-10PM

Portland, OR

Sō Percussion at Summer Nostos Festival (Greece)

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 8:00pm

As far as recommendations for the Sō Percussion quartet are concerned, one needn’t go further than The New Yorker magazine, which described an evening with them as “an exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam.” At the Summer Nostos Festival, this quartet’s unbridled imagination and impetuous creativity leads to new sound experiences and will make the audience smile in the way the New York Times describes: “Υou found yourself smiling in a quiet amazement that could verge on disbelief. Sometimes this had to do with a sound whose origin you simply could not determine.”

Their repertoire covers a very wide range and includes seminal 20th century works by Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, and Steve Reich, as well as their own compositions. Sō Percussion have essentially redefined the role and scale of a percussion ensemble through their 16 albums, world tours, pioneering collaborations and the ambitious educational programs in which they participate. The members of Sō Percussion say: “We no longer need or want to locate ourselves as part of a tiny niche of classical music. Nearly twenty years after our first rehearsal, we are limited only by our imaginations—and by gear.”

Stavros Niarchos Hall GNO

Four Marys performed by the Jasper String Quartet

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

The inaugural session of the Saint Paul Chamber Music Institute will kick-off with an opening concert by the award-winning Jasper String Quartet.

Jasper String Quartet: Sam Quintal, Rachel Henderson Freivogel, Robert Anemone (Karen Kim on leave), J Freivogel

Haydn’s "Sunrise" Quartet no. 63 in B-flat Major, op. 76, no. 4
Julia Wolfe’s Four Marys
Beethoven’s String Quartet no. 7 in F Major, op. 59, no. 1

Summit Center for Arts and Innovation
1524 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN

Sō Percussion at Cork Midsummer Festival (Ireland)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 8:00pm

Cork Opera House in association with Cork Midsummer Festival presents So Percussion. The programme The Keyboard Reimagined includes the European premiere of Donnacha Dennehy’s piece Broken Unison, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Cork Opera House, as well as pieces by Vijay IverSuzanne FarrinCaroline ShawSteve ReichJason Treuting and Dan Trueman.

Cork Opera House
Cork, Ireland

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi: Miles Okazaki

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 3:00pm

Miles Okazaki performs Work: the compositions of Thelonious Monk for solo guitar. Miles Okazaki was armed only with his solo guitar when he recorded all 70 known compositions by Thelonious Monk. It’s an undertaking of such ambition, even Monk never got there. Okazaki speaks of the work in visual, special terms – “It’s like a crystal…it’s got all these angles inside of it…It’s three-dimensional…And it’s African rhythmically.”  

Noguchi Museum
Long Island City, NY

'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

Bang on a Can All-Stars with Doug Varone and dancers

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 to Saturday, June 8, 2019

In an intricately woven tapestry of sound, shape, momentum, and stillness, choreographer Doug Varone and his 13-member ensemble contemplate our private and public relationship to faith. in the shelter of the fold / epilogue comprises six interconnected vignettes, featuring original music by Lesley Flanigan, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Raz Mesinai, and Kevin Keller, masterfully interpreted by Flanigan, PUBLIQuartet, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Drawing upon Varone’s own personal questions about prayer as both a spiritual and secular dialogue, this episodic work digs deep to ask how and why we find shelter in the unknown.

4 shows, June 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

'crowd out' performed on LA Philharmonic's "Noon to Midnight"

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 12:00pm

Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang had the inspiration for crowd out during a soccer match in London, where he heard the thousands of untrained voices swell, crest, and recede – at times in unison, and at times in total contrast with one another. He composed this major vocal work for one thousand voices as a way of framing how we understand the excitement, fear, and loneliness we feel in crowds; the text itself was crowdsourced with the help of various Internet search engines.


LA Phil's Noon to Midnight
Walt Disney Hall
Los Angeles, CA

'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by Manhattan Choral Ensemble

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Music, David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion has been hailed by Pitchfork as “the most profound and emotionally resonant work of [Lang’s] career.” The secular oratorio sets Hans Christian Andersen’s story in the format of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, elevating the doomed fairy tale heroine to a Christ-like figure. New Yorker Lang’s Passion will be paired with brand new compositions by innovative New York composers.

Manhattan Choral Ensemble
New York, NY

"8" performed by Cello Octet Amsterdam

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 8:15pm

The Amsterdam Cello Octet cannot be missed during Dordt in Cello. This octet makes the work of a composer a true, enchanting experience. Michael Gorden's '8' is on the program tonight. Not only the Cello Octet Amsterdam brings the composer Michael Gordon into ecstasy - you are also drawn into it as an audience.

Dordrecht, Netherlands

Exalted performed by Kronos Quartet and San Francisco Girls Choir

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:30pm

Kronos Festival 2019 kicks off with the Bay Area premiere of Stacy Garrop’s Glorious Mahalia, a work that celebrates gospel singer Mahalia Jackson through the words and spirit of oral historian and activist Studs Terkel. The San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe, joins Kronos to perform Michael Gordon’s requiem Exalted. Throughout the evening, writer Rebecca Solnit and others perform Voices of a People’s History, which brings to life the extraordinary stories of Americans who helped shape the country’s social movements. The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts’ Dragon String Quartet opens the show with Rhiannon Giddens’ composition for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future education initiative. More details to be announced; check below for up-to-date program information.


San Francisco, CA

'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

'the little match girl passion' (for chorus) performed by Norwegian National Children's Opera

Saturday, May 25, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019

In 2007, American composer David Lang created a choral work based on Hans Christian Andersen's history, by model of JS Bach's Matthew Passion . Where the story of Jesus' death is set against texts that reflect and comment on the action of the Passions, Lang interleaves other texts in the fairy tale about the little girl. These are texts by HP Paulli (the first to translate the adventure into English in 1872), Picander (the librettist of several of Bach's cantatas, including the Matthew Passion ), as well as excerpts from the Matthew Gospel itself. Lang uses these compilations to cut down the narrative to the basic feelings of history - expressed through music where the human voice is at the center.

The performance begins with Beth Morrison, producer and artistic director of the New Opera and Theater PROTOTYPE festival in New York City, giving an introduction to David Lang's music.

VOeX Festival
Den Norske Opera & Ballet
Oslo, Norway

Meredith Monk in Concert at The Jewish Museum

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 8:00pm

Renowned composer/performer Meredith Monk offers a rare, intimate concert—her premiere at the Jewish Museum—with members of her Vocal Ensemble, Katie Geissinger and Allison Sniffin. The concert reflects Monk’s six decades of innovation and vocal mastery, and parallels the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, exploring Cohen's inspiring, influential, and enduring legacy. 

Scheuer Auditorium, The Jewish Museum
New York, NY

'the little match girl passion' performed by OS Ensemble

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Rothko’s Chapel, a non-denominational, broadly ecumenical center, was designed by Jewish abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko (born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz). Originally conceived of as a Catholic chapel, the deeply spiritual, but abstract work of Rothko was quickly felt to be more fitting for a place of holiness open to all religions, belonging to none.

It was this work of Rothko’s that inspired Morton Feldman’s epic masterwork Rothko’s Chapel (1971). A work of great abstraction and spiritual depth, Rothko’s Chapel begins in what Feldman describes a "synagoguey type of way” and ends with what Feldman called a “quasi-Hebraic” melody in the Viola. In 2007 David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion, self-consciously attempted to secularize and universalize the Passion story, by setting a Hans Christian Anderson fable in the manner of a J. S. Bach Passion. In both of these works abstraction, and universalization, are Jewish responses to being in dialogue with artistic representations of Christian spirituality.

Join us for a performance of these two choral masterworks featuring the young artists of the OS Ensemble, led by Raquel Acevedo-Klein, including the performance of a new secular sacred work by composer Adam Roberts, commissioned for the occasion.

Following the performance there will be a panel discussion on the evening’s compositions and the topic of secular sacred art and music more broadly which will feature composers David Lang and Adam Roberts as well as Kath Rothko Prizel.

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

'make peace' performed by The Esoterics

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 8:00pm

In the second program of its 26th concert season, The Esoterics will unveil the potential power of human togetherness, INCLUSIVITY. This performance will trace the origins of “otherness” in our first moments of life and explore how these emotions develop into exclusion at both the interpersonal and societal levels, resulting in divisiveness, xenophobia, shunning, persecution, violence, and the loneliness and wandering of exile. This program will also advocate for philoxenia – the desire to show hospitality and acceptance of strangers – which promotes the idea that we are stronger together, as an interdependent human community.

Live Music Project: Seattle
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Seattle, WA

'gift' performed by Shank-Hagedorn Duo

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 7:30pm

The Butler string area is very pleased to present concert violinist Leslie Shank and guitarist Joseph Hagedorn in a duo recital. They will be performing a recital of old and new music, including 'gift' by David Lang.

Butler University Duckwall Artist Series
Indianapolis, IN

'she is called' performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Thursday, May 2, 2019 to Sunday, May 5, 2019

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, Olga Bell, Nico Muhly, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Paola Prestini, Toshi Reagon, Shaina Taub, and Bora Yoon.

New Victory Theater
New York, NY

'make peace' performed by Arizona Repertory Singers

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 3:00pm

Psalm settings by C.V. Stanford, Arthur Honegger and James Macmillan. Music reflecting the “Song of Songs” by John Dunstable and Edward Bairstow; Purer than purest pure, a setting of poetry by e.e. cummings by UA composer Daniel Asia, and Make peace, a brand new work by David Lang.

Temple Emanu-el
Tuscon, AZ