'the little match girl passion' performed by FolkOperan

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

The girl with the sulfur sticks is Hans Christian Andersen's most tragic saga. It's the story of the girl who, on New Year's Eve, is getting barefoot in the snow, in vain to sell sulfur sticks nobody wants to buy. For fear, she dares not go home to her father without selling some. With frozen fingers she turns the sulfur sticks one by one. They turn on and off. Delivered to her destiny in a world of absent adults, the girl is found deadless, frozen to death, on New Year's Day.

Those who had been able to give the girl food and shelter, bought her sulfur sticks and maybe saved her life, now singing with sadness and sadness, her painful story on the stage of Folkoperan. The work is performed in a processed version of David Lang's passion story  The Little Match Girl Passion . The performance is influenced by improvised elements, audience interaction, music by Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš and choreographed movements, signed by internationally-performing choreographer Örjan Andersson.  

In collaboration with Ersta Sköndal Bräcke College, Martin Åsander, composer and vocalist in VoNo, writes new compositional music about children's rights and vulnerability based on seven professors' reflections and scientific texts on the history of HC Andersen.

Vokalensemblen VoNo (formerly Voces Nordicae) was formed in 1999 and consists of twelve singers and the artistic director and conductor Lone Larsen. With Stockholm as a base, they have been touring around the country and internationally, and received great attention for their innovative performances. By constantly challenging traditional driving standards, VoNo creates a unique stage platform where classical a cappella, folk music, improvisation and poetry are united in musical euphoria.

Stockholm, Sweden

MUTED: Monica Germino, Violin, & Voice

Monday, October 8, 2018 to Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Dubbed “the quietest violin piece ever written,” MUTEDwas composed by Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe for Monica Germino after she was diagnosed with high sensitivity to sound. Experience this work for violin, “whisperviolin,” voice, and light design as it was meant to be heard — by small groups of listeners in an intimate space. Limited availability. 

Co-presented with the New York Philharmonic

Part of the New York Philharmonic’s The Art of Andriessen, a series celebrating Louis Andriessen’s rich musical contributions, and explores a multitude of his works and influences.

Photo credit: Anne Reinke

National Sawdust
Brooklyn, NY

Ken Thomson NYC Album Release

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 8:00pm

Roulette welcomes Brooklyn-based clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Ken Thomson for an evening of music featuring the New York premieres of “Ripple” and “Pall”, followed by a performance by Thomson’s ensemble project, Sextet, as they celebrate their latest album, out now on New Focus Recordings.

Roulette Intermedium
Brooklyn, NY

'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by Emanuel Music with choreography by Boston Dance Theater

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

after eight sold-out events last season, aeronaut brewery, in partnership with boston public broadcaster wgbh, is thrilled to invite you to opening night of the second season of the pindrop sessions. please join us in our taproom for this one-night-only theatrical event:

david lang's pulitzer prize-winning
the little match girl passion
co-presented by emmanuel music and boston dance theater

Aeronaut Brewery
Somerville, MA

'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by The Singers-MCA

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00pm to Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 8:00pm

The Singers begin the season with two striking works – David Lang’s little match girl passion, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music. This stark setting of Hans Christian Andersen’s lonely tale combines with texts from Picander’s libretto for Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion to highlight the suffering and lonliness of the young child. Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, performed with chamber orchestra, is a soaring reflection on the light in times of darkness.

Minneapolis, MN

So Percussion at the New College of Florida

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00pm

This quartet of master percussionists will challenge expectations. Their performance will include Bryce Dessner's Music for Wood and Strings and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw's Taxidermy, both Sō Percussion commissions. These four performers are ground-breaking musicians who challenge themselves and their commissioned composers to reach new heights of inventiveness.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, October 4, 5:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff (free)

Club Sudakoff
Sarasota, FL

'true pearl' and 'the little match girl passion' performed by Roomful of Teeth with the Callithumpian Consort

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

Performed by Roomful of Teeth and the Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury, conductor.

true pearl is an opera made specifically to be seen and heard in the Tapestry Room of the Gardner Museum. The opera comprises five scenes—one for each tapestry in the Gardner's spectacular 16th century Flemish series based on the life of King Cyrus of Persia—and each tapestry serves as set and scenery for the opera. Lang and Kempson's true pearl is not meant to be performed live, but is recorded on special headsets, so patrons of the Museum can listen individually, as they move from tapestry to tapestry, from scene to scene.

This concert will be the first (and only) live performance of the complete score in Calderwood Hall. Hereafter, true pearl will be available to visitors as an "in-ear" opera in the Tapestry Room from Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Rounding out the program will be Lang's moving 2008 work, the little match girl passion, a dramatic retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's haunting story, fashioned in the manner of a Bach passion. Lang made this special version of the work in 2018 especially for Roomful of Teeth.

Calderwood Hall
Boston, MA

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble: Cellular Songs

Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Saturday, October 6, 2018

“As [Meredith Monk] sang, there was a palpable sense of love and joy between her and the audience that spoke volumes. An antidote to the troubled times we live in.” —Financial Times

When Meredith Monk sings, her voice transports listeners out of time and into a dimension where sound is the currency of communication. In this elaborate music-theater piece, the legendary interdisciplinary artist and the women of her Vocal Ensemble weave some of Monk’s most adventurous vocal music to date with movement, light, instrumental music, and film to evoke a world where cellular activity can serve as a template for human behavior. Playful and humanistic, Cellular Songs is an exploration of the interconnected relationship between people and the natural world, between the basic unit of life and the universe.

Presented in association with Minnesota Opera.

McGuire Theatre, Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN

'the mile long opera' performed at The High Line (world premiere)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:00pm to Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

For five consecutive nights, October 3-7, 2018, 1,000 singers from across New York will come together on the High Line for the first-ever performances of The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock – an ambitious, collective, free choral work that shares personal stories from hundreds of New Yorkers about life in our rapidly changing city. 

The stories sung in the The Mile-Long Opera have been gathered through first-hand interviews with residents throughout the city, asking what 7:00 pm means to them. They reveal a vast spectrum of feelings and perspectives—and, by extension, represent the diverse character of the city’s inhabitants and their individual experiences. 
Set in one of the most dynamic public spaces for observing New York City and its multitude of intersecting lives, The Mile-Long Opera invites audiences to move in and out of groups of singers as they walk along the High Line. 

At the heart of the work is an extensive community engagement initiative that activates non-profit cultural organizations across all five boroughs. Six Anchor Partners serve as a hub for engaging local audiences—from recruiting singers, to holding and welcoming the public for open rehearsals and workshops, to hosting social and cultural events in the lead-up to the October performances.


The High Line
New York , NY

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

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 3:30pm

"Again and again", that is the name of this program, an ode to the life and the people of then and now. People come, people go and the world always exists. Josquin des Prez and David Lang and others sing the cycle of life then and now, from beginning to end, of sorrow and punishment for love, reconciliation and resignation. A program full of reflection, in a sober mise-en-espace.

With a wealth of voice colors, Chamber Choir Cappella Amsterdam reaches its specific homogeneous sound, which makes them one of the top choirs in the Netherlands, but also far beyond. Since 1990 the choir has been under the artistic direction of chief conductor Daniel Reuss.

St. Jacob's Church
Vlissingen, Netherlands

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

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 8:15pm

An a cappella program full of reflection 

People come, people go and the world always exists. That is the theme of Again and again , in which the old master Josquin des Prez (c.1450 / 55-1521) and the contemporary American composer David Lang (and others) sing the cycle of life then and now: from beginning to end from grief and punishment to love, reconciliation and resignation. An a cappella program full of reflection.

Of course there are huge differences between the music of Josquin des Prez and David Lang, but there is also an important similarity, which effortlessly bridges five centuries of history. Time, or rather the elimination of time, plays a crucial role in the works of both composers. The idea of ​​being a whirling leaf in eternity blows through the works of both composers.

Muziekgebouw Grote Zaal
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ken Thomson Sextet Tour

Friday, September 28, 2018 to Friday, October 5, 2018

Brooklyn-based clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer, Ken Thomson has put together a new band for his latest project, Sextet, out on New Focus Recordings’ Panoramic imprint on September 7. Thomson is a staple within NYC’s contemporary music and jazz communities, known for his playing with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and composing and playing with the bands Slow/Fast and Gutbucket. He has written music for the JACK Quartet, Ashley Bathgate, American Composers Orchestra, and others.

For Sextet, The Bang on a Can All-Star reedist expands his ensemble to include alto and tenor saxophones (Thomson and Anna Webber), trumpet (Russ Johnson) and trombone (Alan Ferber), and dropped the chordal instrument, leaving bass (Adam Armstrong) and drums (Daniel Dor). With four horns, the palette is bigger, broader, and more dynamic.



September 28 @ 12:00 pm: UW Parkside, Kenosha, WI
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September 28 @ 9:30 pm: Constellation, Chicago, IL
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September 29: Jazz Estate, Milwaukee, IL
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September 30: UW Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
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October 1: Icehouse, Minneapolis, MN
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October 2: Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
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October 3: Bop Stop, Cleveland, OH
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October 4: Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
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October 5 @ 8:00 pm: Bop Shop, Rochester, NY
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'manifesto' performed by Opera National du Rhin

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 8:00pm

Philippe Arlaud invites you to join forces with conductor Claire Levacher at the head of the Linea ensemble at an unexpected event with unexpected surprises and unusual complicities. In a setting where lights and video will have the share and will transform the Opera House, events will not fail with the world premiere of Francesco Alvarado (1984), the French creations of Singing Garden by Toshio Hosokawa (1955 °) and Rhondda Rips It Up!(excerpts) by Elena Langer (1974) and the performance by a men's choir of a work by David Lang (1957). In the second part of this show with which Musica and L'Ososphère are associated, dancers of the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin directed by young choreographers and accompanied by DJs will invest a surprise and convince you that the title of this evening is not usurped ...

Opera House
Strasbourg, France

'wed' arranged for piano trio performed by Fidelio Trio

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 8:00pm

Glass recently invited Fidelio Trio to New York to record two works for release on his Orange Mountain Label. Pendulum, with its classic undulating Glass-isms is the result of one of these recordings, and here receives its European Premiere.

Kevin Volans composed his plaintive and evocative Third Piano Trio Le Tombeau des Regrets for Fidelio Trio in 2017 and this marks its London premiere. Bang on a Can founder David Lang has made a new version of his 1995 still song wed for piano trio. And lastly, three new trios by cult esoteric musical figure John Zorn receive their UK premieres.

King's Place Hall One
London, United Kingdom

'manifesto' performed by Opera National du Rhin

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 8:00pm

Philippe Arlaud invites you to join forces with conductor Claire Levacher at the head of the Linea ensemble at an unexpected event with unexpected surprises and unusual complicities. In a setting where lights and video will have the share and will transform the Opera House, events will not fail with the world premiere of Francesco Alvarado (1984), the French creations of Singing Garden by Toshio Hosokawa (1955 °) and Rhondda Rips It Up!(excerpts) by Elena Langer (1974) and the performance by a men's choir of a work by David Lang (1957). In the second part of this show with which Musica and L'Ososphère are associated, dancers of the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin directed by young choreographers and accompanied by DJs will invest a surprise and convince you that the title of this evening is not usurped ...

Opera House
Strasbourg, France

Lang works featured in Huang Yi's "Under the Horizon" with Nederlands Kamerkoor

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 8:15pm to Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:15pm

What do you do when encounters become possible on the border of life and death? Follow the dancers of Huang Yi Studio + (Taiwan) and audiovisual artist Ryoichi Kurokawa (Japan) on a journey to the hereafter. Step into a shady area where the dearest memories come to life. A bittersweet performance with beautiful vocal music by David Lang, Veljo Tormis and Arvo Pärt, among others. For anyone with experiences of love, loss or desire.

Under the Horizon is the breathtaking result of a three-year collaboration between choreographer Huang Yi, who astonished the world by dancing with a robot; the audiovisual genius Ryoichi Kurokawa; and the sixteen singers of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, who completely integrate the purity of the human voice into the performance. 

September 19, 2018: The Flint - Amersfoort

September 21, 2018: Stadsschouwburg - Utrecht

September 23, 2018: Theaters Tilburg - Tilburg

September 26, 2018: Theater Kerkrade - Kerkrade

September 28, 2018: Music Building Eindhoven - Eindhoven

September 30, 2018: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ - Amsterdam

October 3, 2018: Zuiderstrandtheater - The Hague

October 6, 2018: Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie - Leeuwarden
tickets available soon

'depart' performed by The Crossing at the Park Avenue Armory

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 7:30pm to Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:30pm

*NYC Premiere

Having “made a name for itself in recent years as a champion of new music” (The New York Times), The Crossing comes to the Armory to perform an ambulatory concert that utilizes the corridors and historic rooms to create a unique kind of seamless music with fluidity of movement from room to room. The program includes world and New York premieres by David Lang, Louis Andriessen, and a new work by Ted Hearne, co-commissioned by the Armory. The new music champions are dedicated to expanding the contemporary choral music experience through commissions, collaborations, community, and performances that are characterized by a distinctive unity of sound and spirit.

Park Avenue Armory
New York City, NY

So Percussion at Princeton

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 7:30pm

Sō Percussion, Princeton University’s Edward T. Cone Artists-in-Residence, perform a FREE concert that explores the incredible range of percussion instruments.

Richardson Auditorium
Princeton, NJ

Bang on a Can All-Stars and KC Chorale

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 7:30pm

Thirty years ago, New York composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe launched Bang on a Can as a way to bring musicians and audiences together from across genres and create a vibrant international community to support innovation through music. Bang on a Can have since performed in concert halls and museums all over the world, and for their Kansas City debut and in collaboration with the Kansas City Chorale, the sextet will perform Wolfe’s powerful Anthracite Fields, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music, along with two shorter works by Gordon and Christian Marclay.


Kansas City, MO

Bard Conservatory Celebrates Joan Tower’s 80th Birthday

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 4:00pm

In celebration of Joan Tower's 80th birthday, Bard Conservatory faculty members perform works by the composer.
Performers include:
Laurie Smukler, violin
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello 
Blair McMillen, piano
Anthony McGill, clarinet
So Percussion
Dawn Upshaw, soprano 
Kayo Iwama, piano
Da Capo Chamber Players
Benjamin Hochman, piano

Dimmena Center for Classical Music
New York City, NY

Lisa Moore at Tyalgum Music Festival 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 8:00pm to Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 5:00pm

Concert 1 Fri 7th Sept @ 7pm
Sliabh Beagh by Kate Moore opening Gala

Concert 2 Sat 8th @ 10.30am
Piano Music by Leos Janacek
On An Overgrown Path (1901-11)
Selections from the First Series
• Our Evenings
• A Blown Away Leaf
• The Madonna of Frydek
• They Chattered Like Swallows
• The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away

From The Street 1.x.1905 (1905)
– The Presentiment
– The Death

In The Mist (1912)
1. Andante
2. Molto Adagio/Presto
3. Andantino
4. Presto/Meno mosso

Concert 5 Sat 8th Sept @ 7pm
Sonata for cello and piano by Alfred Schnittke
with Trish O’Brien cello

Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen

Paul Dean clarinet
Anne McMichael violin
Trish O’Brien cello

Tyalgum Community Hall
Tyalgum, Australia

Landmark Productions & Irish National Opera present Donnacha Dennehy's 'The Second Violinist'

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 7:30pm to Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 7:30pm

Photo by Patrick Redmond.

Winner of Best Opera at the Irish Times Theatre Awards, this latest collaboration between Irish playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy switches between multiple timelines. It marries multilayered set and video design with a score, rich in amplified sounds, harmonies and overtones, played live by the dynamic music group, Crash Ensemble. Lyrical and ethereal singing by three soloists and a 16-strong chorus contrasts with Aaron Monaghan’s central performance, physically fraught, essentially wordless and utterly involving. 

Barbican Theatre
London, United Kingdom

'mystery sonatas' performed by David Felberg

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:00pm

Chatter weaves together traditional and contemporary chamber music.

David Lang Mystery Sonata; JS Bach Suite No. 6 in D major for Cello (arr. Bass Clarinet, J. Shields); James Shields bass clarinet; David Felberg violin

SITE Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM

Sō Percussion @ The Ravinia Festival with Dawn Upshaw (IL)

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 7:30pm

Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish and Sō Percussion perform a program focusing on the expansive limits of song, including Narrow Sea, a new work by young American Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, and George Crumb’s Winds of Destiny, based on Civil War folk songs. Both ground-breaking composers expanded vocal techniques and forms to create a dynamic space between traditional European classical vocal music, and the worlds of avant-garde or pop music.

Martin Theatre
Highland Park, IL

All-Stars on the "Extended Play" festival in Sydney!

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 8:30pm

Bang on a Can All-Stars play the Marathon-style extravaganza "Extended Play" in Sydney!  Extended Play is a 12 hour micro-festival that explores and celebrates new music in every format imaginable. From noon to midnight, music in all shapes and sizes will transform multiple spaces within City Recital Hall. Be prepared to challenge your preconceived ideas of how music can be created, performed and consumed.

This isn’t a festival where you sit and listen to music with your hands neatly folded on your lap. At Extended Play they want you to hear music, and also to see it, feel it, move with it and move around it.

City Recital Hall
Sydney, Australia

Memorial for Matt Marks

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 6:30pm

Come join us in remembering and celebrating our beloved Matt Marks with music and food and hugs.

Performances by Alarm Will Sound and others. Full lineup TBA shortly.

Pot luck: if you're able and want to bring some food to share, that would be lovely. Please bring something that can be eaten easily by standing/walking folks (sandwiches, baby carrots, cookies, etc.). We'll provide personal plates and napkins and cups, but we will NOT be providing serving platters or utensils, so bring that stuff if you need it.

No reservations required - no cover charge for entrance. Just come join us.

Roulette Intermedium
New York City, NY

'cheating, lying, stealing', 'gravity', and 'just (after song of songs)' performed live with Houston Ballet

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 8:00pm to Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:00pm

Houston Ballet returns to Jacob’s Pillow for the first time in almost 40 years. Australian Artistic Director Stanton Welch has led the respected company since 2003, marking its evolution into a world-class troupe of 60 dancers that calls the largest professional dance facility in the United States home.

Celebrating a wide range of classic and contemporary ballet, Houston Ballet brings a program featuring Welch’s Clear, an abstract work for seven men and one woman set to music composed by Bach; In Dreams by former Choreographic Associate Trey McIntyre; excerpts from Welch’s Sons de L’ame set to piano pieces by Frédéric Chopin, and Just a world premiere by Welch, commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow, with a music score by one of America’s most-performed contemporary composers and co-founder of Bang on a Can, David Lang.

Ted Shawn Theatre
Lenox, MA

Bang on a Can Music Series: String Noise

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 3:00pm

Blurring the lines of classical and avant-garde, the “trailblazing” (Time Out New York) duo String Noise (Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris) will perform music by Georg Friedrich Haas (Fuga), David Lang (Warmth), Pauline Kim Harris (Sugar), Jessie Cox (Dark, Light), Paul Reller (Piss Rows) and Richard Carrick (Phosphene). The performance also features punk covers and the title work of their debut album on Northern Spy Records, The Book of Strange Positions, by 2018 Guggenheim fellow Eric Lyon.


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. Free with Museum admission. Limited seating is available on garden benches and floor mats on a first-come, first-served basis.

Noguchi Museum
Long Island City, NY