Bang on a Can: Playing Art to Marathon Playing

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MASS MoCA • North Adams, MA

Bang on a Can Summer Festival 2014
Saturday, July 26th – Saturday, August 2nd

While the 13th Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival is well underway, its peaking with an 8-day new music extravaganza called Bang on a Can Plays Art with fourteen concerts drawing inspiration from the visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA.

Highlights over the final days of the Festival are:

Wednesday, July 30th 2014 at 4:30 pm • Mark Dion / Morton Feldman “Why Patterns?”

Everything in its right place. Morton Feldman changed the meaning of the word quiet with his ethereal and meditative music. Feldman’s music is finely detailed and rigorously made, and it seems somehow fitting to perform it at the entrance of Mark Diaon‘s Octagon Room.

Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 4:30 pm • Sol LeWitt / Steve Reich

A frequent guest, Steve Reich joins Bang on a Can for a concert of his works, including Electric Counterpoint and more, in the midst of MASS MoCA’s kaleidoscopic Sol LeWitt galleries. Reich was good friends with Sol LeWitt from their days as young artists on the New York scene together in the 1960s. Reich will talk about about his relationship with Lewitt after the performance.

Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 8:00 pm • Anselm Kiefer / Georg Fiederich Haas “In iij. Noct”

After a special late-night viewing of Anselm Kiefer, the program continues on for a concert in utter darkness. Austrian composer Georg Fiedrich Haas is quickly becoming a superstar of contemporary music. One of his greatest hits is his piece In iij. Noct. Not for listeners who are afraid of the dark, this piece is performed in a completely lightless room, with the musicians spread around the audience. A one-of-a-kind music experience.

On Saturday, the Bang on a Can Plays Art Summer Festival culminates in the Bang on a Can Marathon, a 6-hour day-night boundary-busting festival finale featuring 50+ musicians and composers from around the world and has become one of the most diverse, open and exciting summer music events in the Berkshires.

The year’s marathon features Steve Reich’s newest composition Radio Rewrite, a Reichian remix of two songs by the legendary British rock band Radiohead. Also featuring the chamber music of Glenn Kotche, who burst on the scene as the drummer for the mega-band Wilco, but who is now getting very busy as a dynamic and adventurous composer. Another special highlight is a rare performance of Edgard Varese’s riotous masterpiece Ionisation, the first piece ever written for percussion ensemble.

If you’re looking for something more spontaneous, then check out the jam sessions (July 31st &  August 1st) with the Festival players at MASS MoCA’s summer beer garden, The Chalet.

Spontaneous or not, hope you get to go explore and partake. It’s genre-bending … you won’t find anything neat and tidy for the categories and bins here. It’s clear that Bang on a Can is about taking and respecting risk and the challenges inherent in making new. Some would say putting a fresh spin on what “classical” or chamber music can be as the world around us evolves.

Upcoming Events

  • Bang on a Can Gallery Recital
  • MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
    Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 1:30 pm

  • Bang on a Can Plays Art: Sol LeWitt / Steve Reich
  • MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
    Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 4:30 pm

  • Schubert and the Long 19th Century: “Fitzcarraldo”
  • Ottaway Film Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
    Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 7:00 pm

  • Glimmerglass Festival: Tobias Picker’s “An American Tragedy”
  • Glimmerglass Festival, Springfield Center, NY
    Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 7:30 pm

  • The Sembrich: “The Eve of War” – A Centennial Concert with Thomas Pandolfi, pianist
  • Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, Bolton Landing, NY
    Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 7:30 pm

  • Bang on a Can Plays Art: Anselm Kiefer / Georg Fiederich Haas “In iij. Noct”
  • MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
    Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • Chamber Ensemble from the Boston Lyric Opera: Beeson’s “Lizzie Borden”
  • Seija Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
    Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • Bang on a Can Gallery Recital
  • MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
    Friday, August 1st 2014 at 1:30 pm

  • Bang on a Can Gallery Recital
  • MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
    Friday, August 1st 2014 at 4:30 pm

  • Bard Summerscape 2014 presents Carl Maria von Weber’s “Euryanthe”
  • Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
    Friday, August 1st 2014 at 7:00 pm

  • Glimmerglass Festival: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel”
  • Glimmerglass Festival, Springfield Center, NY
    Friday, August 1st 2014 at 7:30 pm

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano: Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Schumann
  • Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA
    Friday, August 1st 2014 at 8:30 pm

  • Glimmerglass Festival: Strauss’s “Ariadne in Naxos”
  • Glimmerglass Festival, Springfield Center, NY
    Saturday, August 2nd 2014 at 1:30 pm

  • Bang on a Can Marathon with Steve Reich and Glenn Kotche
  • MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
    Saturday, August 2nd 2014 at 4:00 pm

  • Berkshire Choral Festival: Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius”
  • Stewart Center at Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA
    Saturday, August 2nd 2014 at 7:30 pm